Vantage always offers travelers the best value when it comes to trip cost and included features. But did you know that now your travel value is better than ever before thanks to the high value of the U.S. dollar around the world? When traveling to countries in Europe just a few years ago, Americans had to be wary of the amount of money they were spending while abroad. However, more U.S. travelers have been taking advantage of the weakened Euro and traveling to hot spots like Paris and Italy.
Europe isn’t the only country that gives U.S. travelers the best bang for their buck, considering the U.S. dollar has strengthened in recent years. As the value of the dollar steadily rises, travelers are less hesitant to postpone vacations. Take South America, for example. On Vantage’s 2017 land tour, South America Adventure: Chile, Argentina & Uruguay, travelers will get a great value for their dollar. In December 2015, Argentina’s peso weakened drastically, causing the U.S. dollar value to increase from 9.81 pesos to 13.3 pesos. As an added bonus, Argentina recently dropped their reciprocity fee, (like a visa) meaning travelers will be refunded for the 21 percent tax added to hotel purchases — and save $160 per traveler. Speaking of taking advantage of the weakened
Euro, Portugal is another great option for your next Vantage vacation; specifically our The Douro: Portugal’s River of Gold & Spain cruise. While traveling to Portugal in style, follow the path of one of loveliest river valleys on the continent on this popular European river cruise through Portugal and Spain.
New Zealand is another country where the U.S. dollar is strong right now, which is a stop on Vantage’s Australia & New Zealand: An Adventure Down Under journey. Sweden’s Krona exchanges to 8.23 krona per U.S. dollar. With that kind of exchange rate, indulging in activities like a Maori concert at the Auckland Museum won’t hurt the wallet so much. With Europe becoming more affordable to travel to, means the United Kingdom should be a Vantage destination to consider. On Hidden Gems of the British Isles & Ireland, visit posh London, Edinburgh’s center for the arts, scholarship, and commerce and other U.K. cities at a more budget-friendly capacity than before. Thanks to the Brexit vote, the U.K.’s pound dropped 15 percent.
If a safari is on your radar for your next Vantage journey, you’re in luck. South Africa is another destination to travel to get the most value for your dollar, so why not try the Best of Africa: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana & Namibia? For every dollar exchanged, you will get 13.5 of South Africa’s rand. To put it into perspective, two years ago it would’ve been 11.4 rand for every U.S. dollar.
A strong U.S. dollar, plus falling foreign currencies, equals a travel windfall for Americans. Take advantage of the U.S. dollar being the strongest it’s been in more than 12 years by booking a Vantage journey today, and celebrate the best time to travel!