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Getting from point A to point B is only part of the equation now. With the dollar's fluctuating value, there can be both sticker shock and awe while traveling -- best know before you go. To demonstrate where you can get the most bang for your buck, this monthly index compares the cost of common consumer goods around the globe. Conversions are calculated using www.xe.com/ucc/convert.cgi.

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

  • Movie ticket: $3.38
  • Subway/bus fare: 19¢-$1.15
  • Cup of regular coffee: 28¢-42¢
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Singha, $1
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $42.47-$56.45
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $25.40
  • $1= 35.44 Thailand Baht

Davao, Philippines (Source: Philippines Department of Tourism; www.wowphilippines.com)

  • Movie ticket: $1.46
  • Taxi/Jeepneys: 5¢-14¢
  • Cup of regular coffee: 41¢
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: San Miguel, $1.46
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $52.14-$62.57
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: Information not provided
  • $1= 47.91 Philippines pesos

Duluth, Minnesota (Source: Visit Duluth; www.visitduluth.com)

  • Movie ticket: $7.50
  • Bus fare: 60¢-$1.25
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.75-$1.85
  • Pint of local beer in a bar: Brewhouse Brew, $4.75
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $150-$200
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $28.50

Ponta de Ouro, Mozambique (Source: Mozambique Tourism; www.mozambiquetourism.co.za)

  • Movie ticket: N/A
  • Bus/subway fare: N/A
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: 3M, $1.75
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $110
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $14
  • $1=26.66 Mozambique Meticais

Roatan, Honduras (Source: Honduras Tourism; www.letsgohonduras.com)

  • Movie ticket: N/A
  • Taxi fare: $10-$20
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1-$2
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Port Royal, $1-$2
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $65-120
  • Moderate, three course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $15.50-$28
  • $1=18.90 Honduras Lempiras

Santa Barbara, California (Source: Santa Barbara Conference and Visitors Bureau; www.santabarbaraca.com)

  • Movie ticket: $9.25
  • Bus fare: 25¢-1.75
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.50
  • Pint of local beer in a bar: Santa Barbara Brewery, $4.50
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $159-$199
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $33.85

Tehran, Iran (Source: Tourism Industry Association of Iran; www.irpedia.com)

  • Movie ticket: $2
  • Subway/bus fare: 5¢-12¢
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.50
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: N/A
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $30-$50
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $6
  • $1= 9,936 Iran Rials

Tofino, British Columbia (Source: Tourism Vancouver Island; www.vancouverisland.travel)

  • Movie ticket: $6.41
  • Bus fare $1.60
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.80
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Vancouver Island Lager, $3.60-$5.60
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $72-$208
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $17.62-$37.65
  • $1=C$1.24

Utrecht, the Netherlands (Source: The Netherlands Board of Tourism; www.visitholland.com)

  • Movie ticket: $10
  • Bus fare: $3.22
  • Cup of coffee: $2.68
  • Glass of local beer in a bar: Heineken, $3.35
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $107.52
  • Moderate, three-course meal without alcohol or tip: $53.75
  • $1=€.74

Varazdin, Croatia (Source: Croatia National Tourist Board; www.croatia.hr)

  • Movie ticket: $4.49
  • Bus: 89¢
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.51
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Velebitsko Pivo, $2.52
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $168.80
  • Moderate, three-course meal for one, without alcohol or tip $22
  • $1= 5.59 Croatia Kuna