12 Places To Travel While the U.S. Dollar Is Strong
By Ordinary Traveler
The value of the U.S. dollar has been steadily rising in recent years, and now is the time to take advantage of it. Cash in those vacation days you’ve been saving, and head to one of these top destinations where you can get the most bang for your buck!
Istanbul: the only place where two continents connect in one city. Get to experience both Europe and Asia by ferrying across the Bosphorus and wandering around the best of Turkey’s colorful markets. With an exchange rate of 1 US dollar to 2.93 Turkish Lira, Turkey is one of the cheapest destination on our list! Moderate daily budget: $56
Visiting the picturesque Scandinavian countries is always a good decision, and this time normally pricey Sweden is within reach. Jet off to Stockholm, Gothenburg or the islands of West Sweden, where there are too many beautiful sights – and people – to take in all at once. Sweden uses the Krona, which exchanges at 8.23 krona per dollar. Moderate daily budget: $167
Get a taste of Austria’s renowned live entertainment at Vienna’s famous State Opera House, or wander its cobbled streets and settle into a cozy bookstore or café. You won’t want to miss the culture this place has to offer! Austria is one of the many countries here that use the Euro for currency, which currently has an amazing exchange rate of approximately 1 USD to 0.89 Euro. It’s time to hit up Europe! Moderate daily budget: $110
If you’ve been dreaming of stuffing your face with authentic Italian pizza and pasta, there’s no time like the present! Italy also uses the euro, and much like Greece it’s economy (and prices) are slowly but surely on the rise – don’t wait. Moderate daily budget: $137
The value of the Japanese Yen is down in comparison to the dollar (1 USD to 105.89 JPY), so this normally pricey destination can now be a reasonably affordable vacation. Whether you’re looking forward to the gorgeous gardens or cherry blossoms during springtime, or want to explore the Harajuku district of Tokyo known for its outlandish style and ultra-trendy fashion, there’s something for everyone!
Although Japan is known to be pricey for tourists, the low currency exchange rates have started to rise so take advantage of them now. Moderate daily budget: $125
You’ve got your fair share of winter activities to choose from (ever try dogsledding?), but Canada offers just as many year-round attractions as well. With the quaint French villages of Quebec, puffin viewing in Newfoundland, and kayaking with whales on Vancouver Island, you’re bound to fall in love.
If you plan to wait for a winter getaway, don’t miss the Northern Lights of Canada’s northern territories like the Yukon. Conversion rates equate to approximately 1 USD for every 1.29 Canadian dollars. Moderate daily budget: $115
The Sydney Opera House, stunning beaches, kangaroos, Great Barrier Reef – Australia has it all. Head out to the land down under for some awesome waterfall and wildlife experiences, because this is most definitely a place you’ll want to visit now. US dollar exchange rates will be similar to Canada’s, at about 1.35 Australian dollars for every US dollar. Moderate daily budget: $96
Whether it’s the historic ruins, museums, beaches, or food that draws you to Greece, you won’t be disappointed – plan your trip now while the economy is down and catering to tourists! Mainland cities (like Athens) will likely be quite a bit cheaper than the islands (Kos, Santorini), so keep that in mind when planning your trip. The euro-to-dollar conversion rate still stands at about 1 USD to 0.89 Euro. Moderate daily budget: $81-$139
Enjoy the strong dollar and happy travels.