Hands up who’s already psychologically spent their Christmas money on next year’s escapades? We know you’re all while totally travel obsessed even as we are, which is why we’ve put together this hand-picked list of the best backpacking destinations for 2020, based on the biggest growth in bookings in the last twelve months.
Simply no travel clichés here close friends – from paradise of the islands to underrated African urban centers, laid-back surfing towns to isolated mountain retreats, it is time to start planning in which in the world we’re heading next year. Spoiler alert: it’s not even close the beaten track.
Presenting you to the 20 very best backpacking destinations for 2020!
20. Sendai – Japan
Combining two of our favourite things, Orit Hostel & Café Bar Lounge has a on-site coffee shop with a pleasing atmosphere. It’s perfect for single travellers on the hunt for new travel buddies, or digital nomads needing a silent space to chill with their notebook computers.
The facilities are excellent modern, and there’s a terrace to enjoy your early morning coffee overlooking the city.
20. Portland (Maine) – USA Overland Park
Wondering where to stay? Look no further than the outrageously funky Black color 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 Interface so exploring couldn’t end up being easier, and when you’re performed you can snuggle up in front of the fireplace in the public lounge.
18. Raglan – New Zealand
Ngarunui Beach certainly is the place for those who’ve do not picked up a board, as the waves are peaceful and there are several surf academic institutions to choose from. If this isn’t the first rodeo, Manu Bay and Whale Bay present some of the best waves in the world, arranged against breathtaking scenery.
To best enjoy all that Nature has on offer in Plaid, base yourself at the eco-friendly Raglan Backpackers.
17. Pisac – Peru
best backpacking destinations — Pisac
This beautifully boho hostel has eco-friendly features, a bright communal space looking over the valley and outdoor hammocks with some of the best vistas in South America.
There’s a great on-site café, outdoor yoga space and even a spa to relax in after a day’s trekking.
16. Trapani – Italy
best backpacking destinations – Trapani
Take a trip through the narrow streets in the Old Town and check out it is churches and basilicas, prior to feasting on hearty Sicilian classics like arancini and cannoli. For the best vistas around, visit the clifftop medieval village of Erice. At 750m above sea level, you’ll get unbeatable views of Trapani’s sand-hued architecture and the surrounding Med.
Trapani is additionally a perfect spot to base yourself for day trips about Sicily. The stunning Aegadian Islands are only 30 minutes apart by boat, so you can dedicate a day of pure bliss exploring coves and snorkelling around white sand beaches.
15. Liège – Belgium
best backpacking destinations – Liège
Grab a Liège waffle (which are famous for the exploding sugar grains inside! ) and take a idyllic walk along the Meuse Riv, before exploring the medieval properties of the main square. The best spot for a local tipple is definitely Place du Marché, an assortment of traditional bars and bars that come alive in the evening.
For a lively place to stay in Liège you can’t beat Liège Youngsters Hostel.
14. Buenaventura – 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 funky open-air bar.
They choose sustainable options like growing their own veg and running their bathrooms with rain water, and they’ll lend you a kayak to explore the near by mangroves. We’re starting to think city life is overrated…
13. Hà Giang – Vietnam
Hà Giang is Vietnam’s most upper province, which despite being one of the most jaw-droppingly stunning areas of the country, is often overlooked by simply backpackers as it’s a long way away from the usual hotspots.
What this means is no one spoiling your landscapes shots – bonus! It is very easily (and cheaply) reached via overnight bus, and travellers who make the lengthy journey will reap the rewards.
12. Maputo – Mozambique
best backpacking destinations – Maputo
It’s very best explored on foot, and even better with an expert guide, therefore taking a walking tour is a good way to learn about Maputo’s tumultuous history and to discover close-guarded strategies.
11. Nassau – Bahamas
best backpacking destinations – Nassau
You might not think of spending budget travellers when you picture the Bahamas, but then again you probably don’t think of cities either.
Very well that’s all about to change, because the Bahamas’ capital (and only) city is one of the best camping out destinations for 2020 — especially if you’re the type of traveler who swerves the areas and seeks out traditional experiences (i. e. all of us! ) The city oozes Caribbean culture, nowhere more so within the vibrant ‘Fish Fry’ neighbourhood, where colourful cool joints, bars and neighborhood food vendors line the streets, the energy is electric as well as the soundtrack is provided by DJs and reggae bands.
10. Gijón – France
best backpacking destinations – Gijon
It’s set in an enormous house where you’ll encounter heaps of other backpackers more than beers in the garden or maybe the free buffet breakfast.
There’s even free yoga each night, so you’re sure to end up being channelling the chilled heart of Gijón by the time you leave.
9. Siargao Island – The Philippines
best backpacking destinations – Siargao Island
As with any South East Asian backpacker spot, you can expect brilliant nightlife in the form of casual bars and cocktail buckets – the Jungle Party on Friday nights isn’t to get missed! Our top insider tip is to head out for the pier on Cloud dokuz beach with a few beers a single evening and watch the sun set over the ocean, as the previous few surfers drift in. Entirely magical!
8. Nosara – Panama and nicaragua ,
best backpacking destinations — Nosara
It doesn’t get more chilled than Nosara, a gorgeous Costa Rican beach town with a free-loving hippy spirit. The attractive cafes, surfers and boutique shops give it a Washington dc feel, and when you stumble upon the graffiti-covered skate area in the centre of town you could actually forget what region you’re in.
It’s a well-known spot for yogis too, with plenty of studios all over city and pristine beaches to roll out a mat should you prefer to do your downward puppy under the sun.
7. Isfahan – Iran
best backpacking spots – Isfahan
Iran needs to be on your camping out itinerary for 2020 plus the city of Isfahan is our top pick – there’s a reason the old Persian proverb calls it ‘half the world’! Pictures of fantastic Iranian architecture have probably currently sparked your wanderlust, and you’ll find Isfahan’s Naqsh-e Jahan Square to be a display trove.
With the iconic blue-tiled Imam Mosque, the dazzling Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque and the royal Ali Qapu Building all in one place, your readers (and camera lens) will be spoilt for choice.
6. Kodaikanal – India
best camping out destinations – Kodaikanal
The town of Kodaikanal in India’s scorching Tamil Nadu region offers a refreshing break from the heat, with a misty hillside area 2, 000 metres over sea level. The town’s main attraction is the star-shaped lake in its centre, where you could take out a rowing fishing boat and explore the eerily peaceful scenes.
5. Trondheim – Norway
best backpacking places – Trondheim
Scandinavia is as cool since it gets, but if you want to scores serious hipster points after that don’t just visit the big hitters like Oslo and Copenhagen. Vibrant Trondheim is among the best backpacking destinations to get 2020.
A creative student city, it has a massive craft beer and local food scene, that you can sample at the many eateries and restaurants in the pedestrianised city centre. It’s full of prime Insta content, such as the classic Scandi-style colourful buildings along the waterfront… just avoid wasting space in your camera move for the towering gothic cathedral! As the first of all capital of Norway, this city is packed filled with history for you to discover.
4. Hossegor – Portugal
best backpacking destinations – Hossegor
The hawaiian islands meets Europe in the cute seaside town of Hossegor in south-western France.
It may be another spot on our list that’s famous for surfing (it sounds like you lot will be spending a lot of time in the drinking water in 2020! ), as well as the atmosphere is insane during October when it hosts professional championships like the Quiksilver and Roxy Pros.
3. Maribor – Slovenia
While well-known Lake Bled and attractive capital Ljubljana have anchored Slovenia a place on most traveller’s Interrailing itineraries, we’re exploring more of the country in 2020.
Second city Maribor is the perfect place to start – an enthralling spot filled with medieval complexes, winding streets and comfortable wine cafes. If you didn’t know, Slovenia is famous for its incredible (and ridiculously cheap) local wine, and Maribor is one of the best places to sample it.
2 . Surat Thani – Thailand
You might be surprised that Surat Thani is one of each of our top backpacking destinations, since in the past it’s been referred to mostly as a jumping-off point for the eastern Asian islands. Well, that’s all about to change, as backpackers will be wising up to the fact that Surat Thani offers an authentic Thai experience away from the tourists.
Start out your day exploring the crowd-free temples in the city centre, just like the majestic Surat Thani Encontrarse Shrine, before hanging out with the locals with a few Chang brewskies on the laid-back Ban Wear Pier.
1 ) Nusa Penida – Indonesia
best backpacking destinations — Nusa Penida
Throw in those legendary Indonesian sunsets and plenty of ‘warungs’ serving delicious local food for pennies, and it’ll soon become obvious for what reason it’s our number one backpacker hotspot for 2020.
An island paradise calls for a hostel of the same calibre, and Nuansa Penida Hostel does not disappoint.
It’s a boutique hostel with gorgeous bungalows, a lovely Bali-esque pool and outdoor social spaces where you can delight in your free daily breakfast. When you’re ready to explore the island, rent a moped through the hostel and do it in fashion!