If you're traveling abroad, your dollar buys a lot more this year. But that favorable exchange rate doesn't always translate to a "sale" for those hoping to use it to their advantage on high-end souvenirs.
The U.S. dollar has gained against other currencies over the past year, most recently amid investor worries over the Greek debt crisis and a market plunge in China. Among other gains, a dollar buys 23 percent more euros, 62 percent more rubles and 21 percent more yen than a year ago, according to OANDA.
That's made it a great time to travel, experts say—your on-the-ground costs such as hotel and meals will be that much cheaper. Souvenirs, too. "This is such a good year for the dollar, even big-ticket items that need to be shipped may end up being cheaper," said Pauline Frommer, editorial director of Frommer's.
But don't assume every purchase will be a steal. (Check out the video above for some of the potential pitfalls of shopping abroad, including foreign transaction fees on credit card, fraud and airline exclusions on lost-bag reimbursement.) Here's what's worth bringing home: