Do you think you can’t afford a vacation to an exotic location abroad? Sometimes a trip to a foreign land for a week can easily cost you less than a weekend at an Airbnb-rented apartment in a big city in the United States.
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So how can you save money? It often depends on the timing. When you’re deciding where to go, read the day’s financial news. People look for cheap flights without really counting the cost of living – hotel, food, transportation, shopping – for the number of days they plan to be away. The value of the local currency is overlooked when it should actually be a priority.
The greenback is at a 14-year high, which means you’ll be able to afford a lot more than before even at historically popular cities for international travelers, even in Europe.
Still, you should remember that the best time to book a flight is on Tuesday night or Wednesday early morning, and the best time to fly is on a Wednesday because it’s farthest from the weekend.
The following list, arranged in no particular order, is based on information by The Economist’s 2017 Big Mac Index; Europe Backpackers Index, which is aimed at budget travelers; Travelzoo’s 2017 Wow Deal Destinations; and Numbeo, the world’s largest database of user contributed data about cities and countries worldwide.
Don’t let the cost of a plane ticket determine where you’ll spend your hard-earned money.