Just as the pandemic subsides and people get comfortable travelling again, those of you hit by the travel bug are likely to head straight out to explore new countries. However, with the economy going downhill, many will want to look for travel experiences that doesn’t burn a hole in their pocket.
If exploring the world is on your mind, backpacking across countries can be the best way to meet new people, try different cuisines and indulge in different cultures. Below, we look at some of the best countries for backpacking.
Mexico is a vibrant country with a lot to offer. From ancient Mayan cities to pristine beaches, Mexico is an eclectic mix of rich history and culture that thrives alongside some of the world’s most beautiful natural sights.
If this is the first time you’re planning a backpacking trip to Mexico, it’s a good idea to focus on the popular backpacking routes that are safe for indie travelers. Mexico City to Yucatan is a classic backpacking route. Topical stops on this route will include Mexico City, Oaxaca city, Chiapas and Playa del Carmen. Start out by experiencing the vibrant culture and city life at Mexico City, then head to Oaxaca region that’s well known for its food culture. To get a taste of Oaxacan food, visit Oaxaca’s markets and street food stalls. While you’re at it, look for delicious moles, quesillos and handmade corn tortillas.
To explore the Mayan ruins, head to Chiapas. This beautiful region is spread across mountainous highlands and dense rainforests. Finally, end your backpacking trip on the pristine beaches of Playa del Carmen. If you’re looking for beautiful villas to stay in Mexico, check out KOALA.
If you’re looking to experience a country to the fullest, without having to travel long distances, Puerto Rico is the perfect country for you. The country’s landscape is stunning with mountains, rainforests, rocky coastline, beaches and Caribbean islands. Puerto Rico is an exotic destination for Americans who can visit the country without their passports.
Start out at San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico that is known for its historical sites and bustling night life. Visit the 16th century fort El Morro which is listed as a world heritage site. For world class surfing beaches, head to Rincon, situated in the west coast. While Rincon is a perfect destination for surfers, it’s also popular for snorkeling, scuba diving and whale watching.
The South Pacific nation of Fiji is a collection of volcanic islands and is famous for its lush forests and quiet coastline. Its pristine natural environment is reflected through its vivid skies and crystal-clear waters. Popular as one of the most exotic destinations that can break your bank, Fiji can equally be explored on a backpacker’s budget.
Choose the Mamanucas and Yasawa Island chains for backpacking as these islands are easily accessible from mainland, offers backpacker style accommodation and an array of activities to enjoy. For water sports enthusiasts, a visit to Mamanucas is a must. Mamanucas is a group of islands off the coast of Nadi and is known for its ideal surfing beaches, like on Hawaii’s Northshore, soft corals and beautiful sealife.
The Yasawa Islands are popular with backpackers because of inexpensive accommodation and late-night parties. Fiji is known for its beautiful corals and clear visibility under water. This makes diving an incredible experience, so this should be on your list if you visit Fiji.
TIPS FOR BACKPACKERS
- Always keep a map or GPS handy. A map is especially important if you plan to visit places that are off the beaten track.
- Make a plan of what would you like to do in each place you visit. Doing a little research on places you’d like to visit can save time to do the things you really want to do.
- Pack light and carry all the medication that you might need. To save up space, you can roll your clothes while packing them.
- Ask the locals for suggestions on what to do and where to visit. While exploring, remember to keep it local.
- Try to get out of your comfort zone and do things that you would otherwise not attempt.
Backpacking across countries is a fun way to explore a place to its fullest. Instead of exploring a city like a tourist, backpacking allows you to really soak up the vibe of the country you’re visiting. From making new friends to exploring new cultures or indulging in local street food, the charm of backpacking across countries is irreplaceable.
There’s no better way to explore a country that to backpack across its length and breadth. If you plan to go backpacking, these countries are good options.