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Gone are those very brief glory days when the Canadian dollar was at par with the U.S. dollar. (Sigh, that was sweet.)

While the ol’ CAD ain’t as strong as it used to be, it still provides some good bang for your buck in some parts of the world. There are a whole slew of economic factors at play, but the important thing is these are some spots where you can stretch your dollar a little further.

(Note: This is based on overall trends in the past two, five and/or ten years, and as we all know, currencies and their worth can “change” at any time. On a dime, in fact.)

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South Africa

$1 CAD = R 9.51 ZAR

100 rand would cost you:

$18.38 CAD – 10 years ago

$13.72 CAD – 5 years ago

$10.41 CAD – today

It’s still an epic journey to get to South Africa from Canada, but it’s more worth it now than it was five or 10 years ago. Put your savings to work on a tour of the country’s Garden Route, a scenic adventure along South Africa’s south coast, with a beautiful climate and all kinds of impressive flora and fauna.

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Russia

$1 CAD = руб 43.92 RUB

500 rubles would cost you:

$21.15 – 10 years ago

$16.91 – 5 years ago

$11.36 – today

The Canadian dollar’s relationship with the Russian ruble is leaning more and more in Canada’s favour these days. That translates to lots and lots of vodka.

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Japan

$1 CAD = ¥ 95.58 JPY

1,000 yen would cost you:

$12.80 – 2 years ago

$10.43 – today

Japan is a pretty steady ship, as far as its currency goes. Things are better for Canadians now than they were even two years ago, meaning this is a great time to check Japan off your bucket list. Still not one of the cheapest destinations, it’s better than it has been, which means you can finally learn everything you need to know about samurai history and culture with a visit to Kanazawa.

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Brazil

$1 CAD = R$2.44 BRL

40 real would cost you:

$23.57 – 5 years ago

$16.45 – today

The Canadian dollar is stretching further and further in Brazil, meaning there’s no good reason not to realize your dream of unleashing your Barry Manilow impression on the real Copacabana Beach or hiking up to Christ the Redeemer.

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Iran

$1 CAD = 22,577.99 IRR

100,000 rial would cost you:

$15.35 – 10 years ago

$10.58 – 5 years ago

$4.36 – today

Maybe it’s not at the top of your bucket list, but your dollar can stretch a long way in Iran, more than three times as far as it went a decade ago. Thanks to the recent nuclear deal struck between Iran, the U.S. and other countries, many are hoping that tourism in the country will soon pick up.

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Iceland

$1 CAD = kr 103.84 ISK

1500 krona would cost you:

$27.97 – 10 years ago

$12.00 – 5 years ago

$14.30 – today

While Iceland’s krona has been fairly stable in recent years, it’s a far cry from where it was before the country’s 2008 bank crisis. It’s still a great place to put a Scandinavian spin on your travels, without paying Scandinavian prices. Looking to go Full Iceland? Add some elf hunting to your trip (which is very, very serious business in Iceland).

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Tanzania

$1 CAD = 1,647.11 TZS

15,000 shillings would cost you:

$15.30 – 10 years ago

$8.80 – today

The Tanzanian shilling took a bit of a dive in the past decade, making it a great spot to go get your safari on for a decent price. After a week in the Serengeti spotting the Big 5, head all the way out to the island of Zanzibar to pay homage to Freddie Mercury’s homeland.

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Argentina

$1 CAD = $7.07 ARS

100 pesos would cost you:

$42.34 – 10 years ago

$26.16 – 5 years ago

$14.16 – today

Your Canadian dollar goes about twice as far in Argentina these days compared to five years ago. A trip to Buenos Aires may be in order, to get a decent deal on a massive Argentinian steak before heading even further south to get a peek at the wilds of Patagonia.

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Colombia

$1 CAD = $2,130.93 COP

30,000 pesos would cost you:

$16.22 – 5 years ago

$14.15 – today

Not only is the Colombian peso at a slightly better value today than it was a few years go, the country is leaps and bounds ahead of where it used to be in terms of tourism, meaning there’s tons to see and do, and it’s easy to get there and around. It’s the perfect place to get your fix — your coffee fix — with a trip into the coffee plantation paradise of the Zona Cafetera.

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Belarus

$1 CAD = рубель 11,728 BYR

150,000 rubles would cost you:

$51.09 – 5 years ago

$12.57 – today

The Belarusian ruble has taken a few hits in recent years. These days, a beer might cost you the equivalent of $2.00 CAD. Ten years ago, that would have been closer to $8.00. So drinking beer might be a good activity in Belarus, but tack on a self-guided tour of capital city Minsk before you get too deep into it.

So while it might seem like our tanking dollar is good for nothing, there are still a few places on the planet where we can visit without having to file for bankruptcy upon our return. Safe travels!