Destinations for first-time backpackers

Backpacking is an amazing way of seeing the world at a very low cost. It also challenges and stimulates the body as you climb treacherous hills and other terrains. It’s a sport that takes an incredible amount of stamina and dedication, and at times it takes you to your absolute limit. If you’re interested in giving the backpacking game a go, then why not take a look at these destinations for first-time backpackers.


Apart from the long haul flight to get there, Australia is the perfect place to begin your backpacking journey because of how vast it is. Explore the great barrier reef and their impressive coastlines with crystal blue waters and plenty of opportunities to take some Insta Snaps!


Thailand is a place of natural beauty with it’s turquoise and green waters and the very much easy to find your way around tracks. Another bonus? It’s incredibly cheap so all you will need to worry about is your flights and you’ve bagged yourself an incredible trekking holiday. Don’t forget to pack the sunscreen as you can expect the beautiful weather to accompany you.

South Dakota

South Dakota is one of the first places that you should consider visiting because of it’s great beauty – Mount Rushmore. The black hills have four of the some of the most memorable and great presidents of our time carved into them, and they are simply a sight that cannot be left. With so many other beauties nearby you’re going to want to make this a lasting trip, and you can check into the super cheap Super 8 Custer to stay overnight with easy access to all of the sights that you want to check out.


Worcestershire is located in the middle of England and is home to some of the most spectacular hills in a town called Malvern. There are seven hills to be explored and they are home to the famous Malvern water. Fun fact, the Queen chooses Malvern bottled water over other top name brands because of it’s crisp and pure taste. Don’t forget to bring your camera as there will be many opportunities to take some incredible shots. From the top of the hills, you can see three different counties of quaint villages and farmland. Definitely worth the visit!

New Zealand

Finally, New Zealand is definitely a location to add to the list purely from the fact that you can visit the location that the famous films Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit were filmed. To add to that, you can take advantage of the beautiful weather and the plethora of beautiful sights to tick off your bucket list!

Consider these five locations to begin your backpacking journey! Remember to pack your camera so that you can capture some of the world’s most beautiful destinations!


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