The U.S. dollar is having the time of its life, which means you can too. With the buck barreling through its fastest rise in 40 years, international travel has become a whole lot cheaper. And don’t expect the global economy to pull the rug out anytime soon. So, this is your time to gallivant! Written by Jake Kilroy
Traveling from the U.S. to Brazil is a dramatically different ordeal than it was a year ago. The country’s real, has shed nearly 30% of its value against the dollar. Compare flights then and now. New York to Rio in 2014 added up to $1,170. In 2015, just $856. Keep in mind, Americans better fly south soon, as prices are likely to skyrocket in the lead-up to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro… Places to see: Christ the Redeemer, Igazu Falls, Sugarloaf Mountain, Fernando de Noronha, Tijuca Forest.
Swissotel Krasnye in the heart of the Russian capital
Last year, a dollar would’ve scored a traveler 35 roubles. Right now, it gets you 57. From flights to hotels, things could get even cheaper with a number of variables at play: western sanctions, oil prices, border troubles. Regardless, this is the time to head east and explore the many ins and outs of the largest country in the world. Places to see: Saint Basil's Cathedral, Moscow Kremlin, Hermitage Museum, Peterhof Palace, Lake Baikal.
Finca la Lorara in Santa Marta - Riohacha
In the last year alone, the dollar has gained 18% on the peso. This is great news for anyone looking to escape to the booming tech hub of Bogota or the blossoming cultural heart of Medellin. Bounce from tropical rainforests to gorgeous beaches for a lot less than you ever could before. Don’t forget on the coffee along the way. It’s always unfathomably delicious and quite inexpensive. Places to see: Amazon River, San Andrés and Providencia, Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá, Tayrona National Park, Monserrate.
With a commodity price slump, South Africa’s rand is losing value against the dollar and, in turn, lending a helping hand to traveler spend. Compared to last year, it’s 13% cheaper to vacation in South Africa these days. A 24% lowering of flight prices for New York to Cape Town certainly helps as well. Experts expect the dollar to hold its strength through the end of the year, so you have time to get out there and tour big cities, coastlines, and safaris, all in one fascinating country. Places to see: Kruger National Park, Garden Route, Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, Table Mountain, Cape Winelands.
With a Europass, you can hop, bop, and shop around the continent with stunning ease. France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Belgium, Austria, and the rest are yours for the tourist taking. Usually, the challenge is just getting there, but traveling to Europe is now roughly 20% cheaper than it was a year ago. In fact, the euro is now worth $1.05, its lowest in a dozen years. Feel free can buy/scoop/steal a ticket from New York to Paris for just over $500. Places to see: The Eiffel Tower, Cinque Terre, La Sagrada Família, Hagia Sophia, Schönbrunn Palace.