If you’re planning a trip overseas, consider this: some countries will cost you a ton more than others. The U.S. dollar rose against many international currencies in 2017 and through the beginning of 2018, which means it’s a good time to be choosy, says Todd Knoop, a professor of economics at Iowa’s Cornell College and author of the book The Traveling Economist: Using Economics to Think about What Makes Us All So Different and the Same. “There are a few places that are good bargains right now,” he says.
Knoop has traveled to every continent except Antarctica, and he often visits places where he knows he can get a sweet deal. We asked Knoop which countries would be his best bet in 2019 to take advantage of a strong U.S. dollar.