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Getting from point A to point B is only part of the equation now. In the face of the dollar's declining value worldwide against foreign currencies, there is a bit of a sticker shock while traveling. 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.

Caracas, Venezuela (Source: Embassy of Venezuela; www.newyork.embavenez-us.org)

  • Movie ticket: $5.58
  • Subway fare: 46¢
  • Cup of regular coffee: 65¢
  • Bottle of local beer in bar: Cerveza Polar, 46¢
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $39.61
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $15.84
  • $1=2,149 Bolivares

Damascus, Syria (Source: Embassy of Syria; www.syriaembassy.us)

  • Movie ticket: $2.88
  • Bus fare: 2¢
  • Cup of regular coffee: 96¢
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Barada, 57¢
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $57.78
  • Moderate, three course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $6.25
  • $1=$51.91 Syria Pounds

Jakarta, Indonesia (Source: Embassy of Indonesia; www.embassyofindonesia.org) *

  • Movie ticket: $2.42
  • Bus token: 24¢
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.42
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Bintang, $1.16
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $48.52
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $4.56
  • $1=10,305 Rupiahs

* Note: The U.S. State Department issued a travel warning in May against all non-essential travel to Indonesia.

Kingston, Jamaica (Source: Jamaica Tourism Board; www.visitjamaica.com)

  • Movie ticket: $6.71
  • Bus fare: 23¢
  • Cup of regular coffee: 83¢
  • Bottle of local beer in bar: Red Stripe, 95¢
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $102.35
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $19.19-$22.39
  • $1=$62.52 JD

Las Vegas, Nevada (Source: Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority; www.visitlasvegas.com)

  • Movie ticket: $9.25
  • Bus fare: 50¢
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1-$3
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Sin City, $5-$7
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $94
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $20-$40
  • $1=$1

Madrid, Spain (Source: Spain Tourism Board; www.tourspain.es)

  • Movie ticket: $6.96
  • Bus/subway fare: $1.56
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.80
  • Bottle of local beer in bar: Mahou, $2.40
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $102.14
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $24.03- $30.04
  • $1=.83 ¿

Miami, Florida (Source: Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau; www.miamiandbeaches.com)

  • Movie ticket: $8
  • Bus/subway fare: $1.50
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Titanic, $3.75
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $100-$150
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $30
  • $1=$1

Stockholm, Sweden (Source: Stockholm Visitors Board; www.stockholmtown.com)

  • Movie ticket: $10.27
  • Subway/bus token: $3.85
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.92
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Mariestads, $5.90
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $122-$205
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $29.54-$51.39
  • $1=7.78 Sweden Kronor

Windhoek, Namibia (Source: Namibia Tourism Board; www.namibiatourism.com)

  • Movie ticket: $4.73
  • Taxi fare: 94¢ for average route (no bus or subway)
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.03
  • Bottle of local beer in can: Tafel Lager, 86¢
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $63.11
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one without alcohol or tip: $6.47
  • $1=$6.83

Winnipeg, Manitoba (Source: Winnipeg Economic Development and Tourism; www.destinationwinnipeg.ca)

  • Movie ticket: $7.44
  • Bus fare: $1.57
  • Cup of regular coffee: 97¢
  • Pint of local beer in a bar: Fort Garry, $3.40
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $84.28-$92.79
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $24.26
  • $1=CAD$1.17

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