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7 Backpacking Destinations
Tackling the world as a backpacker is an incredible experience, and one that doesn’t have to cost you the earth. If you’ve fallen in love with backpacking, there are some originally unique and thrilling destinations out there. Where you want to go will depend on the country, availability of backpacker accommodation, the price and above all, the experience! Here are 7 awesome backpacking destinations to help you plan your next journey!
Daintree Rainforest, Australia
Home to some of Australia’s most glorious plants and wildlife, the Daintree Rainforest in Queensland is a beautiful spot for backpackers. You’ll find a good handful ofhostels in the Daintree, ranging from $20 per night upwards, as well as a bunch of camping spots and a few more expensive spas and hotels. Discover the beauty of the rainforest, alongside the coastal, coral reefs and the amazing peaks and gorges. Ensure you check out Mossman Gorge and Thornton Peak for some memorable trekking experiences.
India is one of the cheapest and easiest nations to get around in. There are a wide range of hostels all over the country and locals are very welcoming. After you’ve visited Mumbai, Dehli and Agra (home of the Taj Mahal) head to the nation’s smallest state – Goa. Goa is perfect for gorgeous beaches blended with Indian culture and colonial history. You can indulge in markets and sight see at lots of cathedrals, churches and old forts. If it’s the wet season, also check out the Dudhsagar Waterfalls for some spectacular views.
Prague, Czech Republic
Long known for its beautiful medieval architecture, Prague is a common stop-off for backpackers making their way across Europe. Prague is generally cheap and very backpacker friendly, with lots of hostels and dorm-style accommodation available. Transportation is also easy to navigate and you can mostly get around by trains, buses or on foot. Your must-see list should include the Prague Castle and the Charles Bridge, as well as the Jewish quarter and the dozens of Prague museums and galleries. An excellent place to discover the Czech culture without spending heaps of cash!
Asia is always known for its great value for money and when it comes to backpacking, you can’t go past Battambang, the second-largest city in Cambodia. Thanks to its cheap economy, it’s easy to find inexpensive accommodation in Battambang, though it’s best to head further out into the streets rather than look in the city’s heart. Activities here include lots of temple, boat rides, a ride on the Norry train and even rice paper making. Battambang is generally very quiet and relaxed and is considered ‘off the track’ for mainstream travellers, making it an ideal destination for backpackers.
Glacier Bay, Alaska
For those who love a spot of adventure, glorious terrains, glaciers and encounters with rare wildlife, Alaska is King! Here, backpackers can see humpback whales, killer wales, seals, moose, wolves, deer and bears. Travellers can go on a guided tour through Glacier Bay Park or engage in other activities like kayaking. Lodges and hotels can be generally found on the edge of the park, however, for a cheaper experience consider looking into camping options.
NSW Beaches, Australia
There’s nothing more spectacular than a country’s coast – and the east coast of Australia sports some of the world’s best beaches. Here, you can trek all the way from the southern beaches of Wollongong, Narrawallee, Broulee and Killalea (great for beginner surfers) all the way up to Sydney’s beaches of Bondi, Manly, Dee Why and Curl Curl. There are plenty of cheap rooms to rent in Sydney to suit both long term and short term backpackers. After this, you can head up to the beaches at Byron Bay, Ballina and Lennox head and even power on through Queensland if you’re keen. Definitely head to NSW if you’re a surf or swim junkie!
Often underrated by tourists, Bolivia is becoming a popular backpacking spot due to its cheap accommodation and stunning scenery. The isolated city of Uyuni in the south west offers travellers a chance to see Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt flat in the world. In the summer months, the white flats contrast with the blue sky and prove to be an amazing sight. Accommodation here is mostly in the way of 3-star hostels in the main centre of town, where you can also visit the train cemetery and check out the wide range of markets. Truly a backpacker’s dream!