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About our Travel Itineraries
The backpacking routes below are designed to be at least a starting point for planning your trip or provide you with some inspiration if you’ve not even got that far. Generally speaking it’s a bad idea to set out with a rigid schedule in mind because plans change rapidly on the road and it takes something away from the joy of travel. However it helps to have a rough idea of where you’re heading.
We’ve included a suggested time-frame and shoestring budget for each route. US dollars are used for all budgets only for ease of comparison. As of January 2018, US$1 = £0.74 or €0.83.
We strongly advise you to take out travel insurance before heading off travelling on any of these routes. This cost is not included in the budgets quoted nor are any potential visa costs. We suggest using World Nomads who have a track record of providing the best travel insurance for backpackers.
Group Backpacker Travel
The routes listed below on this page are designed for independent travellers. You can find tips on how to make friends on the road here. However if you are really anxious about travelling alone then we recommend Stray Travel’s Flexi Tours. They will help you cram plenty into a short time and it’s a guaranteed way of making some travel buddies. Once you have your confidence up, you can always continue travelling afterwards if you so wish and have time to do so.
Time – 5-6 months | Budget – US$6000
South America is an exhilarating continent to visit and has long been a favourite destination for backpackers. From the beaches of Brazil to adventures in the Andes, there is something for all tastes in this part of the world.
Time – 2 months | Budget – US$3000
Explore fantastic coastal cities, glorious beaches, waterfalls, giant areas of diverse nature and take in the biggest carnivals on the planet before venturing into the Amazon to round off your Brazilian adventure.
Time – 5-6 weeks | Budget – US$2000
Explore the weird wilderness of South America’s far south here as you head towards the end of the world. Hop in and out of Chile and Argentina to experience, glaciers, volcanoes, stunning hikes, beautiful lakes and wonderful wildlife. Nature lovers look no further!
Time – 5 weeks | Budget – US$1250
With Maya ruins, mountain towns and mighty waves, there’s plenty of fun to be had on our Mexico backpacking route. Taking a little over a month, it’d make for a great summer break and offers a nice balance with a dose of culture and history as well as plenty of time to relax and enjoy the odd lively Mexican night out.
Time – 2 months | Budget – US$1800
This is the land of chicken buses, explosive volcanoes, cloud forests, ancient ruins and so much more. Central America never lacks for colourful surprises and at times can be completely bonkers. It is a small region so is much easier to visit several countries in a short space of time but that doesn’t mean it lacks for things to do. Outside the big cities and parts of Mexico, this is actually a very safe part of the world with peaceful, fun loving people and some charming places to visit.
Time – 3 weeks | Budget – US$650
On the doorstep of Europe, Morocco is easily accessible, very cheap and full of fascinating places to visit so it makes for a great travel destination. From maze-like souks to the wonders of the Sahara, Morocco is full of mystery and intrigue.
Time – 6 weeks | Budget – US$2000
Take a trip around Iberia’s best cities, towns and beaches and enjoy Latin passion in the liveliest corner of Europe.
Time – 2 months | Budget – US$1600
The Balkans is a relatively under-visited part of Europe but it makes for a great budget travel destination. Explore medieval towns, mountains, lakes and beautiful coastlines as you take in six countries in two months.
Time – 4 weeks | Budget – US$1325*
*plus cost of railpass which depends on your age & where you’re from
Nowhere else in the world is so much history, culture and variety packed into such a small area. Just a few hours on a train can transfer you from one great European capital to another as languages and customs change on an almost daily basis.
Time – 3 weeks | Budget – US$850
Take a trip around the chilly Baltic Sea region and visit some of Europe’s most beautiful cities including St Petersburg, Tallinn and Vilnius.
Time – 2-3 months | Budget – US$5000
Our Oz route features an exploration of the largest island on the planet. We visit the cities, beaches, rainforests and locate the best parties in one of the world’s easiest and most popular countries to travel in with a lively backpacker scene.
Time – 5 weeks | Budget – US$2000
Starting in Christchurch, loop around the South Island for some of New Zealand’s best wildlife, camping, glaciers, and adventure junky destinations. The route then heads to North Island, home of indigenous culture, natural wonders and the famous filming locations from the Lord of the Rings films.
Time – 2 months | Budget – US$1200
India is one of the most intoxicating countries to travel in. Culture shock awaits on every corner and for better or worse, it’s an experience you won’t forget in a hurry.
Time – 3-4 months | Budget – US$3000
The most famous of the major backpacking regions and it seems to get more popular every year. From visiting ancient temples to chilling out on stunning Thai Islands, everyone can find their scene here. That said a big draw for many backpackers is the crazy party culture that really comes to a head at the raucous full moon parties. Almost the entire region is dirt cheap by global standards making it a budget travel paradise.
Time – 2 months | Budget – US$1500-2000*
*depending on how much partying you do!
Take in all the best that the ever popular backpacker destination that is Thailand has to offer. The best beaches, parties and islands as well as the cultural highlights of the North.
Time – 3-4 weeks | Budget – US$650
Looking for the traditional Southeast Asia then look no further than Myanmar (Burma). Its doors are slowly creeping open and travellers are starting to discover again this incredible country home to some of the world’s most beautiful Buddhist temples and palaces.
Time – 3 weeks | Budget – US$450
Take a ride on the famous train line that re-united a country and trundles its way down from Hanoi in the North to Saigon in the South taking in the best of Vietnam as you go.
Time – 5-6 weeks | Budget – US$1000
Looking for more than a standard trip around South East Asia? Indonesia offers up limitless opportunities for adventure without, for the most part, the crowds you find on the backpacker trail elsewhere in the region.
This page was last updated in January 2018.
For more detailed guides on Southeast Asia and South America, see our Funky Guides!