Before setting off on the backpacking journey of a lifetime, map your route in advance and get ready to rough it along the way. These are a few of the most affordable places to go backpacking around the world.
If you truly want to immerse yourself in local culture and have the adventure of a lifetime, there’s no better way to travel than backpacking. And backpacking isn’t just for broke college students anymore either! Savvy trravelers are foregoing pricey rental cars in favor of a backpack and a sturdy pair of hiking boots for a variety of reasons. Because of the enormous cost savings, backpacking allows people to travel longer while getting in touch with nature and experiencing cities and villages like a local.
Backpacking in Nepal
Backpacking through Nepal involves trekking through lots of undeveloped countryside and heritage sites. There are many Hindu and Buddhist temples to check out near Bhaktapur in the Kathmandu Valley. You can eat, sleep, and get around for about $25 a day if you’re frugal in Nepal. Teahouses and lodges to dine at and sleep in can be found along many routes in the Himalayas. This is a journey that definitely deserves plenty of time, and many backpackers take a couple months to explore the region.
Backpacking in Myanmar
If a trip to Thailand isn’t in your budget this year, consider neighboring Myanmar as a great alternative. Many tourists focus exclusively on Thailand and overlook this beautiful country of beaches and jungles. You can go reef diving in Myanmar, which is an unforgettable (and less crowded) experience. Budget accommodations generally range between $5 and $15 per night and meals tend to be in the $2 to $4 range.