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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.

 


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.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (Source: Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, www.abudhabitourism.ae)

  • Movie ticket: $8.16
  • Bus ticket: $1
  • Cup of regular coffee: $2.72
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Brand not provided; $5.44
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $220
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $16.33
  • $1=3.67 United Arab Emirates Dirhams

Castries, St. Lucia (Source: St. Lucia Tourist Board, www.stlucia.org)

  • Movie ticket: $5.58
  • Bus fare: 93¢
  • Cup of regular coffee: 93¢
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Piton, $1.30
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $90-$240
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $52.14
  • $1=2.68 Eastern Caribbean Dollar

Copenhagen, Denmark (Source: Visit Denmark, www.visitdenmark.com)

  • Movie ticket: $15.88
  • Bus/subway fare: $4.17
  • Cup of regular coffee $4.17-$4.95
  • Pint of local beer in a bar: Tuborg, $6.95-$7.95
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $198-$238.31
  • Moderate, three-course meal for one, without alcohol or tip: $42.70
  • $1=5.03 Denmark Kroner

Fort-de-France, Martinique (Source: Martinique Promotion Bureau, www.martinique.org)

  • Movie ticket: $11.83
  • Bus fare: $1.92
  • Cup of regular coffee: $2.95
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Biere Lorraine, $5.17
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $177.56
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $38.47
  • $1=€.67

Jeju-do, South Korea (Source: Korea Tourism Organization, www.kntoamerica.com)

  • Movie ticket: $5.88
  • Bus fare: 84¢
  • Cup of regular coffee: $2.52-$3.36
  • Pint of local beer: Jeju, $3.36-$4.20
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $67.28-$84.10
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $12.61-$33.64
  • $1=$1,189 South Korea Won

Kelowna, British Columbia (Source: Tourism Kelowna, www.tourismkelowna.com)

  • Movie ticket: $7.41
  • Bus fare: $1.86
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.66
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Tree Brewing, $4.66
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $87.20
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $33.48
  • $1=$1.07 CAD

Kosice, Slovakia (Source: Slovakia Travel, www.slovakia.travel; www.kosice.sk)

  • Movie ticket: $7.40
  • Bus/trolley/tram fare: 96¢-$4.36
  • Cup of coffee: $1.47
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Zlaty Bazant, $2.95
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $147.98
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $14.79-$22.19
  • $1=.67€

Nashville, Tennessee (Source: Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau, www.visitmusiccity.com)

  • Movie ticket: $10
  • Bus fare $1.60
  • Cup of regular coffee $1.50
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Yazoo Brewery, $4
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $115-$135
  • Moderate, three-course meal for one, without alcohol or tip: $32

Topeka, Kansas (Source: Visit Topeka, Inc., www.visittopeka.org)

  • Movie ticket: $9.25
  • Bus fare: $1.25
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.40
  • Pint of local beer in a bar: Blind Tiger County Seat Wheat, $3.75
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $89-$120
  • Moderate, three-course meal for one, without alcohol or tip: $28