When you vacation on a budget, it’s important to make every trip worth its cost. Getting priced out or ripped off is not an option.
That’s why we’re very happy to have discovered the Vox Vacation Index, which ranks the relative value of the American dollar at this moment in 48 popular travel destinations around the world. The index is updated daily with both exchange and local inflation rates to make sure travelers can always see where they’ll get the most bang for their buck abroad. (It’s “not ‘Is France cheap?’” as Vox explains, “but ‘Is France cheaper than it was a year ago?’”)
Current standings put the U.K. at the top of the list, likely because of the Brexit’s effect on local economies. Mexico, which is home to some stunning hidden beaches, and Argentina, which is known for its sprawling national parks, are great values right now, too.
Don’t miss Warsaw, an inexpensive but culturally rich city with lots to see and do. Krakow ― an underrated option for many travelers ― and plenty of quaint farm towns await visitors off the beaten path, too.
The coastal city of Shanghai is home to a particularly stellar restaurant scene and a new Disney park. Daredevil travelers can try their hand at challenging mountain hikes and China’s dramatic glass bridges ― if they’re in working order, that is.
High-altitude vineyards take wine tasting to new heights, while stunning desert salt flats stay pleasantly tourist-free. In Buenos Aires, subway transportation, waterfront walks and snacks from fresh fruit stands make exploring especially cheap.
Make a beeline for Tulum, where ancient ruins sit right on the warm Caribbean coast. Getting around Mexico is easy when some of the top attractions are natural wonders, from beaches to natural swimming holes.