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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! 

14 Answers

top answer by
Justin from Phoenix

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. 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. New Zealand (country)
  2. Iceland (country)
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answered by
James from London

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

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Zambia (country)
  2. Malawi (country)
  3. Livingstone (city)
  4. Victoria Falls (attraction)
  5. South Luangwa National Park (attraction)
  6. Mulanje Massif (attraction)
  7. Cape Maclear (city)
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answered by
Chris from Placerville

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."

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Byron Bay (city)
  2. Wanaka (city)
  3. Queenstown (city)
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answered by

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 LouangphabangAngkor WatKampot Hoi AnMui NeHạ Long Bay HanoiJust to mention a few places.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Vietnam (country)
  2. Laos (country)
  3. Cambodia (country)
  4. Plain of Jars Site 1 (attraction)
  5. Louangphabang (city)
  6. Angkor Wat (attraction)
  7. Kampot (city)
  8. Hoi An (city)
  9. Mui Ne (city)
  10. Hạ Long Bay (attraction)
  11. Hanoi (city)
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answered by
Marie-Eve from Montreal

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: (you'll notice a lot of churches and monasteries...)

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Armenia (country)
  2. Envoy Hostel & Tours│Yerevan (attraction)
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answered by
Loreto from Santiago, Chile

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

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  1. Andalucía (state)
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answered by
Elliott from San Francisco

Out of Bishop (California), 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.

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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  1. Bishop (California) (city)
  2. Sierra Nevada (attraction)
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answered first by
JR from Manhattan Beach

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!!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Byron Bay (city)
  2. Hanalei Bay (metro area)
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answered by
Shannon from Albuquerque

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Glacier National Park (park)
  2. Waterton Park (city)
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answered by
Matt from Kent (Washington)

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!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Sperry Chalet (attraction)
  2. Glacier National Park (park)
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answered by
Stephen "Sven" from Florida

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.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Great Smoky Mountain National Park (park)
  2. The Appalachian Trail (attraction)
  3. Panama (country)
  4. Georgia (country)
  5. Florida (state)
  6. Germany (country)
  7. Netherlands (country)
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answered by
Robbie from Denver

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 Park

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. New Zealand (country)
  2. Nelson Lakes National Park (city)
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answered by
Sofia from Vasteras

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. 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. China (country)
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answered by
Rick from Denver

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Kalalau Trail (attraction)
  2. Hawaii (state)
  3. Grand Canyon National Park (park)

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