Here are a few places around the world where your vacation dollars will go a little farther.

By Stacey Leasca
December 17, 2019

Traveling is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself. Exploring the world allows you to learn new skills, meet new people, try new things, and eat all the tasty foods you’ve never heard of before. But all that experience comes with one major downside: It can be crazy-expensive. 

Between flights, accommodations, activities, and all that aforementioned tasty food, the cost of travel can add up quickly. However, that’s no reason to avoid travel. All you need to do is research a few places where the American dollar can take you a little further. Here are seven destinations around the globe where, thanks to favorable exchange rates, you can stretch your cash while investing in your personal growth through travel.

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1
Costa Rica 

Costa Rica is a dream destination for those who love nature, adventure, and some seriously warm sunshine. The tiny Central American country boasts some of the most eco-friendly records around, including the fact that it will soon become a carbon-neutral country. So you can feel good about spending your vacation dollars there. However, you may not need to spend too much money, since one U.S. dollar is worth about 566 Costa Rican Colon. That means you can buy a cup of Costa Rican coffee (arguably one of the best cups of coffee in the world) for as little as $2. Check out the small beachside town of Nosara, famous for its perfect surfing waves, and book a stay at Selina Nosara for just $48 per night.

2
Thailand

Travelers who choose Thailand will be delighted by just how many great deals they can find. From street food for less than $1 to markets selling adorable clothing for just a few bucks, and even luxury hotels ready and willing to host you for less than your weekly takeout allowance, Thailand has it all. Of course, as you move toward the coast things tend to get more expensive (as they do anywhere in the world). But still, in places like Phuket travelers can check into the ultra-hip Book a Bed Poshtel for just $9 a night.

3
Mexico 

Mexico is the most-visited international destination by Americans for a good reason: It’s awesome. Between the food, the culture, and the country’s natural beauty, it has plenty of good things going on for travelers. You can also add the fact that Mexico has a highly favorable exchange rate to that list too.

Travelers looking for a good deal can find all-inclusive resorts up and down both the country’s west and east coast in places like Acapulco, Cancun, Tulum, and traveler-favorite Cabo. However, travelers can also feel OK splurging a bit on accommodations as food, entertainment, and transport are all much cheaper. On your next journey to our friends south of the border look into a stay at Las Ventanas Los Cabos, then book a private sailing tour out of the port to watch the famed whale migration over the winter and spring.

4
South Africa

Like the other countries on this list, South Africa has an array of vacation options as well. From beachside getaways to safaris, to cosmopolitan trips to the cities, South Africa has it all. Though, we will be blunt, actually getting to South Africa isn’t cheap. However, once there, everything is more affordable. In fact, Hipmunk reported the median trip booking price for 2019 is about $1,400, so you can feel good about plunking down serious dough on a plane ticket in exchange for all that savings. Plus, you’ll be handsomely rewarded on the other side with waves, lions, and some of the best wine on Earth.

5
Poland

Going to Europe may seem like an expensive proposition, and if you’re thinking about heading to places like London or Paris it most certainly is. However, if you’re willing to try other places, you’ll not only be rewarded with fewer crowds, but a cheaper trip too. That’s where Poland comes in. Visitors to Warsaw, Poland, will find similar options to its more popular European counterparts when it comes to cultural experiences, historical sites, and dining options. They’ll also find everything to be far less expensive. According to the U.K.'s Post Office annual City Costs Barometer report, Warsaw ranks as the third most affordable city in Europe. There, you can expect to buy a bottle of beer for about $2.50.

6
Indonesia

If you’re looking for a little bohemian-meets-Instagram getaway, look no further than the island of Bali, Indonesia. In recent years, the tiny island has enchanted travelers from all over hoping to get a taste of their own Eat, Pray, Love magic in its stunning rice paddies, temples, and markets. While, again, flying there may not be cheap, staying there most certainly is. Guests can find gorgeous hostels like the Puri Garden, which offers yoga, parties, and—wait for it—puppy playtime, for as low as $21 a night.

7
Peru

Peru is chock-full of historical places that must be experienced first-hand to be fully understood. Thankfully, getting to sights like Machu Picchu doesn’t have to be expensive. The U.S. dollar is worth about three times one Peruvian Sol, meaning each dollar can take you just a bit farther. Upon landing in Cusco, the gateway to Machu Picchu, expect to find four-star hotels at about $60 a night. Then, hop on a three-hour train to the ancient Incan town for $55 for economy class and pay a $45 entrance fee to the ruins. Who knows, you may really fall in love with Peru and want to live there forever. If you do, you’ll be choosing to live in a country where the overall cost of living is 60 percent cheaper than in New York City

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