International travel has never been more affordable. Whether you want to opt for backpacker-friendly prices or go 5-star all the way, finding flights and accommodation to suit your budget is easy. However, some countries offer considerably more bang for the Australian buck.
If you’re trying to take advantage of a strong Aussie dollar, here are five countries to visit to make the most of your AUD:
1. Hong Kong
Hong Kong is a perennially popular destination for Aussies – 58% of Australians are repeat visitors to this exciting East Asian location. Whether you’re thinking of visiting for the first or tenth time, it’s worth checking how the Aussie dollar stacks up against the Hong Kong dollar before booking your trip. If you’re not sure what counts as a strong Australian dollar in the context of Hong Kong’s currency, anything above an exchange rate of 6.3 is pretty good.
Look out for deals on airfares, accommodation and cruises to ensure you’re left with more Hong Kong dollars for shopping, entertainment and dim sum!
Check the current HKD to AUD exchange rate.
With weekly flights to Los Angeles across a whole fleet of premium airlines, increased competition means cheaper airfares for Aussies travelling to the USA. A better exchange rate will give you more opportunities for sightseeing, so why not sign up for currency alerts to ensure you don’t miss out on any unexpected surges in the Aussie dollar? If you can squeeze at least 80 Australian cents out of a US dollar, consider it a win.
See how the Aussie dollar currently stacks up against USD.
An emerging destination that’s gaining popularity among Aussies, Vietnam has much to offer. With delectable cuisine, river cruising itineraries, lush countryside and buzzing cities, it’s the perfect place to experience Southeast Asia.
Not sure when to book flights to Vietnam? While it’s always a fairly cheap destination, you’ll be able to get better value for money in Vietnam when one Australian dollar is worth over 18,000 Vietnamese dong. Not to mention the bragging rights that you scored a Vietnam holiday for less!
Take a look at the most up-to-date AUD to VND exchange rate.
With proximity and price a big plus, Bali has long been the go-to for Aussie travellers in search of sun, surf and Bintang. Low-cost carriers offer competitive airfares and multiple weekly flights to Bali and Jakarta, and affordable accommodation options range from hotels to resorts and villas to share with friends or family so there’s plenty of options to holiday here all year round. Compared to the start of the year, the Aussie dollar is currently buying 8.88 per cent more Indonesian rupiah so your Bali dreams are now that much closer.
With proximity and price a big plus, Bali has long been a go-to destination for Aussie travellers in search of sun, surf and Bintang. Low-cost carriers offer competitive airfares and multiple weekly flights to Bali and Jakarta, and affordable accommodation options range from resorts to budget backpackers.
When one Aussie dollar can get you at least 10,700 Indonesian rupiah, strike while the iron’s hot.
Avoid missing out on a good Indonesian exchange rate by watching it closely.
Chinese travellers are one of Australia’s top international visitors, so why not return the favour? You can experience some historic sites like the Great Wall, the Forbidden City and the Terracotta Army, or be thrilled by the modern skylines of Beijing and Shanghai. Keep an eye out for an exchange rate of at least 5.3 to get the most out of your spending money.
Wise up on the AUD to CNY exchange rate.
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