The recession has made many Americans tighten their belts in recent years, with discretionary travel being one of the first cutbacks. Now there are signs of economic recovery, it is actually a great time to take a trip abroad. The American dollar strengthened against nearly all the world’s currencies in 2014 and 2015, creating some opportunistic deals for international travelers. For example, the greenback is worth 21 percent more against the euro than it was last year, making a Eurozone vacation a relative bargain today. On top of that, many hotels have slashed their prices to lure visitors overseas. So if you’re overdue for some globetrotting, it’s high time to take advantage of the current situation and put those travel dreams into action. Want to know where you can get the most bang for your buck? Here are 10 places to visit while the dollar is strong.
While most of Europe is ripe for a value visit, Norway is a particularly good pick at this time. This Scandinavian gem has been a notoriously expensive destination for years and has been off the travel radar for anyone watching their budget. The Norwegian krone is one of the world’s strongest currencies, but it has taken a hit with the recent crude oil crisis. The American dollar hasn’t been this strong against the krone since 2002. Hotel prices have declined about 19% compared to last year. If you long to see the Northern Lights, be embraced by spectacular fjords and act out your Frozen fantasies, this is a great time to venture to Norway.