For many travelers who are planning city trips, it can be important to have an understanding of the day-to-day destination expenses before leaving for a getaway. Today, we’re helping travelers see how far their dollar will go with the release of TripAdvisor TripIndex™ 2012 – a cost comparison of accommodations and an evening out on the town for two people in popular tourist cities across the United States and throughout the world. The complete TripIndex lists are based on the combined costs for two of a one-night stay in a four-star hotel, one cocktail per person, a two-course dinner with a bottle of wine, and round-trip taxi transportation (two journeys of two miles). The costs listed apply to the upcoming summer months (June 1 – August 31, 2012).
Wondering what the least and most expensive destinations are for U.S. travelers? TripIndex found:
Global Travel Steals
-Among TripIndex cities, Las Vegas is the most affordable city in the United States for domestic travelers, coming in at a total cost of $263 on the TripIndex.
-Hanoi, Vietnam rang up as the most affordable travel spot globally for U.S. travelers, with a TripIndex cost of $141.
-For U.S. travelers seeking a bargain European escape, Budapest, Hungary is the least expensive destination, with a total TripIndex cost of $194.
-Asia is the most affordable continent for U.S. travelers interested in summer deals, boasting six of the top ten most affordable cities. Total TripIndex prices in these Asian cities range from $141 to just over $200.
-The Big Apple narrowly edges Boston as the costliest U.S. city, with a TripIndex tally of $457, compared to Beantown’s $450.
-Providing a worldwide stage this summer, London is the priciest global city for American travelers, with a cost of $518.
-Travelers heading south of the U.S. border will have to pay the most for a stay in Brazil’s capital, with Rio de Janeiro revealed as the South American city with the highest price tag, at $362.
-Europe is the most expensive continent for U.S. travelers, with seven of the world’s priciest cities on the Index (London, Oslo, Zurich, Paris, Stockholm, Moscow and Copenhagen).
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