You probably read my post last week on how to backpack like a boss, on a college budget (and if not, now would be a great time to get caught up). So, now that you know how to backpack on the cheap, where should you go? Where to backpack can be determined by your personality type.

For the sun (and sunset)-chaser: Santorini, Greece

If sinking your toes into the warm sand and cliff-jumping into aqua blue waters fits your fancy, book your trip to one of the Greek islands immediately. My friend and I enjoyed 5 luxurious days soaking in the sun, racing past crumbling Greek tavernas on our rented ATV for the day, and dancing the nights away at one of the only clubs on the small island of Santorini. Do some research before you go on which island is best for you…or better yet, just do a tour of several!


Santorini, Greece

For the social butterfly: Madrid, Spain

As I climbed the stairs from the musty, concrete belly of the subway system, I looked up and my eyes immediately fell on the overarching branches of the trees lining the street above. I breathed in the fresh air of Madrid on that first day and knew it was love at first smell. The proverbial love affair only intensified as I realized how easy it was to make friends in this colorful, ornate metropolis. (Besides during the time of siesta 2-5 p.m., of course). Language exchange parties are held weekly around the city at different pubs, and you’re sure to meet people from all corners of the world and of course plenty of amazing Spaniards.


Madrid, Spain

For the fashionista: Milan, Italy

Have your camera, iPhone, or GoPro out and ready to shoot when traveling to Milan. You’re sure to see everything, from ballet students earning extra cash by street performing in full performance wear (I mean, leotard, tutu, and slippers, the works) to photo shoots on any given alleyway or photogenic bridge that caught the designer’s eye.

For the foodie: Berlin, Germany

Sushi, fish ‘n chips, bahnbao, pasta al forno, curry, oh my! Berlin is the new New York City when it comes to the increasing diversity and highest quality of taste and delivery of food. I tend to inhale anything set in front of me, but I especially recall slowing down to enjoy the rich flavor of the meals I had in Berlin. It’s also one of the most affordable, large European cities, so you won’t break the bank eating out more than you usually would in, say, Paris or London.

For the stingy history guru : Prague, Czech Republic

Still waking up and stretching after years behind the Iron Curtain of Communism, Prague astounds visitors with its rich history, unique architecture, and wonderfully cheap food and drink. Free walking tours to cheap pub-crawls make Prague a must-visit for the low-budget backpacker who also wants to learn and enjoy a night on the town.

For the academic: Oxford, England

Every second or third building you pass on the cobble-stone street will house the world’s brightest scholars, studying in one of Oxford’s many school departments. All of the free museums make Oxford an especially advantageous location for the academic or merely curious individual to visit.

For the rolling country hills and historic city seeker: Senlis, France

Ready to escape the noise, smog, and crowds of Paris? Taking a fast train north for 30 minutes brings you to Chantilly (where there are castle grounds and plenty of shops to explore), and another 15-minute bus ride drops you off right outside the heart of Senlis. The medieval town dates back to the early Roman imperial period, and what Senlis lacks in size, it makes up for in charm and enchantment. If only the inhabitants had swung their window blinds open with a musical “Bonjour!”, my suspicions of Belle’s town in Beauty and the Beast being modeled after Senlis would have been confirmed.

For the fearless: Kolkata, India

Are you looking for a little more noise and bartering and excitement in your travels? I’m sure any large city in India will meet your requirements, but I can personally vouch for Kolkata as being all of the above. As one Indian man told me with a chuckle, “There’s a rule of law…but no one follows the rules.”  Horns blaring all hours of the day and night, pedestrians dashing in and out of the way, hand-pulled rickshaws parked next to 2015 edition Rolls-Royce. Eating that spicy Indian food with fear of the runs is brave enough in itself, so if you want to get out of your comfort zone, have pride in your abilities as a traveler who can really see and do just about anything and live through it, Kolkata is for you.

Now that you know where to go, pack your bags, download these apps that you will need along the way, and go!


rj · February 18, 2016 at 1:39 pm

Exciting photography, Exotic locations, Great story content that paints a vivid picture. What’s not to like? Good work.

    Kelli Klaus · February 24, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    Thanks so much RJ! I really appreciate the comment and encouragement…it was quite the adventure!!:)

Michele Roberts · November 23, 2016 at 9:13 am

Wonderful blog! I have never imagined this kind of blog like travel according to your personality. But after reading this i have also pictured myself at some of the beautiful places which i would backpack and which matches my personality. Thanks for sharing such an imaginative & inspiring contents.

    Kelli Klaus · June 20, 2018 at 9:26 am

    Hi Michele!! Thank you so much for the kind words! Of course you can visit anywhere, but there is definitely a distinct vibe wherever you go…finding a place that fits your unique personality is always fun and exciting!

Dina · January 24, 2018 at 12:12 pm

Hi Kelli 😉 Where would you recommend me to stay in Santorini, Greece? ( i am on a budget … )

    Kelli Klaus · June 20, 2018 at 9:29 am

    Hi Dina! My friend and I stayed at the southern part of the island near Black Pebble Beach. We were able to rent ATV’s from there, right next to the hostel we stayed at called ‘Katerina and John Hotel’. It was cheap at the time! If you search on you will find all of the Santorini hostels listed with price and rating!

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