Chosen by: Nora Dunn of The Professional Hobo
“I’m currently spending a lot of time in Ecuador, which is a great value destination for 2017. It has a variety of different terrains—from beaches to the Andes mountains to jungles, rainforests and volcanoes.
Although the US dollar is the prevailing currency, the cost of living and traveling in Ecuador is significantly cheaper than in the States. For instance, $10 will get you loads of fresh, exotic fruits and veggies at one of the local markets.
History and culture buffs will love the city of Cuenca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Surfing fanatics will love the breaks on the coast, and nature lovers will adore Baños.”
Chosen by: Charles Kosman of The Barefoot Nomad
“With the weak Canadian dollar right now, Canada makes a great destination for Americans. Any place that gets you out of the cities and into nature will save you heaps. Canmore, just 45 minutes outside of Calgary, Alberta, is one example, known for its quaint Rocky Mountain villas, shops and restaurants.
There are miles of paved and unpaved paths around town, making it a nature lover’s dream. Not only are you saving money, you’re getting some fresh air in one of Canada’s prettiest areas.
When you want to stop for the night, there are dozens of hotel choices and Airbnb mountain retreats. Hotels run around $100 a night, but you can save even more by camping in nearby Spray Lakes or staying in a camp lodge for about $40 to $60 per night.”
Chosen by: Marko Ayling of Vagabrothers
“The Mexican capital remains one of the foremost cultural destinations in the world. It’s the Berlin of the Americas with its edge, deep heritage, affordability and charm. I recommend staying in Roma Norte, a neighborhood full of turn-of-the-century villas—so many great places to eat, drink and explore.
Right now, the exchange rate between the peso and dollar is favorable (1 peso is worth about 50 cents), and an amazing meal in one of the city’s nicer restaurants is still a great value. And, for me, nothing beats getting the royal treatment at one of Mexico City’s classic barbershops—a haircut and wet shave with an open bar and mani/pedi at Paris Merinne in the La Condesa neighborhood is around $50.”
February 17, 2017
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