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!
12 Places To Travel While the U.S. Dollar Is Strong
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
Luxury daily budget: $138
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
Luxury daily budget: $363
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
Luxury daily budget: $269
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
Luxury daily budget: $357
Read more: The Ultimate Guide to Cinque Terre, Italy
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
Luxury daily budget: $350
Read more: The Ultimate Japan Travel Guide
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
Luxury daily budget: $305
Read more: What to Pack for a Winter Trip to Canada
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
Luxury daily budget: $228
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
Luxury daily budget: $196-$428
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If drunken nights in pubs and Irish music don’t spell out a good time, I don’t know what does. Yet another place that uses the euro, so there’s no need to break the bank on a good vacation with great entertainment and plenty of beer to go around. Dublin is always good for some city fun, but make sure to check out the scenic views southern Ireland (the friendly B&B’s are a must for accommodation!).
Moderate daily budget: $107
Luxury daily budget: $268
Read more: How to Travel Britain Cheap After Brexit
A city for the more adventurous, Amsterdam is infamous for its Red Light District, “herbal” coffeshops, bike-friendly streets and bridged canals. Word of advice: use your well-saved euros on the sweets. Belgium-style waffles. Dutch pancakes. Appeltaart. All of it. You won’t regret it.
Moderate daily budget: $141
Luxury daily budget: $374
Brush up on your Spanish and pack your dancing shoes, because Buenos Aires is one of the sexiest places on our list. Steak, tango, and telos: luxury “love” hotels (pay-by-the-hour) that are often embellished with in-room Jacuzzis and mirrored walls – need we say more? 1 USD exchanges at 13.74 Argentine pesos; live in luxury for just $100/day! This is our most budget-friendly destination, especially if you really want to stretch your dollar.
Moderate daily budget: $33
Luxury daily budget: $101
If marveling at gothic- and baroque-era churches and monasteries sounds like your cup of tea (or glass of wine, to each his own), Portugal may be the place to see! Another euro-currency country – splurge on that extra bottle of Malbec!
Moderate daily budget: $93
Luxury daily budget: $216