Someone once said, ‘Life is a daring adventure or nothing.’ I know there will be times when you embark on a journey you’re really very excited about and encounter problems that might make you regret your decisions. But the flight delays missed buses, queasy stomach and lost stuff will all be worth it in the end. The goodbyes from strangers turned close friends will sweetly tingle your memories for the days to come. Get ready to grab your gear and go as I list down the top destinations for backpacking in 2018. You might wonder how I can filter out the best destinations in the world with such certainty. But this collection has places which are the handpicked choices of travelers I’ve met around the world. There are places with sunsets that’ll stay in the memory for eternity, beaches that’ll stow your heart under the soft shimmering sands, and landscapes that can make every word that is trying to describe them feel conscious. 1. Bali With its shimmering sand beaches, azure waters, incredible architecture, lush rice fields, spiritual vibe, cheap living and breathtaking tropical surroundings, Bali is every backpacker’s love. Relax under swaying palm trees then dive into the azure blue waters – spend time island-hopping in and around Bali. The famous Bali Swing, the sunrise trek of Mount Batur, Goa Gajah Caves, Tengenungan waterfalls, Rice terraces of Ubud are some of the best places to visit in Bali. Bali is indeed a backpacker's paradise, and the budget travel options here are incredible, making it one of the most beautiful and interesting places to visit. 2. Croatia Croatia is undoubtedly a backpacker’s joy; it offers a kaleidoscopic blend of a number of things you can enjoy in this Europe’s best-kept secret. Quaint coastal towns, excellent swimming opportunities, cosy sunshine, tons of history, fascinating architecture, crisp wine, delectable fish, yacht-huddled harbours are some of the well-known attractions of this place. Croatian towns are some of the prettiest in the world, and the city of Dubrovnik is without a doubt wonderful, it's on the Adriatic drift, the water is pristine, the pretty Old Town is beguiling, and the city is impressive in its own way. It might be a pain to get around in Croatia when compared to the rest of Europe as it requires a lot of boat travel, but in the end, Croatia is sure to swoon your senses. 3. Ladakh Ladakh, the rooftop of the world is a mystical land which holds deep ancient culture down to its roots. Warm locals wake you up serving you the famous butter tea and loads of stories in the comfortable home stays. Treat your eyes with the dazzling view of Zanskar valley and various other picturesque landscapes in Leh. Brace yourself next for the beautiful drive over the Khardungla and enjoy the magical sunset at the Diskit monastery. Explore the remote villages of Nubra valley and wonder at the magical colours of Pangong Tso. Ladakh snuggles up somewhere deep in your heart with its culture that has kept its traditions alive for almost thousands of years. For budget travelers like me, Ladakh will always remain a great choice. 4. Sri Lanka Sri Lanka reminds me of scenic sunrise spots, coastal surf beaches, soft green hills and tuk-tuk rides. The jewel is located in the Indian Ocean and is as diverse in its people as it is in landscapes and scenery. With magnificent religious sites spread across the land, this island has a profoundly sacred feel to it. Lush Jungle Safari Parks and UNESCO protected sites reveal their secrets when you head to the non-coastal region. Sri Lanka is relatively cheap and off-the-beaten-path destinations for backpackers. The transportation and food costs are negligible when compared to high-end tourist destinations. The best memory of my Sri Lanka visit is staying and having chats with the locals, who are one of the friendliest people. 5. Scotland Scotland has for some time been proclaimed as one of Europe's most lovely and scenic destinations. It can likewise turn out to be significantly less costly than you might expect - and in the same time no less rewarding. Scotland is loaded with castles, stunning mountains, wonderful parks, and inviting local people. You can visit the University of Glasgow, get the fantastic birds-eye view of the city from Edinburgh Castle, stroll through the most vibrant and lively streets in Edinburgh, the Royal Mile. When in Scotland you can’t miss the hiking through the green hills of Highlands which offer an endless supply of adventure opportunities. If you’re looking to get off the beaten track in Europe, then Scotland is your place. 6. Iceland Backpacking in Iceland is known for its abundance of outdoor activities and sightseeing opportunities. When you drive out of the trendy capital, Reykjavik, you have nature’s ticket to jaw-dropping views of active volcanoes, glaciers, geothermic hot springs, verdant mountainsides, black sand beaches, lakes and waterfalls. In Iceland, the prices of hostels, guest houses, hotels and homestays vary depending upon the location and the time of your visit. There are hotels which are a bit pricey but offers good value too. Iceland backpacking has it all and will never disappoint you. If Iceland is not on your bucket list, I would only suggest that you need to get there soon. 7. Vietnam For those who are thinking of backpacking across South East Asia Vietnam is an essential stop. There is so much to explore in Vietnam that you can’t get enough of the place. I would suggest you rent a motorbike instead of traveling in buses, planes and trains if you really want to experience the bizarre that Vietnam is. The cultural diversity of Vietnam is astoundingly beautiful, and there are cities like Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi where you can get lost in the hustle. You can have pleasant beach time, explore the world’s most significant caves, and there are multiple UNESCO world heritage sites waiting to be discovered by you. Vietnam is likewise extremely exceptional with regards to food. It's interesting to see the way that it changes from district to locale keeping its authenticity and taste everywhere. I’ve done the research to help you determine the best time to visit Vietnam, and now it’s time for you to pack your bags. 8. Spain When I think about Spain, the first names that come to my mind is Barcelona and Madrid, but Spain is much more than just these two impressive cities. Spain is a city that never sleeps, and life here moves at a tortoise’s pace. Spain has a casual vibe, energetic nightlife, rich culture, renowned festivities and the world’s highest number of Heritage Sites. Fall for the irresistible sunsets on the Mediterranean Coast, experience the mountains and desert in Andalucia, surf over the waves in the Basque country and hiking in Galicia will be a lifetime experience for any backpacker. The climate is phenomenal, especially along the Mediterranean coastline. While backpacking Europe a trip to Spain is essential as this beautiful country has no dearth of amazing places to visit. And the best thing of all, travelling in Spain is not expensive as you would imagine. 9. Philippines The, most puzzling decision a backpacker has to make while visiting Philippines is which island to visit from its repertoire of seven thousand islands. Walk through the historical colonial streets of the capital city of Manila if you’re keen on knowing the history or hike on the steep, plush mountains for unforgettable hiking experiences. As the Pacific Ocean surrounds it, it is the home to some of the best beaches in Asia and is an island hopping paradise. If you’re not into beaches, then there are lush jungles, majestic volcanoes, tropical pine forests and you can head to Northern Luzon for perfect caving and hiking adventures. With so many wonderful and budget-friendly places to visit in Philippines, now I think you should get ready for an epic adventure throughout the paradise. 10. Thailand It’s hard to think of a better place for solo backpackers than Thailand as it’s easy-peasy to get around and the people here are incredibly social, the food is excellent, and the culture and landscapes are beautiful. North Thailand is significantly cheaper and offers excellent value for money. Motorbiking around the beautiful outskirts of Chiang Mai is one of the best feeling and for experiencing a hippie lifestyle head to Pai. In Pai, you can ride around to get mesmerising views of waterfalls and canyons that surround the village. I can write a whole blog on things to do and places to visit in Thailand but what would be the use of it if I reveal the surprises waiting for you in this beautiful country. 11. Israel Israel is a country which is not often visited by backpackers, but I would suggest you give this underrated country a deserving chance. Israel is home to many ancient wonders, and the bagful of marvellous sites it offer to its visitors makes them sing- it’s like no other country. The Couchsurfing community of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv is very strong, and it provides a good opportunity to make international friends. For partying and soaking up the sun on the sandy beaches, Tel Aviv is the best city. And if you’re into history and culture, Jerusalem is a must visit for you. Next, you have the soaring green Golan Heights region up in the north and the deserts of Mitzpe Ramon and the Negev in the south. At last, there is the exceptional Dead Sea toward the east. The burgeoning network of travelers is making backpacking in Israel more popular and possible than ever. 12. Cambodia Cambodia is moving up the positions as an outstanding backpacking destination in South East Asia. The country is loaded with an intriguing history, stories of its dark past, and the famous lost city of Angkor Wat. Cambodia has the cheapest hostels that you can ever find to stay in. Hiking with elephants and Phnom Penh will tell you a lot about the country’s history. You can reward yourself with a visit to rural parts of the country which offers the enchanting views of charming little towns, rice paddies and gurgling rivers. Cambodia is a place that should be on the bucket list of every backpacker, and I promise, travel to Cambodia, and you won’t regret. 13. Nepal Nepal is sure to enchant every backpacker with its snow-covered Himalayan peaks, mind-blowing trekking trails and temples filled with spiritual energies. Nepal is unquestionably a place where there are magnificent landscape and cultural treasures. The country is also home to the highest peak Mount Everest, and seven different mountains positioned to the world's ten most noteworthy peaks. Despite the fact that Nepal is one of the poorest nations on the planet, it is rich with its way of life and is undeniably blessed with natural beauty which is more than enough for any backpacker embarked on a journey to explore the world. Nepal is one of a kind adventure, and it’ll just blow your mind away. 14. Colombia Colombia is a standout amongst the most amazing nations on the planet. With coolest surfing shorelines, raving parties, bustling cities, and unbelievable views, Colombia is a country which ought to be on every backpacker’s list of places to visit. It is one of the best budget-friendly destinations in South America and welcomes you with its palatable food. When you backpack through Colombia, you’ll find out that the people here are extremely friendly. I can’t think of any reason to not visit Colombia, can you? 15. Mexico Don’t think twice if you’re planning for backpacking Mexico because it is an all-inclusive destination and has so much of history, culture and savoury food to offer, especially the tacos and the margaritas. The place is recognised by UNESCO for its cuisine, has glorious beaches, breathtaking scenery, museum, galleries, stunning architecture and wonderfully friendly people. Mexico has suffered a bad reputation for being unsafe, but according to my backpacking experience, Mexico is a friendly and laidback country with loads of adventurers, history lovers, culture seekers and indie travelers. Exploring one of the biggest cities in the world will take you to ancient Mayan cities and picturesque colonial towns. There’s no debate on this, why backpacking in Mexico is awesome.