1) View the world based on the best countries for budget backpackers.
2) Hover over countries to view stats in safety, cheapness, friendliness, & our World Travel Expert Rank (WTE Rank).
3) Click for travel guides and articles about that country.
Methodology behind the “Best Countries For Backpacking Map”
The Best Countries For Backpacking Map’s country ranking is derived from the experience of 10 world travel experts. Expert ranks are averaged to form the final score, 1 being the worst and 5 the best. This is the primary index of the map. The individual country rankings of 1) Safety 2) Cheapness 3) friendliness are derived from data collected from quantitative studies undertaken by the Institute for Economics & Peace, The World Economic Forum, and Numbeo.com.
For the most accurate indication of which countries are best for budget backpackers refer primarily to the WTE Rank.
Who Are The World Travel Experts?
11 travel experts rank countries based on good times, cheapness, and overall backpacker friendliness. Together they have backpacking experience spanning over 7 decades and in nearly every country in the world.
Defining & Quantifying Safety, Cheapness, & Friendliness
Safety: is derived from an extensive study undertaken by the Institute For Economics and Peace. In this 2013 study, 10 separate indexes, such s crime, homicides, and internal stability, are used to inform the GPI or global peace index. Click here for a map of the world by how prevalent peace and safety is by country, Global Peace Index 2013. Cheapness: The consumer price index was chosen as the primary indicator. It is a measurement of the average cost of consumer goods, including transport, groceries and restaurants among other things. It best reflects what you can expect to spend while backpacking through that country. Best Countries For Backpacker’s Map’s cheapness ranking is informed from a quantitative study undertaken by Numbeo.com. Click here to see a map of the worlds cheapest countries, CPI Map. Friendliness: refers to the attitude of locals towards foreign tourists. Data for this category is derived from a 2013 study undertaken by the World Economic Forum.