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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.

Adelaide, Australia (Source: Tourism Australia; www.tourism.australia.com)

  • Movie ticket: $14.43
  • Bus/tram fare: $2.02-$4.04
  • Cup of regular coffee: $3.17
  • Pint of local beer in a bar: Cooper's Pale Ale, $5.29
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $134.74
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $35.13-$48.59
  • $1=$1.03 Australia dollars

Budva, Montenegro

(Source: National Tourism Organization of Montenegro; www.montenegro.travel)
Movie ticket: $3.17
  • Bus fare: 79¢-$1.58
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.58-$2.38
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Niksicko, $3.17
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $95.20-$238.01
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $31.73-$39.66
  • $1= €.63
  • Cartegena, Columbia

    (Source: Colombia Tourism; www.turismocolombia.com)
    • Movie ticket: $5.44
    • Bus fare: 68¢
    • Cup of regular coffee: 81¢
    • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Cerveza Aguila $1.36
    • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $108.99
    • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $17.98
    • $1=1,834 Colombia Pesos

    Lincoln, Nebraska

    (Source: Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau; www.lincoln.org)
    Movie ticket: $8.50
  • Bus fare: $1.25
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.10
  • Pint of local beer in a bar: Empyrean Ale, $4.01
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $119
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $20
  • Novgorod, Russia

    (Source: Russian National Group; www.russia-travel.com)
    Movie ticket: $4.27-$5.98
  • Bus fare: 50¢
  • Cup of regular coffee: $2.13-$6.41
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Zolotaya Bochka, $1-$1.50
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $130-$135
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $15-$20
  • $1= 23.37 Russian Rubles
  • Olympia, Washington (Source: Olympia, Lacey and Turnwater Visitor & Convention Bureau; www.visitolympia.com)

    • Movie ticket: $9.50
    • Bus fare: 75¢
    • Cup of regular coffee: $1.50
    • Pint of local beer in a bar: Fish Tale Organic Ale, $3.50
    • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $129
    • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $32.85-$40.75

    Placencia, Belize

    (Source: Belize Tourism Board; www.travelbelize.org)
    Movie ticket: N/A
  • Taxi fare: $5
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.02
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Belikin Beer, $2.05-$2.30
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $60-$85
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $$25.64
  • $1= $1.94 Belize dollars
  • St. Andrews-by-the-Sea, New Brunswick

    (Source: Tourism New Brunswick; www.tourismnewbrunswick.ca)
    Movie ticket: $8.88
  • Bus/subway fare: N/A
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.28
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Moosehead, $4.94
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $81.07-$115.68
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $22.74
  • $1=$1.01 Canada dollars
  • Trondheim, Norway

    (Source: Innovation Norway; www.visitnorway.com)
    Movie ticket: $16.81
  • Bus fare: $5.93
  • Cup of regular coffee: $4.94
  • Pint of local beer in a bar: E.C. Dahl, $13.84
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $177.98
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $88.99
  • $1=5.05 Norway Kroner
  • Yaounde, Cameroon

    (Source: Cameroon Tourism; www.cameroon-tourism.com)
    Movie ticket: $3
  • Bus/taxi fare: 50¢-$3
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: 33, $1
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $90
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $4-$6
  • $1= 413.07 Central African Francs
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