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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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189 78
Germany is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Berlin
2
159 72
Netherlands is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Amsterdam
3
151 65
Australia is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Canberra
4
148 71
Iceland is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Reykjavik
5
150 67
Czech Republic is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
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139 57
New Zealand is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Wellington
7
146 67
Republic of Ireland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
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158 77
Finland is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Helsinki
9
151 68
Denmark is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Copenhagen
10
134 63
Scotland is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Edinburgh
11
146 67
Spain is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Madrid
12
136 60
Greece is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Athens
13
143 73
Sweden is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Stockholm
14
134 55
Switzerland is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
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138 64
Belgium is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
City of Brussels
16
87 42
Portugal is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
amsmaia added Lisbon
17
146 77
Hungary is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Budapest
18
121 63
England is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
London
19
78 50
Canada is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Davy040 added Ottawa
20
148 90
Italy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Rome
21
132 83
France is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Paris
22
35 11
Norway is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Oslo
23
44 15
Wales is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Cardiff
24
119 82
Croatia is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
sebbzor added Zagreb
25
111 82
Argentina is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Buenos Aires