So you’ve finally made the decision to book a backpacking trip. You have your finances sorted, your leave is booked and you’re almost ready to book your flights but the big question remains – where to go? How long to stay? And when to go?
Don’t fear because we’ve covered some of the top destinations across the world to help you decide the best place to backpack for your needs and budget.
If you want a taste of Africa, South Africa is a good place to start. The country has many diverse landscapes for the traveller to see, from the Big 5 and the bush in the Kruger National Park, to beautiful beaches in Cape Town. The country itself is also well-connected and it is easy to book a bus ticket to get around, or even find affordable car hire. From adventure to leisure there’s something for everyone.
You can sip wine at a winery in the Western Cape or do an intense hike in the Drakensberg mountains. You can take a leisurely cruise from the Waterfront in Cape Town or go surfing in Jeffrey’s Bay for more of a thrill. It’s up to you how you plan your itinerary but do your research first and talk to the locals if you are unsure about anything.
The weather in South Africa varies depending on which region you travel to, so keep this in mind when planning. Ensure you pack suitable clothing for protection against all types of weather, especially if you are visiting the Western Cape where it changes frequently.
Thailand is known as an excellent destination for first time backpackers as it caters for most budgets. There is lots to do and the people are friendly and helpful. You can explore beaches, islands, jungles, temples and more in Thailand. Some suggested itineraries include Thailand’s islands or Central and Northern Thailand (Bangkok all the way up to Chiang Rai).
Do some research to see what would fit your needs – some people are adventure seekers whereas others don’t mind relaxing on a beach all day. Make sure that your fellow travellers are on the same page as you too as there’s nothing more frustrating than travelling with people in a group that have different priorities to you. No one wants to be forced to do things they don’t really want to do and it can land up causing friction which no one wants while you’re on holiday.
With just a backpack and several weeks of time off, you can have the best holiday in Australia. The country is diverse, the people are some of the friendliest you will meet on the road, and the wildlife is interesting to say the least.
There are many options to choose from when it comes to backpacking. You could do some of the following itineraries: Tasmania, Top Cities (such as Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide), the East Coast or the Outback and plenty more. There are plenty of ways you can save money backpacking in the country to make the most of your trip and extend the time you spend there.
If you are ever at loss of what to do, talk with some of the friendly locals and see what they have to recommend for the area.
Europe is such a diverse continent that you’d be forgiven for feeling overwhelmed when trying to decide where to go. For a bit of everything why not give Spain a try? The cities of Barcelona and Madrid are full of intriguing architecture but there’s also a lot to see outside of these cities.
You may even want to consider building into your itinerary a walk along the Camino in northern Spain. This will give you a good feeling of the country from a local’s perspective just by venturing out of the main cities a little. The whole Camino can take up to four weeks and spans nearly 800km so decide how much time and effort you are willing to spend on your trek.
Wherever you go in the world, backpacking is a great way to meet friendly people along the way and experience a country more like a local. Our last bit of advice, don’t forget your sunscreen!