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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 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.

Antananarivo, Madagascar (Source: Madagascar Consulate; www.madagascar-consulate.org)

  • Movie ticket: N/A; there are none
  • Bus fare: 11¢
  • Cup of regular coffee: 68¢
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Three Horses Beer, 45¢
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $56.66
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $13.60
  • $1=2,206 Madagascar Ariary

Baltimore, Maryland (Source: Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association; www.baltimore.org)

  • Movie ticket: $8
  • Bus/subway fare: $1.60
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.50
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: National Bohemian Beer, $2.50
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $180
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $27

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg (Source: Luxembourg National Tourist Office; www.visitluxembourg.com)

  • Movie ticket: $7.48-$9.05
  • Bus fare: $1.44-$1.81
  • Cup of regular coffee: $2.53-$2.89
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Bofferding, $1.81-$2.17
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $120.72-$181.07
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $24.14
  • $1=.82€

Kiev, Ukraine (Source: Mission Ukraine-Cognita; www.ukrcognita.com.ua/eng/)

  • Movie ticket: $8.90
  • Bus/subway fare: 10¢
  • Cup of regular coffee: 98¢-$1.78
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Slavutych, $1.97
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $33.62-$102.85
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $14.83-$39.56
  • $1=5.05 Ukraine Hryvnia

Male, Maldives (Source: Maldives Tourism Promotion Board; www.visitmaldives.com)

  • Movie ticket: $1.56
  • Bus/subway fare: N/A; taxi, $1.17
  • Cup of regular coffee: 39¢
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Beer is prohibited in capital city
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $19.53-$35.15
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $5.85-$7.81
  • $1=12.80 Maldivian Rufiyaa

Phoenix, Arizona (Source: Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau; www.visitphoenix.com)

  • Movie ticket: $7.50
  • Bus fare: $1
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.35
  • Pint of local beer in a bar: Kilt Lifter, $3.75
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $120
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $35

Stanley, Falkland Islands (Source: Falkland Islands Tourist Board; www.falklandislands.com)

  • Movie ticket: N/A; there are none
  • Bus/subway fare: N/A; taxi, $3.48
  • Cup of regular coffee: $2.61
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Cristal, $3.48
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $26.10-$69.61
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $38.28-$43.51
  • $1= £ .57

Sydney, Australia (Source: Tourism New South Wales; www.sydneyaustralia.com)

  • Movie ticket: $5.70-$10.68
  • Bus fare: $1.21-$2.63
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.78-$2.13
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Victoria Bitter, $2.70
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $99.80-$121.19
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $32.08
  • $1=$1.40 Australia Dollars

Tegucigalpa, Honduras (Source: Honduras Institute of Tourism; www.letsgohonduras.com)

  • Movie ticket: $2.22
  • Bus fare: 15¢
  • Cup of regular coffee: 79¢
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Port Royal, $1.32
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $48.26-$78.85
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $5.23-$7.93
  • $1=18.89 Honduras Lempiras

Yellowknife, Northwest Territories (Source: www.explorenwt.com)

  • Movie ticket: $9.47
  • Bus fare: $1.29-$2.15
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.24-$1.49
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Ricker's Red, $4.09-$4.52
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $119.74
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $40.35-$52.42
  • $1=$1.16

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