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Best Bang For Your Buck Vacation Destination?  
User currently offlineMD90fan From Bahamas, joined Jul 2005, 2931 posts, RR: 6
Posted (7 years 3 hours ago) and read 6522 times:

My family is looking at going on a vacation this December (international) and would look to hear everybody's opinion as to what are destinations where the US dollar is particularly strong.

We've been hearing alot about Buenos Aires, Argentina...anybody been there that can elaborate?

any and all answers welcome.

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User currently offlineRwSEA From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 3196 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (7 years 2 hours ago) and read 6492 times:

In my experience, Southeast Asia is still a fantastic bargain. This would include Thailand and Vietnam. BKK, HAN, and SGN aren't even that expensive to fly to (easily doable under $1000 from the west coast).

Never been to Argentina, but everyone says it's cheap. From my research, the flights and hotels are more expensive than SE Asia.

Egypt is a good value. Not the greatest (especially in super touristy areas), but much cheaper than Europe.

December is a good time to visit any of the above places.

[Edited 2008-08-05 21:44:04]

User currently offlineTUNisia From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1846 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 hour ago) and read 6485 times:

Egypt (amazing value especially on the Red Sea)
Indonesia, Thailand etc...

Someday the sun will shine down on me in some faraway place - Mahalia Jackson
User currently offlineDerico From Argentina, joined Dec 1999, 4355 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (7 years 1 hour ago) and read 6480 times:

Ha, I knew it.

Buenos Aires, Argentina in general was cheap, perhaps it still is, but it's not what it was even two year ago. Remember that inflation is running at 20% in the country, and that includes both salaries and prices. Which means that while for people that work in Argentina things have not gotten 20% more expensive (though it seems that way!), for foreigners it has.

The AR$ Peso traded at around 3.20 for a US dollar two or three years ago. With that exchange rate you could get 320 pesos for 100 US dollars, and 'get by' with 50 to 80 pesos a day, food, hotel everything... that's less than 20 dollars a day. That was certainly a bargain, about almost a week on 100!!

Today, you only get less than 3 pesos for a dollar after comissions, and you need at least 100 and likely 150 to buy the exact same food and shelter. So only 200 and something pesos for 100 dollars, and it's probably gone in two days.

By that I'm not saying things are outrageously expensive, but with the relative weakness of the US economy (dollar) compared to the Argentine economy it's just not as cheap anymore.

You should visit anyways, it's worth it not just based on price!!!  Smile

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User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 14060 posts, RR: 26
Reply 4, posted (7 years 1 hour ago) and read 6467 times:

Quoting MD90fan (Thread starter):
My family is looking at going on a vacation this December (international) and would look to hear everybody's opinion as to what are destinations where the US dollar is particularly strong.

March your family out the door, turn them around, march them back in, and announce that you've reached your destination - you're having a Staycation!

Inspiration, move me brightly!
User currently offlineAvianca From Venezuela, joined Jan 2005, 5939 posts, RR: 35
Reply 5, posted (7 years 1 hour ago) and read 6459 times:

Quoting Derico (Reply 3):
perhaps it still is

yes if I compare with other southamerican countrys it is still very cheap!!

Colombia es el Mundo Y el Mundo es Colombia
User currently offlineMD90fan From Bahamas, joined Jul 2005, 2931 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (6 years 12 months 23 hours ago) and read 6328 times:

Help me sell Argentina to my mom!

User currently offlineSoups From Ghana, joined Jun 2004, 3438 posts, RR: 13
Reply 7, posted (6 years 12 months 21 hours ago) and read 6315 times:

Malaysia does it for me... Cant wait to go back

Next destinations, Suarabaya, beirut, paris, Accra
User currently offlineAmmunition From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2002, 1065 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (6 years 12 months 17 hours ago) and read 6291 times:

i guess georgie would be a hot spot for getting lots of bangs for ur buck!  Silly

I found thailand, malaysia, and india are good value for money.

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