And it still doesn't explain why there aren't more American backpackers outside America. True, America isn't the best place to go backpacking in, which could explain why Americans don't backpack that much in America. But why not overseas? Accommodations are cheaper, public transport is more extensive (in Europe at least). And plane flights these days aren't that expensive. Thousands of Australian school-leavers fly to Europe every year, and that's almost the other side of the planet. A hop across the Atlantic isn't that big deal. The airports are full of the poverty jetset.