Discover the best backpacking routes and travel tips before taking off on the most memorable adventure of your life with your friends around the world.
HomeToGo, the world’s largest metasearch engine for vacation rentals, looked at accommodation prices for four people in the summer of 2016 and carefully researched the best backpacking routes across the United States, Europe and Asia.

It doesn’t matter if you enjoy sightseeing, partying or are a traditional traveler. HomeToGo has prepared a guide containing several routes filled with information and tips to make planning fun and simple. From the impressive monstrosities of the East Coast, to the party filled beaches of Ibiza, or the stunning temple of Angkor Wat, we have prepared routes full of adventure, excitement, and memorable experiences. Thanks to HomeToGo, you won’t forget to try the cheap yet refreshing Czech Beer in Prague or to cool yourself down with the original Italian Gelato in Rome. Choose your destination today, and start making memories tomorrow!


Backpacking through the United States

The United States of America, 50 states, 323 million people, and a blend of cultures that truly makes this nation a melting pot. Grab your most adventurous friends, fill up a backpack, and traverse the country this summer! Discover the eclectic and cool Northwest by backpacking through Seattle, Portland, Spokane, and San Francisco. Experience the romance, history, and traditional hospitality in the South. Become patriotic while visiting Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston. Book a vacation rental to sleep in by night and journey across the U.S. by day!

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Giants of the East Coast

Skyscrapers, gothic-inspired churches, colossal pristine white buildings, and more are common sights along this East Coast journey. Discover the origin of America in Philadelphia, celebrate the history of our Founding Fathers in Boston, experience the blending cultures of NYC, and hone in on your inner patriotism in Washington, D.C. Backpack through the Giants of the East Coast!

  • A fan of public transportation? The first U.S. subway was built in Boston, the Tremont Street Subway, back in 1897.

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  • About 1 in every 38 people living in the United States reside in New York City - experience the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple!

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  • Be sure to check out Elfreth's Alley in Old City, Philadelphia as it's America's oldest continually inhabited street.

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  • The Smithsonian Museums are free for visitors in D.C. - check out the more than 137 million items belonging to the collection.

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Boston

Must See: Freedom Trail, Fenway Park, Faneuil Hall, Boston Common, North End, Newbury Street
Food+Drink: Clam Chowder, Fish and Chips, Baked Beans, Lobster
Accommodation Price: $386/night for four people
Tip: Looking to save a few bucks? People watch on the infamous Newbury Street – sneak inside a few of the galleries for free to view Boston’s most avant garde art!

New York City

Must See: One World Trade Center, Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, Washington Square Park, Times Square, Rockefeller Center
Food+Drink: $1 Slice Pizza, Bagels, Cronut, NY Cheesecake
Accommodation Price: $515/night for four people
Tip: Buy a cheap $12 Citi Bike day pass and explore all that Manhattan has to offer on your own time!

Philadelphia

Must See: Independence Hall, Liberty Bell, Love Park, Penn’s Landing, South Street
Food+Drink: Philly Cheesesteak, Soft Pretzel, Hoagie
Accommodation Price: $267/night for four people
Tip: Want to feel like a true hero? Run up the infamous Rocky steps located outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Washington, D.C

Must See: The National Mall (Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, U.S. Capitol, Vietnam Memorial, World War II Memorial), Smithsonian Institution, The White House, Georgetown
Food+Drink: Half Smokes, Ethiopian Cuisine, Craft Beer, Brunch
Accommodation Price: $225/night for four people
Tip: Tour the National Mall after sunset! The monuments are beautifully lit and you will escape the daily rush of tourists, join a free walking tour and experience D.C. by night.


A Hipster’s Paradise

Cool weather attracts tourists in droves to the Northwestern United States. Immerse yourself in the eclectic nature of Portland, visit the small town charm of Spokane, sip some coffee in Seattle, and experience the ultimate indie escape in San Francisco. These areas are buzzing with eager entrepreneurs and young artists alike, making these four cities come alive with colorful attractions, diversified food, and down-to-earth people.

  • Spokane is the smallest city to host a World’s Fair, check out the many galleries and artistic flare the city boasts.

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  • Don't let the rain make you sleepy, grab a cup of coffee as Seattle is the birthplace of Starbucks. You can buy a unique mug at the original Starbucks in Pike Place Market, first opened in 1971.

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  • Portland is the best place in the U.S. to grab a beer, with 76 breweries in the Portland metro area - that’s more than anywhere else in the world.

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  • Explore San Francisco's infamous Chinatown and crack open a fortune cookie after lunch - San Francisco is the birthplace of the delicious treat.

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Spokane

Must See: Manito Park, Botanical Gardens, The Spokane Falls, Local Hiking Trails
Food+Drink: Fry, Santé, Wandering Table, Luna
Accommodation Price: $216/night for four people
Tip: Spokane is closer to Idaho than to Seattle, so don’t expect a big city feel, Spokane is fairly large but has an attractive small-town, quirky vibe.

Seattle

Must See: Pike Place Market, Chihuly Garden and Glass, Space Needle, Discovery Park
Food+Drink: Smoked Salmon, Starbucks Coffee, Oysters
Accommodation Price: $263/night for four people
Tip: Head to the Fremont Sunday Market to scour the 250+ flea market vendors for the perfect Seattle keepsake. The market opens at 10:00 a.m. and offers delicious food, produce, fresh flowers, crafts, and more!

Portland

Must See: Pearl District, Washington Park, International Rose Test Garden, Portland Saturday Market, Portland Art Museum
Food+Drink: Voodoo Doughnuts, Craft Beer, Food Trucks
Accommodation Price: $229/night for four people
Tip: Have a night out on the town by visiting Portland City Grill, arrive for happy hour to enjoy a refreshing drink and gorgeous views of the city.

San Francisco

Must See: Union Square, Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz Island, Chinatown, Golden Gate Park, Lombard Street, SF MOMA
Food+Drink: Sourdough Bread, Dim Sum, Ghirardelli Chocolate, Crab Louie
Accommodation Price: $562/night for four people
Tip: Stroll through the Mission District that is home to over 200 impressive murals – ideal for those social media snaps!


Southern Charm

Let the mystique and tradition of Southern hospitalitiy whisk you away when backpacking through the South. Begin your journey on the coast in the picturesque city of Charleston and end in the ravenous party town of New Orleans. Partake in the historic wonders of Birmingham and awe at the metropolis of Atlanta. Be sure to sample as many southern delicacies as possible along the way, as the South is not experienced to the fullest without enjoying its iconic food.

  • The Charleston beaches make up 90 miles of the Atlantic coast. Hit the becach and enjoy the more than 230 sunshine-filled days and the 65 degree average temperature.

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  • Channel your inner Scarlet O'Hara and re-create an epic southern adventure as Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone with the Wind called Atlanta home.

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  • Although there is not a professional team in the state, check out Rickwood Field, the nation’s oldest baseball stadium located in Birmingham.

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  • Explore niches of history in New Orleans which has more than 20 historic districts, more than other city in the U.S.

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Charleston

Must See: King Street, Charleston Waterfront Park, Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, Charleston City Market
Food+Drink: Shrimp and Grits, Peach Cobbler, Boiled Peanuts, She-Crab Soup, Chicken and Waffles
Accommodation Price: $438/night for four people
Tip: Stroll down Rainbow Row to window shop for your future mansion. Indulge in the traditional Southern neighborhood where the homes are impeccably manicured and colorfully painted.

Atlanta

Must See: Georgia Aquarium, Centennial Olympic Park, Fox Theatre, Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
Food+Drink: Fried Chicken Sweet Iced Tea, Country Fried Ham, Mint Julep
Accommodation Price: $245/night for four people
Tip: Check out a Major League Baseball game at Turner Field – be quick as 2016 is the last season to catch the Atlanta Braves in action in this historic stadium.

Birmingham

Must See: Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve, Railroad Park, Civil Rights Museum, Southern Museum of Flight, Motorsports Museum
Food+Drink: Dreamland Bar-b-que, Pizitz Food Hall, Doodles Italian Ice
Accommodation Price: $96/night for four people
Tip: Capture the essence of 20th century American Industry. Visit Sloss Furnaces to see the National Historic Landmark that has been restored for multipurpose use including concerts, festivals, and an extra spooky haunted Halloween event.

New Orleans

Must See: French Quarter, St. Louis Cathedral, Woldenburg Park, Jackson Square
Food+Drink: Gumbo, Jambalaya, Beignets at Cafe du Monde, Roast Beef Po Boy, Crawfish
Accommodation Price: $312/night for four people
Tip: Bring your dancing shoes to the Big Easy! Stop into one of the many jazz spots on Frenchman Street to have a soulful night out.

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Backpacking through Europe

Every great adventure starts with a close group of friends and a good plan. You provide the first, and HomeToGo will provide the latter! Europe is a massive continent and to fully enjoy it you will need to have an idea where you want to go and what you want to see. The choice will not be easy, as Europe has many wonders to offer and gems to discover. Are you fascinated by non-Westernized Eastern Europe, or are cities full of intricate architecture your ideal excursion? Do you want to party all night or are you an early bird with an itinerary full of historical sights? Our recommendations ensure you will experience great memories, delicious local cuisine and sights hard to forget. Pack you bags, choose your route, book a vacation rental and embark on a once in a life time adventure!

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Budget friendly Eastern Europe

Would you like to see stunning historical sights, unique culture and go on a unforgettable trip without spending a fortune? Eastern Europe has a lot to offer: warm-hearted people, great food, cheap prices and what is most unique – it is not Westernized. The region is perfect for backpacking, it offers ease of transportation due to a network of railways and well developed public transportation. Although small, while in comparison to the United States, Eastern Europe provides a broad cultural variety and a rich historical experience. During your travels you will get a chance to visit the biggest castle in the world located in Prague, take a warm and relaxing bath in the thermal springs of Budapest, or spend hours admiring the beautiful architecture of Kiev. Visit Eastern Europe this summer – it might not stay the same forever.

  • Make sure to try local Czech Beer, it's delicious and cheaper than water on most menus.

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  • Budapest has more than 120 thermal springs, and an estimated 70 million litres of water rise to the surface daily.

  • Bulgarians shake their heads from side to side to mean yes and nod when they mean no. Take note and don't take no for an answer!

  • The first road in Bucharest was Drumul de Lemn (The Wooden Road) made entirely out of wood. Stop by the historic site today, now called Victory Avenue

  • Kiev is said to be built on 7 hills - explore the natural beauty of this Ukrainian capital.

Prague

Must See: Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, St. Vitus Cathedral, Old Town Square, The Astronomical Clock
Food+Drink: Czech Beer, Pork Roast, Knedliky, Trdelnik, Palacinky
Accommodation Price: $131/night for four people
Tip: Get around the city easily with public transportation as a 72 hour tourist pass is only $13.

Budapest

Must See: Fisherman`s Bastion, Parliament Building, Castle Hill, St. Stephen’s Basilica, Hungarian State Opera House
Food+Drink: Hungarian Goulash, Paprika Flavored Dishes, Langos, Stuffed Cabbage
Accommodation Price: $102/night for four people
Tip: Visiting one of the countless thermal baths is a must! Take a break from sightseeing and have a relaxing soak at the Széchenyi Thermal Bath.

Sofia

Must See: Cathedral Saint Alexandar Nevski, Vitosha Mountain, Boyana Church, Vitosha Boulevard, Borisova Gradina Park
Food+Drink: Banitsa, Shopska Salata, Tarator, Shish, Stuffed Peppers
Accommodation Price: $91/night for four people
Tip: Take a short bus trip to Mount Vitosha located just outside the city, and admire the beauty of Bulgarian nature.

Bucharest

Must See: Herastrau Park, Palace of Parliament, Cismigiu Gardens, Stavropoleos Church, Liberty Park
Food+Drink: Chiftele, Mititei, Sarmale, Mamaliga, Papanasi
Accommodation Price: $116/night for four people
Tip: It’s definitely worth to take a day trip and visit Bran Castle, home of the world famous Count Dracula!

Kiev

Must See: Caves Monastery, Independence Square, The House with Chimeras, Andriyivski Uzviz, Saint Sophia Cathedral
Food+Drink: Borshch,Varenyky, Pelmeni, Pirozhki, Banosh with Brynza
Accommodation Price: $55/night for four people
Tip: If you feel adventurous, take a day trip to Chernobyl, and explore the controversial ghost site with a guided tour.


Historic Landmarks

For history buffs, Europe is heaven on earth. The Historic Landmarks route will fulfill the dreams of every amateur historian. This route combines textbook historic cities with locations experiencing world changing moments today. If World War II fascinates you, then Berlin and Warsaw are made for you. Tour the countless museums, monuments, and sights that remind visitors of the tumultuous past. If you fancy politics, law and justice then Brussels and Geneva are a must. Brussels is the official political capital of Europe, and is home to both the NATO and European Union headquarters, while Geneva is home to the Red Cross headquarters. HomeToGo has made sure you will not be without an itenary while following the trail of history.

  • Tour the haunted Catacombs of Paris beneath the city - they hold the remains of more than 6 million people!

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  • Brussels is the political capital of Europe. The city is a home to more than 40,000 European Union employees and 4,000 NATO employees.

  • The iconic Berlin TV tower is over 1,200 feet high and is the tallest structure in Germany.

  • Warsaw is know as the Phoenix City. It was completely destroyed during WWII and rebuild from scratch.

  • About 40% of Geneva's residents come from other countries, making it the most internationally diverse European city

Paris

Must See: Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Pont Alexandre III, Notre Dame, Sacre-Coeur
Food+Drink: Crepes, Chocolate, Cheese, Macarons, Wine, Baguette, Pastries
Accommodation Price: $240/night for four people
Tip: Take a day trip to Versailles! Become awestruck by the majestic chateau that’s only 30 minutes away from the city center.

Brussels

Must See: Grand Place, Heysel Park, Parlamentarium, Town Hall, Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History
Food+Drink: Belgian Waffles, Moules-frites, Frites, Carbonnades Flamandes, Belgian Chocolate
Accommodation Price: $163/night for four people
Tip: Explore the shops of Europe’s oldest shopping arcade, the Galeries St. Hubert that was opened in 1847.

Berlin

Must See: Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate, Museum Island, The Holocaust Memorial, Berlin Wall
Food+Drink: Currywurst with Fries, Schnitzel, Beer, Berliner, Döner Kebab
Accommodation Price: $124/night for four people
Tip: The Hohenschönhausen Memorial, is just outside of Berlin, and is a must see for all the WWII history buffs.

Warsaw

Must See: Lazienki Park and Palace, Warsaw Uprising Museum, Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Castle Square, Old Town Market Square
Food+Drink: Pierogi, Barszcz, Schabowy, Żurek, Polish Vodka
Accommodation Price: $92/night for four people
Tip: For a great cup of drinkable chocolate, visit one of Wedel’s shops – they offer more than 30 different flavors of the delicious treat.

Geneva

Must See: Lake Geneva, Mont Saleve, Jet d’Eau, Palais des Nations, International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum
Food+Drink: Swiss Chocolate, Fondue, Raclette, Rösti, Zopf, Rivella
Accommodation Price: $239/night for four people
Tip: Book a boat cruise on Lake Geneva for stunning views of the city – be sure to pose for countless photo ops!


Artistic Marvels

Did you know that the Mona Lisa, one of the most famous paintings in the world is actually not as big as people think? Its only 21×30 inches, and is protected by private bodyguards and bulletproof glass! If this peaks your interest, then we’ve got your adventure all planned out. Along the Artistic Marvels of Europe, you will see countless numbers of priceless masterpieces and cities full of stunning architecture. What do Picasso, Monet, Michelangelo and Dali have in common? They were all inspired to create their masterpieces by the same thing – European history, landscapes and it’s people. If you consider yourself a fan of the arts, Europe is the place to be.

  • Barcelona has 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and 7 of them were designed by the Modernist master, Gaudi.

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  • The ancient city of Rome has more than 900 churches and 280 fountains - all incredible works of art.

  • Vienna is home to the oldest zoo in the world, Tiergarten Schönbrunn was established in 1752.

  • The Eiffel tower is repainted every 7 years, maybe you'll be lucky and will see a fresh coat of paint!

  • You can fit the Statue of Liberty inside the O2 Arena, the largest structure of its kind in the world, located in London's Royal Borough of Greenwich.

Barcelona

Must See: Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Casa Batllo, Picasso Museum, Barri Gotic
Food+Drink: Paella, Pinchos, Churros, Tapas, Sangria
Accommodation Price: $249/night for four people
Tip: Both Catalan and Spanish are official languages in Barcelona. So either brush up on your high school Spanish skills, or try to memorize a few useful Catalan words!

Rome

Must See: Colosseum, Pantheon, Domus Aurea, Trevi Fountain, Vatican Museum, Galleria Borghese
Food+Drink: Fried Zucchini Flowers, Fried Baccalá, Supplì, Maritozzo con Panna, Pizza, Gelato
Accommodation Price: $173/night for four people
Tip: Next to the Orange Garden, you will have a very unique view of St. Peter’s Basilica from the key hole of the gate of Villa del Priorato on top of the Avellino Hill.

Vienna

Must See: Kunsthistorisches Museum, State Opera House, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Schonbrunner Gardens, Belvedere Palace Museum, Rathaus
Food+Drink: Almdudler, Apfelstrudel, Wiener Schnitzel, Mozart Kugeln, Sacher Torte
Accommodation Price: $154/night for four people
Tip: Visit St. Marx Cemetery, and pay your respects at the grave of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Paris

Must See: Musée du Louvre, Luxembourg Gardens, Musée Jacquemart André, Musée Marmottan Musée, Beaubourg District
Food+Drink: Crepes,Chocolate, Cheese, Macarons, Wine, Baguette
Accommodation Price: $240/night for four people
Tip: Take a cruise along the Seine river and enjoy the picturesque sights and the delightful breeze.

London

Must See: British Museum, National Gallery, Tower of London, Big Ben, Churchill War Rooms
Food+Drink: Fish and Chips, Full English Breakfast, Sticky Toffee Pudding, and who can resist the afternoon British Tea?
Accommodation Price: $427/night for four people
Tip: Want to see something out of this world? Plan a day trip and visit the mysterious Stonehenge, only about a 2 hour drive away.


Europe after Sunset

Does the day start for you after the sunset? Would you like to experience the best parties Europe has to offer and meet new people? Follow the Europe After Sunset route to have the best time of your life! From the infamous beaches of Ibiza, underground techno clubs in Berlin, to the smoke filled coffee shops of Amsterdam, Europe is the place for partying. Europe has some of the best nightlife scenes in the world, and if you plan right, you might party together with some of the most famous DJ’s from around the globe. If staying up all night sounds like the perfect vacation then what are you waiting for? Pack you bags and book a vacation rental with HomeToGo, as you definitely will need a place to crash during day!

  • Known as the Venice of the North, there are 165 canals in Amsterdam and more than 1,200 bridges!

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  • The area of Berlin is 9 times bigger than Paris, so make sure to bring comfy walking shoes as this city is huge!

  • The Guinness Book of World Records states the magical Prague Castle is the largest castle in the world.

  • There were no leisure beaches in Barcelona before 1992! However, today the beaches are a must see in this coastal gem!

  • Typically called the #1 nightlife spot in the world, with the best clubs and most famous DJ's, Ibiza is the place to be!

Amsterdam

Must See Clubs: De School, Radion, OT301, Sugar Factory, Pacific Parc, NYX
Food+Drink: Febo, Cannibale Royale, French Fries, Döner, Burgers
Accommodation Price: $326/night for four people
Tip: Take the ferry from Amsterdam Central Station to NDSM. It’s an old wharf where you can find multiple exhibitions, graffiti and a huge flea market, IJ-Hallen, once a month.

Berlin

Must See Clubs: Berghain, Watergate, Wilde Renate, Felix, Kit Kat, Tresor, Open Air Summer Parties
Food+Drink: Döner Kebab, Currywurst, Schwarma, Burgers, Beer
Accommodation Price: $124/night for four people
Tip: Clubs in Berlin have a high rate of selection, look for tips and tricks to get in online beforehand!

Prague

Must See Clubs: Roxy, Cross Club, M1 Lounge Bar and Club, Neone, Klub 007
Food+Drink: Hot Dogs, Beer, Halal
Accommodation Price: $131/night for four people
Tip: If you would like to hang out with the locals, check out the dozens of bars in the downtown area. Beer is cheaper than water here, so prepare for a fun night out!

Barcelona

Must See Clubs: Becool, Moog, Razzmatazz, La Terrrazza, Mac Arena Mar Beach Club
Food+Drink: Tapas, Pinchos, Sangria, Gin & Tonic
Accommodation Price: $249/night for four people
Tip: The locals love their Siestas – partake in the tradition as clubs are usually open until at least 3:00 A.M.

Ibiza

Must See Clubs: Amnesia, Pacha, Space, Privilege, Sankeys
Food+Drink: Tapas, Gin & Tonic, Tropcial Drinks
Accommodation Price: $653/night for four people
Tip: Buy a ticket for a boat party, dress up in your Friday night best, and have the best night of your life dancing the night away!

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Backpacking through Asia

Asia is a continent where you can enjoy the best of both worlds – exotic tropical paradises and modern expansive cities filled with extreme landmarks. While traveling the world’s most populated continent, you are sure to make new friends and will discover hidden gems known only to the locals while using our backpacking guides. Are you obsessed with Asian cuisine? You will be blown away after trying the original Asian dishes prepared by natives from fresh local produce. Buzzing hawker markets, food stands galore, and local unique delicacies will peak your interests when traveling. Explore together with your best traveling friends a region that is both anciently peaceful and technologically advanced.

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Asian Paradise

Do exotic animals, ancient ruins, and beaches with crystal clear water peak your interests? Caution – before reading more about this tropical oasis – note it will be hard to leave this paradise once your stay at an Asian vacation rental is over. Who would want to leave behind extensive golden coastlines paired with beautiful virgin landscapes? If you feel adventurous the Asian Paradise Route also offers many historical landmarks to visit. However, the biggest treasure these locations provide is simple stunning nature. Leave civilization behind and enjoy the quiet, breathtaking paradise. Adventure awaits!

  • "Den", means north, and "pasar", means market - indication of Denpasar's origins as a market town in Indonesia.

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  • Visit White Sand Beach in Koh Chang, Thailand. This dreamy sandy spot is host to many social and entertainment activities.

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  • Angkor Wat, the temple complex located in Siem Reap, Cambodia is simply a must see! It is the biggest religious monument in the world.

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Denpassar

Must See: Shark Island, Sakenan Temple,The Bali Provincial Public Museum, The Bajra Sandhi Monument, Jagatnatha Temple
Food+Drink: Sate, Bebek Betutu, Babi Guling, Nasi Campur, Gado-Gado
Accommodation Price: $323/night for four people
Tip: It’s common negotiate with vendors in Indonesia. However, make sure to do it with a smile on your face. It will help!

Koh Chang

Must See: Klong Plu Waterfall, Bang Bao Pier, Ban Chang Thai – Elephant Camp, Mu Ko Chang National Park View Point
Food+Drink: Phat Thai, Tom Yam, Phat Kaphrao, Kai Yang
Accommodation Price: $244/night for four people
Tip: Around 70% of this island is made up of the rainforest, cliffs, waterfalls, beaches, corals reefs and wildlife. Explore these natural elements to take a break from the hustle of life.

Siem Reap

Must See: Angkor Wat, Bayon Temple, Ta Prohm, Banteay Srei, Angkor National Museum
Food+Drink: Fish Amok, Kdam Chaa, Lok Lak, Skewered Sausage
Accommodation Price: $176/night for four people
Tip: The summer is the rainy season, so come prepared with your rain gear as even the main city center can flood for a day or two during this time.


Modern Asian Metropolis

Top notch technology, mile-high skyscrapers, fine dining and iconic landmarks – discover Asia’s Modern Metropolis’. Tokyo, Seoul and Shanghai combined are home to more than 40 million people. Explore these Asian Metropolises which grow in a unmatched tempo. Sing the night away with popular tradition of karaoke in Tokyo, eat late night dumplings in Shanghai, and shop in the fashionable flourishing city of Seoul. Experience the craze of these bustling cities and backpack through them today!

  • Sumo wresting is the national sport of Japan. Witness the amazing size and strenghth of these Japanese warriors while in Tokyo.

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  • Tipping is not a requirement in South Korea. You may find yourself being chased by a waiter for the change you left!

  • Take a train ride on the Magalev (magnetically levitated train), which reaches an estimated 267 mph!

Tokyo

Must See: Sensōji Buddhist Temple, Meiji Jingū Shrine, Imperial Palace & East Garden, Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo Tower
Food+Drink: Kushiyaki, Ramen, Sushi, Crepes, Tempura
Accommodation Price: $134/night for four people
Tip: Take a break from the craze of Tokyo and journey to Mount Fuji for a breathtaking nature experience.

Seoul

Must See: The War Memorial of Korea, Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, N Seoul Tower
Food+Drink: Kimichi, Bibimbap, Bulgogi, Samgyeopsal, Samgyetang
Accommodation Price: $153/night for four people
Tip: Take a walk along the Cheonggyecheon Stream, especially at night. Overhead bridges, waterfalls and a calm peace of mind, what else does one need?

Shanghai

Must See: Shanghai World Financial Center, Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden, Oriental Pearl Tower, Riverside Promenade
Food+Drink: Jiaozi (Dumplings), Shengjianbao, Xiaolongbao, Chuanr, Jian Bing
Accommodation Price: $137/night for four people
Tip: Shanghai Tower is a must see, it is over 2,000 feet high and is the second tallest building in the world.

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Transportation Tips

Organizing logistics is a key component for travelling. Whether you are hitchhiking, taking a bus, train, or plane, planning is a must. To have a flawless and ideal trip, it is recommended to plan as far in advance as possible – this is also the key to saving a few bucks too! Thinking about where to go next, where to stay, or how to move from point A to point B, it is always important to do the research beforehand. Read below to see crucial tips and pointers how to make the trip with your friends hassle free.

Traveling Through the U.S.

As the U.S. is a very large country, traveling can be pricey. It’s best to do your research in contrasting and comparing different methods of transportation before setting off on your adventure. If you’re sticking to one route, try renting a car! Remember if you’re under 25 that insurance comes at a high price – also be weary of a potential hike in gas prices. Looking to experience all the U.S. has to offer? A flight will definitely be necessary. In order to score the best deals, sign up for airline newsletters and price alerts. This may seem like a bother, but trust us, a great deal awaits!

  • In New York City, purchase a $31 unlimited ride 7-day MetroCard, making exploring all 5 boroughs quick and easy! Cards can be purchased at nearly all stations and are good for the subway and bus.
  • Ride along the classic Cable Car in San Francisco. Although it may cost a steep $7/ride, it’s worth the photo opportunity alone!
  • In a pickle? Popular car services like Uber and Lyft operate in most major U.S. cities – download the apps and ride away.

Traveling Through Europe

Flights to Europe are not cheap, but can be if you plan right! Make sure to book the tickets early, search flexible dates and various airport destinations. Once in Europe, there are a ton of choices when picking how to travel between countries. Many providers offer sales and you can book a flight between many European capitals for as cheap as $15! Remember, the key is to book in advance. Planes are not the only viable way of traveling. Europe has a great network of railroads and bus connections. You might want to purchase a Eurail pass. Explore 28 European countries starting at $350 for 5 days up to $713 for 1 month.

  • Ryanair is the king of cheap flights in Europe, but beware and read the fine print as hidden fees are often part of the deal.
  • Use GoEuro, a search engine for Buses, Trains and Planes in Europe to compare and contrast ideal transportation services.
  • Be weary of using a taxi in Western Europe as prices can be steep. In contrast, taxis in Eastern Europe are super cheap! Travel in style during a night out!

Traveling Through Asia

When booking a flight to Asia it would be wise to book far in advance. It will be necessary to travel from country to country by plane – look out for domestic airlines as they’re substantially less expensive than American services. Once on the ground, check out the local bus system. This is an inexpensive way to get around anywhere and everywhere your heart desires. Fares typically cost on average $10 for extensive journeys and rides depart all throughout the day. Again, be sure to pre-plan and ask locals what the best method of transportation would be – they know best!

  • Hop on an infamous Tuk Tuk, or a small open-aired taxi to zip around a city. These rides will require haggling, so make sure you get the best deal and hold on!
  • Renting a motor bike is popular among tourists. However be sure to wear a helmet and purchase insurance as accidents are common!
  • Agree on taxi prices before you hop in! Haggling is part of the culture, so make sure you have a pre-determined price before jetting off with your driver.

Methodology

About Us

HomeToGo (www.hometogo.com) is an independent vacation rental metasearch engine that allows you to quickly and easily search and compare listings from over 7 million offers in over 200 countries from more than 250 providers. With features such as smart filtering, users can find their ideal vacation rental by sorting according to their preferred destination, travel dates, budget and amenities. Headquartered in Berlin, the founding trio comprises of Dr. Patrick Andrä, Wolfgang Heigl and Nils Regge. The company currently employs more than 50 employees and operates local sites in nine European countries and in the U.S.

Facts & Figures

How were the various destinations selected in this study?
HomeToGo selected popular international backpacking. In total, HomeToGo used data from 41 cities.

Why are median prices used?
Median prices are the mathematical middle value and are therefore less sensitive to extreme values. Unusually high prices from a few ultra-luxury vacation rentals, would too strongly affect the average value.

What do the prices reflect?
Prices are given for a one night stay for 4 guests at a specific destination.

Which time periods are used in the study?
Prices consists of 7 weeks, from June through July 2016.

When was the data requested for this study?
The data was requested on May 15, 2016, appropriately calculating the daily exchange rate.

How did we create the maps?
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