10 Most Popular Backpacker Destinations

Argentina, Backpacking & Trekking, France, Hostels, Italy, Spain, Staying There, Traveling Solo & Together, United States, Websites and Blogs — By on February 2, 2009 at 9:00 am
Not all travel companies are feeling the pinch of the global recession. This week, the folks at the UK-based Hostelling International (HHI) reported that their bookings are at an all-time high-about 14 percent more people booked accommodations on their site (hihostels.com) in 2008 than a year earlier. According to HHI, the 10 most popular countries for backpackers are:

1. France.
2. USA
3. England & Wales
4. Italy
5. Spain
6. Argentina
7. Norway
8. The Netherlands
9. Switzerland
10. Belgium

And the most popular hostels? Here’s where budget travelers like to lay their heads:

Top Hostels (booked on hihostels.com)
Paris – Le d’Artagnan (France)
With a capacity for 440 guests, this is the largest hostel in France. It offers a free cinema, four internet terminals, a bar, a cafe and a laundry.

Paris Clichy (France)
Located a few steps from Mairie de Clichy metro, the hostel offers easy access to many of the major sights of Paris, such as the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs Elysées, Montmartre and the Louvre museum. There is capacity for 338 guests and facilities include bar, Internet access, TV and kitchen.

HI – New York City (USA)
This hostel is located in a landmark building on the Upper West Side, one block from Broadway Avenue, near a main subway line, and only minutes from Central Park. From now till the end of the winter, Hostelling International NY will provide free breakfast to guests.

HI – San Francisco Downtown (USA)
Housed in a renovated hotel, HI-San Francisco Downtown is located one block from Union Square and steps from Chinatown. The hostel offers both private rooms and dorm rooms, with a maximum of four beds per dorm. Lockers are available in each room, and many rooms come with their own private bathrooms. Free linen and towel service, as well as daily housekeeping, are included, and laundry facilities are available on site.

Paris – Jules Ferry (France)
Placed in a historic district and popular but quiet of the city of Paris, this hostel is near several tourist attractions and a few minutes walk from several metro and bus lines.

London Central YHA (UK)
YHA London Central boasts seven floors of modern budget accommodation five minutes walk from Oxford Street. Guests can take advantage free wifi in the 24 hour cafe/bar, either over a relaxing glass of wine or a more lively head-to-head on our plasma screen Nintendo Wii. The travel desk offers discounts on major attractions (Madame Tussauds, Tower of London, London Eye etc)

Roma – Foro Italico – AF Pessina YH (
Situated 4km north west of the centre of Rome, the hostel is close to the Olympic Stadium and within easy reach of the Vatican, with its museums and the Sistine Chapel ceiling. There are 334 beds and facilities include internet access, TV, meals and bike hire.

Barcelona – Rambles Center (Spain)
Located in the city centre, 100 meters from Las Ramblas, 5 minutes from Plaza Catalunya, and 10 minutes from the beach. Inaugurated in 2002, the hostel has 200 beds in share dorms and offers free internet access, breakfast, sheets, and cable TV. http://www.hihostels.com/dba/hostels-Barcelona—-Rambles-Center-051044.en.htm

Nice Camélias (France)
Close to the train station, the beaches and the nightlife of the Old Nice, this bright, sunny hostel includes breakfast.

Venice – Venezia (Italy)
Located in an ancient, refurbished grain store on Guidecca Island in the heart of Venice, this hostel is near Palladian churches, the Doge’s Palace, the Bridge of Sighs and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. It has 260 beds and facilities include meals, TV room, common rooms, tourist information, luggage store for members and lockers.