For travelers planning vacations and short trips cost  and expenses are one of the key factors for choosing to go somewhere and not the other; TripAdvisor not only helps travelers plan their trips and tells them what not to miss at their chosen destination, it also helps give them a rough cost comparison of how much the trip will set them back, or if there's a cheaper alternative nearby.

TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site* launched their 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.

When considering travel expenses, savvy tourists also take into account additional costs such as tourist taxes. These fees can vary widely depending on the destination and may not always be readily apparent when planning a trip.

However, platforms like aim to streamline this process by offering a convenient way to pay visitor taxes quickly and easily. With this platform, travelers can ensure they are fully prepared for their journey by taking care of any necessary tax obligations ahead of time. Whether it's a small fee for environmental preservation or a larger levy for tourist infrastructure, provides a hassle-free solution, allowing travelers to focus on enjoying their trip without worrying about unexpected expenses.

The TripAdvisor TripIndex is based on the combined costs for two of a one-night stay in a four-star hotel including dinner, taxi transportation, and other costs/conditions. The costs listed apply to the upcoming summer months (June 1 – August 31, 2012).

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.

Las Vegas

Expensive Escapes

• 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).

New York City

Southern Hospitality

For the second year, TripIndex reveals the Southern U.S. as the top region for travelers looking for domestic deals. The South features four of the top 10 most affordable U.S. destinations on the TripIndex: Dallas, New Orleans, Atlanta and Orlando, all with total prices between $283 and $309.

Hotels Set the Tone

Hotel costs were the pivotal factor in determining the most and least expensive cities on TripIndex:

• The cheapest average hotel room globally goes to Bangkok, at $81 per night – while at more than four times the cost, London rates are the most expensive, at $362 per night.

• The average cost of a room in the 10 cheapest global cities for hotels is $113, while the 10 most expensive destinations come in at an average of $262.

• The most affordable hotel room in the U.S. is in Las Vegas, where travelers can expect to pay $125. The most expensive room goes to Boston, coming in on the TripIndex at $354.

Brooke Ferencsik, Director of Communications for TripAdvisor concludes, “TripIndex is a useful resource to help travelers see how far their dollar will go, make budget-appropriate trip choices and offer inspiration for those considering a city trip this summer.”

Traveling just became a little bit easier!

To view the full Trip Index, visit their website.

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