Backpackers tend to seek extended trips that are low on budget but high on adventure. While hostel-hopping through Western Europe or Australia is a classic option, today’s savvy travelers are opening up to other destinations. They’re looking for culturally rich, activity filled, relatively economical places a little off the standard tourist trail. They want opportunities to interact with the local people, savor new foods and immerse themselves in foreign languages. They want to see global landmarks, experience unfamiliar rituals and embrace new wonders. We’ve compiled a list of the 14 best places to backpack around the world for today’s adventurous breed of budget traveler. Dare to come along?
1. Egypt: It’s a Lot More Than Camel Riding
Egypt is brimming with exotic culture, vibrant cities and ancient history. It should be on every world traveler’s must-see list. Money can stretch far here, which is a bonus for the backpacker. If you’re thrifty, you can get by on as little as $20 US per day, including food and accommodation. Be sure to budget for the Pyramids of Giza, The Valley Of The Kings and a sail down the Nile. If you can, splurge on a scuba dive in the Red Sea and spend at least one night in the desert of the Great Sand Sea. Be sure to check travel advisories and consider the safety risks, as Egypt has experienced some recent turmoil. At least those that brave a visit wont have to compete with the usual crowds of tourists.
2. Now For a Little Something Different: Volcano Sand-Boarding in Nicaragua
Nicaragua is a little off the mainstream travel radar, which makes it one of the best places to backpack. Explore Central America’s largest country before it is invaded by mass tourism (like Costa Rica). Nicaragua offers a mix of adventure and tranquility. Don’t miss the colonial town of Granada or the volcanic lake of Laguna de Apoyo. Boost your Spanish skills and enjoy some of the emerging eco-tourism opportunities. Try your hand at surfing, deep sea fishing, snorkeling, kayaking or volcano sand boarding. You can live well on $15-20 US per day here. Careful, once you embrace Nicaragua you may never leave.