Vacations 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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185 76
Germany is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Berlin

2
157 70
Netherlands is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Amsterdam

3
149 65
Australia is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Canberra

4
147 71
Iceland is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Reykjavik

5
147 66
Czech Republic is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack

6
143 66
Republic of Ireland is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack

7
136 57
New Zealand is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Wellington

8
155 76
Finland is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Helsinki

9
150 67
Denmark is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Copenhagen

10
145 66
Spain is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Madrid

11
131 62
Scotland is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Edinburgh

12
143 72
Sweden is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Stockholm

13
135 60
Greece is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Athens

14
137 63
Belgium is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
City of Brussels

15
133 55
Switzerland is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack

16
146 76
Hungary is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Budapest

17
86 42
Portugal is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
amsmaia added Lisbon

18
121 61
England is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
London

19
76 50
Canada is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Davy040 added Ottawa

20
147 89
Italy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Rome

21
131 82
France is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Paris

22
43 14
Wales is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Cardiff

23
35 11
Norway is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Oslo

24
118 81
Croatia is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
sebbzor added Zagreb

25
91 62
Israel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Judy Abramson added Jerusalem

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110 81
Argentina is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Buenos Aires

27
105 88
Brazil is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Brasília

28
29 11
Uruguay is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Montevideo

29
97 74
Chile is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Santiago

30
99 76
Peru is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Lima

31
98 83
Japan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Tokyo

32
98 77
Costa Rica is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
San José

33
101 81
Singapore is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Singapore

34
132 111
United States of America is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Washington, D.C.

35
70 51
Venezuela is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Davy040 added Caracas

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66 48
Panama is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Davy040 added Panama City

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109 84
Turkey is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Ankara

38
75 61
South Korea is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Davy040 added Seoul

39
122 102
Albania is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Tirana

40
105 82
Thailand is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Bangkok

41
62 51
Ecuador is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Davy040 added Quito

42
89 85
Vietnam is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Hanoi

43
92 82
Laos is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Vientiane

44
91 81
Cambodia is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Phnom Penh

45
93 72
South Africa is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Pretoria

46
73 52
Guatemala is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Davy040 added Guatemala City

47
98 76
Colombia is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Bogotá

48
102 72
Nicaragua is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Managua

49
71 57
Bhutan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Davy040 added Thimphu

50
154 147
Nepal is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Kathmandu