10 Best and Cheapest Countries for Backpackers


Backpacking is one of the most fun and budget-friendly ways to travel around the world. It’s always easier to travel with minimum luggage and it’s not so bad to stay in cheap accommodation, especially if you are a student or you just can’t afford to visit a luxury destination. I always thought that only rich people can afford to travel, but luckily, it’s not true. Sure, if you are on a tight budget, you won’t visit luxury destinations and you won’t stay at luxury hotels, but it’s not the purpose of traveling.

The purpose of traveling is actually to see the world and get unforgettable experience. Backpacking is one of the best ways to do that. Check out the list of ten best and cheapest countries for backpackers and start planning your trip right now.

With these ten countries for backpackers, you will be seeing the world without spending a lot of money and worrying about your bank account.

1. Turkey

One of the cheapest backpacking countries that has something to offer for everyone is definitely Turkey. With a unique mix of eastern and western culture and its spectacular landscapes, Turkey is an awesome country that can be absolutely different from your home country. The food in this country isn’t only amazingly tasty, it’s also very affordable. They say Turkey is a country for every traveler and I absolutely agree with them. There is a fantastic cultural fest everywhere, from the ancient ruins of Troy to breathtaking and commercial capital Istanbul.

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Visit Istanbul’s Old Town, the Hagia Sophia museum and the Chora Church, and don’t forget about the Grand Bazaar food market, one of the world’s best food bazaars, which has more than 4,000 stores stretched out and dates back to the 15th century. It’s a great place to discover Middle Eastern foods, meet locals and enjoy the country’s culture.

2. Nicaragua

While Nicaragua is not very popular tourist destination and it’s not full of travelers, it’s one of the best and affordable countries for every backpacker. It’s a perfect destination for those who want to experience a mix of wildness and peace, wide open spaces, breathtaking natural views and colonial cultures without breaking the bank.

Go to Granada to see the unique colonial buildings. Laguna de Apoyo, a fantastic volcanic lake in Masaya, is within a 20-minute drive from Granada. If you are planning to visit Nicaragua, the best time to do it is from December to February when it’s dry and the temperatures are about 32 degrees.

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3. Thailand

Thailand is always filled with a great number of backpackers having a great time. This country is budget-friendly, packed full of unique culture and nice people. Local, authentic Thai food is ridiculously cheap and incredibly tasty. In Thailand, you can budget only $20 a day for accommodation and food, and that’s if you are staying in a great, comfortable place.

However, you can find even cheaper accommodation, just look around and ask the locals. Thailand is a wonderful country where you can afford to see and do more without spending a fortune. Splendid beaches, delicious food, interesting culture and vibrant nightlife make Thailand one of the best countries for backpackers.

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4. Peru

One of the most traditional backpacking countries, Peru boasts incredible rainforests, fantastic ancient ruins, stunning landscapes and fabulous sandy beaches. Machu Picchu is definitely a must-see.

From Andean trails to a unique blend of history and wildlife, there’s something to experience any time of the year. The capital of Peru, Lima, is perhaps the best place to start your trip. Just grab a map, a good pair of hiking shoes, learn a little Spanish and take a trip to Peru.

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5. Sri Lanka

The most popular backpacking city in Sri Lanka is Colombo, the commercial capital of the country. The administrative capital of the country is Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte, which is also worth vising. These cities are full of nice local people offering cheap accommodation, food, and goods.

The Galle Face Green and Buddha statues are fantastic and the great news is that everyone can visit Sri Lanka and enjoy its culture and landmarks because this is one of the most affordable countries for backpackers.

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6. Costa Rica

If you are an outdoor/nature lover, then Costa Rica must be on your travel bucket list. With its beautiful national parks, magnificent volcanoes, amazing wildlife, the colorful birds, pure lakes, golden beaches and blue sea, Costa Rica is a great place for eco-friendly backpacking. One of the most famous tourist attractions of Costa Rica is the Corcovado National Park that offers a wide variety of activities and attractions.

The Palo Verde National Park is a perfect place for those who look for peace and nature. When you visit Costa Rica’s national parks, make sure you take a bathing suit. There are a lot of swimming holes, waterfalls, and hot springs to enjoy. Also, don’t forget to take your camera to capture the unforgettable moment of volcanic eruption. If you want to experience Caribbean culture, start planning your trip to Costa Rica right now.

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7. India

India is another popular and inexpensive backpacking destination. Backpacking in this country is an experience of a lifetime. Travel, accommodations, and food are rather cheap compared to other backpacking destinations in the world. There are many backpacking hostels, which are located in the most cities and which are a perfect place to meet other backpackers and make new friends.

When traveling in India, you will not be able to enjoy air conditioning or hot showers at times, but the culture, authentic food and numerous tourist attractions make it worth it. Many people avoid visiting India because they think it’s a dangerous place, but it’s actually a wonderful place and caution is a must for any traveler and in any travel destination.

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8. Nepal

Looking for tropical nature and classic Asian culture? Take your trip to Nepal. Enjoy the country’s stunning Asian heritage while trekking in the undeveloped, beautiful countryside. Go to Bhaktapur in the Kathmandu Valley to visit the sacred Buddhist and Hindu temples, such as famous Manakamana, Budhanilkantha, and Pashupatinath.

For most backpackers, a month isn’t enough to discover this wonderful place. Accommodation and food is affordable, so you won’t have to worry about them.

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9. Albania

If you can’t afford to travel to Greece and Italy, Albania is a perfect alternative. Although it’s one of Europe’s poorest countries, Albania is a beautiful country with rich cultural heritage and it’s a very cheap backpacking destination. Tirana, the capital of Albania, boasts a wealth of stunning museums and amazing historical sites.

You can hike on the Mount Dajti and have a spectacular view, or enjoy the sunshine on the gorgeous, white sandy beaches, such as Jala or Dhermi beach. No matter what you decide to do, this country is awesome!

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10. Indonesia

The last but not least cheap country for backpackers is Indonesia. There are clear seas, beautiful sandy beaches, fantastic rainforests, and a unique culture to explore. In fact, there are many things to see and to do in Indonesia which don’t require money.

You can take a stroll along the sandy beaches, you can swim in the sea, or you can discover the fantastic rainforest and all for free. Head to the Sumba Island to try fishing, snorkeling, surfing, or consider visiting one of the best beaches in Bali.

Now that you are aware of the list of the cheapest countries for backpackers, you know that it’s possible to travel when you are on a tight budget. Sure, you can backpack almost anywhere on a budget, you just need to do your research and plan well before going to any country. What’s your favorite place to backpack?