3 Best Places to Travel While the Dollar Is Strong

Written By Jeff Hindenach
Last updated November 11, 2017

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April 14, 2015

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You might not pay a lot of attention to the economy at other times, but it’s a good idea to figure out when and where the dollar is strong when you’re looking at international vacations. If you time it right, you could end up getting far more for your money than when you travel during a less favorable dollar position. Here are three countries to make a beeline to while the dollar is strong.

Iceland is a relatively expensive country, but taking your ideal vacation here is much more realistic when the dollar is on the rise. It may not be the first country to come to mind when considering international travel plans; however, if you love Earth science and some of the most fascinating natural landscapes on this planet, Iceland is a must see. Most notably, you can see the Northern Lights here. The geothermal spas are also some of the most relaxing hot spring experiences you’ll have anywhere in the world. Nature lovers and people wanting to get away from it all will thrive in this vacation environment.

Thailand has an amazing culture, even more amazing food and your dollar goes incredibly far here. For the price you pay for a ho-hum vacation in another country, you get the five-star treatment in Thailand. The hotel prices are low for the region and driven even lower when the dollar is strong. Eating is also a low price endeavor, although you end up with incredibly tasty – and spicy – food. Finally, the night life and the beaches give you the fun spring break vibe you might be looking for with your vacation.

Italy is an affordable and memorable entry point into exploring Europe. There’s nothing quite like going straight to the source for Italian food, especially when the dollar is strong and goes so much further. The history, art and culture that is found throughout this country provides you with an incredible experience. When the dollar is strong, you can extend your visit and start looking at specific areas of Italy to explore. Instead of getting stuck in the tourist traps, head out to a small, family-owned vineyard.

About the Author

Jeff Hindenach

Jeff Hindenach is the co-founder of Simple. Thrifty. Living. He graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism. He has a long history of financial journalism, with a background writing for newspapers such as the San Jose Mercury News and San Francisco Examiner, as well as writing on personal finance for The Huffington Post, New York Times, Business Insider, CNBC, Newsday and The Street. He believes in giving readers the tools they need to get out of debt.

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