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Why It's a Bargain: These non-euro nations have been value central for Americans for a long time—and these days they're even more so.

Where to Stay: To see just how hot (and hip) Croatia has become, check out the sleek Arcotel Allegra in Zagreb, where rates start at $126 a night. For a classic old-world experience, stay at the Imperial Hotel in Prague, an Art Deco jewel that was recently refurbished; a nightly rate including value-added tax (VAT) starts at $191 (420/246-011-600; www.hotel-imperial.cz).

What to Buy: For all the money you're saving, treat yourself to a future heirloom: crystal is an excellent buy in this part of the world—especially in Prague, where you can buy cut-crystal vases or bowls for as little as $40.

Best Places to Stretch a Weak Dollar

Best Places to Stretch a Weak Dollar

Eastern Europe

Why It's a Bargain: These non-euro nations have been value central for Americans for a long time—and these days they're even more so.

Where to Stay: To see just how hot (and hip) Croatia has become, check out the sleek Arcotel Allegra in Zagreb, where rates start at $126 a night. For a classic old-world experience, stay at the Imperial Hotel in Prague, an Art Deco jewel that was recently refurbished; a nightly rate including value-added tax (VAT) starts at $191 (420/246-011-600; www.hotel-imperial.cz).

What to Buy: For all the money you're saving, treat yourself to a future heirloom: crystal is an excellent buy in this part of the world—especially in Prague, where you can buy cut-crystal vases or bowls for as little as $40.

Best Places to Stretch a Weak Dollar

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