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Getting from point A to point B is only part of the equation now: You need to know how far your cash will take you. To demonstrate where you can get the most bang for your buck, this monthly index compares the costs of common consumer goods around the globe. Conversions are calculated using www.xe.com/ucc/convert.cgi.

This month we've featured destinations that are especially popular during winter -- whether it's for the sun, slopes, snow or the surf. And after several years of using the same criteria, we've added the cost of a daily newspaper and eliminated the cost of a movie ticket.

Byron Bay, Australia (Source: Australia Tourism, www.australia.com)

  • Daily newspaper: 98¢
  • Bus fare: $3.23
  • Cup of regular coffee: $3.41
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Byron Bay Premium Ale, $2.69-$3.59
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $134.73-$269.40
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $44.88
  • $1= A$1.14

Christiansted, St. Croix (Source: U.S. Virgin Islands Tourism, www.usvitourism.com)

  • Daily newspaper: $1
  • Taxi fare from airport: $16
  • Cup of regular coffee: $2
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Fort Christian, $3
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $190-$260
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $29-$64

Destin, Florida (Source: Visit Florida, www.visitflorida.com)

  • Daily newspaper: 75¢
  • Bus fare: 50¢
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.79
  • Pint of local beer in a bar: McGuire's, $3.75
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $85-$170
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $25

Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu (Source: Vanuatu Islands Tourism, www.vanuatu.travel)

  • Daily newspaper: $1.02
  • Minibus fare: $2.04
  • Cup of regular coffee: $2.04-$3.06
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Tusker, $4.60
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $127.90-$143.25
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $20.06-$36.05
  • $1=97 Vanuatu Vatu

Scottsdale, Arizona (Source: Scottsdale Convention and Visitors Bureau, www.scottsdalecvb.com)

  • Daily newspaper: 50¢
  • Bus fare: $1.75
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Four Peaks Brewery, $4
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $90
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $20-$33

Laurentides, Quebec (Source: Destination Quebec, www.bonjourquebec.com)

  • Daily newspaper: 94¢
  • Bus fare: $2.84
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.28-$1.88
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: La Boréale, $4.52
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $119
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $28.60
  • $1= C$1.05

Marbella, Spain (Source: Spain Tourism, www.spain.info)

  • Daily newspaper: $1.72
  • Bus fare: $1.65
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.43-$2.15
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Cruz Campo, $2.87-$5.73
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $71.73-$143.47
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip:
  • $1= €.69

Negril, Jamaica (Source: Jamaica National Tourism Board, www.visitjamaica.com)

  • Daily newspaper: 2¢
  • Bus/subway fare: 58¢-81¢
  • Cup of regular coffee: 58¢
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Red Stripe, $1.40-1.51
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $130-$160
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $16.73
  • $1= 86.05 Jamaica dollars

Stowe, Vermont (Source: Stowe Area Association, www.gostowe.com)

  • Daily newspaper: 75¢
  • Trolley fare: Free
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.37
  • Pint of local beer in a bar: The Shed, $4
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $100
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $35

Vancouver, British Columbia (Source: Tourism Vancouver, www.tourismvancouver.com)

  • Daily newspaper: 95¢
  • Bus fare: $2.38
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.27
  • Pint of local beer in a bar: Granville Island Lager, $4.30
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $119.35
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $26.73
  • $1= C$1.05