[REVEALED] Top 20 Backpacking Destinations 2020 According to Hostelworld

[REVEALED] Top 20 Backpacking Destinations 2020 According to Hostelworld
@marinechanal | Siargao Island

An idyllic spot off the coast of mainland Bali has been named the number one travel destination for backpackers in 2020.

Interest in Nusa Penida, Indonesia, rose by 610% between 2018 and 2019, according to booking data from Hostelworld – with the site predicting it’ll be a top pick for backpackers next year.

Located south-east of Bali, Nusa Penida is popular for both passing visits via speedboat and dedicated stays. As the biggest and most remote of the three Nusa islands, Nusa Penida shot to fame thanks to its coastal cliffscape in the shape of a T Rex at Kelingking Secret Point Beach.

Nusa Penida. Image: @giuliciu
Nusa Penida. Image: @giuliciu


For nature lovers, the island also boasts one of the best places in the world to see manta rays, as well as a sanctuary home to the iconic Bali starling.

In second place, with an increase in bookings of 256% year on year, is the city of Surat Thani in southern Thailand. Known for its easy access to both mainland Thailand and its striking islands, it’s often a place travellers stay for a short period before moving on to the party favourites.

The destination offers people the opportunity to experience the culture of a real Thai working city, southern street food, derelict beaches and colourful temples.

In third place is Siargao Island, in the Philippines, which was voted the best island in the world by Condé Nast Traveller readers earlier this year.

Hà Giang – Vietna. Image: @ourtasteforlife.
Hà Giang – Vietna. Image: @ourtasteforlife.


The tear-drop shaped island has seen a 181% increase in bookings thanks to its white sandy beaches and peaceful forests with a remote, untouched feel of paradise.

Other travel destinations that have seen their bookings more than double include Ha Giang (118%) and Phong Nha (104%) in Vietnam, as well as Kuta Lombok in Indonesia (107.5%).

Here’s the top 20 destinations list:

  1. Nusa Penida, Indonesia
  2. Surat Thani, Thailand
  3. Siargao Island, Philippines
  4. Ha Giang, Vietnam
  5. Kuta Lombok, Indonesia
  6. Phong Nha, Vietnam
  7. Amman, Jordan
  8. Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
  9. Ibiza, Spain
  10. Ninh Binh, Vietnam
  11. Coron, Philippines
  12. Faro, Portugal
  13. Yosemite, USA
  14. Beirut, Lebanon
  15. Fukuoka, Japan
  16. Lagos, Portugal
  17. Mount Fuji, Japan
  18. Ha Long, Vietnam
  19. Cornwall, UK
  20. Quy Nhon, Vietnam.



Source : Hostelworld | Huffington Post

Indah Gilang Pusparani

Indah is a researcher at Badan Perencanaan Pembangunan Penelitian dan Pengembangan Daerah Kota Cirebon (Regional Development Planning and Research Agency of Cirebon Municipality). She covers More international relations, tourism, and startups in Southeast Asia region and beyond. Indah graduated from MSc Development Administration and Planning from University College London, United Kingdom in 2015. She finished bachelor degree from International Relations from University of Indonesia in 2014, with two exchange programs in Political Science at National University of Singapore and New Media in Journalism at Ball State University, USA. She was awarded Diplomacy Award at Harvard World Model United Nations and named as Indonesian Gifted Researcher by Australian National University. She is Researcher at Regional Planning Board in Cirebon, West Java. She previously worked as Editor in Bening Communication, the Commonwealth Parliament Association UK, and diplomacy consulting firm Best Delegate LLC in USA. Less
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