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Traveling to a low currency country where everything is so inexpensive is a thrilling experience. For starters, south east Asia has everything the Caribbean does for 60 – 75% less. A luxury suite that goes for $250 a night in the Caribbean cost me just $48 at the Red Coconut on the tropical island of Boracay in the Philippines (breakfast included). For dinner, you can dine beachside with this breathtaking view in the backdrop where $12 will get you seafood kabobs, alcoholic drinks and desert with this breathtaking sunset. Here are our tips to Spend Less on Travel in Low Currency Countries.
Waterton National Park is a little known hidden gem nestled in the Canadian Rockies with scenery and architecture you will mistake for Switzerland. It’s also a lot less expensive since the U.S. dollar is worth less than the Euro, but significantly more than the loonie (Canadian dollar).
If you want the flare of New Orleans Mardi Gras and the sizzle of Miami’s nightlife, you can get the best of both in Brazil, where 1 U.S. dollar will get you 4 Brazilian Reals, and food and accommodations cost 40-50% less than in the U.S. on average.
There’s a misconception that Olympic host cities are astronomically expensive during their host year when in fact, you can visit in the months leading up to, and shortly after the Olympics without having to pay any of the premiums that Olympic goers will be subject to.
If You Want To Have a Brewsky:
Travel & Leisure voted Portland, Oregon as the best beer town in the U.S.. Alternatively, one of the world’s top beer destinations has a cost of living that’s about 40% less. Prague is the birthplace of pilsner and is where the original Budweiser was brewed. Although the Czech Republic is not as inexpensive as it once was, it’s still very cheap by U.S. standards. You can stretch your dollar even further in the outskirts of the city and by visiting during shoulder season. Here are more tips to Spend Less on Travel.
If The Tropics Are Calling You:
The touristy parts of the Caribbean are mostly pegged to the U.S. dollar. Alternatively, you can go to Southeast Asia where:
· According to this priceoftravel.com study, Phuket, Thailand has the least expensive 5-star hotels anywhere in the world. With luxury rooms available for as little as $56 U.S./night, it’s completely realistic to have a 5-star vacation on a 2-star budget Phuket.
· Your travel dollar will go farther in Vietnam than just about anywhere else you will visit in the world. Vietnam has miles of white sandy beaches and rock formations similar to what you will find in Thailand. One U.S. dollar is worth 18 thousand Vietnamese Dong.
If You’re Outdoorsy…
Colorado is known as the best state for those who are athletic and outdoorsy. Any activities and excursions you can do in Colorado, you can also do in Slovenia for 40% less. In Slovenia, the Alps pass through Slovenia’s Triglav National Park, and the Soca river is prime for kayaking and rafting.
If You Want To See Wildlife…
Yellow Stone National Park
Yellowstone National Park is bar none my favorite U.S. National Park. But with the South African Rand crashing hard, now is a great time to consider taking a spectacular safari in South Africa. In gaming parks like Kruger National Park, you can see herds of elephants, rhinos, hippos, lions and giraffes. A great place to spend less on travel.
Russell Hannon, Break The Travel Barrier | November 16, 2016
Once feeling unable to afford to travel, Russell Hannon uses lean principles to travel at a fraction of the going rate. He has been covered by CNBC, FOX, CBS, America Tonight, CTV, CBC, Around the World Travel TV and nationally broadcast lifestyle and personal finance shows. He is the founder of breakthetravelbarrier.com and is the author of Stop Dreaming Start Traveling: The Ultimate Guide to Traveling More and Spending Less.