7 Best Backpacking Countries for Americans

Considering a backpacking trip to another country?

If this is your first, you will soon find that there are many benefits to traveling with a single back over your shoulder including:

  • Less to carry, more freedom to roam.
  • More cost-effective if staying in hostels or with acquaintances.
  • You never know who you may meet along the way.

The following countries have been noted by Travel Channel as some of the best countries to visit while backpacking:


The majority of backpackers dream of the day they get to visit Machu Picchu. There you can trek the Inca Trail for 30-miles within a 4-day span and end up in the “Lost City,” while enjoying the breathtaking scenery along the way.  Machu Picchu is heralded one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.


India offers the perfect mix of chaos and beauty. Experiencing the country as a backpacker is the ultimate experience, providing a first hand look at the birthplace of religion, yoga, and some of the world’s most beloved monuments including the Taj Mahal. Indians have long been noted for the hospitality to visitors and an amazing resource for both creativity and wisdom.


You can’t go wrong in Australia. The huge landmass offers a plethora of opportunities for backpackers including “walkabouts” in the outback, Great Barrier Reef explorations, Tasmanian hikes, and city treks.


The Travel Channel regards Chile is one of the most dramatic and beautiful landscapes in South America. You’ll have the power to enjoy Patagonia, the breathtaking salt flats, and even take a flight to famed Easter Island. Nature lovers seem to adore Chile.


Vietnam is often overlooked. Travel experts suggest that the country is a must-see, with its stunning green waters, limestone islands, and awe-inspiring nature. The major cities are also quite interesting and the food amazing.


According to the Travel Channel, Cambodia’s Angkor Wat is “one of the most awe-inspiring sights on earth.” The locale houses the largest religious architectural finds in the world, with more than 100 stone temples. Known as “Heaven on Earthy” the site was built over a span of six centuries. It is also recommended that you visit the city of Phnom Penh, noted as one of the most progressive cities in all of Asia.


Backpackers are often amazed at the beautiful country of Turkey. Not only is it cost-effective, there are numerous historical sites to visit, underground caves to explore, and  rock houses to visit. You can also enjoy the beautiful mosques of Istanbul and the awe-inspiring Aegean sea.