Sometimes being a smart traveler is all about being opportunistic. At the moment, the U.S. dollar is performing very well in foreign markets, resulting in favorable exchange rates that are working in our favor. As a result, some of the world's best adventure travel destinations are currently more affordable than they have been in a very long time. If you've been dreaming about getting away to some place wild, remote, and exotic, now just might be the time to go.
Here are five such destinations where the dollar is currently going a lot further than it has in recent memory.
If you're looking for a great adventure, there are few countries that can compare with South Africa. Not only is it home to such amazing safari destinations as Kruger National Park, but it also offers great surfing in Cape Town, backpacking in the Drakensberg Mountains, and some of the best scuba diving on the planet. For the truly adventurous (some would say crazy) try cage diving with great white sharks to truly get your adrenaline pumping. The South African rand has shown signs of rebounding in recent months, but it still remains weak compared to the U.S. dollar, making the country a bargain for American travelers looking to explore Africa.
Check current exchange rates here to compare the value of the two currencies.
The value of the U.S. dollar vs. the Moroccan dirham continues to swing in the favor of American travelers, and experts believe it will remain that way for some time to come. That means that a visit to the North African country –where you can visit the iconic city of Casablanca– has become a lot more affordable in recent months. Visitors can take advantage of this favorable exchange rate to go trekking in the High Atlas Mountains or visit the vast Sahara Desert. They may even book a climb to the summit of Mt. Toubkal, the highest peak in this part of the world. Either way, right now you can get some of the best deals in recent memory, making Morocco an enticing option for the foreseeable future.
If visiting Asia is on your bucket list, but you don't have a big budget, than Vietnam may just be the place for you. The U.S. dollar goes a very long way in this country, making it one of the top bargain destinations for adventure travelers. In fact, Hanoi is ranked as the most affordable city for backpackers on some lists, while Hoi An isn't far behind.
Adventure travelers will love trekking in remote regions of the country and can even book a camping trip into one of the world's largest cave systems. There are options to go surfing along parts of the rugged coast, and canyoneering through twisty gorges. Cycling is a popular way to explore the country as well and a visit to Ha Long Bay is always an amazing experience.
New Zealand has long been viewed as a challenging place for American travelers to visit, in part because it takes a long flight to get there, but also because there is a perception that the country is on the pricier side. That isn't the case right now, as the value of the NZ dollar has seen its value slide somewhat in recent months. That makes it the right time to go to this country, which is often seen as one of the birth places of adventure travel. Options include bungie jumping of course, but also jet boating, trekking, and much more. Basically, if you're an adventure traveler, you'll love visiting the land of the wild kiwi.
The gaucho-culture of Argentina has always held an allure for the adventure traveler, and thanks to a continuing increase in value for the U.S. dollar vs. the local peso, it is now more affordable too.
In fact, the peso saw dramatic drops in value back in 2015, but it only continues to slide in value when compared to the dollar. This gives opportunistic travelers the option to visit the Argentine Patagonia region where they can witness some of the most specular landscapes found anywhere on the planet. Go horseback riding in the Andes, backpack through remote wildernesses, and if you're looking for a real challenge try climbing Aconcagua, which at 6981 meters (22,838 ft) is the tallest mountain in the world outside of the Himalaya. And when it comes time to relax, plan a visit to Argentina's wine country where your strong dollar will bey excellent wine for surprisingly little money. You won't be disappointed.
Other destinations where the exchange rate is currently favorable include Greece, Japan, Norway, Ireland, Costa Rica, and Mexico.
Any one of those countries should offer similar adventurous pursuits for travelers looking to save some cash without compromising their travel experiences.