If there is one adventure you should pursue at least once in your lifetime, it is backpacking. This is an economical way of travel that enables you to explore destinations at your leisure without being tied down to a schedule.
If you are a first-time backpacker you will need a destination that not only offers adventure but one that is safe and cheap. Important too is good infrastructure so that you can get around easily. Please find below the top 5 destinations that a first-time backpacker may want to explore.
If you have a strict eye on your budget, Thailand is the destination of choice. In addition to being entranced by the rich cultural experience, you will be surprised at the low cost of food and accommodation. Thailand is ideal for first-time backtrackers because there are hordes of travelers that precede them, hence they can draw from the experience of others.
Head for the East Coast; a good destination for first-timers. You can start your journey in Melbourne, and you will find that there is a wide selection of clean and affordable hostels, many of them with swimming pools. There is also lots to see on the East coast, such as the Great Ocean Road, Bryon Bay, and Fraser Island.
This is a backpacker’s paradise as you can island-hop at this beautiful destination. Greece is cheap compared to other countries in Europe and the islands are warm, the people are friendly and best of all it is safe for backpackers.
Accommodation is available in charming family-run establishments and hostels, and there is a good transport network. A good time to back-pack in Greece is during the shoulder season, namely late April to early June and from September to early October. This is when accommodation prices are not at their peak and the islands are not overrun by tourists.
This may seem like an unlikely destination for back-packers, however, Japan comes highly recommended, especially for first-timers. Apart from having an amazing infrastructure, the locals are kind and friendly. Contrary to popular opinion, it is possible to plan a budget-friendly backpacker’s holiday in Japan.
The countryside is beautiful and the food delicious. There is a wide array of budget accommodation available such as pods and spotlessly clean hostels. There is also the option of CouchSurfing which enables you to discover parts of Japan that are off the beaten track.
This South American country offers diverse outdoor activities and a wide array of cultural experiences. A highlight of your trip will be a visit to El Chaltén, a mountain village located on a river in the Los Glaciares National Park. This is the center of trekking in Argentina. You can walk along trails as you savor the spectacular views of glaciers, mountains, and lakes.
The city of Buenos Aires is also worth exploring with its interesting squares and monuments. There are pretty parks to relax in, and good well-priced hostels that offer great service.
If you take the plunge and embark on a backpacking holiday, you can confidently visit the above destinations, as they have been tested and tried. There is no need to wait, you can start planning your adventure now.