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10 of the cheapest places to travel on the Australian dollar in 2018

The destinations where Aussies can get the most bang for their buck.

Where 2016 was marred by flash crashes with the British pound falling near parity with the Euro and the Swiss Franc taking a tumble, 2017 remained relatively unscathed by any major economic changes.

Despite this, the Australian dollar still grew stronger against numerous countries.

Of these, the North Korean won took the greatest hit, falling by 650% against the Aussie dollar with the Uzbekistani som coming up second, weakening by 171%.

Travelling on a budget this year? We compared currencies worldwide to see where the dollar saw the greatest growth in the past year to determine the hottest destinations to visit where your dollars will go the furthest.

For the purposes of travel, we've excluded areas deemed unsafe for Australians, such as North Korea, Uzbekistan and Syria from our shortlist. You can see the full list of currency changes between 1 January 2017 and 1 January 2018 as sourced from xe.com further down.


10 of the cheapest currencies for Australians in 2018

1. Argentine peso: 26.31% more per dollar

2. Ghanaian cedi: 14.92% more per dollar

3. Seychellois rupee: 13.91% more per dollar

4. Sri Lankan rupee: 11.98% more per dollar

5. Maldivian rufiyaa: 10.67% more per dollar

6. Lao kip: 10.57% more per dollar

7. Brazilian real: 10.47% more per dollar

8. Cambodian riel: 9.92% more per dollar

9. Philippine peso: 9.56% more per dollar

10. Hong Kong dollar: 9.42% more per dollar


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1. Argentina

For the third year running, we're seeing the Argentine peso falling, cementing it as one of the prime destinations to visit for next to nix.

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2. Ghana

With its picturesque coastal landscape, rich wildlife and colonial architecture, Ghana is a safari for the senses.

It's considered one of the most stable countries in West Africa due to its wealth and colonial independence.

  • How much am I saving? For every AUD$100, you're getting an extra 45.64 cedi, which equates to one extra coffee when you're in town.
  • What are flight prices like? Being a less frequented route, flights to Accra, Ghana, are priced at $1,800+ return flying luxury airlines such as Ethiopian Airlines, Qantas and Singapore Airlines.
  • How much do I need? Check out our guide to travel money in South Africa for top money options and to see how much you'll need to bring with you on your trip.

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3. Seychelles

Paradise unparalleled is just one way to describe the arresting island destination of Seychelles. Comprised of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, it's a place for relaxation and romance and its currency has taken a dip this year making it that much more affordable.

  • How much am I saving? For every AUD$100, you're getting an extra 133.84 Seychellois rupees. That's enough to buy you two tickets to a movie or a meal at a fast food restaurant.
  • What are flight prices like? Seychelles flights can start from $1,067 when departing from Perth. However, these cheap flights do come with multiple connections and a longer journey time. For the price though, it could be worth it.

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4. Sri Lanka

Home to acclaimed beaches, ancient Buddhist ruins and untouched forest, with the Sri Lankan rupee currently weaker against the Aussie dollar, now's as good a time as any to explore this exotic location.

  • How much am I saving? For every AUD$100, you're getting an extra 1,282 rupees. That's enough for a swanky meal in a hotel restaurant.

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5. The Maldives

It's getting cheaper and cheaper to experience life on the other side with the Maldivian rufiyaa now cheaper against the Australian dollar.

  • How much am I saving? For every AUD$100, you're getting an extra MVR116.26 which is enough to cover lunch or three local ferry rides.
  • What are flight prices like? Thanks to budget airlines like AirAsia, when on sale, flights to the Maldives can cost little over $400 return. Who says luxurious islands have to cost the world?

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6. Laos

Take a step back to discover the local history, cuisine and beauty of this breathtaking Asian country. Now more budget friendly than last year.

  • What are flight prices like? Flights to Laos can start from $750 return on budget airlines.

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7. Brazil

Colourful costumes, lauded beaches and panoramic views are yours for less this year when you put your dollars against the Brazilian real.

  • What are flight prices like? When on sale, flights to Brazil can drop to under $1,000 return on airlines such as Qantas. Keep your eyes peeled for the bargains to win big this year.
  • How much money do I need? Work out the full cost of your trip, including where to score the best travel money cards, here.

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8. Cambodia

Tick Angkor Wat off your bucket list this year thanks to cheap currency exchange rates and bargain airfares.

  • What are flight prices like? When there's a budget airline sale round, you can find flights to Cambodia from $307 return from Australia.
  • How much money do I need? Use our Cambodia travel money guide to work out the cost of your trip and order your money.

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9. The Philippines

The search for the world's best beaches is over with the Philippines within easy reach while staying easy on the pocket.

  • How much am I saving? For every AUD$100 you're getting an extra PHP314. Depending on how good your haggling skills are, this could score you a unique souvenir or a guided tour of San Sebastian Basilica with a touch to spare to give as a tip.

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10. Hong Kong

Shop, eat, explore repeat. What else would you do in Hong Kong, amirite? Especially now that you've got that much more to spend on fashion and food!

  • What are flight prices like? You can generally get return flights to Hong Kong for $500-700 when on sale, on a full service carrier or less flying budget.
  • How much money do I need? Work out the cost of your trip and get your money sorted before you leave with the help of our Hong Kong travel money guide.

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Currency exchange rate increases between 2017 and 2018

Currency Units per AUD (2017) Units per AUD (2018) Percentage more per dollar
North Korean Won 93.75929798 703.7932554 650.6383587
Uzbekistani Som 2337.698 6350.889078 171.6727771
Syrian Pound 153.66132 402.7517848 162.1035565
Sierra Leonean Leone 3936.986 5997.182377 52.32927873
Liberian Dollar 65.5564 98.18536178 49.77235142
Congolese Franc 837.242752 1244.918639 48.69267443
Ethiopian Birr 16.35308 21.3826245 30.7559463
Nigerian Naira 219.1456888 281.5211797 28.46302441
Argentine Peso 11.42050097 14.53959862 27.31139072
Gambian Dalasi 30.3648611 37.26946828 22.73880706
Tajikistani Somoni 5.674158556 6.902183292 21.64241137
Iranian Rial 23323.6704 28211.15094 20.95502318
Sudanese Pound 4.667831668 5.482306063 17.44866681
Turkish Lira 2.5401304 2.962089177 16.61169745
Tunisian Dinar 1.662250952 1.920222634 15.51941857
Pakistani Rupee 75.1377222 86.35837204 14.93344423
Ghanaian Cedi 3.080142209 3.53965417 14.91853073
Bangladeshi Taka 56.84676664 65.02582722 14.38790816
Rwandan Franc 584.7126776 667.0384578 14.07969818
Nicaraguan Cordoba 21.12234351 24.07451983 13.97655673
Burundian Franc 1206.706055 1374.576627 13.91147178
Seychellois Rupee 9.622383053 10.96075792 13.9089751
Dominican Peso 33.26086668 37.81801393 13.70122821
Algerian Dinar 79.3153189 89.81904691 13.24300042
Afghan Afghani 48.0506778 54.33746069 13.08365079
Costa Rican Colon 394.1812557 445.4206315 12.9989377
Ukrainian Hryvnia 19.44359583 21.96920043 12.98939055
Tanzanian Shilling 1566.1496 1755.449087 12.08693516
Sri Lankan Rupee 106.936176 119.7656622 11.99733029
Maldivian Rufiyaa 10.89965208 12.06223839 10.6662699
Lao Kip 5884.082979 6505.805989 10.56618358
Brazilian Real 2.34468588 2.590083365 10.46611348
Honduran Lempira 16.69887222 18.44520068 10.45776289
Guyanese Dollar 146.6878445 161.9682486 10.41695322
Surinamese Dollar 5.294939931 5.830409014 10.11284528
Malawian Kwacha 515.633511 567.6944105 10.09649263
Papua New Guinean Kina 2.28827856 2.515849123 9.945055072
Cambodian Riel 2874.68409 3159.948344 9.923325342
Trinidadian Dollar 4.818971763 5.289698301 9.768194555
Dutch Guilder 1.275107986 1.39947205 9.753218186
Kenyan Shilling 73.63928888 80.69925145 9.587222633
Philippine Peso 35.70302499 39.11689729 9.561857313
Iraqi Dinar 850.7924 931.0740919 9.436108254
Zambian Kwacha 7.131959725 7.804760677 9.433605604
Macau Pataca 5.753969155 6.296028463 9.420615472
Hong Kong Dollar 5.58637782 6.112648993 9.420615472
Ugandan Shilling 2594.8808 2838.239949 9.378432683
Bolivian Bolíviano 4.941944096 5.404529476 9.360392803
Djiboutian Franc 127.9430444 139.7369877 9.218119953
Somali Shilling 414.7380541 452.7473388 9.164648452
Angolan Kwanza 118.9214678 129.7510604 9.106507636
Jordanian Dinar 0.5094668733 0.5544466007 8.82878353
Belizean Dollar 1.437177839 1.563642327 8.799501688
Indonesian Rupiah 9743.41 10596.47025 8.755253565
Yemeni Rial 180.0495667 195.7421387 8.715695497
Lebanese Pound 1084.5622 1178.883287 8.6966969
Venezuelan Bolívar 7.185845999 7.810346157 8.690697762
Mauritanian Ouguiya 255.0216 277.0726447 8.646736083
Turkmenistani Manat 2.5214 2.737891433 8.586159792
Emirati Dirham 2.645524992 2.87193955 8.558398007
Omani Rial 0.2769937978 0.3006836643 8.552489871
Aruban or Dutch Guilder 1.289516 1.399801714 8.552489011
Zimbabwean Dollar 260.71276 283.0101901 8.55248901
Salvadoran Colon 6.3035 6.842606145 8.552489009
Cuban Peso 19.0906 20.72332147 8.552489009
US Dollar 0.7204 0.7820121308 8.552489006
Barbadian or Bajan Dollar 1.4408 1.564024262 8.552489006
Cuban Convertible Peso 0.7204 0.7820121308 8.552489006
Bermudian Dollar 0.7204 0.7820121308 8.552489006
Panamanian Balboa 0.7204 0.7820121308 8.552489006
Bahamian Dollar 0.7204 0.7820121308 8.552489006
Seborgan Luigino 0.1200666667 0.1303353546 8.552488532
East Caribbean Dollar 1.945080034 2.111432494 8.552473783
Caymanian Dollar 0.5907334674 0.6412499804 8.551489934
Saudi Arabian Riyal 2.70189622 2.932545491 8.536570313
Qatari Riyal 2.622832319 2.846524156 8.528636587
Burmese Kyat 981.1848 1064.185737 8.459256345
Armenian Dram 348.630376 377.88104 8.39016505
Bahraini Dinar 0.2713026381 0.2940365612 8.379543693
Belarusian Ruble 1.426392014 1.545412683 8.344176654
Kyrgyzstani Som 49.85528332 53.92444355 8.161943857
Kazakhstani Tenge 240.2894112 259.6515178 8.057827646
Vietnamese Dong 16402.7876 17712.49875 7.984686374
Colombian Peso 2162.6408 2333.740359 7.911603215
Solomon Islander Dollar 5.63252883 6.073190567 7.823514984
Kuwaiti Dinar 0.2198660876 0.2363566155 7.500259854
Uruguayan Peso 21.09331249 22.47870974 6.567945404
Eritrean Nakfa 11.00771181 11.73018196 6.563309136
Egyptian Pound 13.062653 13.89014561 6.334797453
Mongolian Tughrik 1787.3124 1899.799507 6.293645551
Ni-Vanuatu Vatu 80.4686778 85.46536643 6.209482699
Georgian Lari 1.9195058 2.0324308 5.883024672
New Zealand Dollar 1.039988451 1.100719494 5.839588194
Guatemalan Quetzal 5.429294583 5.743401145 5.785402805
Malagasy Ariary 2406.136 2533.480654 5.29249609
Jamaican Dollar 92.37688892 97.18040998 5.199916468
Fijian Dollar 1.52404222 1.602509397 5.148622287
Platinum Ounce 0.0007982492 0.0008382835 5.015263404
Peruvian Sol 2.41658184 2.531830123 4.769061863
Japanese Yen 84.2324098 88.14662488 4.646922828
Guinean Franc 6748.7072 7060.929113 4.626395892
Haitian Gourde 47.87778334 50.08122862 4.602229096
Paraguayan Guarani 4197.0504 4370.176621 4.124949767
Tongan Pa'anga 1.664894815 1.730461375 3.938180323
Swiss Franc 0.73459188 0.7617093914 3.691507099
Samoan Tala 1.902297393 1.97147808 3.636691464
Norwegian Krone 6.22778596 6.408099068 2.895300344
Mexican Peso 14.93634136 15.35047277 2.772642923
Libyan Dinar 1.035863122 1.063578777 2.675609751
IMF Special Drawing Rights 0.5358796254 0.5487670602 2.404912258
Azerbaijan Manat 1.29794468 1.32903108 2.395048139
Nepalese Rupee 78.4155389 80.16380749 2.229492543
Russian Ruble 44.13624252 45.11624073 2.220393395
Indian Rupee 48.95463792 49.86862052 1.866999008
Bhutanese Ngultrum 48.95463792 49.86862052 1.866999008
Silver Ounce 0.0452512563 0.046080845 1.833294295
Chinese Yuan Renminbi 5.00296188 5.086163079 1.663038842
Mauritian Rupee 25.8263389 26.21738547 1.514138597
Canadian Dollar 0.96810954 0.9810532657 1.337010448
Singapore Dollar 1.04263492 1.045051388 0.2317654966
Bruneian Dollar 1.04263492 1.045051388 0.2317654966
Moroccan Dirham 7.288286531 7.301233915 0.1776464817
Australian Dollar 1 1 0
Tuvaluan Dollar 1 1 0
Botswana Pula 7.692071 7.678252111 -0.1796510875
Chilean Peso 482.01964 480.5850799 -0.297614442
Icelandic Krona 81.376384 80.89860084 -0.5871275389
Taiwan New Dollar 23.3593302 23.17579781 -0.785692011
British Pound 0.5838398574 0.5785966357 -0.8980581976
Gibraltar Pound 0.5838398574 0.5785966357 -0.8980581976
Falkland Island Pound 0.5838398574 0.5785966357 -0.8980581976
Saint Helenian Pound 0.5838398574 0.5785966357 -0.8980581976
Jersey Pound 0.5838398574 0.5785966357 -0.8980581976
Isle of Man Pound 0.5838398574 0.5785966357 -0.8980581976
Guernsey Pound 0.5838398574 0.5785966357 -0.8980581976
Thai Baht 25.81193332 25.44184004 -1.433806896
Malaysian Ringgit 3.230633751 3.17404112 -1.75175012
Israeli Shekel 2.774815108 2.718582481 -2.026535993
Romanian Leu 3.10766152 3.04213533 -2.108536917
South African Rand 9.890702984 9.681298511 -2.117184928
Namibian Dollar 9.890702984 9.681298511 -2.117184928
Basotho Loti 9.890702984 9.681298511 -2.117184928
Swazi Lilangeni 9.890702984 9.681298511 -2.117184928
Swedish Krona 6.560931338 6.398784817 -2.471394882
South Korean Won 869.710104 833.7676215 -4.132696899
Gold Ounce 0.0006251519 0.0005986876 -4.233259149
Macedonian Denar 41.90566668 40.09728475 -4.315363707
Sao Tomean Dobra 16788.5618 16027.74769 -4.531740817
Hungarian Forint 211.934476 202.2143475 -4.586383825
Danish Krone 5.09077864 4.847411893 -4.780540751
Bulgarian Lev 1.338020532 1.273456379 -4.82534848
Bosnian Convertible Marka 1.339362234 1.273456379 -4.920689359
CFA Franc 449.202657 427.0987896 -4.920689363
Central African CFA Franc BEAC 449.202657 427.0987896 -4.920689363
Comorian Franc 336.9019927 320.3240922 -4.920689363
CFP Franc 81.71897804 77.69784098 -4.920689363
Euro 0.684805036 0.6511079074 -4.920689368
Cape Verdean Escudo 75.55555002 71.79766895 -4.973666484
Croatian Kuna 5.133714623 4.839316788 -5.734596813
Moldovan Leu 14.30354167 13.37091528 -6.520247976
Albanian Lek 92.75466085 86.68122087 -6.547854221
Serbian Dinar 84.257984 77.09906368 -8.496429633
Polish Zloty 3.01707122 2.71896156 -9.880763103
Czech Koruna 18.50430246 16.65865608 -9.974147264
Mozambican Metical 51.31409442 45.85716501 -10.63436756
Palladium Ounce 0.0010572894 0.0007312518 -30.8371199

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Stephanie is the travel editor at finder.com.au. On top of being an avid traveller, she's an all-round bargain hunter. If there's a deal on hotels or a sale on flights, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too. Though probably not before she buys her own ticket.

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