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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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178 69
Germany is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Germany Berlin

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153 64
Netherlands is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Netherlands Amsterdam

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143 60
Australia is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Australia Canberra

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140 66
Iceland is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Iceland Reykjavik

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138 60
Republic of Ireland is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack

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142 63
Czech Republic is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack

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153 72
Finland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Finland Helsinki

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148 63
Denmark is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Denmark Copenhagen

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130 58
Scotland is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Scotland Edinburgh

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142 70
Sweden is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Sweden Stockholm

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137 59
Belgium is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Belgium City of Brussels

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132 56
Greece is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Greece Athens

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143 64
Spain is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Spain Madrid

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130 56
New Zealand is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
New Zealand Wellington

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133 54
Switzerland is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack

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85 40
Portugal is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
amsmaia added Portugal Lisbon

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144 74
Hungary is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Hungary Budapest

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120 58
England is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
England London

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75 50
Canada is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Davy040 added Canada Ottawa

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147 86
Italy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Italy Rome

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43 12
Wales is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Wales Cardiff

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130 81
France is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
France Paris

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33 10
Norway is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Norway Oslo

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89 56
Israel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Judy Abramson added Israel Jerusalem

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115 81
Croatia is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
sebbzor added Croatia Zagreb

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106 81
Argentina is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Argentina Buenos Aires

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28 10
Uruguay is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Uruguay Montevideo

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130 106
United States of America is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
United States of America Washington, D.C.

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103 88
Brazil is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Brazil Brasília

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93 73
Chile is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Chile Santiago

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94 83
Japan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Japan Tokyo

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94 77
Costa Rica is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Costa Rica San José

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91 81
Laos is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Laos Vientiane

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93 76
Peru is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Peru Lima

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121 102
Albania is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Albania Tirana

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64 48
Panama is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Davy040 added Panama Panama City

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61 51
Ecuador is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Davy040 added Ecuador Quito

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90 81
Cambodia is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Cambodia Phnom Penh

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87 85
Vietnam is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Vietnam Hanoi

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107 84
Turkey is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Turkey Ankara

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66 51
Venezuela is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Davy040 added Venezuela Caracas

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95 81
Singapore is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Singapore Singapore

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71 61
South Korea is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Davy040 added South Korea Seoul

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157 134
Poland is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Poland Warsaw

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101 82
Thailand is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Thailand Bangkok

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95 76
Colombia is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Colombia Bogotá

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67 57
Bhutan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Davy040 added Bhutan Thimphu

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88 72
South Africa is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
South Africa Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Pretoria

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68 52
Guatemala is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Davy040 added Guatemala Guatemala City

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103 88
Mexico is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Mexico Mexico City