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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.

Atlanta, Georgia (Source: Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau; www.atlanta.net)

  • Movie ticket: $10
  • Bus/subway fare: $2
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.95
  • Pint of local beer in a bar: Sweetwater, $5
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $65
  • Moderate, three-course meal for one, without alcohol or tip: $22

Brasilia, Brazil (Source: Brazil Tourism Ministry; www.braziltour.com)

  • Movie ticket: $9
  • Bus/subway fare: $1-$1.20
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.30
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Skol, $1.10-$2.40
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $90
  • Moderate, three-course meal for one, without alcohol or tip: $30
  • $1=1.87 Brazil Reais

Dumfries, Scotland (Source: Scottish Tourist Board; www.visitscotland.com)

  • Movie ticket: $9.81-$11.44
  • Bus fare: $2.45
  • Cup of regular coffee: $3.27
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Solworth, $3.27
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $114.46-$122.64
  • Moderate, three-course meal for one, without alcohol or tip: $28.61-$32.70
  • $1= £.61

Geneva, Switzerland (Source: Swiss National Tourist Office; www.myswitzerland.com)

  • Movie ticket: $14.16-$16.05
  • Bus/subway fare: $1.69
  • Cup of regular coffee: $3.02-$3.30
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Carlsbert, $3.50
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $159.57
  • Moderate, three-course meal for one, without alcohol or tip: $33.04-$61.37
  • $1=SF1.05

Kitchener and Waterloo, Ontario (Source: Waterloo Regional Tourism Marketing Corporation; www.explorewaterlooregion.ca)

  • Movie ticket: $9.07
  • Bus fare: $2.26
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.22
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Brick, $4.97
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $126.09
  • Moderate, three-course meal for one, without alcohol or tip: $31.75
  • $1=$1.10

Maun, Botswana (Source: Botswana Tourism Board; www.botswanatourism.us)

  • Movie ticket: N/A
  • Taxi/car fare: 47¢-52¢
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.47
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: St. Louis, $1.61
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $125.04
  • Moderate, three-course meal for one, without alcohol or tip: $22.06
  • $1=6.79 Botswana Pulas

Oranjestad, Aruba (Source: Aruba Tourism Authority; www.aruba.com)

  • Movie ticket: $7
  • Bus/subway fare: $1.30
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.35
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Balashi, $2
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $105-$225
  • Moderate, three-course meal for one, without alcohol or tip: $15-$19.96
  • $1= 1.79 Aruba Guilders

Tianjin, China (Source: China National Tourist Office; www.cnto.org)

  • Movie ticket: $7.31
  • Bus/subway fare: 21¢-29¢
  • Cup of regular coffee: $4.39
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Yangjing, 36¢
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $43.91
  • Moderate, three-course meal for one, without alcohol or tip: $7.31
  • $1=6.83 China Yuan Renminbi

West Yellowstone, Montana (Source: West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce & Visit Montana; www.visitmt.com or www.westyellowstonechamber.com)

  • Movie ticket: $7
  • Bus/subway fare: N/A
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.60:
  • Pint of local beer in a bar: Moose Drool, $4
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $70-$146
  • Moderate, three-course meal for one, without alcohol or tip: $27.40