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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184 74
Germany is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Berlin

2
156 68
Netherlands is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Amsterdam

3
146 69
Iceland is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Reykjavik

4
148 64
Australia is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Canberra

5
146 65
Czech Republic is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack

6
142 65
Republic of Ireland is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack

7
154 75
Finland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Helsinki

8
149 66
Denmark is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Copenhagen

9
131 60
Scotland is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Edinburgh

10
134 57
New Zealand is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Wellington

11
144 66
Spain is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Madrid

12
134 59
Greece is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Athens

13
142 72
Sweden is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Stockholm

14
137 62
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

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145 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 60
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 88
Italy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Rome

21
43 13
Wales is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Cardiff

22
130 82
France is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Paris

23
34 11
Norway is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Oslo

24
117 81
Croatia is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
sebbzor added Zagreb

25
91 59
Israel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Judy Abramson added Jerusalem

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107 81
Argentina is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Buenos Aires

27
104 88
Brazil is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Brasília

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

29
98 83
Japan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Tokyo

30
98 77
Costa Rica is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
San José

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95 74
Chile is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Santiago

32
97 76
Peru is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Lima

33
131 110
United States of America is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Washington, D.C.

34
100 81
Singapore is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Singapore

35
69 51
Venezuela is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Davy040 added Caracas

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122 102
Albania is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Tirana

37
65 48
Panama is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Davy040 added Panama City

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108 84
Turkey is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Ankara

39
74 61
South Korea is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Davy040 added Seoul

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62 51
Ecuador is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Davy040 added Quito

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92 82
Laos is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Vientiane

42
91 81
Cambodia is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Phnom Penh

43
104 82
Thailand is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Bangkok

44
88 85
Vietnam is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Hanoi

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
71 57
Bhutan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Davy040 added Thimphu

49
102 72
Nicaragua is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Countries to Backpack
Managua

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