The World is a giant community and like any community the financial health of one part of the community can be stronger or weaker depending on the communities circumstances. In 2014 France was a horribly expensive trip the Euro was strong and the Dollar weak  that dynamic has changed and now travel to France and all of Europe is much cheaper. Food is less expensive, hotels are less expensive and as a Geezer keeping track to the strength of the dollar is a powerful tool in finding the most bang for your buck.