If you’re a budget traveler and have been wanting to plan a trip to a foreign country, it’s helpful to know when currency exchange rates are up and your dollar can stretch a little further. Here at our EWR Airport parking company, we’ve compiled a list of the top 8 countries we recommend visiting this year:


This year, the U.S. dollar is worth more in Mexico than it was in 2016, so if you’ve been planning a trip to Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Guadalajara, or another beautiful area in Mexico, this year is the year to do it.

1 USD = 20.1 Mexican Pesos

South Africa

Flights to Cape Town are generally expensive, but right now they’re down 5-10 percent. And if you pay close attention, you can get there for even less. Once you’re there, travel costs are pretty affordable and you can enjoy everything from wineries to striking mountains to beautiful beaches.

South Africa: 1 USD = 13 South African Rands


Over the past couple years, the U.S. dollar has been increasing in Colombian worth and several cities have been expanding their lodging options. Head to the capital of Bogota to enjoy a new Four Seasons as well as lots of great food and art.

Colombia: 1 USD = 2,928 Columbian Pesos

New Zealand

For breathtaking landscapes, beautiful beach retreats, vineyard visits, and an overall douse of friendly culture, New Zealand is a great place to go – especially since airline competition has increased, lowering the average cost of a ticket.

1 USD = 1.4 New Zealand Dollars


Chilean flights have dropped in cost, which is good news for those who want to enjoy the country’s stunning natural landscapes, colorful cities, and fascinating history. In addition, you can find hotels and restaurants that are quite affordable.

Chile: 1 USD = 650.2 Chilean Pesos


While a trip to Russia may not be at the top of your list, it’s more beautiful than you think and a great destination for deal-seekers. A lack of tourists means you can have sites all to yourself and when it comes to goods on the ground, you can find things like fur coats and diamond jewelry for a steal.

1 USD = 58.3 Russian Rubles


Malaysia is a beautiful place to visit and since the Malaysian exchange rate is up this year, you can plan a fun, cultural trip to the area and discover rich history, lush rainforests, and more delicious food than you can imagine.

Malaysia: 1 USD = 4 Malaysian Ringgits


The dollar is at a 10-year high against the Peruvian Sol and there are now seven airlines flying nonstop from the U.S. to Lima. In addition, if you’ve been wanting to see Macchu Pichu, now is the time – the government will soon limit how many tourists can see the site.

1 USD = 3.26 Peruvian Sols