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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.

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (Source: Mexico Tourism Board; www.visitmexico.com)

  • Movie ticket: $4.15
  • Bus fare: $1.29
  • Cup of regular coffee: $2.95
  • Bottle of Pacifico, $3.22
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $136.13
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $10-20
  • $1= 10.84 Mexican pesos

Cordoba, Argentina (Source: Argentina National Tourism Promotion Institute; www.argentina.travel)

  • Movie ticket: $3.16
  • Bus fare: 39¢
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.26
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Quilmes, $2.53
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $76.02
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $12.67
  • $1= 3.15 Argentina pesos

Dogana, San Marino (Source: San Marino Ministry of Tourism, Sports and Telecommunications; www.visitsanmarino.com)

  • Movie ticket: $7.41
  • Bus fare: $1.48
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.33
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: $3.70
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $29.66-$44.50
  • Moderate, three star hotel: $81.58-$163.16
  • $1= €.67

Green Bay, Wisconsin (Source: Packer Country Visitor and Convention Bureau; www.packercountry.com)

  • Movie ticket: $8.75
  • Bus: $1.50
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.50-$1.65
  • Pint of local beer in a bar: Johnny "Blood" Irish Red, $4.50
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $99-$129
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $23-$29

Kaohsiung, Taiwan (Source: Taiwan Visitors Association; www.go2taiwan.net)

  • Movie ticket: $9.33
  • Bus fare: 37¢
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.24-$2.79
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Taiwan, 83¢
  • Moderate, three star hotel room for two: $77.75
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $3.11-$6.22
  • $1=32.15 Taiwan New Dollars

Richmond, Virginia (Source: Richmond Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau; www.visit.richmond.com)

  • Movie ticket: $8.75
  • Bus fare: $1.25-$1.75
  • Cup of regular coffee: $2
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Budweiser, $2.50
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $120
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $27

Skopje, Macedonia (Source: Macedonia Tourism; www.exploringmacedonia.com)

  • Movie ticket: 23¢
  • Bus fare: 71¢
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.67- $2.15
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Skopsko, $1.43
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $127.09
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $14.86
  • $1= 41.70 Macedonia Denars

Sousse, Tunisia (Source: Tunisia Tourism; www.tourismtunisia.com)

  • Movie ticket: $1.24-$1.65
  • Bus fare: 41¢
  • Cup of regular coffee 24¢
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Seltia, $2.07
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $57.90
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $16.54
  • $1= 1.20 Tunisia Dinars

Toronto, Canada (Source: Toronto Tourism; www.torontotourism.com)

  • Movie ticket: $11.16
  • Bus/subway fare: $2.72
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.23
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Steam Whistle, $5.45
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $148.73
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $39.66-$49.58
  • $1=$1.008

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