Bangkok nightlife, beaches and tropical islands in the south are calm, laidback and Chiang Mai and Pai in the north are full of Buddhist temples and good food. Thailand might seem like a distant and exotic place that will be difficult to navigate, but it’s manageable for first time backpackers. The language barriers are easier to overcome as many people speak English, particularly those working in the tourism industry. Thailand is also such a popular destination that you’ll find great backpacker hostels catering to all types of travellers everywhere, and it’s one of the easiest countries to find travel buddies spontaneously.
Europe is an amazing region to travel, and it’s very popular with North Americans especially. One of the downsides of backpacking in Europe is that it’s really spread out and there are no clear routes that everyone follows. It is also rather expensive to travel in Europe compared to some of the places. On the other hand, safety issues are minimal and travellers are likely to have a worry-free experience. Europe is huge for city travel, so if you like cities it’s a perfect place to be. All the major cities have great modern hostels. The couch surfing scene is also massive in Europe and attracts a huge crowd every time; it’s a great place to meet people and get tips on where to go.
While it is a vast country, most people travel similar routes along the coast in the south and southeast. Australians are big travellers themselves which means they’ve built up an amazing backpacker infrastructure in their own country. Backpacker hostels are everywhere, and there also great food. Many Australians have travelled themselves, so they tend to be very welcoming to people visiting their country. Depending on your lifestyle the backpacker crowd in Australia is very boozy and tends to have a younger crowd than most places.
Peru may look like a big country on the map, but most of the action happens south of Lima. It has a tight and well-established backpacker circuit, with most people following roughly the same route. Peru is the most popular backpacking country of South America, so you won’t be the only one travelling there solo. If you want to meet other travellers, a great place to start is Cusco. Many backpackers combine southern Peru and Bolivia into a single trip.
From the cliffs that face the Atlantic Ocean, to the hills in the Sahara Desert and on the icey Atlas Mountains, the drama of Morocco's contrasting landscapes is mesmerizing. With a diverse culture and ancient tradition its an interesting place for first time travellers. In the balance between its changing culture and ancient traditions, you'll find something enduring and mystical about it. Morocco draws artists, soul searchers and bohemians from all over the world. Marrakech is a great place to start; there's plenty to see and it's within striking range of other great places (such as: Chefchaouen). The city square is filled activity from sunrise to sundown with street performers and vendors selling unique artifacts from another world.