Currency: Costa Rican Colón
Current rate: 1 Colon = 13p
Costa Rica’s currency, the interestingly-named ‘Colon’ has fallen against the pound since last year, making it a wallet-friendly time to visit the Latin American country... if you needed an excuse. Here you can combine treks through cloud forests with David Attenborough-style wildlife spotting, and of course, there are some stunning beaches for you to relax on, too. Don’t miss the chance to spot sleeping sloths in the trees and tiny glass frogs, which are literally the size of your fingernail, on a rainforest trek. Costa Rica also happens to be officially ranked as one of the happiest countries in the world, so you’ll keep your endorphins up too.
Currency: Turkish Lira
Current rate: 1 Lira = 22p
Since last year, Turkey’s Lira has fallen significantly against the pound, so your money will go much further here. And, when it comes to resorts, you can take your pick from top-class beaches in Bodrum, authentic Turkish bazaars and ruins in the Izmir area, and glam marinas in Antalya, which is also known as the Turkish Riviera. There are plenty of bucket-list activities to tick off in Turkey too, from taking a dip in the hot springs at Pamukkale to sinking into the mud baths in Dalyan, and exploring ancient ruins like the Temple of Apollo. You can’t miss the chance to try a traditional Turkish hammam or spend your spare lira on bargains at the markets, either.
Currency: Vietnamese Dong
Current rate: 1 Dong = 34p
Vietnam has always been a budget-friendly holiday destination for us Brits, and luckily, the pound is a fraction better against the Dong than it was last year. From October, the South-East Asian country starts to emerge from its rainy season too, so it’s the perfect time to go. Pick the island of Phu Quoc as your base, and you can combine a secluded beach break with exploring local markets, national parks and having your fill of all the delicious Vietnamese cuisine. Or, take a Multi Centre trip and tick off both Phu Quoc and Vietnam’s mainland in one holiday. You’ll get the chance to take a boat trip through Halong Bay, experience the buzzing city of Ho Chi Minh, and grab some bargain handmade garments in Hoi An.
Currency: Bulgarian Lev
Current rate: 1 Lev = 47p
Bulgaria has long been a purse-friendly holiday option. It lines up everything you’d want from a holiday – stunning beaches to sunbathe on, gorgeous UNESCO-protected towns to potter around, and delicious cuisine to tuck into – all at a fraction of the price. If you’re after a bustling resort with a long stretch of sand, Sunny Beach is the place to pick. You can spend days topping up your tan and nights in the lively restaurants and bars. Or, if you’re after a culture fix, pick the quieter
Family-run hotel is set right on the beach, and has been welcoming guests for over 40 years.
The Vinpearl Resort & Spa Phu Quoc is perched on the edge of Bai Dai Beach, giving you excellent views of the Gulf of Thailand from almost every angle.
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