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The destinations trailblazing the backpacking scene in 2016

Your average backpacker is open minded, resourceful, outgoing, curious, inquisitive and has a zest for life – and so much more. But above all this backpackers are explores: they want to explore the undiscovered, walk on the untouched and see the unknown.

There’s no better way to do this than backpacking through locations that are not overflowing with tourists and travellers; be the first person to tell your friends and family about a fantastic and virtually undiscovered land.

Don’t follow the crowd and trail blaze your way through the hottest back packing destination in 2016. Take a look at our top 3 emerging destinations.

Botswana

The ultimate Safari destination – the wildlife means business here! It is common to see baby elephants, rhinos, endangered African dogs, aquatic antelopes and wild cats roaming unrestricted between the Kalahari’s plains and the waterways of the Okavango. The wildlife in Botswana is unrivalled, so it’s easy to see why the country has been named number one in Lonely Planet’s best travel in 2016.  This destination is wild, primitive and gorgeous – the perfect destination for true explorers.

elephantsEstonia

Named as Lonely Planet’s best value destination for 2016, Estonia will provide all the thrills for a percentage of the buck.  With a unique fusion of Nordic and Eastern influences you are guaranteed a destination like no other. Book flights to Tallinn, Estonia’s capital city which exudes old town charm with its medieval streets and spires. Use Tallinn as your starting point and explore the countryside and neighbouring cities for a true local experience, visit some of the most popular islands: Saaremaa, Hiiumaa, Kihnu, Ruhnu and Vormsi. Island life moves a lot slower than city life, traditions and culture are valued highly here and their day to day life demonstrates how Estonians used to live before the modern age. Estonia is the perfect destination for a backpacker that is searching for authentic travel.

tallinMontenegro

Montenegro really does have it all which is very impressive for such a small country. Known as the pearl of the Mediterranean, this gem is seriously undiscovered and it’s not difficult to see why Lonely Planet has been picked as one of the ‘best places to travel in the world’ in 2016. Visit Kotor for an all-round experience, there’s beautiful beaches, architecture, nature, fine dining, stunning coastline and fantastic shopping. Use Kotor as your base and then rent a car in Kotor to explore the country and other historic towns and sites such as: Sveti Stefan, The Ostrog Monastery, Catinje, Lovcen National Park and Njegos Mausoleum. Montenegro is the perfect destination for a backpacker who wants to experience a little bit of everything.

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IMG: backpackers by garryknight, Afrikanische Elefanten / African Bush Elephants by brainstorm1984, Tallinn Estonia by TausP., Along the Waterfront at Dobrota [Explore 9-6-13] by trishhartman / Flickr cc.

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