Are you like us and always thinking about your next adventure? We take travel planning pretty seriously here at Hostelworld, and that involves staying ahead of the most exciting upcoming travel trends. That’s why we’ve identified the 19 best backpacking destinations for 2019, based on the biggest growth in bookings and all round amazing-ness!
Get ready for some off the beaten track travel in the Middle East, thrill seeking adventures in Central America and little-explored European gems. Of course, there are some old favourites on the list too – sometimes you just can’t beat the classics!
Here are the best backpacking destinations to visit in 2019 – and some of our favourite hostels to stay in while you’re there.
Georgia has seen a massive surge in backpackers this year and should definitely be on your travel radar. You could spend weeks in capital city Tbilisi alone, strolling around the cobbled Old Town, exploring ancient ruins, soaking at a bathhouse and discovering Georgian food (hello, dumplings ). When you fancy escaping the city, take a trip to the Kakheti region to sample some locally produced wine, or to Kazbegi for some hardcore mountain hikes.
Envoy Hostel Tbilisi is somewhere to meet like-minded travellers in the heart of Tbilisi’s Old Town. Guests can enjoy breath-taking views of the city from their sun-soaked roof terrace, and their welcoming staff are always on hand to provide expert travel advice from a local perspective.
Ancient honey-coloured buildings that sit elegantly on top of limestone cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, the beautiful Malta sure is a destination to add to your list for 2019. Known for its impressive historical sites that narrate the story of the nation and its succession of rulers including the Romans and British to name a few. Perhaps what makes Malta such a hot (and loved) destination by backpackers is the mixture of things to do and see, from its rich history that allows travellers to explore ancient ruins, to stunning sparkling blue beaches that provide the ultimate relaxing getaway for backpackers.
If you’ve been looking for a modern hostel with beautiful blue views of the Mediterranean, then we’ve found it! This hostel is in a perfect location that allows backpackers to explore the ancient town with ease and then return home to picturesque views over the Med, whilst sipping a beer on the rooftop. Marco Polo Hostel is a modern and budget-friendly way of enjoying Malta. The rooms are spacious with air conditioning and offer great security. Plus, they offer a floor of dorms for female only backpackers. Apart from the hostel’s stunning views, it also is in a great location with numerous street food and restaurant options, attractions nearby and of course, close to Paceville aka the clubbing district, for those who want to go dancing.