Sure, there are not that many places left where the American dollar is strong anymore, but according to Money Magazine, if you look hard enough you can find faraway locales where your dollar will go further. You won’t be going to Paris or London, but you can still have a nice vacation if you are looking to spend what little money you have left in the bank…
Exchange for $1 U.S.: 7.9 Moroccan dirham
With the dollar up 9% against the dirham since mid-July, the souk will be full of deals (we recommend the Berber blankets).
Exchange for $1 U.S.: 6.9 pula
Here, within a labyrinth of lily-covered lagoons and islands interspersed with grassy floodplains, you can find the Big Five – lion, leopard, elephant, water buffalo, and rhino – and also the “usual suspects”: herds of zebra, wildebeest, and antelope. As a bonus, the dollar is up 8% in 2008 against the pula.
Exchange for $1 U.S.: 9,328 Indonesian rupiah
Getting to Bali isn’t cheap, but once you’re there it’s summertime year-round, and the living is easy. Though it may feel as if you’re handing over wads of cash for a beer, with nearly 10,000 rupiah to the dollar, you’ll barely lighten your wallet.
Exchange for $1 U.S.: 561 Costa Rican colon
Which Central American country ranks fifth on the world’s Environmental Performance Index and boasts the greatest diversity of species in the world? If you answered Costa Rica, you’ve probably already been there. Since the currency is pegged to the dollar, now is an ideal time to go back, or visit for the first time.
Ever been to one of these places? I had a co-worked once who was from Bali and she said it was heaven on earth. I guess I should pack up my dollars and take a trip!