Where to make the most of the Aussie dollar overseas
When you’re planning a trip overseas, making the Aussie dollar stretch far is a top priority. The good news is, whether you want to journey into nature or sample an exotic culture, the options are looking bright for 2017.
Embarking on an overseas holiday is a fantastic investment, for inspiration, experience and rejuvenation. However, choosing a destination can be tricky, especially if you’re faced with less than profitable exchange rates.
To come out on top, or at least break even, check out five places where you’ll make the most of the Aussie dollar.
Our dollar has steadily improved against the Argentine Peso, making the land of Tango a great-value holiday spot. South American culture combines with a European flavour in the vibrant capital, Buenos Aires. If you love steak, you’ll find world-class feasts and the wine regions produce Cabernet Sauvignon as the perfect accompaniment. To experience the true power of nature, head to the Brazilian border and the mighty Iguazu Falls.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Malaysia has a lot more to offer than shopping, but if that’s your weakness, it’s here that you’ll bag the ultimate bargain.
Malaysia has a lot more to offer than shopping, but if that’s your weakness, it’s here that you’ll bag the ultimate bargain. Kuala Lumpur is a cosmopolitan haven of shops, restaurants and affordable hotels in the heart of the glittering nightlife. Further afield, relax on Penang’s pristine beaches or take a walk in the treetops of one of the world’s oldest rainforests, Taman Negara.
Always good value for the Aussie wallet, Vietnam’s mix of intoxicating culture, inland rice paddies and sparkling coasts makes for an exciting holiday for the whole family. Explore the winding alleys of Hanoi’s old town and hop on board a traditional junk, to sail around the soaring limestone cliffs of Halong Bay. For traditional arts and crafts, head to the evergreen hills of Sapa and sample culinary delights in bustling Ho Chi Minh City.
If you’ve always wanted to go to Canada, you’ll be happy to know the exchange rate has remained steady and is virtually on par with the Aussie dollar. The world’s second biggest country is a smorgasbord of mountains, rainforests, wildlife and beaches. When you’re not on the lookout for bears or snowboarding in trendy Whistler, try the food in Québec and enjoy the arts scene in Toronto.
South Island, New Zealand
Hop over the pond and you won’t lose any money on the exchange rate. In fact, you may even gain a tad. Combine that with a budget airfare and you can explore the waterfalls of Milford Sounds, Taupos’ hot springs, Auckland’s Sky Tower and Queenstown’s adventure activities, without breaking the bank.
Nicole Leigh West
Nicole Leigh West is the author of fiction novel, 'The Gypsy Trail' and an internationally recognised travel and lifestyle writer.