The Countries Can Save Money For Travellers
In fact, go travel is a nich thing. But it also cost too much money. So we tell you some affordable destinations for 2016 based off year-over-year exchange rates. Let this list be your guide for where to go. These countries' dollar has gained the most value since this time last year.
When you’re talking about the Atacama Desert, Chiloé, and Patagonia, getting there is half the adventure. Now you can save as much as 15 percent on flights to get there, and splurge the rest of the way—which is easy when you’re looking at stunning architectural marvels that double as luxury resorts, like the Tierra Chiloé or Awasi Atacama.
Yes, there’s plenty to see and do in Kuala Lumpur, home to magnificent Petronas Twin Towers. And there’s plenty of laksa and hokkien mee to eat in Penang. But if you’re heading all the way to Malaysia, don’t miss out on the beautiful beaches of Langkawi, where there’s a clutch of stunning new hotels. Check into the forthcoming Ritz Carlton, modeled after a traditional Malay village and set on a secluded cove overlooking the Andaman Sea, or the St. Regis, which opens this April with a stunning seaside pool and gleaming white marble interiors. Better yet, combine the city and beach destinations for the best of both worlds.
A turbulent political climate has made for especially affordable travel to Istanbul, and for those who aren’t fazed by the turmoil, it’s as good a time to go as ever. Flights are more than ten percent cheaper from the U.S. this year, and a spate of new hotels, including the Soho House Istanbul, are upping the ante for glamour in this most stylish of cities.
Mexico City may be one of the most dynamic urban centers in the world right now, so it’s a boon that prices are on the decline (more tacos for everyone!). How to spend (some of) your extra cash: by hitting up the city’s two incredible new museums. Museo Jumex is the largest contemporary art collection in Latin America, where interactive exhibits include a series of painted, usable ping pong tables on the rooftop; then there’s the Museo Soumaya next door, where we loved the collection of Botero paintings and sculptures. Of course, you’ll still have plenty of pocket change to spare—a night at the St. Regis or a meal at Pujol, Enrique Olvera’s flagship, will help you make a dent.
Most people think about beach towns when they think about Uruguay: Punta del Este, José Ignacio, and their neighboring hamlets. But these days, there’s much to see and do right in Montevideo itself. The city center has sprung back to life, with an architectural revival movement that’s well worth exploring (locals regularly conduct tours, and most hotel concierges can point you in the right direction). Many of the area’s Art Deco buildings have been repurposed as boutiques and shops—don’t miss a pit stop with designer Ana Livni at her Financial District atelier—or restaurants like Jacinto, by a chef who trained with Francis Mallman.
Rio de Janeiro will be in the spotlight come August, but once the Olympics have come and gone, an incredible exchange rate will also be coupled with lots of vacant hotel rooms—a perfect storm for savings that’s compounded by extra-cheap flights (we’re talking more than 30 percent off). Our picks for where to stay: the iconic Belmond Copacabana Palace, with its prime beachside location; the Fasano, with its sleek Philippe Starck aesthetic; or the Hotel Santa Teresa, a Relais Chateaux that puts a modern twist on colonial Portuguese design.
According to Expedia, flights are up to ten percent cheaper than they were last year; Booking.com data also suggests you can get a four-star hotel room for an average of $55 (yes, $55!) in Buenos Aires during the month of March, which we’ve identified as the most affordable time of year to visit. Just promise us that you’ll carve out some time for some of our favorite boutique shopping—whether it’s slipping into a pair of colorful tango shoes at Flabella or getting decked out in polo wear at La Martina.