A Good Run for Your Money

Illustration for TIME by Pep Montserrat

Expatriates and others remunerated in U.S. dollars have seen their disposable incomes take a real hammering over recent months, but when it comes to planning a holiday there is one small consolation: early-purchase packages that allow savvy vacationers to beat the ailing greenback.

From European villa-rental agencies to African safari operators to most American cruise lines, many summer 2008 prices were set in dollars up to six months ago. So even if the dollar continues its downward trend, costs are confirmed now for travel later.

"Our peak-season rates...

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