Backpacking is one of the most fun adventures to go on. College students for years and years have enjoyed grabbing their gear, some good friends, a map, and setting out onto an unknown place. It is also one of the best economical ways to vacation. Don’t worry about burning the cash because with these top five places to backpack you will be seeing the world without dipping too far into the bank account. Get ready for a fun time with some good friends. Grab your gear and let’s go.
1. American Samoa
If breathtaking beaches is what you're looking for along with a laid back, safe and cheap environment to explore, then American Samoa backpacking trip will be right up your sleeve. There are just two main islands to explore so getting around is pretty straight-forward. Most backpackers seeking the American Samoa travel experience take in the beautiful beach at Lalomanu which has the most lively backpacker atmosphere before heading for a little peace and quiet along the more rustic south coast of Upolu. Most backpackers then head over to Savaii Island on the inter-island ferry which takes just over an hour and head for Manase Beach along the north coast which is the best place to base yourself.
2. New Caledonia
Backpacking in New Caledonia is limited mostly due to the prohibitive prices and high standard of living in the country. Most backpackers visiting New Caledonia head out to the Loyalty Islands to marvel at the beaches and take in some cultural interaction and sightseeing, with tribal hut accommodation available.
For those visiting Noumea, there is only one backpacker hostel which is located in the downtown district, with a couple of other good cheap accommodations in the lively Latin Quarter and out towards the beaches.
The owners of Adventure Backpackers in Vava’u know very well the difference between travellers and tourists. The latter are those who tend to stick to seeing the famous spots with a tour guide, while the former are those who also want to explore the island on their own and get their own taste of local Tongan culture.
We found that while backpacking through the islands of Efate, Espiritu Santo and Tanna you can live on a small food and accommodations budget but the inter-country transport between the islands will make or break your budget. Air Vanuatu is the only major airline operating between the islands at the time of writing and because of this their prices are “sky-high”! There is a great way to bring down these costs (which we missed out on) that we will share with you under our “Transport” section.
Fiji is renowned as a paradise with friendly welcoming people. All this and much more makes Fiji the ultimate fantasy and challenge for backpackers, budget and free-spirited independent travelers. Backpacking. With so much to discover, Fiji is the perfect destination for backpackers of all ages.
Fiji is renowned as a paradise with friendly welcoming people. All this and much more makes Fiji the ultimate fantasy and challenge for backpackers, budget and free-spirited independent travelers.
Experience a different and unique side of Fiji! If you are willing to travel off the beaten track and enjoy the unspoiled and mostly undiscovered beauty spots, then Fiji’s outer islands are the perfect place to travel
College students for years and years have enjoyed grabbing their gear, some good friends, and a map and setting out onto an unknown place.