RwSEA From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 3045 posts, RR: 2 Reply 1, posted (5 years 4 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 5339 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 $1000 from the west coast).
Never been to Argentina, but everyone says it's cheap. From my research, the flights and hotels are more expensive than SE Asia.
Egypt is a good value. Not the greatest (especially in super touristy areas), but much cheaper than Europe.
December is a good time to visit any of the above places.
Derico From Argentina, joined Dec 1999, 4259 posts, RR: 12 Reply 3, posted (5 years 4 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 5327 times:
Ha, I knew it.
Buenos Aires, Argentina in general was cheap, perhaps it still is, but it's not what it was even two year ago. Remember that inflation is running at 20% in the country, and that includes both salaries and prices. Which means that while for people that work in Argentina things have not gotten 20% more expensive (though it seems that way!), for foreigners it has.
The AR$ 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!!!
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Revelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 11406 posts, RR: 24 Reply 4, posted (5 years 4 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 5314 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!