There’s an old travel joke.

An inexperienced Asian traveler exchanges money at the same London bank each day of his trip.  He notices that he gives the teller the same amount of money each day. But each time he receives a different amount back in British Pounds. He angrily questions the British bank teller who says, “It’s fluctuations!” The Asian traveler says, “Well, fluck you British too.”

Right now, those “lost in translation fluctuations” are working for Americans who want to travel to Asia.

In this column, we tell and show you the places you should consider visiting.  And Asia offers many choices to pick from.

Weaker Asian Currencies

The big reason is currency fluctuations.  Many of the Asian currencies are experiencing a period of weakness – which means lower costs for international travelers.  As a result, your travel budget stretches further, allowing for more luxurious accommodation, indulgent dining experiences, and perhaps extra souvenirs to bring back home.

As we always tell you here at Undercover Jetsetter, do research and planning before you book.

  • Check the country’s current exchange rates – on a regular basis — using financial tools or apps to get the best deals.  Be aware, some countries, more heavily impacted by fluctuations in currency, might also see variations in pricing for tourism-related services.  Hey, they know you might be coming for a deal and they know it is a good opportunity for them.
  • Check the weather for the country and the time you’re traveling.  For instance, Thailand, Vietnam, and Malaysia are best in the dry season from November to April.  Japan and South Korea are best in Spring and Fall.
  • Check the latest travel advisories, visa requirements, and health recommendations for each country you will visit. These websites are great resources: and  The CDC’s Travelers’ Health Branch offers updated travel information, notices, and vaccine requirements.
  • Watch and read credible news items about the politics of Asia.  Remember, there are some divides among Asian nations who fear the economic and military growth of China.
  • When you have made up your mind to journey forth, then explore the places you didn’t think you could hit because it might have seemed too expensive previously.  In other words, be on the lookout for that lifetime memorable trip.

So, where are the deals?

How about Japan?

With its intricate blend of ancient traditions and cutting-edge modernity, Japan has long been on the bucket lists of travelers worldwide. From the serene beauty of cherry blossoms in Kyoto to the bustling streets of Tokyo, and not to mention the delectable food varieties and options, Japan offers an unparalleled travel experience. However, the cost of exploring this stunning country has often been a deterrent for many. This year, that changes. Thanks to the current low value of the Japanese yen, there’s never been a better time to plan your Japanese adventure. Did we mention they have sushi too?

Try Indonesia.

With thousands of islands, Indonesia offers a diverse array of experiences from beaches in Bali, ancient temples in Java, to wildlife in Sumatra. The Indonesian Rupiah often offers favorable exchange rates.

We love Vietnam.

Known for its bustling cities, verdant landscapes, and rich history, Vietnam has become increasingly popular among tourists. And even more unique food experiences to explore! The Vietnamese Dong’s exchange rate can make for an economical visit.

We were in Danang not too long ago.  Take a look.


And then we hit the city of Nha Trang with its incredible history.

A big favorite is India.

Offering an array of cultural, historical, and natural wonders, India can be a very cost-effective destination, thanks to the Indian Rupee’s value against many Western currencies.  India offers a vast array of experiences.  Its deep cultural heritage leads to some incredible historical landmarks.  Indian cuisine is so vibrant using it variety of rich spices.  Plus, the street food is an excursion in itself. India has so many natural wonders that provide spiritual experiences with so many temples and retreats.  Plus, India’s economy is booming and could surpass China as the world’s second biggest economy.


A Seoul Sojourn

How about a trip to South Korea? We highly recommend Seoul.  It is a bustling, fun city.  You love shopping?  You won’t get tired here.  There are so many accommodations, restaurants that have worldwide cuisines in addition to the Korean favorites, and tons of historical attractions.  Plus, getting around Seoul is easy with public transportation and lots of cabbies.  But what we found — in this segment we produced — was right in the middle of downtown Seoul you can practice your — wait for it — golf game.  Huh?  Watch.


The Philippines is another favorite.

With over 7,000 islands, the Philippines boast incredible beaches, marine life, and landscapes. The Philippine Peso allows for an affordable travel experience. And the people are incredibly sweet and welcoming. We hit the Philippines economic boom town of Cebu that is also a travelers oasis.  Watch here.

Try Thailand.

While certain areas, like Bangkok and Phuket, can be more expensive, Thailand generally offers great value for money, especially in northern areas like Chiang Mai. The Thai Baht’s value can stretch your budget further.

Malaysia is a must.

Offering a mix of modern amenities and natural beauty, Malaysia is another destination where your money can go further. The Malaysian Ringgit provides advantageous exchange rates for many travelers.

We have an entire blog on how to hit all of Malaysia for culture, relaxation, food and drink, and medical tourism. It’s a diverse and spectacular place, filled with many opportunities to experience different cuisines. Here’s a video intro to everything Malaysia.


Come to Cambodia.

Known for the Angkor Wat complex, Cambodia is not only rich in history and culture but also is one of the most affordable destinations. The Cambodian Riel (USD is also widely used) contributes to an affordable travel experience.

Rise to Nepal.

For those interested in trekking and mountaineering, or simply exploring rich cultural traditions, Nepal offers cost-effective options. The Nepalese Rupee helps make travel expenses more manageable.

Once you’ve made your plans, let us know.

John Daly and Susan Anzalone are the creators and hosts of Undercover Jetsetter, a streaming TV show on Wingding TV that covers travel, food, wine, mixology, and golf – all shot off the iPhone.  Susan’s expertise in food and wine started when she traveled the world with her parents who worked at Pan Am Airlines.  John’s education and news career, plus TV Hosting background have taken him around the world.  Together, they give you the full experience of how to travel and enjoy it all. Make sure to check out the Wingding Food and Travel Channels for all of their segments.