Take it from those of us who have done it: Backpacking across the globe is the experience of a lifetime. Stepping out of your comfort zone and trying new things is one of the best ways to broaden your horizons. If adventure is calling you, take some time to see the world from a different perspective. Here at StorQuest, we’ve put together the top five destinations for first-time backpackers to help you think big and experience the trip of a lifetime.
Thailand is a backpacker’s dream. Southeast Asia is one of the most popular areas of the world to go backpacking, and Thailand is the perfect place to start for first-timers thanks to its rich culture and delicious food. With so many people from around the world adventuring through this amazing place, you’ll have no problem meeting awesome people along the way. And the best part? You’ll be just fine with as little $10-20 a day. With its massive jungles, famed beaches, world-class diving, and impressive temples, there is no limit to what you can do in Thailand.
Journey down under for an epic Australian adventure in a backpacker’s paradise. For English speakers there’s no language barrier, tourism is huge, and it’s remarkably safe to get around. With its massive landscape, the hardest part is figuring out where to start. The east coast of the island offers sandy surfer towns and vibrant cities, while the Australian Outback’s rugged beauty will blow your mind. From the wide-open landscapes and rich rainforests inland to the immaculate, golden shores, Australia is waiting to exceed your expectations.
Home to beautiful villages, Instagram-worthy beaches, and amazing nightlife, there are enough places to explore in Italy to last a lifetime. Add in some of the best food in the world and it’s no wonder Italy is so high on every backpacker’s bucket list. With a solid public transportation system as well as modern high-speed trains between most cities, getting around Italy is a breeze. With so much to do and see, forget about making concrete plans. Just throw some darts at a map and get after it.
4. New Zealand
Like its neighbor, Australia, New Zealand is a mind-blowing place to experience your first backpacking trip. With plenty of hostels to choose from and some of the most incredible landscapes in the world, we recommend checking this one off your adventure bucket list. Whether you prefer the thrill of bungee jumping, shredding some of the best surf breaks in the world, or chasing fiery sunsets, New Zealand is perfect for all types of backpackers.
5. The Philippines
The Philippines is one of the best backpacker destinations for adventure-seekers. This tropical island oasis has more than 7,000 islands to explore and too many white sandy beaches to count. From shark diving to zip-lining through tropical forests, the Philippines is one of the world's most exotic and adrenaline-charged destinations. You can find hostels for under $10 a night and even five-star hotels for $80 night, and with cheap plane tickets, boats, and buses, you’ll have no problem island hopping.
Make Room for Awesome
To get your backpacking adventures started off right, you’ll need a place to keep your belongings while you travel. With plenty of locations to choose from, StorQuest will be the partner you can trust and will help you get ready for whatever life has in store for you next.