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Looking for travel suggestions outside the Euro zone--please suggest your favorite spots where the dollar is not as weak.

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Nov 10th, 2004, 01:56 PM
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You may like to see a list, starting at the cheapest countries, so far as I can judge things.

Ukraine (on a private visa, not a tourist visa)
Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia.
Belarus
Bulgaria
Moldova
Albania
Slovakia
Romania
Serbia
Hungary (except Budapest)
The Czech Republic (except Prague)
Lithuania
Estonia
Poland (except Krakow)
Latvia
Budapest
Krakow
Prague
Croatia
Slovenia

The euro countries start here
Southern Italy
Southern Spain
Portugal
Greece
Northern Spain
Belgium
Northern Italy, not Venice
Germany
France
Luxembourg
The Netherlands
Austria, not Vienna
Switzerland
United Kingdom, not London (not euro)
Ireland
Denmark, Sweden, Finland (not euro)
Iceland and Norway
London (not euro)
Vienna
Venice

Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Moldova and Albania offer various problems over script, knowledge of English, and access, so you should take a relevant guide book and think about Slovakia, Romania, Serbia (on a visitors pass or a transit visa, not a tourist visa), Hungary, The Czech Republic (except Prague), Lithuania, Estonia, Poland (except Krakow), and Latvia. For lakes, north east Poland, for mountains southern Poland, northern Slovakia, and the Carpathians in Romania, for meadows the Czech republic, and the Baltic countries, for Orthodox monasteries Romania and Serbia, for old cities and towns Slovakia, Romania, Hungary, The Czech Republic, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, and Latvia, and for Baroque cathedrals and churches the Baltic states, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary.

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Nov 11th, 2004, 07:08 PM
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Thans so mucvh Ben for the marvelous listing of price comparisons. I've wanted to see something similar. We've visited a number of the formerly Eastern bloc countries and thoroughly enjoyed them. Hve been thinking of a return since our US dollar isn't doing so well. by the way, this will hold true against even those currencies that aren't related to the Euro. My son moved to Lithuania bout a year ago. Aat that time he could get 4 ltas to $1. Now the exchange rate he says is closer to 2.85 ltas per $1.
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Nov 11th, 2004, 11:09 PM
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"You can stay at the Peninsula in Bangkok for around $200 and get a wonderful room with balcony and view over the river."

Well, I would bloody well hope so. For that outlandish price I'd expect services which just to hint at would get me permanently banned from Fodors. US$200 is so obscenely, disgustngly, out of whack with local costs and living standards that you are paying the owners of that hotel an almighty, indeed obscene, profit. Surely you know that?

I've heard similar comments in regard to other Asian countries - people who thought they got a bargain when they paid $150 for a 5-star hotel in China. Oh, spare me ... that's about what a Chinese schoolteacher earns in a MONTH, and I can only speculate about what multiple of your grossly exploited hotel receptionist's wage it represents. To say nothing of the poor buggers who clean your room.

Oh, well, as long as we're happy.
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Nov 12th, 2004, 03:27 AM
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Neil--Regardless of what a Chinese schoolteacher makes a month, I think the point for the traveler is what the cost of 5-Star hotel is there compared to western Europe. Even though the cost of a hotel room in China is outrageous compared to the schoolteacher's salary, it's still a comparative bargain for the currency challenged vacationer.
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Nov 12th, 2004, 05:32 AM
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My parents' hometown, Montreal. Almost France, but fewer men relieving themselves in the street. And the US dollar is still worth more than the Canadian dollar!

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Nov 12th, 2004, 11:41 PM
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Egypt and Jordan. I'm serious: they're fine, safe (honestly) and stuffed with things to see and do.

Taking GSteed's point, Poles go where other Europeans go - clear demonstration it's possible to find low-cost ways of having a good time virtually anywhere in Europe. Russians seem to have taken over Cyprus - a low-cost destination, well served with flights from London, with a good range of beaches and classical sites.
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