Although both Canada and Australia have been touted as inexpensive vacation spots, Canadian and Australian dollars have been inching toward parity with the U.S. dollar.

Experts predict that, barring major political changes, both currencies will remain strong at least through the middle of next year, says the Travel & Leisure Information Center.It says your best strategy for traveling in these countries is to get guaranteed prices in U.S. dollars for as many major expenses as possible.