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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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Germany is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Berlin
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Netherlands is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Amsterdam
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Australia is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Canberra
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New Zealand is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Wellington
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Czech Republic is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
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Switzerland is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
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Denmark is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Copenhagen
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Spain is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Madrid
9
Greece is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Athens
10
Republic of Ireland is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
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Finland is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Helsinki
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Iceland is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Reykjavik
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Belgium is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
City of Brussels
14
Scotland is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Edinburgh
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Sweden is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Stockholm
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Hungary is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Budapest
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England is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
London
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Portugal is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
amsmaia added Lisbon
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Italy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Rome
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France is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Paris
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Wales is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Cardiff
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Croatia is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
sebbzor added Zagreb
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Canada is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Davy040 added Ottawa
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Norway is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Oslo
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Argentina is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Buenos Aires