Backpacking cities

10 Cities that Backpacking is the Most and the Least Expensive

Backpacking is a way of travelling preferred by many, especially among the youth, mostly due to the fact that it’s one of the cheapest ways of travelling. Wikipedia defines backpacking as follows:

“… is a form of low-cost, independent international travel.” [1]

But is it really cost-effective? From personal experience, I can say that it backpacking is not really demanding especially when combined with hitch-hiking. To be more precise, though, we may need more accurate data.

Numbeo.com, a website specializing on the cost of living in different cities (most cities) gathers and analyses its ‘cost of living’ data and extracts the items that are necessary for backpacking [2]. They include the minimum price for 1 star and 2 star hotels, 1 meal, 1 coke or pepsi, 1 water, 1 domestic beer and 4 one-way tickets in public transport to calculate the daily expenses of a backpacker. Below are the most expensive cities for a backpacker:

5. Drammen, Norway

Drammen, Norway
Drammen, Norway

Located near Oslo, Drammen is the 5th most expensive city for backpackers with an average of $158,29.

4. Kristiansand, Norway

Kristiansand, Norway
Kristiansand, Norway

One of the southernmost cities of Norway, Kristiansand requires a backpacker to spend $166,91 in order to get by, which makes the city the 4th most expensive one for a backpacker.

3. Trondheim, Norway

Trondheim, Norway
Trondheim, Norway

To go backpacking in Trondheim, you must have $184,53 with you for each day.

2. Fort McMurray, Canada

Aurora Borealis in Fort McMurray
Aurora Borealis in Fort McMurray

The second most expensive city for a backpacker wants you to have $189,41 per day in order to have a decent one.

1. Stavanger, Norway

Rainbow Street, Stavanger, Norway
Rainbow Street, Stavanger, Norway

The southern Norwegian city of Stavanger is the most expensive city for a backpacker, according to the data. You need $196,31 for a day if you’d like to visit there.

Those are the 5 most expensive cities for a backpacker and the list is dominated by Norway, as you see. Well, the fact that Scandinavia is quite expensive is no secret, but one may still be surprised that Stockholm is not in the list.

Now, let’s take a look at the cheapest cities for backpackers, again based on numbeo.com data.

5. Guntur, India

Mangalagiri , Guntur
Mangalagiri , Guntur

Guntur is located to the southeast of India and it’s the fifth perfect spot for backpackers short on budget. It is possible to get by in Guntur for $25,58 only.

4. Chennai, India

Ancient Mahabalipuram Temple in Chennai
Ancient Mahabalipuram Temple in Chennai

Chennai is only 421 kilometers to Guntur, so it may be a nice (and even cheaper) follow up for those who want to see India backpacking. For $24,64, you can call it a day in Chennai.

3. Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul, Turkey

This one may be a bit unexpected, but it’s wise to keep in mind that Istanbul has something to offer for every budget, be it the poorest or a multimillionaire. The statistics state that it is possible to get by in Istanbul with $23.26, making the city the 3rd cheapest one for backpackers.

2. Kathmandu, Nepal

Kathmandu, Nepal
Kathmandu, Nepal

The capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu is the second cheapest city in the world for backpackers. With only $17,64, you could have a decent backpacker’s day there.

1. Ahmedabad, India

Adalaj Wav step well in Ahmedabad
Adalaj Wav step well in Ahmedabad

Located somewhere between Rajkot and Indore, Ahmedabad, India is the cheapest country in with world, if backpacking is your thing. An average day costs only $16,41 in the city.

India in general dominates the “cheapest countries for backpackers” list, with Kathmandu and Istanbul as the runner ups. It may be a good idea to keep the average daily costs in mind, if you’re on a strict budget while backpacking.

References

1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Backpacking_(travel)

2. http://www.numbeo.com/hotel-prices/rankings.jsp

 

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  1. 6 August 2014  13:20 by Pauli Østerø Reply

    Duh.. four of the cities are in Norway.. big surprise. Why couldn't you just list Norway as a whole and make room for cities in other countries as well.

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