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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.

Chicago, Illinois (Source: Chicago Office of Tourism; www.cityofchicago.org)

  • Movie ticket: $9.50
  • Bus/subway fare: $2
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.75
  • Pint of local bar in a beer: Goose Island, $4.50
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $225
  • Moderate, three-course meal for two, without alcohol or tip: $33

Dakar, Senegal (Source: Senegal Tourist Office; www.senegal-tourism.com)

  • Movie ticket: $1.82
  • Bus fare: 69¢
  • Cup of regular coffee: 34¢
  • Bottle of local bar in a beer: Soboa, $1.62
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $138.94
  • Moderate, three-course meal for two, without alcohol or tip: $25.47
  • $1=431.67 CFA Franc

Devonport, Tasmania (Source: Tourism Tasmania; www.discovertasmania.com/us)

  • Movie ticket: $13.21
  • Bus fare: $1.79-$3.39
  • Cup of regular coffee: $2.35
  • Glass of local beer in a bar: Boags, $2.83
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $93.44-$146.29
  • Moderate, three-course meal for two, without alcohol or tip: $42.47
  • $1= $1.05 Australia Dollars

Fort Worth, Texas (Source: Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau; www.fortworth.com)

  • Movie ticket: $6
  • Bus fare: $1.50
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.75-$2.25
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Ugly Pug, $3.50-$4
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $109-$149
  • Moderate, three-course meal for two, without alcohol or tip: $20

Galway, Ireland (Source: Tourism Ireland; www.discoverireland.com)

  • Movie ticket: $12.10
  • Bus fare: $2.20
  • Cup of regular coffee: $3.02
  • Pint of local beer in a bar: Guinness, $5.44
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $196.69-$242.09
  • Moderate, three-course meal for two, without alcohol or tip: $51.44
  • $1= €.66

Istanbul, Turkey (Source: Turkish Culture and Tourist Office; www.tourismturkey.org)

  • Movie ticket: $9.31
  • Bus/subway fare: 84¢
  • Cup of regular coffee: $4.23
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Efes Pilsen, $2.54
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $52.96
  • Moderate, three-course meal for two, without alcohol or tip: $20.32
  • $1= 1.18 Turkish New Lira

Rio de Janiero, Brazil (Source: Brazilian Ministry of Tourism; www.braziltour.com)

  • Movie ticket: $10.74-$11.93
  • Bus fare: $1.25-$1.43
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.43
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Cerpa, $1.49
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $158.69-$169.43
  • Moderate, three-course meal for two, without alcohol or tip: $23.
  • $1=1.67 Brazil Reals

Vancouver, British Columbia (Source: Tourism Vancouver; www.tourismvancouver.com)

  • Movie ticket: $10.23
  • Bus fare: $2.55
  • Cup of regular coffee: $2.04
  • Pint of local beer in a bar: Granville Island Brewery, $4.09
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $127.85-$153.42
  • Moderate, three-course meal for two, without alcohol or tip: $31.71-38.87
  • $1= .97¢ CAD

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