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Report: The cheapest and most expensive cities to visit

Posted by Melanie Nayer  June 16, 2013 03:17 PM

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boston-haymarket.jpegLooking to save a little on summer travel? Maybe you have a few extra dollars you're willing to spend? TripAdvisor recently released the results of their annual study that analyzes the costs of a night out and overnight stay (a four-star hotel, cocktails, a two-course dinner paired with a bottle of wine, and round-trip taxi ride) in cities around the globe, giving travelers some insight into cost-effective travel.

Boston ranked third on the list, following Honolulu and New York City.

TripAdvisor looked at prices from June 1 through August 31, and showed the biggest increases happening in Orlando, Denver, Honolulu, L.A. and Seattle. Honolulu was the most expensive U.S. city ($504.94), while Oslo brought in the highest numbers internationally ($581.08). If you're looking for a budget trip, a night out in Vegas will cost you $272.94 and Sofia, Bulgaria, is a bargain at $158.42.

Here are the 10 most expensive cities in the U.S.:

  1. Honolulu
  2. New York
  3. Boston
  4. San Francisco
  5. Chicago
  6. Los Angeles
  7. Washington, DC
  8. Seattle
  9. Orlando
  10. San Diego

Click here for the full list.

If you are traveling this summer, here's a few cost-savings travel tips:

Avoid the obvious: Places like DisneyWorld and LEGOLand are in high-season right now, which means you'll be paying a premium and waiting in long lines. Instead, visit some of your favorite mountain resorts in New England. While they're best known for their winter activities, these resorts are cheaper in the summer and offer some great activities for the whole family, like wine tastings and kids' camps.

Travel on weekdays: Mid-week flights are always less expensive, and often less crowed, than weekend flights.

Layover, or fly into an alternate airport: Layovers can be a cheaper airfare option, and also a great way to see a new city on short notice. Also, check out alternate airports that a little farther away from the center of city. These airports are often less expensive to fly into, and if you're renting a car you'll save some money on cabs.

Pack light or ship your luggage: Airlines are charging luggage fees, mostly based on weight of your bags. Before you hand your belongings over, check with FedEx or your local shipping company to see what it would cost to ship your luggage. Often times it's cheaper, and you'll be able to track your bags.

Buy trip insurance: If you're traveling with the whole family, trip insurance is a good way to ensure you won't go belly-up if you have to cancel your trip for any reason. Check with your credit card companies first - they often have trip insurance built into their card services - then consult with a travel agent or your airline about buying trip insurance. If you do have to cancel your trip, you'll only be out a few hundred dollars, as opposed to a few thousand if the whole family is flying.

This blog is not written or edited by Boston.com or the Boston Globe.
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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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