From Germany to Australia and Brazil to Canada, the once-mighty greenback has been in a downward spiral for years.

Fortunately, there are still safe havens out there — countries where our currency and the host country’s currency move in lockstep.

In two cases, our dollars are the actual currency, so you don’t even have to visit an exchange booth. Here are five destinations where your costs should be stable no matter when you arrive.

Panama has been using the U.S. dollar as its own for more than 100 years. Prices are lower here than in neighboring Costa Rica, but many of the reasons for visiting are similar.

If you’re a birdwatcher, a wildlife buff, an adventure traveler, or someone who loves to sail and go island hopping, Panama will keep you occupied for weeks.

Ecuador also uses the dollar as its own currency. The land best known as the home of the Galapagos Islands has a lot more to offer, with the Andes Mountains, thick rainforest jungle, and some bargain-priced beach resorts.

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