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The U.S. dollar is strong and getting stronger against other currencies. And as Brookings wrote last month, a stronger dollar is good for “those of us who would like a spring vacation in Europe.” (There are of course downsides as well.)

This week, The Washington Post broke down the best places to visit while the dollar is strong. Here’s the short answer: go to Europe. Particularly the eastern and northern peripheries.

The slightly longer answer is that buying power for Americans has increased significantly in Europe. Moreover, in countries like Russia, France, Poland, and Morocco (not Europe, but close) hotel rates declined significantly. The Post singles out Scandinavia as an especially enticing destination.

(Ukraine also gets a special mention, though traveling there in the middle of a bloody war with Russian-backed rebels poses both logistical and ethical challenges.)

East Asia, on the other hand, is less of a deal: the dollar lost value against the Chinese renminbi and made only slight gains on the Japanese yen.

Elsewhere, India and South America remain places where the travelers can stretch their dollars.

— Jim Dalrymple II


Written by Jim Dalrymple II

Urbanism and travel writer. Also a journalist covering the news.


    1. In absolute economic terms, it would always make more sense to go to east Asia. But if you’re the kind of person who’d like to visit both Asia and Europe, and eventually will visit both, understanding exchange rates can be useful for planning/timing. — Jim

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