Backpacking is one of the most fulfilling holidays that you can ever take. Not only does it give you the chance to get in touch with local cultures and practices in ways that more luxurious forms of travelling would, it can also be done on a tight budget.
The hardest part of backpacking though is choosing your destination. Here, we look at eight of our favourites this year.
New Zealand is known for its breathtaking landscapes, and we’re all familiar with just how beautiful it is. The other plus point is that there is no language barrier, and living conditions are generally very good. This makes it a good choice for first time backpackers.
Hopping around the Greek Islands is a perfect balance between culture and relaxation. You’ll find everything from deserted white beaches to lively and vibrant resorts that cater for young clubbers.
The Inca Trail is high up on the list for many backpackers, and for very good reason. There are many ruins along the way, not to mention Machu Pichu, that are as stunning as all the travel brochures with lead you to believe.
If you enjoy skiing, Serbia is the ideal destination. On top of this, there are many museums and galleries to discover that give a fascinating insight into this corner of the globe.
India has a rich and colourful history, and there is no end to its delights. You’ll probably want to see the TajMahal, but beyond this, you’ll need to do your planning, It’s a vast country, and it can take over 24 hours to travel from one part to another. Be prepared for less than favorable travelling conditions, but know that it’s definitely worth it.
Thailand is cheap, fun, and easy to get around. Whether you want to party or explore ancient temples and local markets, you’ll find plenty to keep you entertained. Many travellers love the opportunity to reconnect with their spiritual side whilst in Thailand.
Antigua holidays can be a dream come true for backpackers. You’ll find a mix of coffee shops, pubs, international restaurants, and typical Spanish American culture. Taking a language class while you’re there can be particularly fulfilling.
England may not seem like the most exotic of choices, but it is a backpacker’s mecca in many ways. Transport systems are advanced and generally reliable, and you’ll find everything from rugged coastlines to bustling and diverse cities. The countryside in particular is something that must be explored.
Will you be backpacking in 2013? Which of these destinations appeal to you most?
This article was brought to you by Ruth Richards on behalf of The Holiday Place. The Holiday Place offers tailor made and multicentre breaks to some of the most captivating destinations in the world.