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The specific rates described in this article have now passed, but it remains online so that the resources named will be of future use to travelers.



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.

Boston, Massachusetts (Source: Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau; www.boston-usa.com)

  • Daily newspaper: $1
  • Bus/subway fare: $1.70-$2
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.85
  • Pint of local beer in a bar: Sam Adams Boston Lager, $5.50
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $99-$135
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one: $27.85-$30.90

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

  • Daily newspaper: 41¢
  • Bus/van fare: 73¢
  • Cup of regular coffee: 75¢
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Presidente, $2
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $75-$125
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $5
  • $1= 36.15 Dominican Republic Pesos

Dallas, Texas (Source: Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau; www.visitdallas.com)

  • Daily newspaper: $1
  • Bus/subway fare: $1.75
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.50-$2
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Shiner Bock, $4-$4.50
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $150-$179
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $29

Lodz, Poland (Source: Polish National Tourist Office; www.poland.travel)

  • Daily newspaper: 68¢
  • Bus/tram fare: 58¢-$1.64
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.02
  • Pint of local beer in a bar: Lech, $2.05-$2.74
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $64.94-$85.44
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $17.04
  • $1=2.92 Polish Zloty

Mancora, Peru (Source: Commission on the Promotion of Peru; www.peru.info)

  • Daily newspaper: 20¢-70¢
  • Taxi fare: $1.50-$4
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.75
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Cristal, $1.17
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $59
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $24
  • $1= 2.87 Peru Nuevos Soles

Takayama City, Japan (Source: Japan National Tourism Organization; www.jnto.go.jp)

  • Daily newspaper: $1.14-$2.23
  • Bus/taxi fare: $6.75
  • Cup of regular coffee: $3.35-$5.59
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Kori Kori, $5.59
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $167.94
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $55.98
  • $1= 89.33 Yen

Turin, Italy (Source: Italian Government Tourist Board; www.italiantourism.com)

  • Daily newspaper: $1.35-$2.71
  • Bus/subway fare: $1.35
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.08-$1.62
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Birrificio, price not provided
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $81.46-$244.40
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $20.36-$27.15
  • $1= € .74