The struggling world economy can mean great deals for tourists. Here are five places where prices have dropped and exchange rates favor American travelers. (Gillian Brockell/The Washington Post)
Want to get away? This really is a great time.
The euro is currently at a 12-year low, which means your dollar will go even further abroad.
“The American economy is showing real strength, the dollar has greater buying power compared to almost all worldwide currencies, and hotel prices overseas are down, sometimes significantly,” Darla Cameron and Dan Keating reported March 2.
Here are the top places to travel on a strong dollar, plus some Travel stories from the different cities and destinations you should see in each country.
Fireworks explode in the sky during New Year celebrations in Moscow's Red Square Jan. 1, 2014. (Tatyana Makeyeva/Reuters)
Despite tensions with the United States, this is an affordable time to travel to Russia. Hotel prices are down by half.
Read more about Russia here:
Sochi, a Russian city with Olympic hopes and dreams
Suzdal, Russia, holds on to its sacred sites
St. Petersburg on $2,000 a day
A traditional wooden house between Rättvik and Mora, on the edge of Lake Siljan on July 31, 2013. (Steve Vickers/For The Washington Post)
Sweden is another expensive country where hotel prices are low.
Read more about Sweden:
Chasing after the northern lights in Swedish Lapland
In Dalarna, a bit of America in Sweden
Fjallbacka, Sweden: The quiet town that inspired Camilla Lackberg’s crime novels
Two men float on surfboards at Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro on Dec. 22, 2011. (Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg News)
Hotel prices are down and the dollar is strong against Brazil’s currency, the real.
Read more about Brazil:
A guide to the hidden spots of Rio, a bustling city of six million people
In Brazil, wildlife encounters and an Amazon cruise
Rio de Janeiro: Brazil’s tourist magnet now has less to fear
In Salvador da Bahia, sea, songs and a whole lot of spirit
Visitors sit in the geothermal waters at the Blue Lagoon close to the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik on April 7, 2014. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Iceland is famously expensive. The strong dollar is making it more affordable.
Read more about Iceland:
Cool venues in a very cold place
In Iceland, falling in love with the ponies, and the purity
In Reykjavik, Iceland, the design scene is hot
The Piazza della Republica in the town center in Italy’s Paciano, Umbria region in December 2013. (Tim Holt/For The Washington Post)
The dollar is strong against the euro, and prices have dropped in Italy.
Read more about Italy:
Three generations, a lot of canals and a cat sanctuary
Indulging in the Egadis, an Italy the world has yet to discover
In Venice, learning to row your own boat
Fossano, Italy, is the perfect hub for exploring the lush Piedmont region
Living the high life in Umbria, the poor man’s Tuscany