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Where was your favorite backpacking destination?

Out of all the places in the world, where was your favorite backpacking destination and why?

I'm thinking of taking a solo trip and I'm in need of some inspiration! 

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  • Justin Schmid

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    I would probably lean toward New Zealand with Iceland a close second. It's a bit easier to get around in NZ, and more diverse terrain. It's less expensive, too.

    Both have well-marked tracks, epic scenery, great hut systems and excellent hostels.

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  • James Foster

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    Mine will always be Zambia and Malawi. Stunning countries, fascinating cultures, wonderful people and plenty of adventure. Highlights include Livingstone with the amazing Victoria Falls, camping in South Luangwa National Park, hiking up Mulanje Massif and chilling at Cape Maclear

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  • Chris Pittenger

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    I second what JR Johnson said about Byron Bay. Awesome! I'd also throw out Wanakaand Queenstownon the south island of NZ since you are already in the "neighborhood."


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  • claus andersen

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    If you are backpacking solo then I would recommend Vietnam Laosand Cambodia as great places to go.

    In these countries you have quite a few single females backpacking around on their own and the palces are not as overrun and over touristy as many places are in Thailand.

    A few places I would recommend you are Plain of Jars Site 1 LouangphabangLouangphabangimage from visualphotos.comAngkor WatAngkor WatKampot Hoi AnHoi Animage from vietnamonline.comMui NeMui Neimage from smiletravelvietnam.comHạ Long Bay HanoiHanoiJust to mention a few places.

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  • Marie-Eve Dugas

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    Surprisingly, I got a lot of fun in Armenia. Somewhat easy to travel to, yet off-the-beaten path. The Envoy Hostel & Tours│Yerevan is a great place to meet other travellers and team up to explore the rest of the country. Throughout the country, the people are really nice and the food is great.

    If you're into hiking, there a quite a lot of mountains. Have a look at what's to see here: http://www.globespots.com/places.php?country=armenia (you'll notice a lot of churches and monasteries...)

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  • Loreto Fernández Pérez

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    I love Andalucía in Spain. It's beautiful and the people there is great! And it's really cheap!

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  • Immi and Greg

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    Do you mean backpacking like hiking or more travelling with a backpack (on busses and trains)?

    Of all places Southeast Asia is probably the best (weird placemark btw.). It's cheap and mostly safe, food tastes good and the weather is awesome. On top of it most of the locals are nice (lower percentage of nice locals in Vietnam and Cambodia).

    Countries I liked most myself were Malaysia and Thailand. Both have great food and very hospitable people, wonderful beaches, forests and mountains. Myanmar is up and coming but I really don't want to send that many people there (to keep it for ourselves).

    On Vietnam and Cambodia (especially Vietnam): I would not recommend anyone to travel to Vietnam if it's their first trip alone. You have to be witty and quite well travelled to always stay polite even in the most crazy situations where people try to re-sell you your cellphone which they have stolen 5 minutes ago. Prices are also considerably higher (or just more inflated for white people) than in other countries in SEA. Example: try to find a place in Thailand or Malaysia where they want a Dollar for every drink (water, coke, whatever).

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  • Elliott Lowen

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    Out of Bishop, Ca heading Southwest, you can take an old Paiute Indian Trail up and over the Sierra Nevada, or just enjoy being above the tree line. This is a historic trail used by the Paiute Indians to trade with the Miwoks. You can walk across the sierras to Fresno. There are still glaciers at the top of the pass, feeding cirques and a real sense of open rugged space. Also, different forests evolving as you get lower in altitude. Also, you will find Petroglyphs of the Volcanic Tablelands: Bishop, California

    Start by visiting the Paiute Indian Web Site. http://www.bishoppaiutetribe.com/

    Visit the Paiute - Shoshone Indian Cultural Center on West Line Street in Bishop, California, before you head off. The museum offers excellent informative displays featuring the history of the occupation of these tribes in the Owens Valley. In 1997, there were approximately 2,000 Native Americans living on the Bishop Reservation. Taking a few minutes to learn in more detail about the creators of these petroglyphs will enhance your experience in the field.

    Geologic Composition

    Granite in the Sierra is as old as 85 - 210 million years. Some of the sedimentary rocks in the roof pendant are 600 million years old.

    The tablelands are part of a 580 square mile area covered by a series of volcanic ash flows from the eruption of Long Valley, 760,000 years ago. Composed of several layers of a salmon-colored pumice known as Bishop tuff, it is up to 600 feet deep in places, but averages 12 feet thick on the south-east edges.

    The tablelands border the northern end of Owens Valley, slightly slope to Round Valley, and reach to Mono Lake. In places where this broad, arch-shaped flow was subsequently folded and tilted by faulting, andesite and basalt leaked up through volcanic vents called fumaroles. The resulting formations were composed of more erosion resistant minerals and thus eventually became exposed.

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    I'd look at Byron Bay and Hanalei Bay. They are kinda similar places... beach towns with a chill artsy hippie vibe. Both have tons of water sports to keep you busy. Byron Bay is more geared towards backpackers, as is most of Austrailia but you'll eat up a lot of budget just on the flight down there. Have fun!!

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  • Matt Baney

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    Sperry Chalet in Glacier National Park Montana.. You can work it out as a easy 2-3 night backpack trip (6-8 miles a day, Gunsight Lake, Lake Ellen Wilson), and then end it by staying at the Chalet. Sperry Chalet is a 100 year old stone chalet, 25 rooms, no heat, no lights, no electricity, no indoor plumbing; but they have a great dining room and provide three meals per day, its an awesome decadent way to end a backcountry trip! Reservations fill up fast for the Chalet rooms, but even if you don't get a room, there's a backcountry campground nearby, so you can camp but eat your meals in the Chalet dining room!

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    New Zealand! No doubt about it. Easy to get around. If you want wilderness backcountry, there are literally thousands of huts and campsites in the National Parks system. Photo is from Nelson Lakes National ParkNew Zealand

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    I have had the pleasure of Backpacking in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Along The Appalachian Trail, In the Jungles of Panama, Through the Backwoods of Georgia and Florida and through the countries of Germany and Netherlands. But I think the best was a Snow Ski backpack tour through the German/Austrian Alps.General Trippy MediaGeneral Trippy MediaGeneral Trippy Media

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    China!! It was so different compare to Sweden, where I'm from. A really fun and interesting trip, a lot to see and do. And it was cheap. The only bad part was their food and they are not good at english.

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