25 Places Where Your Dollar Will Go Far | Add to Bucketlist , Vacation Deals
Everyone enjoys travel. When times are tough–and even when they aren’t–it’s good to travel to destinations where you can get the most bang for your buck. Here then, are 25 places where Hipmunk reports your dollar will go far.
Exchange rate: 1 USD = 1.31 CAD
Canada offers travelers numerous options. Hipsters enjoy Halifax, Nova Scotia. Art buffs and foodies head for the city of Toronto and coastal explorers enjoy the glory of Vancouver.
The national parks there are especially budget-friendly. In fact, Jasper National Park, in the Rocky Mountains, is the nation’s largest park and charges an entrance fee of less than $7.50 for adults and kids are free.
Exchange rate: 1 USD = 19.07 MXN
Mexico has some affordable options. Don’t miss the National Museum of Archaeology. It’s the country’s largest museum and includes a noteworthy collection of Mayan artifacts (at an admission charge of under $4). Check out the numerous Mayan ruins on the Yucatan Peninsula complete with the popular pyramid at Chichen Itza for less than $25.
Exchange rate: 1 USD = 3,199 COP
Colombia is said to be having a resurgence among trendsetters. Highlights include the Amazon rainforest, the Andes Mountains, and the desert plains. There is also the walled city of Cartagena and the country’s second-largest city, Medellin. Medellin comes complete with museums, plazas, and eye-catching street graffiti. Enjoy a meal at an inexpensive restaurant for under $3.75 or a full three-course meal for two at a mid-range eaterie for less than $18.75.
Exchange rate: 1 USD= 122.033 ISK
Iceland is not a cheap travel destination, but the krona has weakened so now is the time to go. Highlights include glaciers, a striking volcanic landscape, and lava fields. In the summer you can enjoy the endless sunlight. In the winter, you can relax in a great outdoor hot spring surrounded by stunning frozen snowfields. Don’t forget the capital, Reykjavik, where you can see the museums and learn of Iceland’s history too.
Exchange rate: 1 USD = 30 THB
Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, slotted into the top 25 “affordable places to visit in 2019” on the Backpacker Index. See the prominent Grand Palace for under $17. Visit the island of Phuket, a.k.a. the “Pearl of the Andaman,” and enjoy its beautiful beaches. After your long day of touring or just relaxing, you can have a tasty three-course meal for two travelers at a mid-range restaurant for less than $20.
Exchange rate: 1 USD = 51.15 PHP
Visit the capital city of Manila. See the ancient walled city of Intramuros. Admission to the well-known Museo de Intramuros is free.
Take in the shops and museums and don’t miss the popular Manila Cathedral and Fort Santiago. Hit the beach in Boracay. You can get an inexpensive meal there for under $3.60, and a good, midrange three-course meal for two is less than $15.65.
Exchange rate: 1 USD = 23,244 VND
According to the 2019 Backpacker Index, Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi are two of the topmost affordable cities to visit this year. Visit the legendary Temple of Literature. Situated right outside the capital, it was constructed in the 11th century in order to honor Confucius. The entry fee is under $1 for adults. Children 15 and under are free. Ho Chi Minh City contains several war memorials and museums too.
Exchange rate: 1 USD = 3.77 BRL
Here you can take a rainforest tour and party in Rio de Janeiro. Don’t miss exploring this iconic tourist stop and the world-famous Christ the Redeemer statue. Check out Iguacu Falls too. You’ll find it in the UNESCO-praised Iguacu National Park.
Adult admission is only $18. You can enjoy an inexpensive meal there for just $7.95. A mid-range full three-course dinner for two is about $32.
Exchange rate: 1 USD = 108.16 JPY
Remember, once the 2020 Summer Olympics open, prices will go up for sure regardless of the exchange rate.
Tokyo is a great starting point but you should also try to see Hiroshima, Kyoto, and Mount Fuji if possible. Here an inexpensive meal in the city will cost $9.25), and a nice mid-range meal for two is roughly $55.
Exchange rate: 1 USD = 292 HUF
One must-see spot here is the world-famous Buda Castle District in Budapest. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site that features not only a castle but historical monuments and an entire old town. Mind you, tours of the caste itself must be paid in euros. So while it will cost you almost $89, remember the tours include rides on the railway too. For good deals elsewhere, patronize businesses that accept the local currency.
Exchange rate: 1 USD= 13,990 IDR
No matter what’s going on in Indonesia, the island of Bali remains safe. The beaches are beautiful but don’t forget the stunning temples either. See Goa Gajah, the 9th-century temple carved into an ancient cave. Don’t miss the Uluwatu Temple constructed on the edge of a cliff. Some of the attractions have an entrance or parking fees but they’re very low. For example, at Uluwatu, admission is less than $1 even for adults.
Exchange rate: 1 USD = 68.99 INR
Visit the well-known Himalayan city of McLeod Ganj where the Dalai Lama lives. “Budget” hotels there range from about $4.75 to $24 per night. Bargains aren’t as easy to find in the “touristy” areas. When you visit the famous Taj Mahal, the admission charge is based on where you’re from: admission is under a dollar for Indian citizens, but almost $16 for “foreign tourists.” There is an additional charge of $2.90 to see the Taj Mahal’s popular main mausoleum.
Exchange rate: 1 USD = 1,179 KRW
This another country deemed by the 2019 Backpacker Index as being one of the “most affordable places” to travel. It’s famous for the capital city of Seoul, its countryside and impressive Buddhist temples. Highlights include the laid-back city of Busan, famous for Jagalchi Market and its seafood, Gyeongbokgung Palace, which was built in 1935 for the Joseon dynasty. Admission is about $2.90 for adults and about $1.25 for anyone under 19.
Exchange rate: 1 USD = 110 NPR
This nigh legendary destination in the Himalayas attracts backpackers and hikers from across the globe. Everything is inexpensive here. You can get a meal at an inexpensive restaurant is roughly $2.27. A three-course meal for a couple at a mid-range restaurant is roughly $9.50. If you want to splurge on a stay in a four-star hotel it’ll only cost you $56 per night.
Exchange rate: 1 USD = 29 ARS
Here you can visit sections of the Andes Mountains. Stop by Los Glaciares National Park. It’s an official UNESCO World Heritage Site. There’s also Argentina’s oldest national park, Patagonia’s Tierra del Fuego National Park. Visit the capital of Buenos Aires and the exceptional art museums there. There’s the National Museum of Fine Arts where admission is about $4.67 and the Fortabat Art Collection, where admission is under $3.25.
Exchange rate: 1 USD = 691 CLP
Chile is famous for its geographic diversity. It features ancient forests, picturesque coastline, snow-capped mountains, and sprawling deserts too. In the capital, Santiago, there’s the popular Plaza de Armas which includes the National History Museum and a neoclassical cathedral. Dining at an inexpensive eatery here will cost $8.68. A meal for two at a mid-level restaurant is about $43. You can stay at a youth hostel for under $25 per night.
Exchange rate: 1 USD = 22 CZK
Prague is “The City of a Hundred Spires.” Here you’ll find the world-famous medieval Astronomical Clock, Gothic churches and the historic center of the city, Old Town Square complete with numerous colorful baroque buildings. Be sure to see the Museum of Communism, where you’ll discover what daily life under the Czech Republic’s controlling political party was like from 1948 until 1989. Admission for adults is under about $13.
Exchange rate: 1 USD = 3.81 PLN
Poland includes 14 UNESCO World Heritage sites such as the primeval Bialowieza Forest, Warsaw’s Old Town (reconstructed after being destroyed in World War II), and the historic stone walled medieval town of Torun. There’s also the popular Wieliczka Salt Mine. Once a normal working mine it was later carved into an elaborate underground city which even includes chapels. Admission is just under $20 for non-Polish adults.
Exchange rate: 1 USD= 6.63 HRK
HBO’s “Game of Thrones” has breathed new life into tourist here. the fictional city called King’s Landing is, in reality, the city of Dubrovnik. Check the medieval metropolis Korcula. It’s an Adriatic island less than 30 miles off the shore and the birthplace of Marco Polo.
Stay in a hostel for only $38 per night. Stop by the friendly seafront city of Pula. See the ruins of an ancient Roman amphitheater. Admission is about $7.50.
Exchange rate: 1 USD=13.88 ZAR
If a safari is on your bucket list you must see Kruger National Park. Odds are you will be able to see all the continent’s “Big Five” animal species: buffalo, elephants, leopards, lions, and rhinos. Admission for non-South Africans is about $27. The largest city, Johannesburg, includes the well-known Apartheid Museum, which tells the torrid tale of South Africa’s abandoned system of legal racial segregation. Admission is about $7.
Exchange rate: 1 USD = 1.43 AUD
There is plenty to do and see here. There’s Sydney, the home of the much-photographed harbor opera house. There’s also the popular Great Barrier Reef and the much-visited Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Admission to the park is about $17.50 for an adult which covers a three-day visit with an optional free two-day extension. You can also purchase a family pass which also covers two or more children for under $45.
Exchange rate: 1 USD = 1.75 BGN
Enjoy the mountains, the Danube River and the Black Sea coastline. Experience the traditional crafts, dance, and music. Be sure to visit the UNESCO World Heritage site Nessebar, a seaside town that’s 3,000 years old.
It’s situated on a rugged peninsula on the Black Sea. Enjoy a meal at an inexpensive restaurant for about $5.70. If you want a meal for two at one of their mid-range restaurants that will cost you less than $25.
Exchange rate: 1 USD = 9.4 SEK
Take in Sweden’s stunning landscapes, explore the unspoiled forests, numerous lakes, and many archipelagos. If you’re a history buff interested in learning about this country’s history then head for Stockholm. There you can take in the popular Vasa Museum. It’s “the most visited museum in Scandinavia” and among its treasures, you will see the planet’s best-preserved 17th-century ship. Adult admission is under $16. You can eat at an inexpensive restaurant for roughly $10.85.
Exchange rate: 1 USD = 4.23 RON
Romania, long associated with Dracula, features multiple medieval villages, the fabled, forested region of Transylvania and numerous massive, mysterious castles such as Bran and Peles Castle. The former harkens back to the 1300s. It is a former royal residence and the Dracula’s alleged lair. If you wish to explore the castle it will cost you $9.45. The rich summer palace, Peles Castle was constructed in 1874. Adult admission is about $7.
Exchange rate: 1 USD = 3.52 ILS
If you are into religious sites, this is the place to be. A number of major events for three of the world’s largest faiths–Christianity, Judaism, and Muslim– are said to have occurred here. The city of Jerusalem alone is rich in religious significance and is the home of the well-known Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock. (There is no admission charge either.) There is also an ancient area that includes other noteworthy spiritual sites. You can enjoy an inexpensive meal there for about $17.
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