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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.

Ann Arbor, Michigan (Source: Ann Arbor Convention & Visitors Bureau; www.annarbor.org)

  • Movie ticket: $9
  • Bus fare: $1
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.50-$2
  • Pint of local beer in a bar: Leopold Brothers, $4
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $93.50
  • Moderate, three-course meal for one, without alcohol or tip: $25

Brandon, Manitoba (Source: City of Brandon Tourism; www.brandon.com/index.php?pageid=VIS000)

  • Movie ticket: $8.50
  • Bus fare: $1.70
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.06
  • Pint of local beer in a bar: Fort Garry Dark Ale, $4.26
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $67.40
  • Moderate, three-course meal for one, without alcohol or tip: $22.18
  • $1=C$1.17

Accra, Ghana (Source: Ghana Ministry of Tourism; www.ghanatourism.gov.gh)

  • Movie ticket: $10.79
  • Bus fare: 43¢
  • Cup of regular coffee: $2.15
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Star, $1.29
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $50-$250
  • Moderate, three-course meal for one, without alcohol or tip: $14.03
  • $1= 9,265 Ghana Cedis

Gothenburg, Sweden (Source: VisitSweden; www.visitsweden.com)

  • Movie ticket: $12.83
  • Bus/tram fare: $2.85
  • Cup of regular coffee: $2.13-$2.85
  • Glass of local beer in a bar: Pripps, $5.98
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $131.20-$201.79
  • Moderate, three-course meal for one, without alcohol or tip: $57.03
  • $1=7.09 Sweden Kronor

Mumbai, India (Source: India Ministry of Tourism; www.incredibleindia.org)

  • Movie ticket: $3.40
  • Bus/train fare: 9¢-11¢
  • Cup of regular coffee: 79¢-$1.13
  • Pint of local beer in a bar: King Fisher $2.49
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $113.50
  • Moderate, three-course meal for one, without alcohol or tip: $11.35
  • $1=44.05 India Rupees

Jackson, Mississippi (Source: Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau; www.visitjackson.com)

  • Movie ticket: $7
  • Bus fare: $1
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1
  • Pint of local beer in a bar: Southern Pecan Ale, $3.50
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $124-$179
  • Moderate, three-course meal for one, without alcohol or tip: $22.50

San Sebastian, Spain (Source: Tourist Office of Spain; www.spain.info)

  • Movie ticket: $7.93
  • Bus/subway fare: $1.45
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.71
  • Half pint of local beer in a bar: Mahou, $2.31
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $132.20
  • Moderate, three-course meal for one, without alcohol or tip: $19.82
  • $1= € .75

São Paulo, Brazil (Source: Brazilian Tourism Office; www.braziltour.com)

  • Movie ticket: $4.69-$8.45
  • Bus/subway fare: 93¢-$1.03
  • Cup of regular coffee: 47¢-$1.41
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Brahma, 70¢-$1.88
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $56.41-$94.01
  • Moderate, three-course meal for one, without alcohol or tip: $5.64-$16.45
  • $1=2.12 Brazil Reals

St. Petersburg, Russia (Source: Russian National Group; www.russia-travel.com)

  • Movie ticket: $5.74
  • Bus/subway fare: 45¢-53¢
  • Cup of regular coffee: 93¢
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Stephan Rasin, 68¢
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $119.43
  • Moderate, three-course meal for one, without alcohol or tip: $9.56
  • $1=26.12 Russia Rubles

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