Five Incredible Travel Destinations That Just Got Cheaper.
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With the American dollar gaining strength, we explore 5 countries where your dollar will go farther…
The “Russian Currency Crisis” began in the second half of 2014, when oil prices sank from $100 per barrel in June 2014 to $60 per barrel by December.
Economic sanctions as a result of Russia’s war with Ukraine made the Ruble fall further.
In January of 2014, one dollar would buy you about 33 Russian rubles.
In November of 2015, that same dollar could get you nearly 63 rubles.
In 2014, Moscow was dubbed the 9th most expensive city in the world. In 2015, it dropped to the 50th most expensive position, and there has never been a better time to travel to Russia’s capital city.
Currency Curiosity: While things aren’t looking up for the ruble, it’s still better off than Yugslovia’s dinar was in the 1990s. Between October 1, 1993 and January 24, 1995, prices increased in Yugoslavia by 5 quadrillion percent (that’s a 5 with 15 zeros after it), making it the worst episode of hyperinflation in history.
To Do: Visit Stalin’s bunker in Samara. Built during WWII to protect against German Bombardment, it sits 37 meters underground and features a 115-seat hall and recreation room.
While Japan has a reputation for being an expensive country to visit, the reality is that it is increasingly affordable.
One year ago one dollar would get you about 100 Japanese yen. Now, it will get you about 123.
The yen’s drop in value has helped to boost tourism to Japan, which in 2015 registered 6% growth for the second straight year.
Japan is Asia Pacific’s second biggest travel market after China.
Currency Curiosity: The Japanese Yen is made from pure aluminum and is the only currency to float on water.
To Do: Visit Okunoshima, also called Rabbit Island. This predator-free island has been home to a wild rabbit “infestation” since WWII.
In September 2015, the Brazilian Real dropped to an all-time low of 4.06 reals to 1 USD. This was the lowest point the currency had ever reached since its introduction in 1994.
Brazil still isn’t cheap, but this is the best time in years to visit.
Though be warned that prices during February’s Carnival can be anywhere from 3-5 times as high as normal!
Currency Curiosity: Modern Brazil has changed its currency 8 times. The shortest lived currency was the cruzado novo, which lasted for just over a year, from January 15, 1989 to March 15, 1990.
Things to Do: Bungee job off the Viaduct Petrobras, an abandoned strip of highway in the middle of the jungle.
With the euro at near parity with the dollar, now is a great time to visit any Eurozone country.
After a high in July of 2008, when it took 1.59 dollars to buy one euro, the euro has dropped dramatically since then.
In fact, we haven’t seen the euro’s value this low for 12 years.
Currency Curiosity: Of the 28 countries in the European Union, 19 have adopted the Euro as their currency.
To Do: Visit the Il Palio in Vienna, Italy. This 90-second horse race is held twice every summer and has basically no rules- participants can push and shove one another off their horses as they race around a city’s square.
As in Russia, Australia’s economy has been weakened by sliding oil prices, and the Australian dollar currently sits at a six-year low against the US dollar.
With .69 USD to 1 Aussie dollar, now is a great time to explore Down Under.
For those North Americans looking to escape a frigid winter, Australia reverse season cycle offers the opportunity for ample sun while your compatriots suffer through a white winter back home.
Currency Curiosity: Australia invented plastic (polymer) money in 1988, which is harder to counterfeit than traditional paper money, and now produces polymer bills for more than 15 countries.
To Do: Consider visiting Australia in April of 2017 and popping over to nearby New Zealand to attend the 2017 World Masters Games from April 21-30, the biggest multi-sport event in the world.