Sometimes being a smart traveler is all about being opportunistic. At the moment, the U.S. dollar is performing very well in some foreign markets, resulting in favorable exchange rates that can work in a traveler's favor. As a result, some of the world's best adventure travel destinations become much more affordable, putting a visit within reach. 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 destinations where the dollar is currently going a lot further than it has in recent memory, making those places much more appealing as a result.
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 had started to make gains against the dollar in recent weeks, but political issues in the Middle East have caused problems with the currency. As a result, the exchange rate is definitely in the favor of American travelers hading to Southern Africa.
Check current exchange rates here to compare the value of the two currencies.
The value of the U.S. dollar continues to remain strong versus the Moroccan dirham, which is good news for American travelers. Many anaylists believe it could remain that way for some time to come, helping to make the Morocco a relative bargain.. That means that a visit to the North African country –where you can wander through 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 that 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, then 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.
One of the rising starts for travel in South America, Colombia is a destination where travelers can enjoy some unique adventures without spending a lot of money. Go hiking in the mountains, discover a lost city, or go surfing along the coast. There is plenty to see and do in this country, which has become a safe, inviting, and enchanting place for travelers. A trip to Colombia is made all the better thanks to the amazing exchange rate from U.S. dollars to the local pesos. Not only is that exchange rate very strong, local prices tend to be quite inexpensive too, making this a very affordable destination.
The gaucho-culture of Argentina has always held an allure for the adventure traveler, and thanks to a continued strong performance in value for the U.S. dollar vs. the local peso, it is now very 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 go a long way towards enjoying some excellent wine. You won't be disappointed.
Other destinations where the exchange rate is currently favorable include Greece, Japan, Sweden, 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.