This year may be the year to knock a dream destination (or two) off your bucket list, thanks to a strong dollar and lower air fares.
Post-Brexit, the British pound sterling has fallen to a 30-year low against the dollar. And the euro is around the 94 cents mark, making European travel particularly budget friendly these days.
Where else can we stretch our dollars? Eight jet-setting bloggers share their favorite value destinations for 2017. Warning: This may induce some serious wanderlust.
Chosen by: Zach Honig, editor-in-chief at The Points Guy
“Expect to pay at least $700 round-trip to get to my favorite city, Siem Reap—and spend about 24 hours traveling from the US on airlines like Cathay Pacific (via Hong Kong) or China Southern (via Guangzhou). But once you’ve arrived, you can get full meals for just a few dollars, 50-cent beers, hour-long massages for $5 and five-star hotels for less than $100.
As for activities, the possibilities are nearly endless: You can hike, ride ATVs, explore [famous temple] Angkor Wat or hire a driver for the day to explore.
I’ve always felt safe during my visits, and the locals are incredibly friendly—some of the nicest I’ve met anywhere in the world.”
Chosen by: Angelina Aucello of Angelina Travels
“Crete, the largest Greek island, tops my list. Getting there from Athens is easy via a short flight or an overnight cruise that costs roughly 68 euro for a full cabin. (Bonus: Kids are free.)
Thanks to current state of the Greek economy—plus the many sub-$400 European fare sales that often pop up for spring/summer travel on sites like The Flight Deal and Secret Flying—getting to Greece during peak summer season won’t break the bank. (Keep an eye out for Emirates’ Athens-Newark route beginning next month.)
I spent a week in Crete with my family and two young children last fall, and we couldn’t have asked for a better trip—ideal weather, picturesque beaches and some of the most delicious seafood we’ve ever tasted for about $10 per person!
We cashed in our Marriott rewards points to snag five nights at a luxury resort, plus discounted airfare. This included elaborate (and free) breakfasts. Our only out-of-pocket expenses were the rental car and cheap eats at local family-owned tavernas outside the resort.”
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