The best backpacking destinations for 2018 gas ninjas


One of the most overlooked cheap places to travel, backpacking Iran is a truly incredible experience. Iran is probably the easiest country worldwide to hitch a ride and you will often be invited into homes so you rarely even have to pay for a place to sleep.

Iran is an often misunderstood country and is frequently slated in the media, something which continues to make me angry. I’ve spent nearly six months in Iran now, visiting four times across 2016, 2017 and 2018. My wife is Iranian, I speak some Farsi and I feel strongly connected to this amazing country. Iran is one of the cheapest countries to visit in the world and is a broke backpacker haven…

With gorgeous Islamic architecture, legendary hospitality, beautiful women and the stunning island of Hormuz, this is a country which will take your breath away at every turn. Backpacking across Iran is a truly amazing experience and it’s one of my favourite budget travel destinations in the world. If you’re happy to hitch and to Couchsurf, you can travel here for under $10 a day.

I’ve camped out all over Iran, Couchsurfed with dozens of hosts, hitchhiked thousands of kilometers – the legendary Iranian hospitality means it’s totally possible to travel on a tight budget and Iran is actually a very safe country to visit. If you’re into hitchhiking, this country is a mecca…

I first visited Venezuela in 2015 and I fell in love with this vibrant intoxicating country pretty damn fast. Burning cars, riot police and protestors were my first view of the country but I was quickly made welcome by my Couchsurfing host and I managed to ninja my way around the country without being robbed – an impressive feat.

With sixty beers for a dollar (yep, that’s not a typo!), Venezuela is officially the cheapest place to travel in the world. You need to conceal your money and carry your dollars in cash to take advantage of the black market exchange rates but assuming you do… Venezuela is such a cheap country for travelers that you can stay in five star hotels for just $2 a night, take taxis for 25 cents, go on multi-day all-inclusive mountain treks for under $100 and party hard for under $5 a night.

Venezuela has a deservedly bad reputation as the rough part of South America but I couchsurfed my way across this amazing cou nt r y with ease and had a truly incredible time. If you’re in search of real adventure and keen to travel on the cheap; You can have an absolute blast in Venezuela for under $50 a week. Truth be told though, you should only travel to Venezuela if you’re an experienced backpacker.

For an adventure with a difference, trek into the jungles in search of Whang Od; the last Kalinga tattoo master. Manila is a damn expensive city and should be avoided by travelers on a budget, get yourself straight out to Sagada or Palawan and travel slow to keep costs down.

I believe most destinations in the world can be explored on pretty much any budget – I backpacked across Japan on a budget of just $30 a day. Budget travel is simply the best way to test your metal, to explore a new culture and to interact with local people, I wouldn’t trade in my years of totally broke backpacking for all the five star hotels in the world. That said, it helps when you visit a country which is already cheap and the list above are my top choices for dirt cheap places to travel around the world. Happy adventuring amigos! Hitting the road for the first time?

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It may seem daunting, but there are so many different ways to become a nomad these days that if you really want to go travelling, if you really want to experience everything the world has to offer, all you have to do is make the commitment to travel – no matter how little money you have.

Hi Mary, it’s accurate but it wasn’t always easy to travel on this budget and it took a lot of careful planning, plenty of hard work surveying destinations for the best value rooms, a lot of hard bargaining and sometimes required slipping into overpriced attractions unnoticed. Another factor that made this possible was travelling with my partner, which enabled us to split many expenses literally in half. It’s very difficult to maintain this budget as a solo traveller. It’s still possible, but requires even more innovation. I’m writing up a detailed 8,000 + word post at the moment that summarizes exactly how I played the travel game to maintain this budget across all these countries. I hope it’ll be useful to many people and will elucidate exactly what’s involved when travelling on this kind of ultra-low budget. I really love Asia too, and I’ve only scratched the surface of it in 4 years of uninterrupted travel, even India alone is just massive and offers endless new places to explore. The food is wonderful in Asia for sure, my favourite would probably be Indian food. I stayed in mostly double rooms with my partner with fan, Wi-Fi and usually attached bathroom, sometimes with a balcony. The odd time I stayed in a hostel dormitory, but mainly during phases where I was travelling alone.