Traveling on a shoestring budget—doesn’t mean having to go without exploring the world. In fact, much of the world isn’t best discovered in a luxury hotel suite, but with a few belongings tucked into a knapsack.
Sure, backpacking trips may mean sacrificing some creature comforts, but the connection with the nature around you and the camaraderie with fellow backpackers from all over the world can’t be undervalued. Here are the world’s top 10 backpacking destinations…
1. Porto to Algarve, Portugal
Portugal is a stunning coastal haven for backpackers. Most fly down and begin your trek at Porto, making your way leisurely to the Algarve, at the southern-most tip of Portugal on the border of Spain. The walk is not difficult; in fact, you can take advantage of the stellar public transport system and stop along the coast for wine tours, gorgeous scenery, lively festivals, delicious seafood, and friendly locals.