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Taking inflation into account, airfares are 12% lower than one year ago, believe it or not -- but getting from here to there is only part of the travel calculus now in the face of the dollar's declining value abroad. To demonstrate where you'll get the most bang for your buck, this monthly index compares the cost of common consumer goods around the world. Prices are listed in U.S. dollars.

Auckland, New Zealand (Source: Tourism Auckland; www.aucklandnz.com)

  • Movie ticket: $8.15
  • Bus/subway fare: 85¢ bus
  • Cup regular coffee: $2.13
  • Local beer in a bar: Steinlager $4.25 bottle
  • Moderate three-course dinner for one (without alcohol or tip): $33-$43.50
  • Room for two in moderate (3-star) hotel: $88.55
  • Exchange rate: $1 = $1.40303 New Zealand Dollars

Bangkok, Thailand (Source: Tourism Authority of Thailand; www.tourismthailand.org)

  • Movie ticket: $3.03
  • Bus/subway fare: 13¢
  • Cup regular coffee: $1.26
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Singha $2.52
  • Moderate three-course dinner for one (without alcohol or tip): $2.52
  • Room for two in moderate (3-star) hotel: $25.22
  • Exchange rate: $1 = 39.6451 Thai Bhats

Dublin, Ireland (Source: Tourism Ireland; www.tourismireland.com)

  • Movie ticket: $10.29
  • Bus/subway fare: $1.16-$2.38 bus
  • Cup regular coffee: $3.86
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Guinness $5.79 pint
  • Moderate three-course dinner for one (without alcohol or tip): $26-$39
  • Room for two in moderate (3-star) hotel: $154
  • Exchange rate: $1 = .776804 Euros

Guatemala City, Guatemala (Source: Guatemalaweb; www.guatemalaweb.com)

  • Movie ticket: $2.67
  • Bus/subway fare: 27¢
  • Cup regular coffee: 53¢
  • Local beer in a bar: Gallo Lager $2 bottle
  • Moderate three-course dinner for one (without alcohol or tip): $22
  • Room for two in moderate (3-star) hotel: $47
  • Exchange rate: $1 = 7.50 Quetzales

Indianapolis, Indiana (Source: Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association; www.indy.org)

  • Movie ticket: $6
  • Bus/subway fare: $1.25 bus
  • Cup regular coffee: $1.25
  • Local beer in a bar: Indiana Amber and Razz Wheat $3.25 pint
  • Moderate three-course dinner for one (without alcohol or tip): $21.50
  • Room for two in moderate (3-star) hotel: $118
  • Exchange rate: $1 = $1

Istanbul, Turkey (Source: Istanbul Convention and Visitors Bureau; www.icvb.org)

  • Movie ticket: $5.93
  • Bus/subway fare: 74¢ bus and subway
  • Cup regular coffee: $1.48
  • Local beer in a bar: Efes $2.97 US bottle
  • Moderate three-course dinner for one (without alcohol or tip): $11-$22.25
  • Room for two in moderate (3-star) hotel: $70-$120
  • Exchange rate: $1 = 1.34850 Turkey New Lira (YTL)

Marrakesh, Morocco (Source: Tourism in Morocco; www.tourism-in-morocco.com)

  • Movie ticket: $2.33
  • Bus/subway fare: 35¢
  • Cup regular coffee: $1.16
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Casablanca $2.33
  • Moderate three-course dinner for one (without alcohol or tip): $23
  • Room for two in moderate (3-star) hotel: $58.18
  • Exchange rate: $1 = 8.59390 Moroccan Dirhams

Seattle, Washington (Source: Seattle Convention and Visitors Bureau; www.seeseattle.org)

  • Movie ticket: $9
  • Bus/subway fare: free during the day in the heart downtown ($1.50 peak)
  • Cup regular coffee: $2
  • Local beer in a bar: Red Hook ESB $3.50 pint
  • Moderate three-course dinner for one (without alcohol or tip): $29.50
  • Room for two in moderate (3-star) hotel: $135
  • Exchange rate: $1 = $1

Toronto, Ontario (Source: Tourism Toronto; www.torontotourism.com)

  • Movie ticket: $9.83
  • Bus/subway fare: $1.64 subway
  • Cup regular coffee: $2.05
  • Local beer in a bar: Creemore Springs $5.32 US pint
  • Moderate three-course dinner for one (without alcohol or tip): $21.70
  • Room for two in moderate (3-star) hotel: $113.80
  • Exchange rate: $1 = $1.22058 CAN

Warsaw, Poland (Source: Warsaw Tourist Office; www.warsawtour.pl)

  • Movie ticket: $4.69
  • Bus/subway fare: 75¢
  • Cup regular coffee: $1.56
  • Local beer in a bar: Krolewskie 78¢ bottle
  • Moderate three-course dinner for one (without alcohol or tip): $17-$28
  • Room for two in moderate (3-star) hotel: $125
  • Exchange rate: $1 = 3.19760 Polish Zlotychs

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