Backpacking is one of the most fun adventures to go on. College students for years and years have enjoyed grabbing their gear, some good friends, a map, and setting out onto an unknown place. It is also one of the best economical ways to vacation. Don’t worry about burning the cash because with these top ten places to backpack you will be seeing the world without dipping too far into the bank account. Get ready for a fun time with some good friends. Grab your gear and let’s go.
In Nepal, you are going to have a wonderful experience for classic Asian culture and tropical nature. Trekking in the undeveloped countryside, you will be able to enjoy the organic and beautiful Asian heritage. Head to Bhaktapur in the Kathmandu valley, and you do not want to miss other sacred Hindu/Buddhism temples, like famous Pashupatinath, Budhanilkantha, Manakamana. For many backpackers, even one month is not enough for them to soak in the peaceful aurora.
Thailand is definitely the ideal destination for college backpackers who are seeking a place with both a rich culture and an affordable location. Not to mention, you will certainly want to try the local Thai cuisine… too good to ever pass up. You can also go for an authentic Thai iced tea at the roadside stores! The basic expense on foods and accommodation there every day is as low as $20. The country’s spirit is in Buddhism temples and architectural masterpieces and full of Thai history: Wat Phra Kaeo temple, Wat Arun temple, Wat Benchamabophitr and Grand Palace at Bangkok. Try Thai Boxing if you’re interested in the very unique sports.
Backpacking India is easy and inexpensive. Food, accommodations, and travel are very cheap compared to other places around the world. Backpacker’s hostels are located in all the major cities and many touring guides appeal to college travelers as well. Backpacking India means leaving luxuries like hot water pressure and air conditioning at home in exchange for some pretty incredible sites and people to meet.
- Sri Lanka
Colombo, the commercial capital of Sri Lana, is the most popular city to visit here. Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte is actually the capital of the country and worth a visit to as well. The Buddha statues and Galle Face Green Promenade in Colombo are awesome. You will feel as though you have traveled to another time and place when you come to Sri Lanka. The people are very friendly and willing to meet your needs.
Indonesia enables you to enjoy mysterious rainforests, silver beaches and crystal-clear green seas without swiping your credit card too frequently. There are thousands of islands that you can pick from to explore the jungles and enjoy the sunshine. If you are scratching your head with where to start, head to Sumatra. Lake Maninjau, and Harau Valley at Abdi Homestay (west Sumatra) and Tangkahan(North Sumatra) would be the places you can sleep in the cozy lodges, listen to the wild monkeys’ calls, take in the morning mist, or read books in front of the waterfall. You can even enjoy an elephant trek at Tangkahan village which will be a lot of fun! If you prefer the sea activities, Sumba Island is a good option. It is only 400km away from Bali, but you will be just as satisfied with snorkeling, surfing, fishing and doing Yoga at the beautiful beaches.
Before Nicaragua becomes a crowed and expensive travel destination, grab your map and get onboard! Nicaragua is the blend of wildness and peace which is full of colonial cultures and fabulous natural views. Granada is a must-go where you will see those unique colonial buildings. With just a 20-minute driving distance from Granada, Laguna de Apoyo is a volcanic lake in the town named Masaya, another site that cannot be missed. December to February are the best months to travel this area, the highest temperature would be no more than 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
Peru is really an amazing place to visit. When choosing where to backpack inexpensively consider this place as your destination. Rainforests, ruins, and beaches are plentiful. Lima the capital is a good place to start your trip if you don’t have a game plan. The cool part about Peru also is that you don’t really need a plan. Just have a map, a little Spanish under your belt, and a good pair of hiking shoes. You’re all set for a once in a lifetime adventure.
Turkey has been pinned on the map by student travelers more and more because of the spectacular landscapes, foods and the affordable. The artery links the Asia and Europe, Turkey is a mix of western and eastern culture. The commercial capital Istanbul used to be the political capital of Ottoman and Byzantine empires and now is the iconic city where could be the place to start. Besides Hagia Sophica Museum, the Chora Church, Istanbul Old Town, head to Grand Bazaar food market, one of the top food bazaars in the world. This market dates back to 15th century with over 4000 stores stretch out – the best place to discover the locals’ lives and the Middle East foods.
If Italy and Greece are too expensive for you to travel, Albania is a good alternative. Life expenses there are much much cheaper, but the Mediterranean views value the same. Albania has rich architectural and cultural heritages from the long-history relationships with Greece, Rome, Ottoman Empire, Austro-Hungarian Empire, Italy and France etc. Tirana is the capital where you could visit many historical sites and museums, and hike on the Mount Dajti to have a fantastic bird-eyes’ view. For sunshine and golden sands, go to Dhermi or Jala Beach, you might feel nothing different from Greece when you lying down and soaking in the sunshine.
- Costa Rica
Volcanoes, national parks, wildlife, pure lakes, blue sea and golden beaches, Caribbean culture and relatively low cost… Costa Rica would fit your expectations. Corcovado National Park is called one of best rainforest national park to adventure and is probably the most popular site for visitors. But if you are finding the paradise that is relatively quieter, Palo Verde National Park could be the one. Bring your telephoto lens to capture the moment of volcano eruption and the flocks of big colorful birds you have never seen before. Do not forget your swimsuit since you have countless chances to play with waterfalls, swimming holes and natural hot springs