Almost all of us love to save money when we travel, and one of the best feelings is when we actually find a great deal on a flight or hotel to another destination. Moreover, it’s even more rewarding when you can spend less but do more than you imagined, which is most often a result of the economy and seasons.
So for those of you who are getting ready for another vacation—and need some inspiration—here are the top countries you’ll get your’s money’s worth in 2018.
Number one on our list is Argentina, a gorgeous country that spans over one million miles along the southeastern tip of South America. From hot, humid summers and cool, dry winters, it’s paradise no matter when you go.
For about five years, up until 2015, Argentina had an unofficial currency exchange nicknamed the “Blue Dollar”, where tourists could exchange their currency for an extremely good rate at underground money exchange stores. The rates were a lot better than what you would be able to get at a bank. Although this no longer exists, the exchange rate is still quite strong: $1 USD to 20 Argentine Peso.
With that said, you can expect to pay about $5 to $15 USD for a meal at a regular restaurant, and about $20 to $40 USD for a meal at a higher-end restaurant. A 3-star hotel can cost you around $75 to $150 USD, and any other daily activities can cost $10 to $50 per person (depending on what you do).
For more savings, make sure to visit Argentina during its off-season in June and August.
Second on our list is Iran, a Middle Eastern country that interestingly enough, is not as expensive as others such as Oman or UAE. Due to previous sanctions, Iran hasn’t bounced back fast enough, making it extremely affordable to travel around.
Currently, the exchange rate is $1 USD to about 42,000 rials. Yes, that’s a lot of money to carry around with you, but unfortunately, only a few hotels in Iran accept US dollar or Euro. For the most part, you will need to convert dollars into rials. As such, make sure to bring all the cash you need for the entire trip! You cannot use any cards, traveler’s checks or ATMs, as access to anything but cash, is almost non-existent.
As far as getting your money’s worth, count on everything being pretty cheap. For instance, a meal in a typical restaurant cost $8 to $15 USD, a 4-star hotel in Tehran or Esfahan is an average of $150 USD, and activities such as a day tour can be between $4 to $50 USD (depending if you get a personal tour guide or not).
Because of the state of the economy, going any time of the year will allow you to get more for your money.
Like many Asian countries, India is one that is also cheap to travel in. Given that the exchange rate is 66 Rupees to the US Dollar, a budget traveler can eat and see a lot for just $20 USD a day. But for those who like to up their experience can enjoy a regular meal at many restaurants for $10 to $15 USD, a 3-star hotel for $50 to $70 USD, and tours for $4 to $10 USD.
Many places in India accept Visa and MasterCard, but for those venturing outside the main cities, make sure to bring some cash.
If you’re looking to book a trip to India and save even more, make sure to travel during their offseason, which starts at the beginning of May and goes on through the end of September.
If this or any other destinations speak to you, we’d love to help you get there in comfort and save you up to 70% off. Submit a flight request or contact your agent and we’ll find the best dates to travel there!