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Boston, New York top the list of most expensive cities in the world for travel

Posted by Melanie Nayer  September 18, 2012 06:43 AM

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boston-haymarket.jpeg TripAdvisor released its second annual TripIndex list of the most expensive cities for travelers, both abroad and at home, and for U.S. travelers, New York and Boston top the list. The index is a cost comparison of one-night accommodations in a four-star hotel and an evening out on the town, including dinner with wine, and round-trip taxi fare for two people.

The results show New York has just a slight edge on Boston's costly digs with a TripIndex tally of $457, compared to Boston's $450. The study shows Las Vegas is the most affordable city in the United States, coming in at a total cost of $263. Hanoi, Vietnam, ranked as the most affordable international destination for U.S. travelers, with a TripIndex cost of $141.

If Europe is on your mind, the index found that Budapest, Hungary is the least expensive destination, with a total TripIndex cost of $194. London ranked one of the highest cities at $362 a night.

If you're looking to get a head start on next summer's travel plans, consider Asia, which ranked as the most affordable continent for U.S. travelers looking for summer deals. Asia boasts six of the top 10 most affordable cities. The cheapest average hotel room can be found in Bangkok for $81 per night.

For the full list of cities and their cost breakdown, check out the TripIndex online.

Readers: How did your favorite destinations add up? Are you trying out a new city to save some money this year?

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Melanie Nayer is a travel writer who spent many years in the newsroom before jetting off to see the world. Her goal is to bring readers the best insider information More »

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