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In light of the struggling economy, fluctuating world currencies, and air travel cutbacks, traveling can be less fun than we'd like it to be -- and less predictable when it comes to your expenses. We've taken some of the guesswork out of the picture with this monthly index, which compares the costs of common consumer goods around the globe to demonstrate where you can get the best travel exchange rate. Conversions are calculated using www.xe.com/ucc.

Cardiff, Wales (Source: Visit Wales; www.travelwales.com)

  • Daily newspaper: 60¢
  • Bus fare: $2.37
  • Cup of coffee: $2.37
  • Pint of local beer in a bar: BrainÂ?s, $3.50
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $95-$110
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $30
  • $1 = £.63

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Source: Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing; www.definitelydubai.com)

  • Daily newspaper: $1.90
  • Bus fare: 54¢
  • Cup of regular coffee: $2.04
  • Bottle of imported beer at a bar in a hotel: $4.90
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $68-$81
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $46.28
  • $1 = 3.67 United Arab Emirates Dirhams

Kodiak, Alaska (Source: Alaska Travel Industry Association; www.travelalaska.com)

  • Daily newspaper: 50¢
  • Taxi/Car rental: $7.85; $50-$60 per day plus tax and mileage
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1
  • Bottle or pint of local beer in a bar: Kodiak Brewing Company, $4
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $170
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $34-$45

New Orleans, Louisiana (Source: New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau; www.neworleanscvb.com)

  • Daily newspaper: 75¢
  • Bus/streetcar fare: $1.25
  • Cup of regular coffee: $2.35
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Abita, $3.50
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $99-$199
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $33

San Antonio de Areco, Argentina (Source: Andria Mitsakos PR, www.andriamitsakospr.com; Argentina National Tourism Promotion Institute, www.argentina.travel)

  • Daily newspaper: 75¢-$1.75
  • Bus/subway fare: N/A
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.75
  • Pint of local beer in a bar: Quilmes, $2.01
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $37.82
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $21.45
  • $1 = 3.96 Argentina Pesos

San José, Costa Rica (Source: Costa Rica Tourism Board; www.visitcostarica.com)

  • Daily newspaper: 29¢-59¢
  • Bus fare: $1.99
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1-$1.39
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Imperial, $2.39
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $50-$90
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $5.99-$11.98
  • $1 = 500.7 Costa Rica Colones

Sydney, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia (Source: Destination Cape Breton Association; www.cbisland.com)

  • Daily newspaper: $1.30
  • Bus fare: $1.70- $3.14
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.54
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Alexander KeithÂ?s, $3.40
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $116
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $30
  • $1 = C$1.03

Tartu, Estonia (Source: Tartu Convention Board; www.visittartu.com)

  • Daily newspaper: Information not provided
  • Bus fare: $1.38-$3.48
  • Cup of regular coffee: $2.17-$2.61
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: A Le Coq Premium, $3.04
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $86.19-$127.98
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $42.66
  • $1 = 11.48 Estonia Krooni

Don't see the city where you're headed to next? To see how far your dollar goes in more places around the world, see our travel currency exchange conversions in Auckland, Siem Reap, Provincetown, and more.