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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/convert.cgi.

Canmore, Alberta Travel Exchange Rate (Source: Travel Alberta; www.travelalberta.com)

  • Daily newspaper: N/A; free weekly newspaper
  • Taxi fare: $5.75
  • Cup of regular coffee: $2.17
  • Pint of local beer in a bar: Grizzly Paw Rutting Elk, $4.58
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $144
  • Moderate, three-course meal for one, without alcohol or tip: $18-$29
  • $1 = C$1.03

Granada, Nicaragua Travel Exchange Rate (Source: Nicaragua Institute of Tourism Promotion; www.visitnicaragua.com)

  • Daily newspaper: 32¢
  • Bus fare: 16¢
  • Cup of regular coffee: 70¢-93¢
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Toña, $1.16
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $70
  • Moderate, three-course meal for one, without alcohol or tip: $18.43
  • $1 = 21.42 Nicaragua Cordobas

Mbabane, Swaziland Travel Exchange Rate (Source: Swaziland Tourism; www.welcometoswaziland.com)

  • Daily newspaper: 54¢
  • Bus fare: 54¢
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.36
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Sibebe Lager, $1.36
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $109
  • Moderate, three-course meal for one, without alcohol or tip: $25.89
  • $1 = 7.33 Swaziland Emalangeni

Minneapolis, Minnesota Travel Exchange Rate (Source: Minneapolis Convention and Visitors Association; www.minneapolis.org)

  • Daily newspaper: 75¢
  • Bus/light rail fare: $1.75-$3
  • Cup of regular coffee: $2
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Grainbelt Premium, $4
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $94-$229
  • Moderate, three-course meal for one, without alcohol or tip: $35

Nashua, New Hampshire Travel Exchange Rate (Source: Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce; www.nashuachamber.com)

  • Daily newspaper: 50¢
  • Bus fare: 50¢-$1
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.50
  • Pint of local beer in a bar: Martha's Exchange, $3.50
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $100-$140
  • Moderate, three-course meal for one, without alcohol or tip: $33

Siem Reap, Cambodia (Source: Tourism Cambodia; www.tourismcambodia.com)

  • Daily newspaper: 30¢
  • Bus/taxi fare: $6; $1.50
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1-$3
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Angkor, $1-$3
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $30-$50
  • Moderate, three-course meal for one, without alcohol or tip: $18-$25
  • $1 = 4,264 Cambodia Riels

Stuttgart, Germany Travel Exchange Rate (Source: German National Tourist Office; www.cometogermany.com)

  • Daily newspaper: $1.55-$2.20
  • Bus/subway fare: $2.59
  • Cup of regular coffee: $3.18
  • Pint of local beer in a bar: Stuttgarter Hofbräu, $3.90
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $148-$218
  • Moderate, three-course meal for one, without alcohol or tip: $52
  • $1 = €.76

Thessaloniki, Greece (Source: Greek National Tourism Organization; www.visitgreece.gr)

  • Daily newspaper: $2.59
  • Bus fare: 77¢
  • Cup of regular coffee: $5.19
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Mythos, $4.55
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $97
  • Moderate, three-course meal for one, without alcohol or tip: $30
  • $1 = €.76

Trujillo, Peru Travel Exchange Rate (Source: Commission on the Promotion of Peru; www.peru.info)

  • Daily newspaper: 35¢-70¢
  • Bus fare: 35¢-53¢
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.41-$2.12
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Pilsen Trujillo, 88¢-$1.25
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $32
  • Moderate, three-course meal for one, without alcohol or tip: $12.40
  • $1 = 2.82 Peru Nuevos Soles

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, Salamanca, Turin, and more.