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The website offers a snapshot of a variety of costs for international travel.

March 20, 2011

Can't decide whether you can afford a trip abroad? Here's a site that creates a clearer picture of what costs might lie ahead.


What it does: Offers a snapshot of costs for accommodations, transportation, attractions, food and drink in more than 100 cities in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, North America, South America, Central America and Australia/Pacific.

What's hot: You might think the site is just for budget travelers, but there are also average hotel prices listed for four- and five-star hotels, when applicable. As a bonus, it automatically converts prices into U.S. dollars. Don't miss the Backpacker's Index for 2011, which ranks the world's cities by cost based on a fixed set of typical daily expenses.

What's not: There's no area for user reviews and comments so travelers can report good finds. It does, however, encourage users to send tips.

Who? Founded by Roger Wade, former content director at

Worth it: Give this site a look-see before booking your hotel to make sure it's within your means. If you need to budget down to the last dollar, you can discover what local bus rides cost as well as what you can expect to pay for breakfast, a cocktail in a nightclub or a movie ticket.

Jen Leo

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