Brits get more US dollars for their pounds this summer

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British tourists heading Stateside this year will get more bang for their buck. A fall in the value of the dollar means that UK tourists changing £500 into US dollars will receive £46 more to spend than last year.

Post Office Travel Money reveals that the pound is at a five-year high against the dollar.

In last month’s Post Office Travel Money Holiday Costs Barometer Orlando was one of the 10 cheapest destinations when it comes to buying meals, drinks and other tourist staples.

Elsewhere, the prospects also look promising this summer for UK holidaymakers because sterling is stronger than a year ago against all of Post Office Travel Money’s top 40 currencies.

Eight currencies are worth over 20 per cent more than in May 2013 including Turkey (Turkish lira +28 per cent), Jamaica (Jamaican dollar +24 per cent) and Thailand (Thai baht +20 per cent).

Sterling has risen by 3 per cent against the euro as well, which means that Eurozone visitors can expect to get over £14 extra cash on a £500 currency transaction.

Rising / falling – currencies and how much more £500 will buy you:

 

Currency % +/- 2014 v 2013 May 2014 May 2013 £500 buys +/-
Indonesian rupiah +30.1 17,869.8047 13,735.3780 +£115.68
South African rand +28.2 16.9929 13.2504 +£110.12
Turkish lira +27.6 3.3737 2.6439 +£108.16
Russian ruble +25.2 55.8943 44.6380 +£100.69
Jamaican dollar +23.7 173.5624 140.2658 +£95.92
Brazilian real +21.7 3.4386 2.8254 +£89.16
Australian dollar +20.9 1.7624 1.4582 +£86.30
Thai baht +20.1 51.6596 43.0266 +£83.56
Malaysian ringgit +19.8 5.1645 4.3100 +£82.73
Mexican peso +19.7 20.8361 17.4107 +£82.20
Canadian dollar +18.7 1.7735 1.4939 +£78.83
Dominican peso oro +16.7 67.8169 58.1246 +£71.46
Kenyan shilling +14.4 136.5922 119.4070 +£62.91
Norwegian krone +12.8 9.6362 8.5410 +£56.83
Japanese yen +12.6 163.7747 145.4774 +£55.86
Chinese yuan +11.8 9.8056 8.7711 +£52.75
Vietnamese dong +11.2 32,154.7664 28,908.6533 +£50.48
Egyptian pound +11.2 10.8412 9.7472 +£50.46
Barbados dollar +11.2 3.1269 2.8127 +£50.24
Singapore dollar +11.1 2.0013 1.8014 +£49.94
Trinidad/Tobago dollar +10.9 10.0977 9.1043 +£49.19
East Caribbean dollar +10.5 4.2109 3.8116 +£47.41
UAE dirham +10.5 5.9553 5.3906 +£47.41
Omani rial +10.4 0.6131 0.5551 +£47.30
Hong Kong dollar +10.3 12.3750 11.2178 +£46.76
Qatar riyal +10.3 5.8159 5.2741 +£46.58
Jordanian dinar +10.3 1.1234 1.0188 +£46.56
Czech koruna +10.2 31.1390 28.2668 +£46.12
US dollar +10.1 1.6420 1.4910 +£45.98
Swedish kronor +9.7 10.5297 9.5954 +£44.36
Hungarian forint +7.9 348.0724 322.7273 +£36.41
New Zealand dollar +7.3 1.8808 1.7531 +£33.95
Mauritius rupee +6.8 46.9705 43.9685 +£31.96
Polish zloty +5.0 4.8324 4.6005 +£23.99
Croatian kuna +3.5 8.6964 8.4000 +£17.04
Danish kroner +3.4 8.6451 8.3572 +£16.65
Bulgarian lev +3.4 2.2455 2.1714 +£16.50
Euro +3.0 1.1810 1.1470 +£14.39
Icelandic krona +2.8 171.2321 166.5955 +£13.54
Swiss franc +2.4 1.4362 1.4024 +£11.77

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Brits get more US dollars for their pounds this summer was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Oonagh Shiel
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