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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.

Agra, India (Source: India Tourism; www.incredibleindia.com)
  • Daily newspaper: 6¢
  • Bus fare: 10¢-32¢
  • Cup of regular coffee: 21¢-32¢
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Haywards, $2.14-$2.57
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $43-$53
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $5.36-$6.43
  • $1 = 46.62 India Rupees
Barranquila, Colombia (Source: Colombian Government Trade Bureau; www.colombia.travel)
  • Daily newspaper: 66¢
  • Bus fare: 71¢-82¢
  • Cup of regular coffee: 55¢-82¢
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Cerveza Aguila, 88¢
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $61.34-$82.89
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $15.50
  • $1= 1,809 Colombia pesos
  • (Note: The U.S. Department of State issued a travel warning about Colombia on March 5, 2010)
Cincinnati, Ohio (Source: Greater Cincinnati Convention & Visitors Bureau; www.cincyusa.com)
  • Daily newspaper: 75¢
  • Bus fare: $1.75
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.50
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Christian Moerlein, $4.25
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $90
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $30
Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg (Source: Luxembourg National Tourist Office; www.visitluxembourg.com)
  • Daily newspaper: $2.50
  • Bus fare: $1.92
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.92-$2.50
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Bofferding, $3.84
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $70.52-$121.82
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $33.34
  • $1 = €.77
Guadalajara, Mexico (Source: Mexico Tourism Board; www.visitmexico.com)
  • Daily newspaper: 76¢-$1.14
  • Bus/electric train fare: 45¢
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.14-$1.53
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Estrella, $1.91-$2.45
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $38.30-$61.29
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $7.69-$23
  • $1 = 13.05 Mexico Pesos
Jakarta, Indonesia (Source: Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Republic of Indonesia; www.indonesia.travel)
  • Daily newspaper: 72¢
  • Bus/subway fare: 22¢-38¢
  • Cup of regular coffee: 27¢-38¢
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Bintang, $1.10-$3.88
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $27.74-$55.50
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $6.10-$15
  • $1 = 9,005 Indonesia Rupiahs
Maseru, Lesotho (Source: Lesotho Tourism Development Corporation; www.ltdc.org.ls)
  • Weekly newspaper: 69¢-89¢
  • Bus/subway fare: N/A
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.69
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Maluti, $1.52-$6.91
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $89
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $14.52
  • $1 = 7.32 Lesotho Maloti
San Antonio, Texas (Source: San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau; www.visitsanantonio.com)
  • Daily newspaper: $1
  • Bus fare: $1.25
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.60
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Lone Star, $1.75
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $70-$125
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $23-$30
Turin, Italy (Source: Italian Government Tourism Board; www.italiantourism.com)
  • Daily newspaper: $1.53
  • Bus/subway fare: $1.28
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.28
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Birra Moretti, $3.84-$7.69
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $77-$154
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $22-$33.35
  • $1 = €.77

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.