There is no doubt that the U.S Dollar is very strong right now. This means that if you are traveling abroad from the United States for vacation, where you go matters – that is, if you want your money to go further. We have scoured the best travel sites, looked at exchange rate trends, and airfares and have come up a list of 10 countries where the strong U.S dollar is worth more. You will not go wrong with one of these 10 amazing countries.
10 Countries Where the Strong U.S. Dollar Is Worth More
Why You Should Go: Visiting Portugal will not burn a whole in you pocket. That’s because food, drinks and accommodation is fairly cheap. You can get around easily speaking English and the weather is perfect. Plus, the landscape is so diverse you will never get bored traveling around Portugal. Lisbon (pictured above) has amazing food at prices you will love.
Places to Visit: Pena Palace, Peneda-Gerês National Park, Lisbon Oceanarium, Dom Luís I Bridge, Bairro Alto, Praça do Comércio, Palácio da Bolsa, Batalha Monastery, Berlengas and Gare do Oriente.
2. South Africa
Why You Should Go: South Africa is affordable because the dollar is strong there. Cape Town (pictured above) is one of the best cities in the world but incredibly affordable. You can get a meal at a nice restaurant (appetizer, drinks, main course and desert) for $60. If you are into wine, Cape Town has a world renowned wine region that produces some of the world’s best wines, including Pinotage, which is unique to the region. Plus, you cannot beat a safari trip to Kruger National Park.
Places to Visit: Robbin Island, Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden) Kruger National Park, Apartheid Museum
3. New Zealand
Why You Should Go: The biggest draw to New Zealand is the incredibly diverse and unspoiled scenery, from subtropical forests, beaches and offshore islands in the north to glaciers, lakes, snow-covered mountains, and large flat plains in the south. That makes for great outdoor activity. If you are into wine, New Zealand wine is world-famous for its quality and you pair that with top notch restaurants in places like Auckland and Christchurch and you are in for a treat. Traveling around the country is fairly easy and the people are very nice and down to earth. You may never want to come back.
Places to Visit: Abel Tasman National Park, Tongariro National Park, Bay of Islands, Fox Glacier, Sky Tower, Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, Huka Falls, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.
Why You Should Go: The night life in Singapore, a City-State is surprisingly a big draw. That’s because Singapore has some amazing roof top bars. In addition, it’s a melting pot of culture so you will see temples, mosques and churches, often located near each other. This merging of cultures and religions is also evident throughout the city’s food, music and language. The city also has amazing parks, like the famous Gardens by the Bay – which you can’t miss.
Places to Visit: Gardens by the Bay, Universal Studios Singapore, Night Safari, Singapore, Merlion Park, Singapore Zoo, Singapore Botanic Gardens,Jurong Bird Park, Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, Lau Pa Sat and Tiger Sky Tower.
Why You Should Go: While the cherry blossoms should be a big reason to visit Japan, there is so much more. The food experience is amazing. While the sushi is as amazing as you would imagine, there are other dishes to explore, including delicious bowl of ramen can satiate just about any craving. Japan is also rich in culture and royal temples that are simply breathtaking. Japan is a place where the very old blends with the very new; where the very traditional blends with the very bizarre but yet exciting ways.
Places to Visit: Tokyo Skytree, Fushimi Inari-taisha, Universal Studios Japan, Tokyo DisneySea, Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Imperial Palace, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, Tsukiji fish market, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, tsukushima Shrine, Kyoto Imperial Palace and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.
Why You Should Go: When we think of beach vacations abroad, we first think of the Caribbean. However, large resorts line many of Mexico’s beaches. Choose from the calm, sandy beaches of the Mexican Riviera that line the Gulf of Mexico, where you can splash in the surf or partake in some snorkeling or jet-skiing, right from the shore. For Americans, Mexico is also affordable, with accomodation and food being very reasonable. You can stretch your dollar even further with ll-inclusive trip packages that include air fare, hotel accommodations and meals. If all that is not enticing enough, history buffs can step back to the days when the Mayans ruled Mexico. You can visit the ruins of two Mayan cities in the Yucatan Peninsula at Tulum and Chichen Itza.
Places to Visit: Xcaret Park, Coba, National Museum of Anthropology, Pyramid of the Sun, Playacar, Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, Arch of Cabo San Lucas, Museo Soumaya, Chapultepec Zoo and Las Pozas.
Why You Should Go: Reason number one to go to Norway will be the Northern Lights. While you are there, you can see the Fjords and staggering array of spectacular photo opportunities that will make any photography buff want to stay forever. If you are into skiing, it will not come as a surprise that Norway has some of the best ski experiences in the world. In addition, you can experience picture perfect coastal towns, see polar bears and hike some great landscapes. What’s not to like about this Scandinavian hidden gem?
Places to Visit: North Cape, Lofoten, Vigeland Sculpture Park, Bryggen, Preikestolen, Frogner Park, Flåm Line, Nidaros Cathedral, Fram Museum, Trolltunga, Kjerag, Kon-Tiki Museum, and Nobel Peace Center.
Why You Should Go: If you are adventurous, one great reasons to go to Argentina is to go on one of the best drives in the world through the multi-coloured valley of the Quebrada de Humahuaca. This is just spectacular you have to see it to believe it. Argentina is also known for great wines, including Malbec grapes, which has made the area internationally renowned. In addition, Argentina has stunning mountain scenery that has been described as a little piece of Switzerland, Germany – and Wales. As a bonus, you can also climb South America’s highest peak – Aconcagua – at 22,841 feet high.
Places to Visit: Iguazú National Park, Perito Moreno Glacier, La Boca, Buenos Aires, Plaza de Mayo, La Recoleta Cemetery, Nahuel Huapi National Park,El Ateneo Grand Splendid,Buenos Aires Japanese Gardens,Lanín National Park andBuenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral.
9. Hong Kong
Why You Should Go: Hong Kong is not only a cosmopolitan city, but also a tropical paradise. About 40% of Hong Kong’s territory is protected by country parks, representing one of the highest proportions in the world. A 20-minute drive from just about anywhere in the city will take you to idyllic beaches and hiking trails through lush green mountains. As a technologically advanced city, Hong Kong is also known for some unique experiences, including cash-free living, where your wallet can take a back seat to the famous “Octopus Card”. Above everything Hong Kong has going for it, the food is amazing. Hong Kong boasts one of the highest per-capita concentrations of cafes and restaurants in the world.
Places to Visit: Victoria Peak, Po Lin Monastery, Clock Tower – Hong Kong, Hong Kong Disneyland, Ngong Ping 360, Repulse Bay, Tian Tan Buddha, Ocean Park Hong Kong, Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens, Hong Kong Space Museum and Stanley Market.
10. United Kingdom
Why You Should Go: Brexit has made the dollar stronger in the UK, and it’s certainly a great reason to go. Yes, the British Pubs are as good you’ve heard but there is so much more to the United Kingdom. From storybook architecture (thatched cottages, fairytale castles, soaring cathedrals, stately mansions – the UK has them all. You can also experience world class festivals and events in both England and Scotland. Then of course, the Royals. The power of the Royal Family is mostly symbolic these days but it is certainly impossible to forget that the United Kingdom is a monarchy, and the royals make for a great tourist visit to Buckingham Palace.
Places to Visit: Big Ben, London Eye, Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, Natural History Museum, London, Yorkshire Dales, Alton Towers, Eden Project, Museum of Scotland and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.