Where is the U.S. Dollar Strong?

Nov 8th, 2007, 06:08 AM
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China is still cheap - the yuan is tied to US $ and has been stable for years. Also, most Latin American countries, from Mexico south. But as pointed out above, you can still travel Europe 'relatively' inexpensively, even with the Euro at record highs. Even the Canadian $ is at a record high against the US $, but if there is something you want to see there, or anywhere, the few extra $$ spent at the high exchange rate should not deter you.
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Nov 8th, 2007, 06:14 AM
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We enjoyed Croatia, very reasonable cost and a lovely country.
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Nov 8th, 2007, 06:16 AM
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Japan is indeed quite inexpensive. A nice hotel 2 stops from Tokyo central station was about $60. Nice and very clean! Food is inexpensive at restaurants, 50% more than at home at 7/11s and just about the same at the rather few big supermarkets. Milk products are more expensive. Fish is VERY cheap. No complaints here Many things are cheaper than is the US, except for clothing, shoes etc. Those are very cheap in the USA.
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Nov 8th, 2007, 06:18 AM
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The dollar isn't strong hardly anywhere. Maybe Mexico or Cuba, some places like that. But people really do not understand this concept, as they always start talking about places that are just cheaper in comparison to London, etc., which has nothing to do with a place where the dollar is "strong", it's not the same thing.

Someone mentioned the Czech Republic, for example, and that is not true as the dollar has probably dropped more against the koruna than against the euro. So, the dollar isn't "strong" there, but some things are just cheaper and always have been in comparison to London or those kind of places -- at least for now.
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Nov 8th, 2007, 08:52 AM
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Thanks for the replies. I've been looking at countries in Central & South America and Eastern Europe. One of my friends from Bulgaria, recommended countries around the Black Sea. My budget is about $3,000. The reason cost is more of a concern this time is because I would like to travel for about 2 or 3 weeks.
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I go to South America alot, and the dollar is not as strong as it was - - sadly..... But there are many countries where you can find reasonable, safe hotels.... Spend alot of time researching (or find a good travel agent).... GOod luck!
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Nov 8th, 2007, 09:14 AM
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Fact is the dollar is weak against the Euro and some commodities are moving more toward Euro pricing, as well.

There are expensive places to be, and less expensive, and that's probably a good way to scope it. London is high-priced, even for people spending Euros.

I've not done it yet, but I would definitely look into hotel/airfare packages, or others that include car rental, etc. Do lots of comparison shopping so when you see what "looks like" a bargain you'll have a sense of whether it really is one!
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Nov 8th, 2007, 10:47 AM
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Bulgaria is going to be cheaper to stay in, but it's also more expensive to get there, in most cases. Similarly with Romania, etc.
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Nov 8th, 2007, 11:02 AM
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You'd have no trouble on $3,000 in Germany. Stay in B&B's, eat out twice per day, and use a German Railpass to get around, and that will easily cover you.
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Nov 8th, 2007, 11:07 AM
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Germany is the least expensive place in the Euro zone. (Even better than Portugal and Greece nowadays) Low prices, clean rooms. A Euro in Munich goes a lot further than it does in Milan, Rome or Paris.
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Nov 8th, 2007, 11:12 AM
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Best value is to travel within the USA. Having said that, I am still going to Great Britain.
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Nov 8th, 2007, 11:30 AM
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I don't know why it would make a difference going to Germany vs any other Euro using nation. We too found many nice hotels in Italy this year for 80-100 Euros.
You can travel wisely and economically if you look for it. Many on these forums say, "I'm looking a for a hotel in Rome and one in Venice and money is no object." With that happening, prices will continue to increase while the dollar continues to fall.

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Nov 8th, 2007, 11:33 AM
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2italy, right on! If you do your research and plan you can find spectacular deals almost anywhere. So far we have not spent over $100 CDN for a room anywhere in Europe including the UK. And we travel to Europe a lot.
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Nov 8th, 2007, 11:38 AM
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>make a difference going to Germany vs any other Euro using nation.
Prices are generally a lot lower (that was the question) than in Italy, but with proper planning...

(Spending $100 per day on a room anywhere on the planet is just crazy imho.) ;-)
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Nov 8th, 2007, 11:42 AM
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We just spent $45 CDN on a gorgeous house in Croatia last Fall. One of the loveliest places we have ever stayed at. Breakfast was cheap - we were told to just pick fresh veg and fruit from the garden!
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I second Buenos Aires!
Spent 10 days their last october and loved it. Has a somewhat Paris vibe, but not paris! We really loved the people, food, shopping and culture. I would go back again for sure. It's just such a long flight from the Southwest.
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Slovenia, before it went to the Euro, was very inexpensive. I'm not sure how it is now, but its a lovely country with some amazing scenery and great towns.

I too agree that Germany is less expensive. You can find a wonderful vacation apartment, fully furnished and complete with awesome mountain views, for under 50 euro per night.

I loved Croatia but didn't really find it to be that much of a bargain. It was slightly cheaper than other countries in Europe, but not so much so that we ever considered it cheap.

We just got back from Japan and I'm surprised by those that found it inexpensive. Granted it was cheaper than we thought it would be, but I wouldn't call it inexpensive. The hotels, with the added taxes and charges, were far from a bargain. Of course that was partly our fault, as we decided to splurge a little in that category.

And I would never consider the US inexpensive! I have taken trips to Europe, airfare included, and spent less than what friends who vacationed for a week at Disney World or in San Francisco. Okay, well, maybe it's inexpensive if you spend a week somewhere in the Midwest...

Overall, I think that just about anywhere can be a bargain if you do your homework and plan accordingly.

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Nov 8th, 2007, 07:58 PM
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> > (Spending $100 per day on a room anywhere on the planet is just crazy imho.)

The original poster was talking about $100 CAD, which used to be about 60 Euros at the worst, but which is now about 73. Surely it's not ridiculous that someone would spend 60-73 Euros per night for a double/twin room in a major European city. That's the budget range I tend to go for myself. Try doing better than that in Copenhagen, to name just one example.
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Nov 9th, 2007, 02:10 AM
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You can get great value for the dollar in Vietnam! My son has been there for his last 2 vacations. (He took 2 classes to study Vietnamese and also travelled with a friend who speaks Vietnamese.) He loves it over there and says the people are "real", which he likes. He stayed in hotels for $15.

We enjoyed Costa Rica as a family trip and if you research you can find reasonable places to stay and to eat. Airfare is cheaper than flying to Europe. But you will have to book accomodations in advance for Arenal and Monteverde as they are in short supply for the demand.

New Zealand has good prices once you get there, but airfare is expensive. However I think summer here is winter in New Zealand...

If you stay in family-run b&bs in the Republic of Ireland, you can get good prices plus a huge breakfast included. Have a look at IrelandYes.com, Michele Erdvig's web-site. She has a book full of family-run b&bs for good prices. But airfare will still cost you.

Good luck!
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Nov 9th, 2007, 03:53 PM
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<<Spending $100 per day on a room anywhere on the planet is just crazy imho>>

$100 ain't what it used to be, and there are many places on the planet where a $100 room is either not to be found or not a fit place to check into with luggage. As mentioned, $60+ for an old motel room in backwater Ohio suggests that things aren't what they used to be.

I'd pass on paying double for a view - on the other hand, paying double and by the way getting a view, instead of overlooking a parking lot and dumpster, can be tempting, if the double is still not out of line. It's relative and you have to know your threshold. If it's $100, great (mine is 0 this year ) Sometimes 10-20 % extra gets you 100% more comfort.
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