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Top Holiday Destinations for 2019

Want to travel abroad this year but not sure where to go? We've got the top 5 overseas destinations to get the most value from your Aussie dollar in 2019. *

Getting Value for your (Travel) Money!

Want to know where to go this year to get the most from your travel money? From seductive Argentina and culture-rich Turkey, to the warm hospitality of Sri Lanka and the world’s largest country, we have listed the top 5 holiday destinations for travel in 2019 based on current* Australian dollar to FX exchange rates.

#1. Argentina

#1. Argentina

This southern part of South America has received somewhat of a bad rap over the years due to the levels of crime^. However, with tango-filled sidewalks, the flavour of Parrillas (grill houses), natural wonders including glaciers, waterfalls and national parks paired with the current Australian dollar to Argentine peso exchange rate 1 means this world of wonder for many travellers has become even more affordable.

Don’t Miss:

  • Wine tasting in Mendoza
  • Savouring of Argentine flavours in Salta
  • Chasing waterfalls in Iguazu
  • Exploring the Patagonian Andes in El Chalten

Average Cost of Items in Argentina**

  • Three-course meal for 2 at a mid-range restaurant – AUD $29.65
  • Half a litre of domestic draft beer in a restaurant – AUD $2.59
  • 1 Cinema ticket for an international movie – AUD $7.41
  • One-way ticket on local transport – AUD $0.48
  • Bottle of mid-range wine – AUD $5.56
  • Regular cappuccino – AUD $2.23

Argentine Currency

The official currency of Argentina is the Argentine peso (ARS)

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Note: Due limited availability for this currency; please check this page to see whether the Argetine peso is currently available before deciding to purchase your currency.

#2. Turkey

Abundant with history and culture rooted in the Persia, Roman, Ottoman, ancient Greek, and Byzantine empires, Turkey is a land full of ancient and natural wonders to explore. Over the past 12 months2 the Australian dollar to Turkish lira exchange rate has improved around 27% in favour of the Aussie dollar, making it the perfect time to discover the history, architecture, and flavours of this transcontinental destination.

Don’t Miss:

  • Exploring the Instagram-worthy landscape of Cappadocia by hot air balloon
  • Soaking in mineral-rich thermal baths of Pamukkale
  • Marvelling at the 1,400+ year-old architecture of then Aya Sofya monument in İstanbul
  • Sipping on a traditional Kahve coffee

For a more in-depth look at Turkey, check out our Turkey Travel Guide.

Average Cost of Items in Turkey**

  • Meal at an inexpensive restaurant – AUD $5.24
  • Half a litre of domestic draft beer in a restaurant – AUD $2.93
  • Taxi 1km at the regular tariff – AUD $0.79
  • One-way ticket on local transport – AUD $0.72
  • Regular cappuccino – AUD $2.44
  • A summer dress bought from a Chain Store such as Zara or H&M – AUD $33.40

Turkish Currency

The official currency of Turkey is the Turkish lyra (TRY)

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Note: Due limited availability for this currency; please check this page to see whether the Turkidh lyra is currently available before deciding to purchase your currency.

#2. Turkey
#3. Sri Lanka

#3. Sri Lanka

With pumping surf, crystal lagoons, delicious vegetarian delights and welcoming, warm people, it’s no surprise that Sri Lanka is becoming an increasingly-popular travel destination for Australians; made even more popular recently by the weakening of the Sri Lankan rupee against the Australian dollar.3

Don’t Miss:

  • Roaming through the cultural and artistic hub of Galle
  • Visiting the fish market of Negombo and choosing fresh seafood for lunch!
  • Swimming, sunbaking or taking in a sunset on Unawatuna Beach
  • Strolling past the temples and through tea plantations of Ella

For a more in-depth look at Sri Lanka, check out our Sri Lanka Travel Guide.

Average Cost of Items in Sri Lanka**

  • Three-course meal for 2 at a mid-range restaurant – AUD $15.41
  • Half a litre of domestic draft beer in a restaurant – AUD $2.70
  • One-way ticket on local transport – AUD $0.15
  • Regular cappuccino – AUD $2.84
  • 33 litre bottle of Coke or Pepsi – AUD $0.78
  • A pair of men’s leather business shoes – AUD $39.45

Sri Lankan Currency

The official currency of Sri Lanka is the rupee (LKR)

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#4. Russia

As the world’s largest country with over 1,100 cities, it’s no surprise that Russia is abundant with diverse landscapes, attractions, activities and scenery that would appeal to all kinds of travellers. Rich in history and heritage, the recent Australian dollar to Russian ruble exchange rate has made the world’s largest country even more affordable to travel to in 20194

Don’t Miss:

  • Visiting the Red Square, Grand Palace and the kaleidoscope domes of St Basil’s Cathedral
  • Hiking among waterfalls and exploring the Agura Valley
  • Tasting Russia’s famous Zhigulevskoye beer in Samara
  • Experiencing the ballet or an opera at the Bolshoi Theatre

For a more in-depth look at Russia, check out our Russian Travel Guide.

Average Cost of Items in Russia**

  • Three-course meal for 2 at a mid-range restaurant – AUD $42.19
  • Half a litre of domestic draft beer in a restaurant – AUD $2.11
  • 5 Litre bottle of water – AUD $0.79
  • Taxi 1km at the regular tariff – AUD $0.27
  • One-way ticket on local transport – AUD $0.55
  • Regular cappuccino – AUD $2.63

Russian Currency

The official currency of Russia is the ruble (RUB)

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#4. Russia
#5. South Africa

#5. South Africa

From the Cape of Good Hope’s jagged cliffs to the wildlife abundant plains of the Kruger National Park, to the lush forestry along the Garden route, the diversity of South Africa’s ecosystems has always made it a popular destination for overseas visitors. It comes in at #5 on our list due to the recent Australian dollar to South African rand rate – an improvement of approximately 10.6% compared to March 2018.5

Don’t Miss:

  • Visiting the penguin colony at Cape Town’s Boulders Beach
  • Tasting the flavours of local favourites koeksisters, melktart, bunny chow and potjiekos
  • Getting up close to elephants, lions, rhino, giraffe, zebra and more at Kruger National Park
  • Hiking, white water rafting, kloofing or horse riding at Blyde River Canyon

For an in-depth look at South Africa’s mother city, check out our Cape Town Travel Guide.

Average Cost of Items in South Africa**

  • Three-course meal for 2 at a mid-range restaurant – AUD $45.18
  • Meal at McDonalds (or the equivalent combo meal) - AUD $6.02
  • Half a litre of domestic draft beer in a restaurant – AUD $2.51
  • 5 Litre bottle of water – AUD $1.47
  • Taxi 1km at the regular tariff – AUD $1.10
  • A summer dress bought from a Chain Store such as Zara or H&M – AUD $47.09

South African Currency

The official currency of South Africa is the South African rand (ZAR)

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Disclaimer

*This list is based on mid-market and Travelex Online AUD to FX exchange rates as of 21/01/19. When assessing the affordability of travelling within these destinations this information was based on whether travellers purchased the relevant currency on the 21/01/19. The affordability of travel relating to this article is solely based on exchange rates, and not travel to destination, or any other costs which may be incurred.

^You should check the Smart Traveller website before deciding to travel to any overseas destination.

**Cost of items is based on Numbeo data as of 23/01/19. Please note cost of items differs within the country you are visiting and should just be taken as a guide.

1. Based on comparison of AUD to ARS on 3/01/2018 compared to 21/01/19.

2. Based on comparison of AUD to TRY on 09/01/2018 compared to 21/01/19.

3. Based on comparison of AUD to LKR on 15/06/2018 compared to 21/01/19.

4. Based on comparison of AUD to RUB on 1/03/2018 compared to 21/01/19.

5. Based on comparison of AUD to ZAR on 28/03/2018 compared to 21/01/19.

Rates are subject to change throughout the day and may have varied since this article was created; this article is to be used as a guide only. Please check the currency AUD to FX exchange rate when deciding to travel to any of these listed destinations.

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