Best Backpacker Sites

Tips for the next generation of travel bugs

Anyone can grab a few outfits, a friend and a plane ticket to see the world. Backpacking today is easier than ever-- here's how to start your next adventure.


EuroTrip is a cool resource for budget travelers with a wealth of information for getting by on the cheap.

STATravel is the world's largest student travel agency. STA sells tours (GAP, Contiki, Topdeck, Intrepid, OZ/KIWI Experience, Busabout, etc.), domestic and international plane tickets, Eurail passes, hotel/hostel, travel insurance, the ISIC card, etc.. STA often has cheaper airfare for students, teachers, and people under 26 because of contracts with the airlines. These student/teacher/youth tickets are very flexible, most are cancellable, and almost all only have a $35 change fee if you need to change the ticket.

 Europe from a Backpack is a compilation of travel stories collected by Mark Pearson, a fellow Seattleite. 

World Celebrations is not just for students, but is an advice-giving column for all backpackers. Send them tips, photos or stories on at least TWO annual events, and you can host your own social profile on WORLD. This profile can be used to network, gain advice and discover travel gems.

The Savvy Backpacker is an excellent resource for helping travelers plan their grand adventure around Europe. This site has advice on everything from packing lists and choosing a backpack to rail pass tips and itinerary planning.

Friends of Friends Travel (FOF Travel) is a great new tool for backpackers. Part social network, part hospitality exchange, part deals site, FOF Travel is like Couchsurfing, Facebook and Airbnb all rolled into one! Check out your Opportunities Map to find free and safe places to stay, store your stuff, get travel tips and advice, and find travel buddies. Plus they have parternered with WSA, as well as STA Travel, Hostelworld.com, and more to get you exclusive deals!

Looking for an Apartment Abroad?

Study Abroad Apartments helps American students locate safe and reliable apartments throughout Europe as the leading provider of independent study abroad housing. Instead of living in a dorm, or getting randomly placed somewhere you have never seen, this is the perfect option! 

Kyle Cook, Lebanon Valley College

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I went to Rome with a few of my friends. Before we got there, our tour guide, Rhianne, sent us plenty of information regarding how to arrive at the hostel, and what our Itinerary would be like. She also made it a point to meet up with people the night before if their flight got in early so students would have something to do. Having a tour guide that lived in the city was amazing. It made me not have to stress about getting lost, and provided many opportunities to eat at the best restaurants, and, most importantly, the best Gelato places. By the end of the tour, I was good friends with each of the 14 members of the tour group, including our tour guide. I definitely recommend taking a tour through WSA because the guides make you feel like they actually care about each person on the trip. I knew that I could just relax, and enjoy my trip.

Kyle Cook, Lebanon Valley College ~ Kingston University, London, Fall 2015

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