Where to travel when the Australian Dollar is falling


The Aussie dollar has been in a nose dive this year, making previously affordable destinations such as America, now increasingly harder to reach. Back in 2011, the Australian dollar was worth US$1.11 and that made travelling to the States and a lot of other countries super cheap. But since then it’s been on a steady decline against the US dollar and many other currencies. Currently, it’s worth only around 70 cents, and falling. So I’ve put my America plans on hold.

But it’s not all bad news, and there are actually some countries where the Aussie dollar actually goes further!

New Caledonia

Our dollar has gained strength against the New Caledonian Franc, making this pricey but close tropical destination more affordable. I was actually there earlier in the year and you can read my guides on Noumea and The Islands.


The Aussie dollar has gained 31% against the Russian rouble, which is a huge increase, making this once pricey country a very affordable destination. Please note, Australians need to organise a visa before they leave!


It’s always been my dream to visit Brazil and experience the Rio Carnival, and with the Brazillian economy struggling, now is a good time to go!


Traditionally an expensive country, the Aussie dollar has risen 3% against the Norwegian Krone and has made it slightly more affordable to visit. And you know what? I’ve been there twice and it’s TOTALLY worth the money. Norway is one of the most beautiful countries in the world.


And last, but certainly not least, you can’t go past our own amazing country. I must admit I spent a lot of my 20s exploring the globe and tended to neglect this beautiful home. I’ve been visiting a lot of different regions around Australia over the past few years and you just can’t beat it – the weather, the beaches, the food and wine, the landscape. It’s all spectacular!

How to save…

If your heart is set on a country whose dollar is not in your favour, there are still other ways to make the trip more affordable. From comparing the cheapest flights using an online aggregator, staying in Airbnb accommodation and getting a discount on your travel insurance, check out my post on booking the cheapest travel. Plus once you’ve over there, you don’t want to be hemorrhaging money from extra fees, so make sure you know how to minimise bank fees when travelling.

Where are you headed to next? Has the Australian dollar effected your travel choices?


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  • Reply Nicole September 18, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    Ahhh, I just began writing a post like this earlier today when I was talking with friends about it over coffee!

    Interesting you mention Russia, quite an expensive country overall, and Norway! Wouldn’t have considered visiting them now for these reasons. I didn’t realise Brazil’s economy was struggling either (in fact, I thought the opposite was true!)

    New Caledonia is on my list. In fact, I’m planning a trip with family. Will have to come and get some tips from you!

    • Reply Swah September 25, 2015 at 4:13 pm

      While Russia and Norway are both pricey countries, the fact that our dollar has grown stronger against their respective currencies mean that it’s slightly more affordable now! Waahoo!

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