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! 

Katrina Alford, Concordia University - Irvine

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This past weekend, I traveled to Budapest with WSA with a couple of friends from my university abroad, and I couldn't have asked for a better trip! After arriving at the hostel, we met Bogi, our tour guide for the weekend, who was instantly friendly and welcoming. Throughout the weekend, Bogi was an amazing guide! She showed us some great places for shopping and food, as well as the top sights around the city. You could tell she loved her job and never passed up an opportunity to share about her hometown and some of its history. She was so friendly and was sincerely interested in us as individuals and did everything she could do accommodate our priorities for the weekend (whether it was food, shopping, nightlife, sightseeing, etc.) I would highly recommend WSA's guided tours for any student studying abroad who wants to explore more than their university's city!

Katrina Alford, Concordia University - Irvine ~ AIFS Richmond, Spring 2015

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