Make the most of your rupee!


If there's one golden rule that we Indians should follow while travelling, it's this:

Don't convert.

But like with all good advice, this is easier said than done. Conversion is in our DNA, and it's probably second nature in most of us, so ridding oneself of it completely will be no mean feat. We’ve all been on a foreign trip where at least one person has said ‘100 Rupees for a bottle of water! This is extortion’. But the ever fluctuating rupee is really no fault of the country we’re touring.

Converting your destination’s currency to the rupee when you're abroad can be stressful and end up putting a real dampener on your holiday spirits. It's best to relax and live in the moment. But till we reach that level of nonchalance, check out these places handpicked by Skyscanner, where the Indian currency feels less depressing! And you'll be rather happy converting.

1. Hungary

Think all of Europe is expensive? Well, then consider Hungary – the European destination that makes you love the fact that you earn in INR. With 1 Indian rupee equalling 4 Hungarian forint, you're unlikely to use your phone calculator for frenzied conversions while buying essentials and dining at restaurants. Capital Budapest has lots to offer and is a tourist hotspot.

Top places to visit (Budapest): Parliament, Fisherman’s Bastion, Castle Hill, State Opera House, Pinball Museum, Margaret Island, and Music Fountain.

Photo of Hungary by Nikhil Das

2. Cambodia

If architecture excites you, or even if you're just a regular travel buff, you're certainly aware of the marvel that is Angkor Wat. You would expect a country like Cambodia – which is so steeped in art, history and culture – rather expensive to visit. But, Cambodia is quite budget friendly, even for us rupee folks. With the currency being 1 INR to 61 Cambodian riel, your inner Uncle Scrooge is unlikely to manifest in this part of the world.

Top places to visit across Cambodia: Angkor Wat, Bayon Temple, Ta Prohm, Angkor Archaeological Park, Daughters of Cambodia Visitor Centre, and Sothy’s Pepper farm (Kep).

Photo of Cambodia by Nikhil Das

3. Vietnam

It is rare to encounter the words exotic and inexpensive in the same sentence. Vietnam however can certainly be described that way. Known for its beautiful beaches, stunning rivers, Buddhist pagodas – this country has everything to offer to those who love exploring the world and all its natural beauty. And with 1 Indian rupee equalling a whopping 333 Vietnamese dong, we’ll forgive you for acting like quite the Richie Rich.

Top places to visit across Vietnam: Hoi An Ancient Town, Old Quarter, Halong Bay, War Remnants Museum, Lake of the Restored Sword, and Lady Buddha.

Photo of Make the most of your rupee! by Nikhil Das

4. Sri Lanka

A stone’s throw away (okay, several stones away but you get the analogy), lies Sri Lanka – a tiny island that's a touristy treat. While the 25-year civil war, which ended in 2009, severely impacted tourism, the last few years have seen a surge in tourists and the year 2015 saw a record 1.8 million tourists. The country today is a safe destination to visit, and has lots to offer. With the currency being double to the rupee, it's easy on the pocket too.

Top places to visit across Sri Lanka: Citadel of Sigiriya, Pidurangala Rock, Little Adam’s peak, Royal Botanical Garden, Bentota Beach, and Mulkirigala Rock Monastery.

Photo of Sri Lanka by Nikhil Das

5. Costa Rica

Hiking, river rafting, kayaking, surfing, fishing, or just sipping authentic Costa Rican coffee at a café while enjoying its natural beauty – there's no limit to the list of things you can do in this beautiful country. And the exchange rate makes the experience even more worth it. With 1 Indian rupee fetching you 8 Costa Rica colon, it's sure to satisfy even the penny pinchers!

Top places to visit across Costa Rica: Proyecto Asis, Pura Aventura, La Fortuna Waterfall, Cahuita National Park, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, Butterfly Conservatory, El Toledo Coffee Tour, and Monteverde Butterfly Garden.

Photo of Costa Rica by Nikhil Das

6. Mongolia

One needs only two words to describe Mongolia, and those are 'Barren Beauty'. If you like sparsely populated countries that boast of a breathtaking landscape, then Mongolia needs to land on your bucketlist pronto. With an exchange rate of 1 INR to 30 Mongolian tugrik, exploring it doesn't cost the moon either.

Top places to visit across Mongolia: Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, Gandantegchenling Monastery, Hustai National Park, Yoi Valley, Mongolian State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet, and Gun-Galuut Nature Reserve.

Photo of Mongolia by Nikhil Das

7. Iceland

Save the best for the last, it's said. And arguably, Iceland is the most attractive destination on this list. After all, who doesn't want to witness the northern lights in all their magnificent glory? The exchange rate here is 1 INR to 1.82 Icelandic krona – so easy for conversion. Stay in an igloo for the ideal Iceland experience, and you'll come back home richer with memories, with the bank balance still quite healthy!

Top places to visit across Iceland: Gullfoss, Jokulsarlon Lagoon, Golden Circle Route, Black Sand Beach, Skogafoss, Thingvellir National Park, and Lake Myvatn.

Photo of Iceland by Nikhil Das

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