Australia may sound like a pretty unlikely pick when it comes to inexpensive backpacking destinations, but if you do it right, it can be incredibly cheap. There are thousands of Couchsurfing hosts in this country, offering up a couch, bed, or even a room just for the chance to enjoy the cultural exchange. It doesn’t cost a thing, although it’s suggested that guests contribute in some way, such as cooking up an evening meal or bringing a bottle of wine. As groceries in Australia are relatively cheap (less than $2 for a loaf of fresh bread and about $3.50 for a pound of boneless, skinless chicken breasts), it makes traveling this way a real bargain. Plus, Australia has a well-worn budget backpacker trail and lots of work exchange opportunities too – not to mention the country’s extraordinary landscapes that everything from magnificent beaches and mountains to unique wildlife and laid-back cities.