A trip to the United States has to be a top contender for Europeans. Having appreciated 12% versus the U.S. Dollar since July 2003 and nearly 50% since July 2001, even a slight decline in the value of the Euro would not dampen the appeal. The above holds true for budget-conscious travellers and luxury seekers alike. Resorts and activities that once seemed out of reach are now a steal. Not to mention the shopping!
If you’re looking for something ‘off the beaten path’, you may want to consider Washington State rather than Washington D.C., Chicago rather than Boston, or Chaco Canyon rather than the Grand Canyon. Those in search of a unique adventure have the embarrassment of choice, rafting, animal pack trips and digging for fossils are but a few of the fun things to do.
Argentina and Brazil are great travel destinations for dollar holders disinclined to stay home. China may also be worth considering before its’ currency revalues significantly.
For those resolute on travelling to Europe this year, Slovenia and Croatia are both reasonably priced destinations notwithstanding the appreciation of their currencies. Montenegro, an up and coming vacation destination, remains a bargain.
If you are unwilling to renounce that dream vacation in the tropics, several locations in the Indian Ocean, including Mauritius, Madagascar and Mozambique, are excellent land and sea destinations. And, if you are looking for a different ocean altogether, Mexico and Guatemala are great travel destinations and, whether you are an independent traveller or prefer a package tour, both offer value.
|1 USD =||15/07/01||15/07/06||% Change||1 Euro =||15/07/01||15/07/06||% Change|
|USD/Brazil Real||2.578||2.283||11%||Euro/Brazil Real||2.203||2.893||31%|
|USD/Argentine Peso||0.999||3.088||209%||Euro/Argentine Peso||0.854||3.913||358%|
|USD/Mexican Peso||9.350||11.052||18%||Euro/Mexican Peso||7.991||14.003||75%|
|USD/Slovenia Tolar||256.560||189.372||26%||Euro/Slovenia Tolar||219.282||239.934||9%|
|USD/Croatian Kuna||8.394||5.732||32%||Euro/Croatian Kuna||7.174||7.262||1%|
|USD/Chinese Yuan||8.278||8.005||3%||Euro/Chinese Yuan||7.075||10.143||43%|