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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.

Bismarck, North Dakota (Source: Bismarck-Mandan Convention and Visitors Bureau; www.bismarckmandancvb.com)

  • Movie ticket: $7.75
  • Bus fare: $1
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Budweiser, $3
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $95
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $20

Brno, Czech Republic (Source: Czech Tourism; www.czechtourism.com and www.ticbrno.cz)

  • Movie ticket: $6.21-$9.88
  • Bus fare: $1.30
  • Cup of regular coffee: $2.48
  • Glass of local beer in a bar: Starobrno, $1.55
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $124.33
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $24.86
  • $1= 16.08 Czech Koruna

Kumasi, Ghana (Source: Ghana Tourism; www.ghanatourism.gov.gh and www.chilloutghana.com)

  • Movie ticket: $5
  • Bus fare: 40¢
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Star Beer, $2
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $100
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $24
  • $1= .97 Ghana Cedis

Melaka, Malaysia (Source: Tourism Malaysia; www.tourism.gov.my)

  • Movie ticket: $2.19-$2.82
  • Bus fare: 25¢-$1.09
  • Cup of regular coffee: 37¢-78¢
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Carlsberg, $.3.44
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $37.62
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $15.68
  • $1=3.188 Malaysia Ringgits

Naples, Italy (Source: Italian Government Tourist Board; www.italiantourism.com)

  • Movie ticket: $10.87
  • Bus/subway fare: $3.10
  • Cup of regular coffee: $3.10
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Birra Moretti, $3.10
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $108.72-$310
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $46.58
  • $1= € .64

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

  • Movie ticket: $9.82
  • Bus/light rail fare: $1.90-$2.96
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.48
  • Pint of local beer in a bar: Heritage Maple Bush Lager, $6.41
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $128.34
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $29.61
  • $1=C$1.01

Seoul, Korea (Source: Korea Tourism Organization; www.kntoamerica.com)

  • Movie ticket: $7
  • Bus/subway fare: $1
  • Cup of regular coffee: $3-$4
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Hite, $1.20
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $120-$150
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $25

Tampa Bay, Florida (Source: Tampa Bay & Company; www.visittampabay.com)

  • Movie ticket: $8
  • Bus fare: $1.50
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.40
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Ybor Gold, $3
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $189
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $43

Windwardside, Saba (Source: Saba Tourist Bureau; www.sabatourism.com)

  • Movie ticket: N/A
  • Car rental (no bus or subway): $50
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.40-$1.69
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Presidente, $1.97
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $150
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $35
  • $1= $1.77 Netherlands Antilles Guilders

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