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Getting from point A to point B is only part of the equation now. 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.

Annapolis, Maryland

(Source: Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau; www.visitannapolis.org)
  • Movie ticket: $9.75
  • Bus fare: Free in downtown area
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.75
  • Pint of local beer in a bar: Fordham Brewing Company, $4.25
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $130-$150
  • Moderate, three-course meal for one, without alcohol or tip: $30

Boulder, Colorado

(Source: Boulder Convention and Visitors Bureau; www.bouldercvb.com)
  • Movie ticket: $9.75
  • Bus fare: $1.75 Cup of regular coffee: $1.70
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Boulder beer, $4.50
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $114
  • Moderate, three-course meal for one, without alcohol or tip: $34.50

Dunedin, New Zealand

(Source: New Zealand Tourism Board; www.tourismnewzealand.com)
  • Movie ticket: $8.19
  • Bus fare: 87¢
  • Cup of regular coffee: $2.34
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Speight's, $2.92
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $55.59-$64.35
  • Moderate, three-course meal for one, without alcohol or tip: $25.15-$35.10
  • $1=NZ$1.70

Prince Albert, Saskatchewan

(Source: Prince Albert and District Tourism; www.princealberttourism.com)
  • Movie ticket: $7.02
  • Bus fare: $1.65
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.03-$1.44
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Great Western Premium, $3.09-$3.50
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $78.40-$106.46
  • Moderate, three-course meal for one, without alcohol or tip: $14.72-$22.14
  • $1=C$1.21

Red Deer, Alberta

(Source: Tourism Red Deer; www.tourismreddeer.net)
  • Movie ticket: $8.20
  • Bus fare: $1.76
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.23
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Molson, $3.48
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $56.61-$73.02
  • Moderate, three-course meal for one, without alcohol or tip: $21.31
  • $1= C$1.21

T'ai-chung-shih, Taiwan

(Source: Taiwan Visitors Association; www.go2taiwan.net)
  • Movie ticket: $10
  • Bus fare: 50¢ Cup of regular coffee: $1-$2
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Taiwan Beer, $1
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $80
  • Moderate, three-course meal for one, without alcohol or tip: $25
  • $1=32.85 Taiwan New Dollars

Thessaloniki, Greece

(Source: Greek National Tourism Organization; www.gnto.org)
  • Movie ticket: $9.03
  • Bus fare: 64¢ Cup of regular coffee: $3.22
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Brand not provided; $6.45
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $103.22-$116.12
  • Moderate, three-course meal for one, without alcohol or tip: $38.70
  • $1=€77