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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.

Antalya, Turkey (Source: Turkish Culture and Tourism; www.tourismturkey.org)

  • Movie ticket: $9.53-$13.61
  • Bus fare: $1.02
  • Cup of regular coffee: $2.04
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Efes Pilsner, $5.10
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $74.89
  • Moderate, three course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $20.40
  • $1= 1.46 Turkey New Lira

Chiang Mai, Thailand (Source: Tourism Authority of Thailand; www.tourismthailand.org)

  • Movie ticket: $2-4
  • Taxi fare (no bus or subway): 5¢-$5
  • Cup of regular coffee: 25¢-$1
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Singha Beer, .75
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $50-$60
  • Moderate, three course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $9
  • $1= 37.57 Thailand Baht

Fargo, ND (Source: North Dakota Tourism; www.ndtourism.com)

  • Movie ticket: $7
  • Bus/subway fare: $1
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.50
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Miller Lite, $3
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $70
  • Moderate, three course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $25

Glasgow, Scotland (Source: Glasgow City Marketing Bureau; Scotland National Tourism Board; www.seeglasgow.com; www.visitscotland.com)

  • Movie ticket: $12.35
  • Bus/subway fare: $2.85
  • Cup of regular coffee: $3.80
  • Pint of local beer in a bar: Tennents Lager, $5.32
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $114.06-$152.08
  • Moderate, three course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $38.01
  • $1= £ .52

Houston, Texas (Source: Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau; www.visithoustontexas.com)

  • Movie ticket: $8.50
  • Bus/subway fare: $1
  • Cup of regular coffee: $2
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: St. Arnold's, $2.75-$3
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $99
  • Moderate, three course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $22

Kyoto, Japan (Source: Japan National Tourism Organization; www.jnto.go.jp/eng/)

  • Movie ticket: $15.38
  • Bus/subway fare: $1.79-$2.39
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.54
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Suntory Beer, $1.88
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $188.03
  • Moderate, three course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $21.36
  • $1=116.99 yen

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands (Source: Spanish Tourism Institute; www.tourspain.es)

  • Movie ticket: $7.70
  • Bus fare: $1.28
  • Cup of regular coffee: 96¢-$1.28
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Dorada Tropical, $1.28-$1.79
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $89.80
  • Moderate, three course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $25.65
  • $1=.78 €

Minsk, Belarus (Source: National Tourism Agency of the Republic of Belarus; www.belarustourism.by/en/)

  • Movie ticket: $2.80
  • Bus/subway fare: 21¢
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.86
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Olivaria, $1.40
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $58-$126
  • Moderate, three course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $12.60-$20
  • $1= 2,139 Belarus rubles

Niagara Falls, Ontario (Source: Niagara Falls Tourism; www.niagarafallstourism.com)

  • Movie ticket: $7.67
  • Bus fare: $1.12
  • Cup of regular coffee: 85¢-$1.12
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Labatt's, $2.25-$3.16
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $62.31-$116.50
  • Moderate, three course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $22.57
  • $1= $1.10

Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic (Source: Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism; www.godominicanrepublic.com)

  • Movie ticket: $3.50
  • Bus fare: 45¢
  • Cup of regular coffee: 60¢
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Presidente, 90¢-$2.40
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $109
  • Moderate, three course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $14.55
  • $1=32.84 Dominican Republic Pesos

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