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The Best Countries to Backpack  

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List Rules Vote up the cheapest, coolest, and most exciting countries for backpacking trips.

Backpacking is a right of passage for many college-aged students around the world. It is an affordable way to have an unforgettable travel experience. This is a list of great countries for backpacking - the best destinations for living out of a single bag. Where is the greatest place for a backpacking vacation? Vote on this list of the best countries to backpack and help us determine which nation is number one.

Europe has always been a popular destination for the backpacking traveler. Eurorail is an affordable way to get from city to city and European hostels are a great, cheap place to rest your head... and your backpack.

Asia is becoming a favorite location for the modern backpacker. With beautiful Buddhist temples and delicious cuisine, thrifty travelers can take in a lot of culture for a modest expense in Nepal and Thailand. India is also a wonderful country to journey through. They have their own hostel system in the major cities and offer affordable tours for college students. All hostels are not created equally so be sure to book your travel plans in advance to ensure you get the best bang for your buck.

Vote away Ranker voters and help young travelers determine which is the best country to backpack. If you have any great backpacking stories, please share them in the comments section. Happy travels!
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Peru is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Lima
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Israel is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Judy Abramson added Jerusalem
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Chile is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Santiago
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Nicaragua is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Managua
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Colombia is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Bogotá
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Costa Rica is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
San José
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Uruguay is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Montevideo
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Turkey is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Ankara
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Guatemala is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Davy040 added Guatemala City
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South Africa is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Pretoria
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Panama is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Davy040 added Panama City
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Venezuela is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Davy040 added Caracas
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United States of America... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Washington, D.C.
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Singapore is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Singapore
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Thailand is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Bangkok
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Brazil is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Brasília
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Malaysia is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Davy040 added Kuala Lumpur
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Albania is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Tirana
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Mexico is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Mexico City
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Japan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Tokyo
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Bhutan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Davy040 added Thimphu
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South Korea is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Davy040 added Seoul
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India is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
New Delhi
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Indonesia is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Jakarta
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Ecuador is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Davy040 added Quito