Best Backpacking Destinations in the World

Young traveler wearing a hat with backpack and tripod - at Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia

A lot of people seem to believe traveling is way too expensive or not sustainable for a long-term period. A lot of people believe backpacking is something only super-liberal and rich people can afford to do.

Yes, I do agree that you need to be fairly privileged to be able to spend several weeks backpacking around the world. There’s no denying that. However, it isn’t as expensive as you may think.

Furthermore, backpacking is a great way to immerse yourself in new cultures and have experiences you wouldn’t otherwise have living at home.

There are several countries in Asia and Africa in which you can live on $20 a day or so. In these countries, you can find great accommodation in backpacker hostels for $3 to $5 a night!

The following are some of the best backpacking destinations in the world.

Wat Arun night view Temple in bangkok, Thailand..
Wat Arun night view Temple in bangkok, Thailand Photo Credit: Adobe Stock


Most backpackers start their backpacking adventure with Thailand. Not only is it one of the least expensive countries in Asia, but it offers a completely different experience depending on where you are.

Navigating Bangkok is the perfect way to explore some great parties, clubs, etc.

The South of Thailand is famous for its innumerable beaches and islands, all of them offering a different vibe, be it a party vibe, a relaxing solitary vibe, or others.

Finally, there are some quaint towns and cities in Northern Thailand, such as Chiang Man and Pai that most people swear by.

You can get cheap street food in Thailand for about $3, and you can find great accommodation even in a city like Bangkok for just about $5.

Angkor Wat Temple inside, Siem Reap, Cambodia. Photo Credit: Adobe Stock


Cambodia is similarly divided in terms of the adventures it offers.

In the center, you have Phnom Penh, which is the capital city. It’s not the most advanced city in the world, however, it’s in close vicinity to the country’s primary Genocidal Center, aka, Killing Fields, the site of the country’s greatest tragedy — a genocide led by the Khmer Rouge Regime that wiped out nearly 1/3rd of the country’s population.

If you want to explore some beaches and islands, you can go down south to Sihanoukville or the Koh Rong islands.

However, the most popular destination in Cambodia is Siem Reap. This city is popular because it’s used as a base for people to explore Angkor Wat and the surrounding ruins, one of the world’s greatest architectural landmarks.

The cost of living in Cambodia is extremely inexpensive and you could live in the cities at $15 to $20 a day, if you don’t engage in a lot of sightseeing and activities that is.


Pura Ulun Danu Bratan at Bali, Indonesia
Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, Hindu temple on Bratan lake, Bali, Indonesia Photo Credit: Adobe Stock

Bali immediately became one of the most popular islands in the world as soon as Eat Pray Love came out about a decade ago. Not only is it extremely inexpensive, but Bali also offers a lot for you to do and see.

You can take cheap surfing lessons in Kuta or Seminyak. You can go to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world in Uluwatu, Nusa Lembongan, and others. And you can even go trekking up the Mount Batur volcano.

You can also go island hopping to the neighboring Gili Islands, a collective of three islands. The possibilities here are endless and most backpackers spend a good 2 to 3 months here, especially since they offer an easy Visa-on-Arrival for a period of 2 months!

New Zealand

Southern Alps, New Zealand
Landscape with road and snowy mountains, Southern Alps, New Zealand Photo Credit: Adobe Stock

This is perhaps the most remote and isolated corner of the world, and that’s perhaps a big part of its charm. New Zealand is the perfect country to go backpacking with your friends. Most backpackers buy a camper van when they start exploring this island, and they sell it off at almost the same price when they’re done. You just have to pay for gas, and there are a lot of camping grounds in the wilds of New Zealand specifically meant for backpackers.



Landscape in Nyika National Park - Malawi
Landscape in Nyika National Park – Malawi Photo Credit: Adobe Stock

Malawi is one of the cheapest places in the world. It might be expensive to get a flight to this part of Africa; however, your daily expense can be managed within $15 a day. You can get hostel beds for about $2 and you can get a complete meal for just $1. Furthermore, activities such as water skiing, trekking, etc., will also cost you just a few dollars as opposed to the hundreds of dollars it will cost in most other parts of the world.

There are a lot of other great countries that you can also visit on a super budget, such as Vietnam, Philippines, Turkey, etc. However, these are just five of the cheapest and best.

About Rohan Tandon 15 Articles
Rohan Tandon is a Freelance Writer, Travel Blogger, and Digital Nomad with a penchant for following Pop Culture in all its diverse forms. He’s also a music enthusiast and currently holds an unhealthy obsession with Kate Bush and Tori Amos. When he’s not scrunched up in his cubbyhole churning out articles, he likes exploring the world in search of perfect places and perfect people.

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