3 Fascinating Places for a Backpacking Adventure
3 Fascinating Places for a Backpacking Adventure

There are few better ways to get off the beaten path than to go on a backpacking trip. Before you grab your gear and head to the next spot, consider checking out these rewarding travel destinations for backpackers.

Malta

Malta
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The largest island in the Maltese archipelago, Malta is teeming with rich cultural history as well as alluring commercial attractions. The country's small size makes it perfect for backpackers who prefer getting a taste of everything a place has to offer. During the day, you can soak up the practically year-round sunshine and walk the areas where historical battles were once fought. When night comes around, it doesn't take long to venture inland for alfresco dining and live entertainment.

To enjoy a couple more slices of the Mediterranean life, you can visit the nearby islands of Gozo and Comino. Though not as commercially developed as the main island, they offer breathtaking natural beauty like ancient temples and pristine waters perfect for snorkeling.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka
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While Thailand and Vietnam are usually high on backpacking enthusiasts' list of Asian countries, Sri Lanka is a charming, easy-to-navigate option that's great for individuals or groups with different levels of experience. Inexpensive train rides can treat you to some sightseeing while en route to new destinations, and there is no shortage of tuk-tuks for local transportation.

When you've had your fill of the jungle-covered mountains and sandy beaches, a wide array of local cuisine is there to greet your taste buds. Don't miss "hotels" — despite the name, these budget-friendly restaurants serve hearty meals like beetroot, dhal, and fish curry dishes, which are a hit with many travelers.

Peru

Peru
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Best known as home to the ancient Inca ruins, Machu Picchu, Peru has a range of diverse attractions that make for an unforgettable trip. The capital city, Lima, has a thriving food culture, with some of the world's top restaurants. You can enjoy surfing at the beaches, going river rafting down the Urubamba River, and checking out the natural salt pans in the town of Maras. History and culture enthusiasts can dive straight into some of South America's richest archaeology in the city of Cusco.

Knowing the language is one way to discover the hidden treasures known to locals. Peruvian Spanish speakers tend to speak more clearly and slowly, so if you brush up on your Spanish-speaking skills (or acquire them for the first time), you'll have plenty of opportunities to make new friends.