Fluctuating currencies are a fact of life. The dollar has an impact on many things, but in the travel world, it can mean the difference between a cheap vacation and an expensive one.
Like many currencies, the Canadian dollar has been in a sharp decline against the US dollar. For Canadian travellers like us, that’s tough news because the US is our closest neighbour, and a lot of countries use the US dollar as their primary currency in tourist zones.
Regardless of that, it seems that a lot of Canadians are getting itchy travel feet, with an Expedia.ca survey finding 83% of Canadians wanting to travel in the next year.
The good news is that there are still a few destinations where the Canadian dollar will take you a long way.
Here’s our list of where to travel while the Canadian Dollar is weak.
Australia is on many Canadian bucket lists for good reason. It’s the home of not only kangaroos and koalas, but also stunning natural wonders like Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef, not to mention the subject of one of my very favorite travel books, In a Sunburned Country, by the always funny and entertaining Bill Bryson.
The Canadian dollar’s near a five year high against the Turkish Lyra, making this already cheap country an absolute bargain. Visit and you can swim in a pool Cleopatra used in Hierapolis, soak in the natural hot springs of Pamukkale, or shop in the colorful spice markets of Istanbul.
There’s so much to love in South Africa that now might be a good time to go. With sunny weather year-round, the chance to see animals like elephants, rhinos and giraffes in the big game preserves make this country a great place to visit.
Malaysia is a wonderful mixture of colonial architecture, thriving cities, and the wild, remote jungles of Malaysian Borneo.
Where to start with this one? From Carnival, to the stunning views of Christ the Redeemer over Rio de Janeiro, to the famous Copacabana Beach, there’s enough to keep you busy in Brazil for months. With the upcoming Olympics, the country is going to be seeing people converge from all around the world.
Canadians have long had a love affair with Costa Rica and it’s no wonder. This tiny Central American country boasts lush rainforests, diverse wildlife, good food, and stunning, long beaches.
In the mood for stunning fjords, beautiful waterfalls, and charming architecture? The Canadian loonie is holding out surprisingly well against the Norwegian Krone, making now a good time to visit this beautiful country. It’s a fascinating country, with plenty of fun facts about Norway to learn.
The Canadian dollar’s near a 10 year high against the battered Russian Ruble, making now a great time to visit.
It’s not to hard to see why Argentina’s a great place to visit, with the call of tango, a cowboy culture, and sweeping views in Patagonia and the Andes.
Indonesia – Bali
While a lot’s been said about recent over-development in Bali, the Indonesian island is still a tranquil oasis known for beaches, stunning rice fields, and a peaceful, chill culture.
With the loonie so low, a lot of Canadians are choosing to stay close to home. And who can blame us? Canada’s one of the most beautiful countries in the world.