It’s that time again! Pack your bags and go on an international getaway to these destinations where the dollar is strong—allowing you to experience more for a lot less. The order of the list is based on the amount it would cost you to visit, the number of world-class luxuries, the price of a hotel stay and the rate of exchange.
From beautiful beaches in Europe, and the architectural phenomena in Arabia, to the mythical and diverse cultures and people of Asia—these destinations are a must for 2017.
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Known for its ancient architecture and culture with Southeast Asian, Chinese and French influences, the number one destination where you will go far with your Dollar is Hanoi, Vietnam. Luxury hotels are an average of $100 a night, but you can still find a 4.5 to a 5-star hotel for $80 (depending on the exact days you plan on spending the night). And that’s not all, for just $25 a day, you can eat enough to satisfy all your cravings at the old markets and street food stalls.
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Bali, Indonesia has become a travel paradise for couples seeking a wondrous getaway—from forested volcanic mountains, famous Rice Terraces, and jaw-dropping beaches. This year, you can expect to pay less than $50 a night for a private villa and have a three-course meal for two people at a mid-range restaurant for under $20. Aside from the food, buying nick-nacks from the markets and participating in activities can range from $5 to $10 a person.
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Greece’s economy has been tough, and with the Dollar being so strong, it has made visiting this beautiful country even cheaper for US citizens. And those who travel to Crete, Greece’s largest island with white sand beaches and Lefka Ori (the White Mountains), can expect to spend an average of $60 a night for a luxurious, 4-star hotel that looks over the ocean. And the food? Expect to have a three-course meal for two people at a mid-range restaurant for under $20.
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Cuzco, Peru was once the capital of the Inca Empire and has now become a bustling city with historical remains and Spanish architecture. You should expect to pay under $5 for a relatively good yet cheap breakfast, lunch or dinner. Hotels also tend to be on the cheaper side, and for 2017, you can expect to cash out about $100 a night for a 5-star hotel.
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Marrakech is an Arabian paradise with its many mosques, palaces and gardens and many souks (markets). In 2017, you can travel to this once imperial city for a lot less. According to Money, hotel prices have dropped 8 percent in 2017. You can have a comfortable one-week vacation for two for under $2,300, which includes your hotel, food, shopping and activities.
New Delhi, India
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New Delhi, the relatively new capital of India, was once the political and financial center of the ancient Indian, Delhi Sultanate and Mughal empires from 1649 to 1857. Now it’s become a destination for US travelers who want to see and experience more of this historic city and all that it has to offer. In 2017, you can expect to pay an average of $100 for a 4.5-star hotel, and since food and drinks are extremely cheap, you can find yourself spending about $20 for a three-course meal and drinks for two people. And, if you love markets and street food, then you can get a lot more than you can ever imagine for under $3.
(This article first appeared in Business Insider.)