Hands up who’s already in your head spent their Christmas cash on next year’s escapades? We know you’re all while totally travel obsessed even as we are, which is why we’ve assembled this hand-picked list of the best backpacking destinations for 2020, based on the biggest growth in bookings in the last twelve months.
Not any travel clichés here close friends – from paradise islands to underrated African towns, laid-back surfing towns to isolated mountain retreats, it may be time to start planning just where in the world we’re heading the coming year. Spoiler alert: it’s definately not the beaten track.
Bringing out you to the 20 greatest backpacking destinations for 2020!
20. Sendai – Asia
This exciting festival is held around the days when the stars Altair and Vega cross pathways, and features live music, traditional dance, street foodstuff, fireworks, and most famously, 1000s of colourful streamers decorating the location.
If you can’t manage to time travel to coincide with this, Sendai is still well worth a visit. It’s got bustling markets, wonderfully random nightlife options and a long list of extraordinary temples and shrines to see.
20. Portland (Maine) – UNITED STATES Racine
Wondering where to stay? Choose the outrageously funky Black Elephant Hostel. Much like the metropolis itself, it’s equal parts cosy and cool, which has a warm, family feel and colourfully mismatched interiors.
It’s right next to the Old Slot so exploring couldn’t become easier, and when you’re carried out you can snuggle up in front side of the fireplace in the communal lounge.
18. Raglan — New Zealand
The North Island town of Raglan is surrounded by incredible natural beauty and epic surf breaks.
It’s best known for its unusual black sand sea-coast, but venture a little outside town and discover peaceful running trails through the Wainui nature reserve, cycling routes above an ancient volcano and the sparkling green waters of the Marriage Veil Falls. Most backpackers come here to surf although, as there’s a spot for each and every ability.
17. Pisac – Peru
best backpacking destinations — Pisac
It doesn’t get much more relaxing than yoga with these vistas, and you’re likely to seem like you’re floating on clouds after a few days in Pisac! Aside from achieving total zen, other things to do in Pisac include browsing for local products at the Sunday market, roaming the colonial streets in the Old Town and rising the crowd-free Pisac ruins.
Wolf Totem Guesthouse embodies the spirit of Pisac.
16. Trapani — Italy
best backpacking locations – Trapani
For any budget-friendly stay in the city centre, Hostelleria is the top choice.
It’s got a plain and simple design but has every thing you’ll need, with dorms and private rooms, a shared kitchen and a lively bar next door.
15. Liège – Belgium
best backpacking destinations – Liège
It may have shied away from the spotlight in the past, but Belgium’s fourth largest town is barging the likes of Bruges and Brussels out of the way to find the backpacker appreciation it deserves.
Despite being packed full of incredible architecture, cultural jewels and amazing food, it manages to keep hold of a laid-back, small town ambiance that makes you feel instantly at your home.
14. Buenaventura – Republic of colombia
For the ultimate calm stay, choose Pacifico Hostel. It’s surrounded by virgin new world and has its own private beach(!! ), overlooked by a odd open-air bar.
They choose sustainable options like developing their own veg and working their bathrooms with rain water, and they’ll lend you a kayak to explore the nearby mangroves. We’re starting to believe city life is overrated…
13. Hà Giang – Vietnam
NoMadders Hostel is definitely the perfect base on the outskirts of the city to bathe in that fresh, mountain air flow.
Their gorgeous dorms cost as little as £4 a night, and you can treat yourself to a private hut out of £20.
There’s an outdoor pool and patio surrounded by jungle, a bar and a hot tub for living your better backpacker life!
12. Maputo – Mozambique
best backpacking destinations – Maputo
For a local feast, check out the fish market, where one can pick your catch and still have it cooked with poker chips or rice at one of many surrounding restaurants! And when metropolis life all gets a bit too much, you can hop on a bus for 90 minutes to reach the quiet pristine beaches of Ponto perform Ouro.
Maputo is only just simply emerging as a backpacker destination so there aren’t loads of hostels, which means you should take complete advantage of The Base.
11. Nassau – Bahamas
best camping out destinations – Nassau
They’ve got two rescued pigs who love to take a dip too! It’s in a quiet beachfront local community with easy public move links to downtown, and has a mixture of private bedrooms, mixed and female-only dorms.
10. Gijón – Italy
best backpacking destinations — Gijon
It’s set in a large house where you’ll meet heaps of other backpackers over beers in the garden or maybe the free buffet breakfast.
There’s even free yoga every evening, so you’re sure to come to be channelling the chilled soul of Gijón by the time you leave.
9. Siargao Tropical isle – The Philippines
ideal backpacking destinations – Siargao Island
One more surfer’s paradise, Siargao certainly is the wave-riding capital of The Philippines that’s low-key one of the most amazing islands on earth.
Full of items like waterfalls, lagoons, silo, jungle and of course, those shorelines, it’s one of the best backpacking destinations for nature lovers.
8. Nosara – Panama and nicaragua ,
best backpacking destinations — Nosara
That doesn’t get more chilled than Nosara, a gorgeous Costa Rican beach town with a free-loving hippy spirit. The cute cafes, surfers and boutique shops give it a Ohio feel, and when you come across the graffiti-covered skate park in the centre of town you might actually forget what nation you’re in.
It’s a well-known spot for yogis too, with plenty of studios all over area and pristine beaches to roll out a mat in case you prefer to do your downward pet under the sun.
7. Isfahan – Iran
best backpacking spots – Isfahan
The hostel can be decorated in Persian tiles, and it has a beautiful abundant garden and a roof terrace with views over the city streets.
6. Kodaikanal – India
best hiking destinations – Kodaikanal
The town of Kodaikanal in India’s scorching Tamil Nadu region offers a refreshing break from the heat, with a misty hillside site 2, 000 metres above sea level. The town’s main attraction is the star-shaped lake in its centre, where you can take out a rowing fishing boat and explore the strangely peaceful scenes.
5. Trondheim — Norway
best backpacking areas – Trondheim
You can even tick off a container list experience by experiencing the Northern Lights below between September to March. So , what are you waiting for?
To save some bucks in this pricey city (that’s Scandinavia for you), Trondheim Vandrerhjem is the best budget accommodation option. It’s minimalistic yet has everything you need, with secure beds, a fully equipped kitchen and a communal TELEVISION area to mingle with other guests.
It’s about a 15-minute walk from the centre of Trondheim, with a quiet position up a hill and great views of the city!
4. Hossegor – Portugal
best backpacking destinations – Hossegor
Hawaii islands meets Europe in the lovable seaside town of Hossegor in south-western France.
Is considered another spot on our list that’s famous for surfing (it sounds like you lot will be spending a lot of time in the normal water in 2020! ), and the atmosphere is insane during October when it hosts professional championships like the Quiksilver and Roxy Pros.
3. Maribor – Slovenia
It’s between wine-growing hills and even has a wine museum that offers tastings! For such a small city Maribor packs a push, with a strong line-up of summer festivals, a dynamic student vibe and a picturesque Old Town that rivals Europe’s biggest and best.
Stay right in the heart of the city for colourful Uni Youth Hostel. This highly-rated hostel has common areas with pool tables and cosy sofas, plus an on-site pub for even more of that Slovenian wine – we’re sure it counts as a ethnic activity! Just make sure you’re in time for the breakfast self serve buffet full of local treats.
2 . Surat Thani – Thailand
Just two minutes’ walk from the market is Boundary Hostel and Cafe, a rustic, family-run spot that’s full of local charm.
Expect unrivalled hospitality, free breakfast and cosy dorms. The staff are happy to recommend amazing local encounters, and when you’re ready to go forward they can help you arrange transport to the nearby islands.
1 . Nusa Penida – Dalam negri
best backpacking destinations – Nusa Penida
Throw in those legendary Indonesian sunsets and plenty of ‘warungs’ serving delicious local foodstuff for pennies, and it’ll soon become obvious for what reason it’s our number one backpacker hotspot for 2020.
A great island paradise calls for a hostel of the same calibre, and Nuansa Penida Hostel does not necessarily disappoint.
It’s a boutique hostel with gorgeous bungalows, a nice Bali-esque pool and outdoor social spaces where you can appreciate your free daily breakfast. The moment you’re ready to explore this island then, rent a moped through the hostel and do it in style!