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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.

Bora Bora, Tahiti, French Polynesia (Source: Tahiti Tourism North America, www.tahiti-tourisme.com)

  • Movie ticket: N/A; on Tahiti, $12.06
  • Bus fare: $1.09
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.09
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Hinano, $2.74
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $208.43
  • Moderate, three course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $54.85
  • $1=91.13 French Pacific Franc

Des Moines, Iowa (Source: Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau; www.seedesmoines.com)

  • Movie ticket: $8.25
  • Bus fare: $1.25
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.75
  • Pint of local beer in a bar: Court Avenue Brewing, $4
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $99
  • Moderate, three course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $29

Maputo, Mozambique (Source: Embassy of Republic of Mozambique; www.embamoc-usa.org)

  • Movie ticket: $2.77-$4.62
  • Bus fare: 23¢-27¢
  • Cup of regular coffee: 69¢
  • Pint of local beer in a bar: Pilsner McMahon, $1.15
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $32.37
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $9.24
  • $1=$27.03 Mozambique Meticais

Muscat, Oman (Source: Oman Ministry of Tourism; www.omantourism.gov.om)

  • Movie ticket: $5.19-$6.49
  • Bus fare: $1
  • Cup of regular coffee: $2.85
  • Pint of beer in a bar: Heineken, $6.49
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $103.90
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $10.39
  • $1=.38 Oman Rials

Punta Arenas, Chile (Source: Chilean Tourism Promotion Corporation; www.visit-chile.org)

  • Movie ticket: $5.75
  • Bus fare: 60¢
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.90
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Austral, $1.20
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $90
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $22.80
  • $1=540.70 Chile Pesos

San Antonio, Texas (Source: San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau; www.sanantoniovisit.com)

  • Movie ticket: $6.50
  • Bus fare: $1
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.50
  • Pint of local beer in a bar: Alamo Beer, $3
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $135-$185
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $23

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario (Source: Tourism Sault Ste. Marie; www.sault-canada.com/tourism)

  • Movie ticket: $7.65
  • Bus fare: $1.70
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.14
  • Pint of local beer in a bar: Steelback Beer, $2.76
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $59.59-$72.36
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $19.58-$28.94
  • $1=$1.17 CAD

Vaduz, Liechtenstein (Source: Tourism Liechtenstein; www.tourismus.li)

  • Movie ticket: $12.17
  • Bus fare: $1.94-$2.92
  • Cup of regular coffee: $3.08
  • Pint of local beer in a bar: Various Swiss brands, $3.49 average
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $130-$160
  • Moderate, three-course meal for one, without alcohol or tip: $19.49-$30.86
  • $1=1.23 Swiss Francs

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

  • Movie ticket: $9.16
  • Ferry ride: $6.54
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.04
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Moretti, $3.27-$3.92
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $130.92
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $58.93
  • $1=€.76

Vieques, Puerto Rico (Source: Puerto Rico Tourism Company; www.gotopuertorico.com)

  • Movie ticket: N/A
  • Bus fare: $2
  • Cup of regular coffee: 75¢
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Medalla, $3
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $185-$235
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $13-$18.