Backpacking Where To Go Summer 2024

Backpacking Where To Go Summer 2024

Summer in the Northern Hemisphere is right around the corner! What are your travel backpacking plans? Need help deciding where to go backpacking?

Maybe you'll slowly backpack through relaxing beach towns to get some remote work done while enjoying the beach and amazing seafood. Or perhaps you'll choose a more fast pace backpacking trip from big city to big city, embracing the ease of travel backpacking during favorable weather. Either way, now is the time to get your ideas together and make it happen.

There are THREE trending destinations for Summer 2024 Travel Backpacking. Each offering its own unique charm, these countries promise an unparalleled experience for those daring enough to explore. So if you are lost for where to backpack to this summer, we got you!

Backpacking Japan

Japan has long captivated the imagination of Travel Backpackers with its blend of ancient traditions and modern style. But what makes Summer 2024 particularly enticing for Travel Backpackers is the favorable exchange rate of the Japanese Yen. This economic advantage is provoking a surge in tourism, making it the perfect time to experience the wonders of Japan without breaking the bank.

At the end of April 2024, the Japanese Yen sunk to a 34 year low against the US Dollar! It is right now roughly 160 Yen to 1 USD. You'll see the in the graph below that it was only a few years ago where 1 USD got you roughly 110 Yen. So if Japan has ever been on your bucket list, this is the year to go!

Besides for the current favorable exchange rates, who can't turn down the bustling streets of Tokyo, where neon lights dance against the night sky. Or the historic temples of Kyoto, where time seems to stand still. Japanese cuisine has some of the best quality and unique gastronomy in the world! So grab your cross chest daypack and book that flight. 

For nature enthusiasts, Japan also has something for you. From the lush landscapes of Hokkaido in the north to the perfect beaches of Okinawa in the south. Pack a waterproof phone bag; you'll want it for this backpacking trip.


Backpacking France 

With all eyes on Paris for the Olympics, now is the perfect time to venture beyond the French capital city's limits and travel backpack the picturesque French countryside. Europeans and people from all over the world will head onto Paris in July and August for the games. So it just makes sense to head to spots in the country which are equally excited for the Olympic Games but without the crowds or inflated prices.

France is renowned for its rich history, delectable cuisine, exquisite art and even its beaches. All of this can be found throughout France and not just Paris. Wander the cobblestone streets of Provence, where lavender fields are abundant. Or backpack through the Loire Valley which is full of unique history. Check out the vibrant markets of Marseille or the beaches of the French Riviera.

For the culinary connoisseur, a visit to the gastronomic capital of Lyon is a must.  Indulge in the finest French cuisine while sipping on world-class wines from the nearby vineyards of Burgundy and Bordeaux. And guess what, it's a fraction of the cost that you would have spent if you were to get this food or wine in Paris.

One of my personal favorites is Biarritz. Which is a beautiful surf town in the Basque Atlantic. Definitely worth a visit! Don't forget your collapsible packing cubes! Just because you'll be travel backpacking, doesn't mean you can't have a nice wardrobe to compete with the French. 


Backpacking Peru

While technically winter in the southern hemisphere, Summer (in northern hemisphere) is the perfect time to explore the wonders of Peru. In paarticular the iconic cities of Cusco and Machu Picchu. Why? Because Peruvian Winter is their dry season. During dry season, the skies clear, and the sun illuminates the ancient ruins, allowing visitors to fully appreciate their awe-inspiring beauty.

I've seen so many travellers go to Peru during the wrong season. They always assume they should go during Peruvian Summer but that can't be further from the truth. Peruvian Summer is wet season, meaning there is a good chance you'll be doing the Inca Trail through mud and reaching Machu Picchu with dense clouds. 

Begin your backpacking journey in the charming city of Cusco, once the capital of the Inca Empire, where you can wander the narrow streets lined with colonial architecture and immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of the Andes.

From there, embark on the unforgettable trek to Machu Picchu, where you'll follow in the footsteps of ancient civilizations as you wind your way through mountains and lush cloud forests. Arriving at the Lost City of the Incas, you'll be greeted by a panorama of terraced hillsides and stone temples. Don't forget a collapsible travel water bottle for this trek; you'll need it.

But Peru so much more than Cusco and Machu Picchu. However, you have to go during the right season. If you go to Peru, you can't miss the out-of-this-world landscapes of the Sacred Valley, the vibrant colors of Rainbow Mountain, the hustle of the Lima, or cruising along Lake Titicaca.


Where To Backpack?

Summer 2024 presents a golden opportunity for Travel Backpackers to explore the trending backpacking destinations of Japan, France, and Peru. With favorable exchange rates, iconic events, and ideal weather conditions, these countries offer an unforgettable journey that will ignite your sense of wonder and leave you craving more. So, grab your backpack, pack your bags , and let the travel backpacking begin!




I’m Mark, the Founder of Generation Nomad, Avid Travel Backpacker & Digital Nomad. I am passionate about helping others discover the world through my experiences. I solo backpacked for months at a time, lived abroad, and even speak two foreign languages. Besides collaborating on the best lightweight travel accessories for Travel Backpackers, I also love sharing my travel photography.
Favorite Trips: Spain, Egypt & Vietnam 
Favorite Cuisines: Italian, Peruvian & Japanese
Quote: “Be a circle and just roll with it” 
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