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Destinations Where Your Dollar Will Go Really, Really Far in 2019

Perhaps your resolution this year was to get out and travel more.

But here we are, a few months into 2019, and you have yet to book a trip. It’s not because you’ve lost the motivation. It’s just that your wallet doesn’t seem to agree. Do not despair. We have all been there.

While your travel budget might not have room for the grand tour around Asia or Australia you were dreaming of, 2019 could be the year that you discover and fall in love with a new and unexpected destination.

Travel search engine Hipmunk helped us compile a list of international destinations where you can stretch your dollar further this year. There may be new airline routes opening up, making flights cheaper, or a local currency where the exchange rate is predicted to decrease.

Whether you’re looking for a relaxing beach getaway, cultural urban exploration, or trek through uncharted nature, these 10 international destinations are great considerations when you want to travel far away from home without having to dip too far into your savings.

Colombia

Colombia, particularly the coastal city of Cartagena, is becoming a rediscovered and more affordable travel destination for Americans. The median price of booking a trip in 2019 from the U.S. is only about $550, according to Hipmunk.

Costa Rica

Live la Pura Vida in Costa Rica, from the surf-perfect beaches to the lush rainforests to the bustling city of San Jose. While some more touristy hotels may come at a price premium, visit the country’s free national parks and reserves (more than 25 percent its total territory) to experience the best of its nature.

Hungary

The exchange rate between the U.S. dollar and the Hungarian forint is predicted to decrease six percent this year, making 2019 an even more affordable year for American visitors. Many know the country for its colorful capital of Budapest, but if you’re visiting, consider tacking on a getaway to the lesser-discovered resort towns of Lake Balaton.

Read more: https://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/destinations-where-dollar-is-strong

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