Travel search engine Hipmunk helped us compile a list of international destinations where you can stretch your dollar further this year.
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.
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.
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.
Although Japan is not a destination known for its affordability, 2019 could give Americans a better exchange rate, making it a more realistic destination for budgeters. The exchange rate is predicted to decrease around 4.3 percent this year.