The 7 best backpacking destinations to explore on a student budget

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1. Albania


Having emerged from behind the Iron Curtain, it took some time for Albania to catch up with the rest of Europe when it comes to tourism infrastructure.

For the time being it’s a much cheaper alternative to neighbouring Greece and Italy, with a similar Mediterranean climate and equally impressive beaches. Despite its improving tourism industry, you can still find places where it feels frozen in time, with very old ways of life still intact.

Now is as good a time to go as ever because it won’t be long before the country becomes swamped with tourists. Cheap hostels are easy enough to come by with rates that vary from €9-15.

You’ll also be treated to a huge variety of food. Albania’s location has made it a melting pot of Balkan, Ottoman and Mediterranean cuisine.

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