Outbound travel from India never looked so interesting with the local currency doing well. It has an impact on flight tickets, hotel prices, local transportation and meals. Basically, it has made travelling to many foreign countries more affordable to Indians in last 12 months.
We donned our analytical hat and did some number crunching to come up with the list of exciting places for Indians and the impact of appreciating INR on your travel budget. Read on, to believe how far rupee will take you now.
1.) SOUTH AFRICA ( Local currency ZAR)
Impact :- From the peak of 5.8 INR/ ZAR in last 12 months, it is currently at 5.18, which means discount of 10.7%.
Travel For :- South Africa is a large, diverse and incredibly beautiful country. It varies from the picturesque Garden Route towns of the Western Cape to the raw subtropical coast of northern KwaZulu-Natal, with the vast Karoo semi-desert across its heart and one of Africa’s premier safari destinations, Kruger National Park, in the northeast. To top it all off, South Africa also has the continent’s best food, best wine, and best service. It is fast displacing many countries and regions as a preferable destination for honeymoon, wildlife enthusiasts, history buffs, culture vultures, foodies, beach bums, outdoor suckers, adrenaline junkies and the list goes on and on.
2.) CROATIA ( Local currency HRK)
Impact :- From the peak of 11.08 INR/ HRK in last 12 months, it is currently at 8.87, which means discount of 19.9%.
Travel For :- Croatia is an upcoming destination and no longer a low-key alternative to Spain, Greece or Italy. It caters to beach bums, outdoor suckers, history buffs, adrenaline junkies, foodies, and culture vultures alike.Quite literally, there’s something for everyone! If you like touring vineyards, dining in artsy cafes, swimming in clear water, trekking in national parks, exploring medieval towns, watching beautiful people, dwelling on history behind city walls, climbing up on forts, sailing in the Adriatic sea, then this is the place for you.
3.) TURKEY ( Local currency TRY)
Impact :- From the peak of 28.86 INR/ TRY in last 12 months, it is currently at 24.18, which means discount of 16.2%.
Travel For :- Turkey is a historical land and literally a bridge between East and West. Travel to Turkey for its food, scenery from beaches to mountains and the great city of Istanbul. It appeals to you like no other city. It is a melting pot of culture, has an extremely rich history and literally lies between two continents. In Turkey, mosques coexist with churches, temples with roman theatres, Classical music concerts with football matches and dervish ceremonies with gypsy festivals. Cruise on Turkish riviera is an experience in itself.
4.) NEW ZEALAND ( Local currency NZD)
Impact :- From the peak of 53.05 INR/ NZD in last 12 months, it is currently at 47.18, which means discount of 11.1%.
Travel For :- Dubbed as the “Adventure capital of the world”, a “place fit for the Queen”, and “heaven for thrill seekers” seem to be synonymous with the beautiful town of Queenstown, New Zealand. Queenstown is surrounded by the majestic mountain ranges and is nestled on the shore of beautiful Lake Wakatipu. This lakeside settlement packs a punch in the form of world-class wines, excellent accommodations, art galleries, lively cafes and the most extensive bouquet of exhilarating adventure activities. Just imagine this is just one city. Newzealand is great for outdoor suckers and adrenaline junkies.
5.) EUROPE ( Local currency EURO)
Impact :- From the peak of 84.47 INR/ EUR in last 12 months, it is currently at 65.7, which means discount of 22.2%.
Travel For :- Euro can take you to Italy, Spain, Greece and other countries which are part of European Union. It gives you lot of options to plan your trip to any famed destination in Europe. Go for island hopping to Greece or a road trip to Spain or a cultural and food trail to Italy. Travel to Iceland for one of the most dramatic natural spectacles on the planet or to Germany for city escape or Christmas markets. Options are plenty.
6.) SWITZERLAND ( Local currency SWF)
Impact :- From the peak of 72.07 INR/ SWF in last 12 months, it is currently at 63.9, which means discount of 11.3%.
Travel For :- Nestled between Germany, Austria, France and Italy, Switzerland has the best of all worlds. Add to it a heavy dose of chocolate, cowbells, serious shopping, major music festivals, fabulous art collections, palace hotels, state-of-the-art spas, and some of the finest gastronomy in the world. Switzerland is all about epic journeys and sublime experiences. You can take cheesemaking classes or stroll around the villages or ride a cogwheel train, take a ski or snowboarding lessons or just relax in one of the natural thermal spas. No matter how many times you have been to Switzerland, it never disappoints you.
7.) AUSTRALIA ( Local currency AUD)
Impact :- From the peak of 72.07 INR/ AND in last 12 months, it is currently at 63.9, which means discount of 11.3%.
Travel For :- Australia is stunning, naturally beautiful and a land of fascinating native creatures such as kangaroos, koalas and wombats. It has the idlest cities in the world read Melbourne, Sydney, extraordinary gourmet/wine scene and a great party/barbecue culture on the beach. You will experience a new laid back attitude to life. People travel to Australia for The Great Barrier Reef (largest coral reef system in the world), drive on The Great Ocean Road ( coastal drive), white sandy beaches, Australian outback and lot of adventure activities.
8.) RUSSIA (Local currency RBL)
Impact :- From the peak of 1.78 INR/ RBL in last 12 months, it is currently at 1.05, which means discount of 41%.
Travel For :- Russia is world’s largest country and will appeal to history buff and outdoor sucker alike. Russia is a land of snow and harsh winters, epic train rides and vodka fuelled nightlife, blooming meadows and mighty rivers.Russia has the largest river in Europe, the Volga; the world’s largest lake, the Caspian Sea; the world’s deepest freshwater lake, the Baikal; and Europe’s highest peak, Elbrus. There are countless natural, historical and cultural attractions in Russia. It really is a ‘must see’ destination!
It is a hospitable country with amazingly artistic people.
9.) INDONESIA (Local currency IDR)
Impact :- From the peak of .005 INR/ IDR in last 12 months, it is currently at .0047, which means discount of 10.7%.
Travel For :- Number one reason has to be Bali. It is an exotic cocktail for the body, mind and spirit, with a heady combination of beach (perfect for surfing), verdant rain forests (perfect for wildlife), volcanic mountains (perfect for hiking), rice terraces (perfect for idyllic stroll) and vibrant nightlife (perfect for losing yourself). Indonesia is also home to vast array of indigenous and exotic animals ( read komodo dragons, orangutans). Travel to Indonesia for cool white sands/azure water, untouched land of Sumatra and vibrant capital city of Jakarta. One of the best places to experience Asian Hospitality.
10.) BRAZIL (Local currency BRL)
Impact :- From the peak of 27.54 INR/ BRL in last 12 months, it is currently at 19.34, which means discount of 30%.
Travel For :- Brazil is more then a beach destination. Favourites are Rio, the Iguaçu Falls, the Amazon river and rainforest of Pantanal. City-hoppers will love Brasilia for its futuristic architecture, São Paulo for some of South America’s finest food, Salvador da Bahia for Afro-Brazilian culture, and Olinda or Ouro Preto for colonial treasures.