Australian Dollar hits 7 year lows!
The start of 2016 hasn’t been good for the Australian Dollar against the US Dollar. Ok, lets be honest, 2015 wasn’t so good either. The little Aussie Battler is in for a battle as our dollar is heavily linked to the economic fluctuations of our biggest trading partner, China…And their outlook isn’t so crash hot. (Ed: Don’t use the term “crash” when talking about currencies)
Its perfectly fine to skip this section of the newspaper (Ed: Are you sure people still read newspapers?) or glaze over when watching the news when this topic come up, but the danger is only looking at the headline or listening to the lead in comment and thinking its all of a sudden too expensive to travel anywhere.
In the majority of the cases, the headline is about the Australian Dollar’s value to the US Dollar, and yes, over the the last 12 months the $AUD has fallen in value by 17% against the $USD. (Ed: I remember the good old days when the dollar dropped below $.50).
To the traveller this means that when you arrive in the United States everything is automatically 17% more expensive than it was 12 months ago. The $4.00 coffee at Starbucks will now cost your $4.68 and that $100 pair of jeans will now cost you $117. Obviously this means that you either need more money to do all the things that you want, or cut back in some areas. But it doesn’t mean that you have to cross the US off your list completely.
Source: http://www.XE.com comparison of AUD 15 Jan 2015 vs 15 Jan 2016
There a few shining destinations to think about if you want good value for your Australian Dollar. If you are a skier, or love nature, or you just love going to a really nice place, then head north to Canada or south to New Zealand. The Australian Dollar is slightly up against these two currencies so it wont hurt your hip pocket. (Ed: what if they fall skiing and land on their hip?, I guess the burgeoning wallet full of cash will cushion the fall).
The United State’s southern neighbour, Mexico, also offers better value for money this year.
If you really want to drive your dollar further (Ed: I think Budget own this tag line) then grab that plane ticket and head to South American countries like Argentina and Brazil (Ed: you need to warn the reader that Brazil wont be cheap during the Olympic Games). Another destination to put on the list is South Africa. South Africa was relatively cheap before, but with the $AUD’s value increasing by over 20% against the Rand, it is now “a must”. (Ed: If you need me, I will be in Cape Town).
Its not all doom and gloom.
There a a lot of little gems and this may give you an opportunity to visit a place that you may not have had at the top of your list. Don’t let the headline stop you from getting out there and discovering the world.
For those that dont like to read, here’s the info in an infographic form…..
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I love getting high!
Never one to suffer from vertigo, I love being high….whether it be on top of a mountain after trekking for a few days, or from the Observation Deck of a skyscraper where the effort was no more strenuous than pushing the elevator button. I have always enjoyed sweeping views, particularly vistas from being “On Top” of things.
On top of the Marina Bay Sands overlooking Singapore
On top of Victoria Peak, Hong Kong
Sleeping on top of the world, Mt Kilimanjaro Tanzania
On top of Santorini, Greece
The Holy Monastery of St. Nicholas Anapausas, one of the monasteries on top of the pillars at Meteora, Greece
Watching sunrise on top of Africa, Mt Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
On top of the Grand Canyon’s south rim, Arizona
On top of La Paz, Bolivia
On top of the Pyramids, Giza, Egypt
On top of Sugarloaf Mountain looking down on Rio, Brazil
On top of Las Vegas on the Insanity ride
Athens from on top of Lykabettus Hill
On top of Shanghai, China
On top of Mykonos, Greece
On top of Cairo, Egypt
On top of Vancouver, Canada
At the Sun Gate at Machu Picchu, Peru
On top of the Great Wall of China
On top of Mt Norquay, Canada
Watching the Crows from on top of the MCG in Melbourne, Australia
On top of Egremni Beach on Lefkada, Greece
On top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France
High on top of Peru in the Andes
On top of the hill behind the Nuweibaa beach camp on the Red Sea, Egypt
The Don’t Forget Travel Group is taking part in the Weekly Photo Challenge with the added edge of each challenge is to have a “travel twist”.
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge
The Dont Forget Travel Group is taking part in the Weekly Photo Challenge, but we’re adding an extra twist as we’re going to try and adapt the weekly theme into being “travel related” somehow! This week’s theme is: MERGE.
For an explanation of why I believe these pictures fit the theme Merge, just click on the pictures below.
Merging Heaven and Earth
Merging Life and Art
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