When people think about backpacking destinations like Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, India, Peru, Chile and Columbia often spring to mind. In fact, South East Asia and South America are arguably the most popular continents in the world for backpacking. However, there are nearly 200 countries in the world that are spread across seven different continents. Many of these are overlooked by backpackers, as they are either considered to be too expensive or to obscure. The world is an oyster when it comes to travel destinations, with so many hidden gems waiting to be discovered. Here are 3 completely off-the-beaten-path backpacking destinations.
Known for its exceptional private island resorts, spectacular beaches and clear turquoise water, the Maldives is not thought of when thinking about backpacking destinations. This is probably due to the high cost people associate with the archipelago. Recently this has changed. Over the past decade the government has opened up the country more to tourism, allowing guesthouses to be built on local inhabited islands. This means that there are budget-friendly accommodation options right in the heart of the local communities, giving backpackers the opportunity to enjoy the beaches and the surrounding coral reefs that these islands are so famous for. Unnavigated is a great source for information on the ins and outs of exploring the city of Malé. It talks about everything from what to do to where to eat. There is even a list of places to get the best coffee!
This small country in southeast Africa has so much to offer any backpacker, especially considered how cheap it is. You can easily get by on $20 a day in Malawi because it is so off-the-beaten-path. In fact, ‘The Warm Heart of Africa’ has very little tourism at all. You will have quite an adventure, as transportation around the country will consist of packed local mini-buses and coaches, and taxis zipping around the cities. Some backpackers have even been known to travel in the back of a pick-up truck. And the adventure may not stop there. You will also be able to experience the culture of the Malawian people, see some incredible animals, go water skiing and visit tea plantations. Some great information is available through this Malawi Tourism Guide.
Beautiful views of the Mediterranean, magnificent architecture and rich culture is what you will find when you visit Albania. It is a country that offers much of what you would find in Greece or Italy but without the price tag. If you are looking for an off-the-beaten-path European destination, Albania is a top choice. It boasts a lovely coastline that faces the Adriatic and Ionian seas, magnificent mountains sprawling all over the country and some large lakes, including the ancient Lake Ohrid. The country is also home to UNESCO World Heritage sites, ancient cities, national parks and gorgeous beaches. Plus, it is quite easy to get around, has great food and is inexpensive! Lonely Planet is a good source of information for backpacking around this Southeastern European country.