5 Brilliant Backpacking Destinations for 2011

Backpacking holidays can give you the chance to experience different cultures and ways of life, but where are the best places for you to go?

1. Australia

The world is your oyster but you may find Australia to be a great destination to head to. Heading down under has been something British backpackers have been doing for years, so whether you’re looking to chill out on Bondi Beach or see stunning natural sights like Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock), Australia seamlessly manages to cater for everyone.

Uluru, Australia

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With the majority of the country’s population living on the east coast, you may spend much of your time in major cities like Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney, the latter of which is home to the world-famous Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

Opera House Sydney

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However, there are a range of captivating places to explore throughout Australia, including Perth on the west coast and Daly Waters – a small town in the Northern Territory that consists of little more than a pub, a hostel and an airfield. If you want to get back to nature, make sure you check out the Great Barrier Reef and keep an eye out for native creatures such as koala bears and kangaroos.

2. New Zealand

Similarly, New Zealand is a great destination for backpackers wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. The country contains a number of sharp mountain ranges which were created by volcanic activity and earthquakes caused by clashing tectonic plates so there is a lot of natural terrain for you to explore.

And be sure to head to the Milford Sound fjord on New Zealand’s South Island. The natural splendour is one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions and was named by Rudyard Kipling as the eighth wonder of the world.

Milford Sound fjord New Zealand

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Visit Auckland to satisfy the culture vulture in you. The nation’s largest city is home to a range of museums and art galleries, including the Auckland War Memorial Museum.

If you want to take part in some winter sport action during your backpacking travels, head to Queenstown. During the cold months, the town attracts snowboarders and skiers from across the world.

3. Croatia

New Zealand and Australia are both fantastic, albeit long-haul, destinations, so for a holiday a little closer to home why not visit Croatia?

The nation’s capital Zagreb contains various theatres and performing arts venues, ideal if you want to see a play or show. Meanwhile, a trip to Split – Croatia’s second largest city – gives you the chance to visit the fourth century Diocletian’s Palace, which has Unesco World Heritage Status. To get an insight into Croatia’s history, head to the Old Town region of Dubrovnik.

Old Town Dubrovnik, Croatia

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If you fancy a night or two partying head to Pag. The island has developed a reputation for being the place for clubbers, perfect for letting loose on the dancefloor.

4. Morocco

Another country you should be sure to consider visiting is Morocco. With a number of historic cities such as Tangier and Casablanca, you are sure to find plenty of things to see and do.

Tangier, Morocco

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Soak up the atmosphere of the markets – also known as souks – before visiting art galleries and spending time on the beach. While in Morocco, you can also take a trip inland and explore the Sahara desert while riding a camel.

Meanwhile, the El Badi and Bahia palaces in Marrakech can offer an insight into the lives of the Moroccan royal family.

5. Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok is renowned for offering a truly wonderful backpacking experience and the Thai capital has long been a popular place for those keen to sample the delights of the Far East.

You can visit attractions such as the Grand Palace which is the King of Thailand’s official residence and Wat Phra Kaew, which are located a short distance from Khao San Road. This part of the city is home to many of the city’s backpacker hostels, so you may find good-quality accommodation available at an affordable price here.

Grand Palace Bangkok, Thailand

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Vimanmek Palace and Siam Paragon – one of the biggest shopping centres in Asia – are among the other sights you can see in Bangkok.

Backpacking can be a life-changing experience, so visiting the above destinations could leave you with memories that stay with you forever.

Written by the team at travelsupermarket.com





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