The Globetrotters’ Guide

This might be the year to plan an international getaway.

Thanks to a strong dollar and falling oil prices, foreign travel has gotten cheaper for Americans than it’s been in years. Beyond basking in the overall great deals, here are some other ways to save money when traveling abroad:

Choose Destinations With The Most Favorable Exchange Rates.
Certain foreign currencies have fallen significantly against the dollar in recent months, making their countries and regions particularly attractive to U.S. travelers right now. The euro, for example, fell below $1.10 earlier this year, its lowest level since peaking near $1.60 in 2008. The Japanese yen has slid more than 10 percent against the dollar over the past year.

Shop Around For The Best Airfares.
Various sites can help you compare current airfares. But also consider using other tools that can help you track the movement of airfares over time:, for example, lets you track airfares to specific destinations and alerts you when fares fall below your target price. [ helps you find fares on local low-cost airlines when traveling between foreign countries.

Rent a Private Home.
Not set on staying in a hotel? Use your favorite search engine to find sites with private vacation home rentals. The rental listings generally include photos and reviews from past travelers. You can also ask questions of the property owners and find out about amenities. Owners may throw in extra perks like bikes or even vehicles you can use.

Travel During the “Shoulder” Season.
Tourists flock to international destinations in July and August, when the kids and their teachers are on summer break. If you can swing it, try to travel in the “shoulder” season, which is the time right before and after peak season. When traveling to Europe, for example, shoulder season is May, September and October. The weather may be nicer, depending on your destination, and hotels and airfares will often be cheaper. Another bonus: You likely won’t have to fight any crowds.


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