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Travel deals: 10 countries where your money will last the longest

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Travelex, the foreign-exchange giant, recently published a list of the destinations where £500 (currently, $674) would last the longest. No.10: Portugal, 17 days: For several years, Portugal has earned the reputation of Western Europe’s bargain spot. And it offers a great mix of scenery, a wide variety of accommodations, museums and historical sites, an outstanding cuisine, and top-notch wines. It’s also easily accessible by low-fare airlines. Shutterstock Fullscreen 9: South Africa, 18 days: Traveler attractions in this vast country range from famous wildlife to nightlife; from cosmopolitan Cape Town to deserted beaches; from desert to jungle. And you’ll find two of the world’s most famous luxury trains, the Blue Train and Rovos Rail’s Pride of Africa. Unfortunately, it’s a long, usually expensive flight away. AFP, AFP/Getty Images Fullscreen 8: Turkey, 22 days: Whether it’s multicultural Istanbul, the sandy beaches of the “Turkish Riviera,” the steaming mineral water pools of Pamukkale, or Roman ruins from 200 B.C., Turkey has something for you—at good prices. The upside is that these days, Turkish Airlines is offering some good deals; the downside is maybe enough local tension and unrest to make you think twice about visiting. Getty Images Fullscreen 7 and 6: Poland and Hungary, 22 days: Poland’s two primary visitor centers, Warsaw and Krakow (pictured), both offer a mix of historical architecture and “old town” centers that focus on more recent World War II and Cold War history. And, of course, there’s the kielbasa sausage. AP Fullscreen 7 and 6: Poland and Hungary, 22 days: Most visitors to Hungary concentrate on historic Budapest, with its unique culture, history, scenery, and cuisine. Both are easily accessible from North America. Getty Images Fullscreen 5 and 4: Czech Republic and Bulgaria, 23 days: Completing the domination of Eastern Europe in the mid-price range, the Czech Republic and Bulgaria provide much of the same mix of history, scenery, nightlife, culture, and cuisine that you get in Poland and Hungary. Prague (picture), of course, has topped many recent lists of Europe’s “hot” destinations for budget travelers. Sofia is starting to earn a similar reputation. Both are easily accessible. AP via Czech Tourism Fullscreen 5 and 4: Czech Republic and Bulgaria, 23 days: Completing the domination of Eastern Europe in the mid-price range, the Czech Republic and Bulgaria provide much of the same mix of history, scenery, nightlife, culture, and cuisine that you get in Poland and Hungary. Prague, of course, has topped many recent lists of Europe’s “hot” destinations for budget travelers. Sofia (pictured) is starting to earn a similar reputation. Both are easily accessible. Jayne Clark/USA TODAY Fullscreen 3: Jamaica, 25 days: You may be a bit surprised to see a Caribbean tourist center on this list, but here it is. Compared with other places on the list, Jamaica offers a much smaller smorgasbord of features and attractions, but you can’t beat the beaches and the nightlife. Again, it’s easily accessible from the U.S. Jamaica Tourist Board Fullscreen 2: Mexico, 26 days: Whether you want beaches or relics of rich pre-Columbian civilizations, Mexico has it. And Mexico hosts several hotbeds of permanent expat residents. Take in the arts in Mexico City or opt for an ocean resort retreat at popular Mazatlan. Mazatlan Tourism Board Fullscreen 1: Thailand, 44 days: Your money lasts almost twice as long in Thailand as it does in the runner-up locations. And, as with several other countries on this list, you have a choice of beaches, a big cosmopolitan city, or mountains, along with just about any cuisine you can mention. Although the Travelex figures don’t include accommodations, we know that even upscale hotel accommodations in Bangkok are much less expensive than comparable facilities would be in, say, Hong Kong or Singapore. Thailand is far, but, for many, well worth the effort. Tourism Authority of Thailand Fullscreen Like this topic? You may also like these photo galleries: Replay 1 of 10 2 of 10 3 of 10 4 of 10 5 of 10 6 of 10 7 of 10 8 of 10 9 of 10 10 of 10 Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last Slide Next Slide 7 and 6: Poland and Hungary, 22 days: Poland’s two primary visitor centers, Warsaw and Krakow (pictured), both offer a mix of historical architecture and “old town” centers that focus on more recent World War II and Cold War history. And, of course, there’s the kielbasa sausage. (Photo: AP)

CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL MORE The folks at Travelex, the foreign-exchange giant, recently published a list of the destinations where £500 (currently, $674) would last the longest. Although the list targeted British travelers, the figures should work out about the same for travelers from North America.

The Travelex figures are based strictly on daily out-of-pocket tourist expenses: three restaurant meals, four soft drinks, two beers, two coffees, and two trips using public transport. Although the calculations do not include hotel accommodations costs, in general, the countries with low per-day costs usually enjoy low accommodations prices, as well. Note that the survey only covered the 32 countries visited most by UK tourists, so it doesn't include many super-cheap destinations, particularly in Africa and South America.

So where does your money dry up the quickest? You won’t be surprised to learn where $700 will last only six days: Switzerland and Norway. Browse the slideshow above to see the top ten countries for budget travel.

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Stockholm: Insanely cheap trans-Atlantic fares and the lure of the northern lights make Stockholm a top pick for affordable winter destinations this year. WOW Air has fares to Stockholm starting at $150 each way from Boston via Reykjavik for November through February flights, with average round-trip fares from Los Angeles for just $335. This winter, the average nightly rate at a four-star hotel is just $120. Getty Images/iStockphoto Fullscreen Cambodia: Record-breaking low fares and bucket-list tourist attractions mean now is the time to head to Cambodia. Winter airfares to Phnom Penh on ANA are about $600 round-trip from both New York City and Los Angeles. And thanks to the conversion rate, four-star hotels will only cost you about $40 per night. Getty Images/iStockphoto Fullscreen Sun Valley, Idaho: If you’re looking to hit the slopes but want to avoid the crowds and high price tag of Colorado and Utah, head to Idaho’s ski resorts instead. Sun Valley‘s airport is only 14 miles from the main ski resort area; round-trip flights from Los Angeles start at $189, or $312 from New York City-area airports. Getty Images/iStockphoto Fullscreen Berlin: This year, one of the best places to go for the holidays is also affordable. Airfare to Germany is very affordable, especially to Berlin. You’ll find routes from Los Angeles for an average of $400 round-trip or $558 from New York during the winter months. Hotels are also less expensive, with four-star hotels averaging $100 per night. Getty Images/iStockphoto Fullscreen Hawaii: Hawaii fares will soon be cheaper than ever thanks to Southwest’s entrance into the market. And you can also find other deals on the islands, depending on where you go this winter. Trying to escape the cold of the Northeast? Consider Maui — with average airfare under $700 round-trip. West Coasters can find similarly good deals to Maui — think round-trip fares under $500 from Los Angeles. Getty Images/iStockphoto Fullscreen Gatlinburg, Tenn.: This national park area and its surrounding cities of Gatlinburg and Knoxville make for an unexpectedly festive and affordable winter destination. Expect round-trip winter airfares from New York City to Knoxville to hover under $200. Hotels are affordable as well. For instance, rates start just under $100 at the Hilton Garden Inn Gatlinburg, which has an ideal location at the entrance of the national park. Getty Images/iStockphoto Fullscreen Costa Rica: Inexpensive airfare and ultra-cheap accommodations make Costa Rica your perfect tropical winter destination. Average round-trip airfare to San Jose for the winter months from both Los Angeles and New York City is around $500, which is cheaper than many flights to the Caribbean during this time. Couple these lower airfares with inexpensive accommodations (the average three-star hotel in San Jose is $45 per night in winter) and you’ll have plenty of leftover cash for adventure activities. Getty Images/iStockphoto Fullscreen Chicago: If you’re headed to Chicago this winter, you’re in luck. Flights are cheap and there are plenty of activities to help you escape the cold. Median airfare from the U.S. and Canada for the winter months stays well under $300 round-trip, with prices averaging as low as $79 from New York City and $138 from Los Angeles. For accommodations, you should be able to snag a four-star hotel for under $150 all season long. Getty Images/iStockphoto Fullscreen Riviera Maya, Mexico: Riviera Maya has seen a dip in prices since last year thanks in part to the drop in the Mexican peso. And while CheapOair reports that the Cancun area is consistently one of its most popular international destinations, prices are still cheap — think average, round-trip fares like $484 from Boston and $368 from Las Vegas during the winter months. Save on accommodations by booking no-frills, three-star properties, which will cost you about $125 per night in areas like Tulum and Cancun. Getty Images/iStockphoto Fullscreen Detroit: While cold, Motor City is an affordable weekend getaway and offers family-friendly festivals that celebrate winter. Searches for a variety of winter dates on Airfarewatchdog show fares under $100 from cities like Baltimore, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Miami, New York and Philadelphia. Hotel prices at properties with convenient locations, like Doubletree Suites by Hilton Hotel Detroit Downtown – Fort Shelby are around $150 per night in the winter months. Getty Images/iStockphoto Fullscreen Like this topic? You may also like these photo galleries: Replay 1 of 10 2 of 10 3 of 10 4 of 10 5 of 10 6 of 10 7 of 10 8 of 10 9 of 10 10 of 10 Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last Slide Next Slide Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Top 20 countries where English travels well Fullscreen Post to Facebook Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed.

So you want to travel the world, but you're worried about your language skills? There's good news: Many countries around the world are quite accommodating to English speakers, and the annual English Proficiency Index by EF Education First ranks them. EF Education First Fullscreen No. 20: Czech Republic. EF Education First Fullscreen No. 19: Hungary. EF Education First Fullscreen No. 18: Portugal. EF Education First Fullscreen No. 17: Romania. EF Education First Fullscreen No 16: Serbia. EF Education First Fullscreen No. 15: Philippines. EF Education First Fullscreen No. 14: Switzerland. EF Education First Fullscreen No. 13: Malaysia. EF Education First Fullscreen No. 12: Belgium. EF Education First Fullscreen No. 11: Poland. EF Education First Fullscreen No. 10: Austria. EF Education First Fullscreen No. 9: Germany. EF Education First Fullscreen No. 8: South Africa. EF Education First Fullscreen No. 7: Luxembourg. EF Education First Fullscreen No. 6: Finland. EF Education First Fullscreen No. 5: Singapore. EF Education First Fullscreen No. 4: Norway. EF Education First Fullscreen No. 3: Denmark. EF Education First Fullscreen No. 2: Sweden. EF Education First Fullscreen No. 1: The Netherlands. EF Education First Fullscreen