Expedia Travel Value Tracker reveals typical holiday expenses in popular international destinations

On March 30, 2011 at 09:00 AM

See where you get the best bang for your holiday spending dollar 

On-the-ground costs can greatly impact the overall cost of a holiday. With travel expenses varying considerably from country to country, some insider knowledge about holiday expenses in certain destinations is handy for travellers wanting their spending money to stretch a little further.

To help travellers with their holiday budget, online travel company Expedia.com.au has compiled its inaugural Expedia Travel Value Tracker*, which lists 10 typical everyday holiday items in 10 of the most popular international destinations for Australian travellers.

According to the Expedia Travel Value Tracker, a ‘basket’ of 10 most common holiday items, cost the least in Bali, Thailand (Phuket) and Fiji.

Las Vegas, New York and Bali are among the destinations offering the cheapest cup of coffee and can of beer. In fact, travellers searching for their habitual early morning pick-me-up will be pleased to know that a cup of coffee in Bali costs a mere $1.50, whereas in Paris, the pleasure of sipping on a hot café will cost a whopping $7.90. Las Vegas and New York also present great value for money for a hamburger and fries, at $13.80 and $14.30 respectively, washed down with some of the world’s cheapest cans of Coca-Cola at $2.90 and $4.50 respectively.

A five minute phone call to Australia from your hotel room could cost you anywhere between $5.80 in Bali to $51.45 in London. The internet provides a much cheaper means to stay in touch, with London offering among the cheapest 60 minutes of internet access at $7.30.

Louise Crompton of Expedia.com.au said: “We know that when you travel, every dollar counts. Fifty dollars, for instance, would cover a return taxi fare from the airport to your hotel in Las Vegas, as well as a cup of coffee, a can of beer, a bottle of water and a can of Coca-Cola at your hotel in that city. Some travel websites can charge you up to $50 just to book a flight, whereas Expedia does not charge a fee, so pocketing those fees gives you more money for those holiday essentials when you’re on the ground.

The cheapest cup of coffee:

 

Rank

Destination

Price of coffee

1

Bali

$1.50

2

Fiji

$3.15

3

Las Vegas

$3.40

4

New York

$3.55

5

Phuket

$4.35

The cheapest beer:

 

Rank

Destination

Price of beer

1

Bali

$3.60

2

Fiji

$4.30

3

Phuket

$5.15

4

Las Vegas

$6.15

5

New York

$7.25

Expedia Travel Value Tracker table:

 

Items

Bali

Phuket

Fiji

Las Vegas

Singapore

Hong Kong

New York

Rome

Paris

London

Coffee

$1.50

$4.35

$3.15

$3.40

$6.25

$6.00

$3.55

$7.20

$7.90

$6.40

Beer

$3.60

$5.20

$4.30

$6.15

$7.80

$7.30

$7.25

$8.10

$9.45

$8.90

Water

$1.35

$4.00

$3.40

$4.15

$3.50

$6.45

$3.80

$5.30

$7.10

$7.95

Coke

$2.65

$3.30

$3.20

$2.90

$4.60

$5.85

$4.50

$5.70

$7.35

$4.90

Internet (60 minutes)

$14.20

$6.60

$4.85

$13.55

$14.35

$11.70

$11.50

$13.50

$15.75

$7.30

Hamburger & Chips

$24.40

$12.55

$17.05

$13.80

$20.00

$18.70

$14.30

$22.50

$22.05

$32.60

Taxi from airport to hotel

$15.85

$25.85

$27.00

$16.20

$20.85

$43.35

$43.60

$47.25

$74.25

$86.95

Minibar alcohol

$5.75

$10.40

$6.85

$8.20

$10.90

$6.00

$7.80

$8.35

$11.50

$8.15

5 minute phone call to Australia

$5.80

$11.60

$29.20

$32.85

$18.65

$23.50

$36.15

$18.00

$20.60

$51.45

Jeans-laundered

$6.95

$15.55

$5.00

$8.25

$10.30

$8.70

$7.75

$8.60

$12.60

$13.90

Total

$82.05

$99.40

$104.00

$109.45

$117.20

$137.55

$140.20

$144.50

$188.55

$228.50

 

Prices are correct according to foreign exchange rates as at 15:00 on 16 February.

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*About the Expedia Travel Value Tracker

The prices were obtained using an average charged by three, four and five star hotels in each city for each listed item. The local currency was converted to Australian Dollars and are correct as at 15:00 on 16 February, 2011. Foreign Exchange calculation: www.hifx.com.au

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