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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 can be 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.

Amman, Jordan (Source: Jordan Tourism Board; www.seejordan.org)

  • Movie ticket: $6.95
  • Bus fare: 34¢
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.39-$2.36
  • Bottle of local beer in bar: Philadelphia, 84¢-98¢
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $48.69-$70.36
  • Moderate, three-course meal for one, without alcohol or tip: $19.70
  • $1=.71 Jordan Dinar

Athens, Greece (Source: Greek National Tourism Board; www.greektourism.com)

  • Movie ticket: $9.67-$12.09
  • Bus/subway fare: 75¢
  • Cup of regular coffee: $2.41-$3.02
  • Bottle of local beer in bar: Mythos, 3.5-5 Euro
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $48.36-$60.45 Euro
  • Moderate, three-course meal for one, without alcohol or tip: $24.18-$96.72
  • $1=.82€

Boston, Massachusetts (Source: Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau; www.bostonusa.com)

  • Movie ticket: $9-$9.50
  • Bus/subway fare: $1.25-$3.50
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.58
  • Bottle of local beer in bar: Harpoon, $5.50
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $150-$250
  • Moderate, three-course meal for one, without alcohol or tip: $20-$33
  • $1=$1

Manila, Philippines: (Source: Philippines Department of Tourism; www.tourism.gov.ph)

  • Movie ticket: $1.42-$1.78
  • Bus/subway fare: 44¿-53¿
  • Cup of regular coffee: 44¢
  • Bottle of local beer in bar: San Miguel, 80¢
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $30.28
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $2.73
  • $1= 56.12 Philippines Pesos

Note: The U.S. State Department issued a warning in March 2005 about travel to the Philippines; www.tourism.gov.ph

Mexico City, Mexico: (Source: Mexico Tourism Board; www.visitmexico.com)

  • Movie ticket: $3
  • Bus/subway fare: 20¢-50¢
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Corona, $3
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $80
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $22
  • $1=10.63 Mexico pesos

New Delhi, India: (Source: Embassy of India, www.indianembassy.org; India Tourism Board, www.incredibleindia.org)

  • Movie ticket: $1.15
  • Bus/subway fare: 11¢-23¢
  • Cup of regular coffee: 46¢
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Kingfisher, $1.15-$2.30
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $70-$200
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $9.20-$11.50
  • $1=43.45 India Rupees

Ottawa, Ontario: (Source: Ottawa Tourism; www.ottawatourism.ca)

  • Movie ticket: $8.09
  • Bus/subway fare: 68¢-$2.22
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.21
  • Pint of local beer in a bar: Heritage Premium Lager, $4.45
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $93.07
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $21.84
  • $1=CAD $1.23

Reykjavik, Iceland (Source: Iceland Tourism Board; www.visiticeland.com)

  • Movie ticket: $12.37
  • Bus fare: $3.40
  • Cup of regular coffee: $3.40
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Viking; $9.27-$10.82
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $145-$309
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $50.25-$77.31
  • $1=64.60 Iceland Kronur

St. Louis, Missouri (Source: St. Louis Convention & Visitors Bureau; www.explorestlouis.com)

  • Movie ticket: $8.25
  • Bus/subway fare: $1.25
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.75
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Schlafly's Pale Ale, $3.50
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $79
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $24
  • $1=$1

Taipei, Taiwan: (Source: Taiwan Tourism Board; www.visittaiwan.org)

  • Movie ticket: $3.75-$6.25
  • Bus/subway fare: 2¢-6¢
  • Cup of regular coffee: 78¢-$1.09
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Taiwan Beer, $1
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $59.46
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $4.68-$8.13
  • $1=$31.95 Taiwan New Dollars