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11. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

Quoting Peter

Maybe a candidate for a survey?

What would be the exact things of interest?

Well, there are some standard things in Lonely Planets like a litre of petrol and stuff. But as you can't drink petrol (well technically it is possible of course) I would prefer the prices of coffee (to wake up), coke (to stay awake) and beer or wine (to get to sleep again).
Then the price of a decent meal of course, in a cheap place of course, no restaurants.
And the price of train, bus and plane travel within the country.

Holland:
Coffee, coke and beer all around 2 euro in a pub, but a can in the supermarket is about 50 cents.
Decent meal is about 8-10 euro in cheap places.
Bus ride within a city is usual around 1 euro or a little more.
Train: I only travel between utrecht and schiphol, about 8 euro for 30 minutes.

And ok...a litre of petrol: around 1.30 euro! Diesel 1 euro.
Sigarettes 4 euro for 20. Know you know how much tax we pay!

12. Posted by s_hoot (Respected Member 497 posts) 9y

This would be a great idea as I always check prices of the basics in my preliminary researching for a new trip to better understand the costs of day to day travelling. I suggest posting prices for things that seem to be consistent throughout most or all countries. the cost of Coke products is a good one as all countries have it. Mcdonalds is good one for food. gas prices i think would be bad because they are highly unstable, unless it could somehow be updated daily. more good ones: bottle of water, movie tickets, metro passes, dvds/cds.

13. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

I don't wanna spoil you guys' fun, but who's gonna keep that up-to-date?

That's not really an issue in the forums, but in a list comparing prices for basics like coffee etc., I think it does matter. Also, just mentioning 'coffee' for a country like France is hardly useful without some specification; coffee on Champs Elysee being 10 times as expensive as in a forgotten village in central France...

So the idea has my sympathy but I'd be very suspicious about reliability of the information contained in such a 'section'.

14. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Quoting bentivogli

That's not really an issue in the forums, but in a list comparing prices for basics like coffee etc., I think it does matter. Also, just mentioning 'coffee' for a country like France is hardly useful without some specification; coffee on Champs Elysee being 10 times as expensive as in a forgotten village in central France...

Take it as an average. Just the average prices of certain products, budget accomodation and restaurants. For France and other western countries should be a note explaining that at and near major attractions, these prices are higher.

15. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

in general prices for any country would only need to be updated once a year! this is in relation to annual inflation which i think is 2.5%, but also certain products go up higher than the inflation!

if your a smoker in ireland the price for ciggies are about to go up almost 50% because the government wants rid smokers! and tobacco!

how prices can be conducted and what one looks for is...how does one spend there holidays? what is the normal things that they would buy...

beer?
coffee?
hostel
hotel costs? in city? outside city?
bag of crisps

perhaps give best case scenario of prices in a city and worst case scenarions...eg in ireland you can get a pint of beer for 3.60 euro but it can easily cost 5.50 euro in other places...but on average a pint will be 4.50 euro.

i was planning to go to tokyo! when i knew it was in south east asia i thought...it has to be cheap but no its very very expensive so im not going to go there...so pricing for holidays / trips does really determine were one goes unless they have access to an abundance of funds!

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 15, 2007, at 7:36 AM by oslaue ]

16. Posted by PirateDani (Budding Member 153 posts) 9y

coke cola
pizza
standard one way bus, train, tram ticket (for one km?)
chocolate
bottle of water

oslaue, I completly agree. If I had known that Switzerland was so extortionatly expensive I would have travelled differently. I mean, a bottle of Coke cola cost me 4.50CHF (£2, 3euros).
Back in the uk, the max i pay is 95p, £1 (1.50euros) if im desperate and cant be bothered to walk into town.
And then again, when I go diving in the Red Sea, a glass bottle of coke cola (and we all know that glass bottled cola tastes FAR better) costs me 40EGP (20p, 0.30euros)

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