It is still possible to afford an overseas holiday, even with the declining dollar. Here are five good-value destinations.
For keen travellers, the falling Aussie dollar has been bad news. At its peak in 2011, it was worth $US1.11. Since 2013, it has steadily dropped. Today, it hovers around the US70 cent mark and is tipped to fall further.
But that doesn’t mean an overseas holiday is no longer an option. There are still plenty of destinations offering good value to travellers armed with Aussie dollars. Here are five of the best.
Grand cafes, tango dancers, all-night parties and steaks the size of your dinner plate – Argentina is a colourful destination and, like many countries in South and Central America, is good value for Australian travellers, with almost seven pesos to the dollar. Buenos Aires’ vibrant neighbourhoods, from San Telmo’s colourful streets to the chic bars of Palermo, offer plenty to explore. But Argentina has other attractions, too. Its gorgeous lake district, for instance, is great for skiers in winter and hikers and sailors in summer.
The rouble’s dramatic plunge – one Aussie dollar now buys you almost 50 roubles – makes travelling in Russia cheaper than ever. Start with elegant St Petersburg, with its ornate palaces and one of the world’s great museums, the Hermitage, and move on to bustling Moscow. Ready to see more of this sprawling country? Try a cruise down the Volga, or take the epic Trans-Siberian Railway to discover the wonders of Siberia, including the mighty Lake Baikal and the charming town of Irkutsk.
Yes, the NZ dollar is higher than it has been for a while, but it is still around parity with the Aussie dollar, which makes NZ affordable. If you have already ticked off Queenstown and the Lord of the Rings country, try some of the gems of the North Island, such as the tranquil Bay of Islands or Hawke’s Bay. The latter is probably the country’s most under-rated wine region, and the charming art deco town of Napier is also worth a visit.
Although the Australian dollar has dropped against the dong, this fascinating country still offers terrific value for money. One of the best things about Vietnam is its diversity– from the floating markets of the Mekong Delta to the bustle of Ho Chi Minh City, from the picturesque town of Hoi An to the mysterious islands of Ha Long Bay. Bargains abound but you can stretch your budget even further by feasting on the fabulous street food – just follow the locals to the most reputable vendors.
Like the US, Canada offers spectacular scenery and buzzing cities, but with our dollars close to parity, Canada is much more affordable than its southern neighbour. Ride the rails through the spectacular Rockies, get up close to polar bears in Manitoba, or hang with the hipsters in Vancouver’s most happening neighbourhoods.
For something completely different, soak up the charms of the French-speaking province of Quebec, from fantastic festivals and superb dining in Montreal to the European-tinged romance of the lovely Quebec City.
If one of these exotic destinations has woken your travel bug, you might be interested in these tips for keep costs down when holidaying.
What’s your favourite overseas destination that’s still good value? Tell us in the comments below.