Best summer travel destinations for your budget



Yahoo Finance’s Jeanie Ahn reports on the best destinations where the U.S. dollar will take you far.

If you want to fly off to a country where you can live it up and not worry as much about your travel budget, Hopper says these top 10 destinations are more in demand and less expensive to visit this year than in the last two years because of the strong exchange rate.

Topping the list are Peru, the Dominican Republic and Canada. Here, Hopper analysts say you can expect to get the most bang for your buck — especially if you’re planning an extended stay.

Missing from this top 10 list are popular European destinations like London and Paris, as Americans will have less purchasing power across the pond. Although the euro has weakened in the past year, the current exchange rate is still about $1.12 for 1 euro.

For those looking to stay within the U.S. for the summer, SmartAsset ranked the most affordable U.S. vacation spots based on hotel and car rental costs, airfare and meals. Coming in at the top are a lot of warm-weather states including Florida, Nevada, Texas and New Mexico.

On the other hand, the most expensive cities to visit in the U.S. are coastal cities like New York, San Francisco, Boston and Honolulu, as well as our nation’s capital.

Most expensive U.S. cities to visit:

New York, NY

San Francisco, CA

Boston, MA

Honolulu, HI

Washington, D.C.

The average total cost for one person to visit Orlando for three days (including airfare and hotel) is just $853, versus New York City, where it would cost a thousand dollars more, at $1,879 on average.

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