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Sterling Work

Remember the days when a trip to the US meant doubling your money? It seems like a long time ago now but in some parts of the world it’s still possible to make your Sterling go a long way. If you are after great value, and let’s face it, who isn’t, then a recent Post Office currency report makes for interesting reading.

Here are some destinations where the pound still goes a long way:

Between June and August, sales of Vietnamese dong increased by 68 percent from the previous year, suggesting it is becoming ever more popular with Brits. This was the biggest upward shift of all currencies sold. While the value of the pound against the dong has not significantly changed over the last year, there are still some incredible deals to be had such as this twin-centre city and beach holiday for £655. Offers like this coupled with the introduction of direct flights from London with Vietnam Airlines could account for the surge in sales. Or have we just realised that the food is pretty tasty?!

Brazil and Mexico
With Brazil set to host the World Cup in 2014 prices are bound to increase over the next two years. However, with Sterling now buying 25% more Brazilian real than a year ago and Air France-KLM’s current flight sale to Rio, there is a compelling case for going now. Staying in Latin America, Mexico is another country whose currency sales are on the rise in the UK and with a plethora of tropical beach resorts lining its shores, it’s easy to see why. Easier still with deals like this 10-night luxury escape to the Mayan Riviera for £999.

Don’t fancy long-haul? No problem. A number of Eastern European destinations have seen buoyant sales over the summer. Top of the list is Hungary, where the pound goes 20% further than it did in 2011, meaning the country is better value than ever. Most visitors’ starting point is the capital city Budapest, and we’ve got some cracking deals to a place Rough Guides online describes as "one of the most rewarding cities in Europe to visit". Load up on your paprika by choosing from a 5-star 3-night stay for £139 or a trip to coincide with the Christmas markets for £189.

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Deal Expert, London
Tuesday, 18 September 2012
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