The World's 5 Best Destinations for Backpackers
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You might be wondering how anyone can accurately list the top 5 backpacker destinations in the world. In fact, there may be dozens of these lists: the best outdoor backpacker spots, the best big cities for backpackers, the most relaxing backpacker destinations, the spots that keep backpackers busiest, the best first-time backpackers, etc.
This collection represents some solid options from all of these groups and maybe a few more. To make this list, a destination must have a wide range of hostels and other inexpensive accommodations. In addition, it helps to have university sections where there are affordable restaurants, natural beauty worthy of a great airfare, and sunsets that will remain in your memory for decades.
1. Goa, India
The state of Goa, on the west coast of India, is among the most popular backpacker destinations in the country and perhaps in all of Asia. Is easy to see why.
Goa offers 60 miles of tropical beaches, tree-lined streets, and what is often described as an endless party. The hostel room stock is among the largest in India. Vagator Beach often becomes a place where newcomers plan to spend three days and end up staying for three weeks or three months. Nightly rates at hostels are less than $5 in many places.
There is a beach here for almost every taste. Some are isolated and at peace. Others project a hippie vibe.
Several caveats: the monsoon season runs from May to September. It will be easier to find accommodation, but the weather will affect your plans every day. December is the peak season, and that $ 5 a night hostel can charge $15.
Getting to Goa is a bit challenging as a major air hub does not serve the area. The closest major airport is Mumbai, from where you will need a connecting flight or train ticket. The flight takes about an hour. The train ride lasts nine hours.
Ecuador, Otavalo, seen from a series of realistic paintings displayed on a stall in a street market with people walking through the market and looking at a variety of exhibits for sale.
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Quito is the capital of the country and serves as a good base to visit the Equatorial Mitad del Mundo exhibition, the famous covered market of Otavalo, and the Cotopaxi volcano.
Guayaquil is the largest city in the country, with quick access to the Pacific beaches. Cuenca is the third-largest city, with beautiful 16th-century architecture surrounded by the peaks of the Andes in the distance. From all three cities, you can make arrangements to visit the Galapagos Islands.
For a relatively small country, Ecuador offers a wide variety of landscapes and attractions.
More good news: It is also among the cheapest countries to visit in South America. Air tickets to the new Quito airport sometimes cost a bargain. Transportation within the country is relatively cheap and affordable accommodations abound.
3. Chattanooga, Tennessee
Chattanooga doesn't have a selection of world-class hostels or a sprawling city to explore. What it does offer are adventure travel opportunities that will keep an active visitor busy for days without spending large amounts of money.
Climbers find some of the most challenging spots on this side of the Mississippi River. In bad weather, there is even a covered climbing center in the heart of the center, next to one of the best aquariums in the country.
Adventurous travelers also find options to kayak the Tennessee River, go Olympic-quality rafting on the nearby Ocoee River, and even hang gliding (at a challenging price) just a few miles from the Southwest Georgia state line. the city.
The once drab downtown Chattanooga now boasts a fine selection of restaurants and one of the best farmers markets in the Southeast (late April through December). Hiking opportunities abound in the nearby national forests, and Great Smoky Mountain National Park can be reached by car in about two hours.
A great hostel option, if you can make a reservation, is the Crash Pad in the heart of the city. It caters for many climbers, but all are welcome. This "boutique hostel" offers free breakfast and curtained bunk beds starting at $ 35, with private rooms also available.
4. San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
Nicaragua is among the least expensive countries in Central America, in part because it has less tourism development than neighbors like Costa Rica. Rest assured, Nicaragua is being discovered these days, and San Juan del Sur is one of the new hot spots.
This is the surf capital of Nicaragua. In no time, it was transformed from a sleepy fishing village into a tourist center. For that reason, it may be one of the most expensive destinations in the country, but keep in mind that an expensive place by Nicaraguan standards can still be considered a bargain almost anywhere else.
If San Juan del Sur gets too crowded for your liking, hop on one of the so-called chicken buses (cheap but sometimes slow local transportation) and explore the region. Experience secluded beaches, unspoiled islands, and volcanic peaks.
San Juan del Sur is on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua, and the closest major airport is in Liberia, Costa Rica, in the popular Guanacaste province. Liberia offers nonstop service to destinations in the United States, as well as to Managua in the north.
5. Western Canada
Unfortunately, the year of free entry to Canadian National Parks ended on the last day of 2017. Cheer up: guests under 17 are admitted free starting in January 2018. Prices charged to enter some of the most scenic landscapes Spectacles of the world are always a bargain.
The opportunities to hike, camp, and explore parks like Banff, Jasper, Glacier, Yoho, Kootenay, and Mount Revelstoke will keep the backpacker busy for days, and the expense is modest compared to many other tourist areas.
Not all attractions are at liberty. Big cities like Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver have welcomed backpackers for generations. Vancouver is the most popular and offers a good selection of budget accommodation.
Note that the distances here are sometimes greater than many newcomers expect. Banff-Vancouver is 525 miles by car and includes several mountain passes. Those who commit to this are also rewarded with stunning views.
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