| NEW YORK, June 11
NEW YORK, June 11 Travelers looking to get the
most for their money on summer vacations may want to avoid
Honolulu and Oslo, Norway, which are the most expensive cities
according to a survey released on Tuesday, and head instead to
Las Vegas or Sofia in Bulgaria.
Travel website TripAdvisor.com compared the cost in cities
around the world for an average overnight stay for two people,
cocktails, dinner and wine and a taxi ride, and found that
cities in the U.S. South, Eastern Europe and Asia had the best
Miami, Dallas, Atlanta and Portland, Oregon also scored high
marks for affordability and summer bargains, as did Hanoi,
Warsaw, Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt and Budapest.
At the other end of the scale, high hotel costs and pricey
cocktails made New York City the second-most expensive U.S.
summer destination, and fourth internationally, followed by
Boston, San Francisco and Chicago. Zurich, Stockholm and Paris
were among the priciest foreign cities.
"Big name cities do not have to mean big travels budgets,"
said Brooke Ferencsik, TripAdvisor.com's director of
"If you really are eager to get to Europe, you can find
affordable deals. A great affordable escape is Sofia, Bulgaria,
which ranked No. 1, overall and where the average hotel price is
less than $100 a night," he said in an interview.
Other affordable international destinations include Bangkok,
Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Tunis, Cape Town and Riyadh, which
rounded out the top 10.
In the United States New Orleans was sixth in affordability,
followed by Houston, Minneapolis, Denver and Philadelphia.
Honolulu, where a room for two in a four-star hotel costs an
average of $389.36, compared to $135.94 in Las Vegas, saw a 33
percent rise in room rates since last year, helping it secure
the title of priciest U.S. city for a summer getaway.
"Savvy travelers know how to analyze a trip and break it
down for their budgets by recognizing that accommodation is the
biggest ticket item," said Ferencsik.
Although hotels make up the biggest portion of a travel
budget, restaurant tabs and taxi fares can also add up quickly.
While Oslo had more affordable room rates at $220.99 than
other cities, the $276.72 bill for dinner for two and expensive
drinks and taxis secured its place as the most-expensive foreign
London had the steepest taxi fares, with a 2-mile trip to a
destination and back again costing a total of $41.47, which
TripAdvisor.com said was nearly 20 times more than a similar
ride in Kuala Lumpur, in Malaysia.
And in Taipei, people can dine out twice for $44.86 in a
mid-range restaurant for the same price as two rounds of
martinis at a top-rated hotel bar in Seoul, the survey found.
TripAdvisor calculated the costs in local currencies between
March and April and converted them into dollars on April 19.
(Reporting by Patricia Reaney; editing by Chris Michaud and