Top Backpacker Destinations for 2017

1. Cuba

Simon Matzinger
Simon Matzinger

This was destination that was off limits to Americans for a very long time, until now. In 2017 there will be a flood of backpackers and tourists taking advantage of the cheap lifestyle, amazing culture and beautiful beaches. Starting in Havana, you can explore the hundreds of miles of neverending coast, with hidden beaches yet unexplored.

2. Mexico

With the decreasing value of the Peso thanks to President Trump, you can now get almost 22 Pesos to the dollar, compared to just 16 in 2015! Beautiful beaches and ancient ruins await you, where you can easily live with a budget of $25 dollars or less, dorms are around $7 per night and alcohol is cheap as chips!

3. Nicaragua

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Mikeblue / Getty Images

Another hispanic destination that grows more popular every year. Cheaper than it’s more popular neighbour, Costa Rica, Nicaragua is now a backpacker hot spot with amazing beach and night life in places like San Juan Del Sur wherea bottle of rum can go as low as $4.

4. South Africa

When most people think of South Africa, Cape Town and Nelson Mandela usually come to mind, or possibly the high crime rate of places like Johannesburg. Both places are beautiful in their own right, but the best wasy to start is in Cape Town and along the southern coast to Mossel Bay and Port Elizabeth.

5. Vietnam

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Cristaltran / Getty Images

Known as one of the cheapest countries to travel in the world, especially Hanoi where you can get freshly tapped beer on the street for 10 cents! Famous street food and stunning scenery await you in this increasingly popular country.

6. Myanmar

Recently opened to tourists after being a closed country for many years, Myanmar is seeing floods of tourists every year and developing very quickly. Get in there before it becomes too over run with tourists and see the natural beauty and famous ruins like the Bagan temples while it’s still relatively quiet.

7. Ecuador

South Americas cheapest country, you can comfortably survive in Quito on around $20 per day where dorms run around $9 per night and delicious meals await you for only 2-3 dollars. Quito is known for its high altitude and spring-like weather all year round, which make the place a bit exotic when compared to most other big cities in South America.

8. Nepal

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Backpacking in Nepal is not new, but in the past the popular thing to do was backpack the Himalayas. Now the upcoming popular thing to do is visit Lumbini and Birgunj by backpacking and then make sure you head to Nepalgunj, which is famous for it is trekking.

9. Great Britain

Yes it’s possible to backpack England, especially now that the pound has been dropping since leaving the European Union. You will be spending about $20 USD per night for a hostel bed and that’s on the cheap end. Expect to be paying around $80 a day there, but it’s still cheaper than it has been for a while.

10. Tonga

Wtf is a Tonga you might ask? This tiny pacific Island has a population of only 105,000, so it’s no wonder many people have never heard of it. Soon, it’s going to become a popular destination for backpackers simply because of its natural beauty and untouched landscape.

Start in the tiny village capital of Nuku’alofa and work your way along the coast, which looks like something straight out of Lost.

11. Thailand

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Masterlu / Getty Images

This country makes everyones list every year and with good reason. Notorious parties on tropical islands, dirt cheap alcohol, the best sky bars in the world, beautiful beaches, ping pong shows and amazing food. The King has recently passed away after reigning for 70 years so now the future and direction of the land of smiles is uncertain.

12. Honduras

Mainly known as the most dangerous country in the world with the highest homicide rate, however, the Bay Islands, three separate islands off the main coast of Honduras are very safe and more known for their beautiful trains and excellent scuba diving in the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. It is stunning and an unforgettable place to go solo backpacking. It’s becoming more and more known, so it may be getting much more crowded in the coming years.

11 Affordable Destinations For Cheapskate Backpackers

We know you’re as cheap as us when it comes to travel, so we’ve rounded up 11 cheap countries that will stretch your dollar to the limit without having to make many sacrifices.

1. Nepal

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With the recent devastating earthquake back in April 2015, Nepal is still very much open for tourism, and prices are even cheaper now, perfect for a broke backpacker such as yourself!  Regarded as one of the cheapest countries in the world to travel to, A decent cheap meal costs around 150 rupees (around $1). Find out more Nepalese prices here.

2. Cambodia

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Known mainly for Angkor Wat and a cheap place to get sloshed, there are other things to do besides that. You can hit up some of it’s lesser known beaches and go for some cheap diving — and it’s all so affordable. Find out how dirty cheap everything is here. A meal in a restaurant is rarely over $5, and beer starts at a mouthwatering 25 cents.

3. Indonesia

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One of the largest countries in the world with so much diversity, there is so much to see in this beautiful country, with the majority of places being dirt cheap as long as you stay away from Bali. Check here to find out how much things typically cost there. A large beer costs around 10,000 – 20,000 rupiah and a full dinner costs about 13,500 Indonesian rupiah, or $1!

4. Bulgaria (or anywhere in Eastern Europe)

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Flickr: archer10

Most people generally think Europe is alot more expensive than other Southeast Asian countries for example, normally you’d be right — except that Eastern Europe is almost as cheap as Southeast Asia. Bulgaria in particular you can get an entire liter of beer (32 ounces) for $1.50 – that’s cheaper than Thailand!

5. Vietnam

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Cristaltran / Getty Images
Although some of the people may seem a bit strange at first (it’s true), Vietnam is simply a stunning country. Whether you’re going on a motorbike journey that stretches from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, or just want to chill on the street eating amazing street food, there is something for everyone. Ha Long Bay above, a 600-mile turquoise bay filled with huge limestone islands, is just one of the beautiful attractions. Everything is cheap check out how much you’ll end up paying here. You can get Ban Mhi for 10,000 dong (44 cents) – yes that’s a footlong sandwhich for 44 cents. Not to mention the must try Bia Hoi for 22 cents!

6. Laos

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Itman__47 / Getty Images

Thailand’s little brother Laos, famous for it’s mushroom shakes, beautiful mountains and backpackers dying in Vang Vieng, it has much more to offer than what most backpackers experience such as – uh – Buddhist monasteries! You can get a room for about $10 to $20 a night but a dorm will be much cheaper, street food is around $1. Mushroom shakes will cost you though. Find out more about average travel costs here.

7. Nicaragua

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Mikeblue / Getty Images

An up and coming country for Backpackers, Nicaragua is the new Costa Rica, with beautiful beaches, great surfing and alot cheaper that it’s southern neighbour.. Best to go now before it becomes overcrowded with cheapskates such as your self. The country is known it’s high-adventure outdoor activities, pub crawls, parties and surfing — so do it up on the cheap. You can find dorms for as little as $5 or private room around $10.

8. India

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Intek1 / Getty Images

The country everyone either loves or hates. “It’s a beautiful, majestic country,” says one person and it’s “an absolute shithole, couldn’t wait to leave,” says others. It’s for that reason that it’s a cheap destination on our list. Depending on what you’re looking for, you’re sure to have a good time! A plate of hot dhal and rice, for example, can cost around 40 Indian rupees (60 cents!) Train travel is also cheap, you can hop on one and travel around for a few days at a time for only a couple of bucks. Yes you’ll be with 10,000 others cramped into one cart, but it’s still a fun experience. Find out roughly how much other things cost here.

9. China

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A country that’s not on every backpackers list – just stay away from the big cities and you’ll survive. The best thing about China is that it’s easy enough to get around even though it’s one of the bigest countries in the world. The transit system is very cheap — taxis start at around $1. Just stay away from the elevators. Here’s how much you can expect to pay for everything else.

10. Thailand

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Masterlu / Getty Images

Although not as dirt cheap as it used to be, Thailand is becoming more modern and caters now to the broke backpackers and high end flashpackers. Most other southeast asian countries are more affordable (except Singapore and Malaysia). Here’s a good guide to what you should expect in the capital Bangkok. Dorms in a big city wll be around 8-10 dollards on average and in the country side more like 6.

11. Guatemala

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Soft_light / Getty Images

Another up can coming Central American country, Guatemala known for its gorgeous outdoor landscapes, as well as it’s Mayan Temples. It’s all affordable, too: a good meal, for example, is around $3, and everything else is as budget-friendlyfor your cheap ass.

So go now before it’s too late…

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13 Great Party Hostels Around the World

Hostels are a vital part of backpacking. There are a lot of factors that define a great hostel and reviews can often be skewed as what is going on in the hostel varies greatly throughout the year. With that being said here are 13 hostels in no particular order that have been reviewed positively when it comes to partying.

1. Retox Party Hostel, Budapest, Hungary

One of the most notorious party hostels in the world; with a name like Retox Party Hostel, you’re bound to have a good time or a terrible time due to the copious amounts of alcohol. Cruise the Danube on a party boat, drink in a castle overlooking Budapest or just relax at the Retox bar with a game of beer pong.

“Stayed at Retox and the place was insane. Make sure you know what you are getting into. The place is as advertised with it being dirty, crazy and loud. That being said it was a total blast and I would stay again in a heartbeat. Definitely not for everyone though.”

-Via Reddit user: photosandfood

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2. Dancing Elephant, Koh Pha Ngan, Thailand

If you’re looking to experience the famous Full Moon Party, then this is the hostel you want to be at. Located in the heart of Haad Rin village it is surrounded by shops, restaurants, massage parlors and only a 2 minute walk from beaches and the full moon party.

“Great location, close enough to haad rin beach for easy access but far away enough that you cannot hear the noise from the beach night. The staff pull out all the stops for full moon and the nights leading up to it. Great party atmosphere and very easy to meet people.”

-Customer Review from Hostelbookers.com

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Via: Dancing Elephant FB Page

3. Pacha Mama, San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

With their famous Sunday Funday pool crawl, Pachamama is located quite centrally in San Juan del Sur and is close to the main beach and the main strip with all of the bars to party in of a night time. It is also only a short distance from the main street, where you can find all of the restaurants, food, and other amenities that you might need during your stay here.

Staff and service was always just ok. On the first day everyone looked at us like weird outsiders, it was unpleasant. A day later we realized we were looking at new arriving guests the same way. It was because we had bonded and formed little groups with the other guests. The hostel is super chill during the day, jump in the pool, drink a beer or watch Netflix on the lounge and take it easy before whatever wild party will ensue that night! Sunday funday was off the hook, if you stay at pacha mama you are guaranteed a ticket so stay there!

-captianpeanuts (2014-11-13) Tripadvisor review

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Via: PachaMama FB page

4. Asylum Cairns, Australia

A great hostel to make new friends, with their famous Mad Moon-day Party where for $15 you get your own original design t-shirt, free entry to awesome venues, BBQ sausage sizzle, a minimum of two free ‘things’ and free internet for a week (although internet should always be free). The atmosphere has a truly relaxed, ‘homey’ kind of feel, which is great for seasoned travellers and first-timers who may find it hard to make that first move in making new friends.

Great location. Party hostel. secure location to park your campervan if you have one. only a few blocks from the port/ocean. Be prepared to party on Thursday for they have their crazy Pants Down party. Kitchen is large and clean with fridge. Rooms are secure. Sadly you have to pay 2 dollars a day if you want wifi (5 dollars on first day to ‘activate).

-Anonymous (2014-10-29) Hostelworld review

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5. The Flying Pig Downtown – Amsterdam, Holland

The Flying Pig is a great location for young travellers, partiers, and people who are planning on walking everywhere. It’s very close to the Red Light District, and train station. The Flying Pig is right in the center of the city, and is located on a shopping strip.

I found it to be very clean and welcoming, as were the staff. Thankfully, my group likes to party and there were no shortage of those in or around the hostel, but if you’re not the party type, you may want to look elsewhere.

— Kelly (2014-03-14)

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Via: The Flying Pig Downtown FB page

6. The G Spot Hostel – Lagos, Portugal

Hands down one of the best in Portugal, this review pretty much sums it up:

Planned to stay for 3 days, ended up staying for 10! Not much more needs to be said, if you are looking for a great party hostel with awesome staff this is the place to be in Lagos.

-September 19th, 2014 Hostelworld review

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Via: G Spot Lagos FB page

7. Greg and Tom Party Hostel, Krakow, Poland

One of the fanciest party hostels around with a super modern common room, showers and kitchen. Every night, Polish students will take you out to the best party spots around Krakow and show you their special Vodka & Beer Tasting Tour. With a party 7 nights a week, it’s definitely a must when you’re in Krakow.

This is one of the greatest hostels available if you are looking for a good night out and a great stay. Brilliant location, free dinner and breakfast and the bar crawls are epic.

-June 30th, 2014 Hostelbookers review

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Via gregtomhostel.com

8. Carnival Court Backpackers, Cape Town, South Africa

Located in the heart of the action on Long street, near bars, clubs and restaurants. The hostel is on top of a bar, so most guests complain that it’s too noisy to get some sleep. It’s always a wild night here and you don’t come here to relax.

A brilliant place in the heart of cape town. it has a nice bar and is so a good option for solo-travellers. it can be loud at night, but well.. were young aren’t we!!

-Moritz Heise (2013-01-13) Hostelbookers review

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Via: Carnival Court Backpackers

9. X Hostel Varna, Varna, Bulgaria

As well as being cheap as chips this hostel really knows how to party. Epic parties in Varna or Golden Sands, unforgettable dinner parties, foam parties and pub crawls with around 400 people!

Ohhh X hostel Varna, how I love you so, where the golden Balkansko rivers flow. Definitely the greatest hostel on our planet earth. The staff seem like they were created in a rock and roll laboratory; they just cant stop the party. You walk through the gate and meet total strangers that you feel like you’ve known for years. Incredible parties, incredible atmosphere. Great tasting food that will even make your grandmother’s head explode. . I’ll be back without a doubt; see you there!

-Anonymous (2014-09-13) Hosteworld review

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Via: X Hostel Varna FB page

10. El Viajero Hostel – Cartagena, Colombia

This Party Hostel in Colombia has a fun and relaxing atmosphere, with a colonial patio & garden outside, a bar with the best music & cheapest drinks in town, a common TV area with DVD & Netflix, and a well-equipped kitchen.

El Viajero was the first “party” hostel I’ve ever stayed at and to be honest, I’m glad I did. I didn’t think that the noise was too loud & boisterous at night (as others have said in their reviews), since the hostel bartender would close the bar around midnight and usher everyone to partake in a bar/club crawl outside the city walls. Decor was super cute & colorful, staff was friendly, nightly group events were plentiful – overall a great place to meet people & maximize your time in the city!

-drobles7856005 (November 1, 2014) Hostelworld review

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Via: El Viajero Hostel Facebook Page

11. The Pink Palace – Corfu, Greece

Located on a beautiful beach in Corfu, this is both a hotel and hostel that is a great place to meet others when solo travelling. Go kayaking, set sail on the booze cruise, drink at the 24 hour bar or just chill out on the private beach. With 368 beds, you’re sure to find someone to party with.

Great place to party with different themed parties each night, and they seat everyone together at dinner which was a good way to meet people. They run activities during the day which everyone seemed to enjoy. Rooms had AC which is all we really cared about when it came to bed time.

– Anonymous (2014-08-15) Hostelworld review

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http://thepinkpalace.com/galleries/

12. The Cambie Hostel, Vancouver, Canada

One of Vancouvers best hostels, the pub downstairs is always full with daily drink deals. It’s a great place to meet people and party, so don’t come here if you expect to get some R & R like this guest:

I understand that hostels tend to be party locations, but the groups partying in the upstairs common areas were out of control the Friday night I stayed there. In addition, the bathrooms were disgusting – pipes were leaking over the shower, there was a bandaid by the sink, empty bottles everywhere… and my comforter had a burn hole in it. Very unpleasant place to sleep (actually, not much sleep happened, to be honest). Would not recommend.

-Anonymous Female from the USA, Hostelworld review

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Via: The Cambie FB Page

 13. Couzi-Couji Party Hostel, Penang, Malaysia

Renown for it’s food, who knew Penang had a party hostel? Turns out this is the only one, and you’ll have a great time here with organized events, pub crawls and some of the cheapest beer in Penang.

Great place for partying! Met lots of new people and Alex the owner is a very cool and a funny party owner. I appreciate for the experience that I’ve had and made new friends not just travelers but also locals! Awesome bar experience and the activities that Alex organizes is just phenomenal! Definetely would like to come back! Long live Couzi Couji!

-Anonymous (July 26, 2014) Hostelworld review

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Via: Couzi-Couji FB Page

The world is huge, with lots of places and parties to explore. This is definitely not a list of all the best party hostels in the world, as there are too many to mention in one list. Feel free to mention your favourites in the comments below.

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