10 International Travel Bargains

The good news for U.S.

The good news for U.S. travelers who plan to venture abroad this year is that their dollars will go further.

You’ll benefit from the favorable exchange rates in euro-zone countries as soon as you hit the ground. The strong dollar will get you discounts of 20% to 30% off prices in recent years for food, train tickets, shows and more. A trip to Canada may not sound like the most exotic of vacations. But now that you can get more loonie for your buck—recently $1.26—it’s a good time to explore the country’s multiethnic flavors and diverse topography. It’s also a great time to jet down to South America.

Late August and September are good times to snag deals on airfare and hotels and to enjoy good weather while avoiding the tourist crush. For your South American adventures, you'll want to aim for the Southern Hemisphere's springtime, in September, October and November.

Here are 10 international destinations where the strong dollar is making travel remarkably affordable.

Jessica L. Anderson
Associate Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Anderson has been with Kiplinger since January 2004, when she joined the staff as a reporter. Since then, she's covered the gamut of personal finance issues—from mortgages and credit to spending wisely—and she heads up Kiplinger's annual automotive rankings. She holds a BA in journalism and mass communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was the 2012 president of the Washington Automotive Press Association and serves on its board of directors. In 2014, she was selected for the North American Car and Truck Of the Year jury. The awards, presented at the Detroit Auto Show, have come to be regarded as the most prestigious of their kind in the U.S. because they involve no commercial tie-ins. The jury is composed of nationally recognized journalists from across the U.S. and Canada, who are selected on the basis of audience reach, experience, expertise, product knowledge, and reputation in the automotive community.