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What a dollar will buy around the world

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Anyone who has traveled internationally knows what it’s like to feel rich or poor depending on which currency is being exchanged with the dollar. But to those that have only dealt with dollars and euros, which have had similar values in recent years, it might be surprising just to see what one single US dollar can buy throughout the rest of the world. Recently the World Bank conducted an online awareness campaign to raise awareness of world poverty by encouraging everyone to come up with things that cost only one dollar in their country.

As probably every American knows, there is not much that only one dollar can buy. One is lucky to find a soda machine that sells soda for less than a dollar within the past five years. There is also varying cost of livings in the United States. But in New York City, one of the most expensive cities in the world where a homeless person might be in the same subway car as a celebrity, slices of pizza that only cost one dollar can be a comfort food for anyone. McDonalds has a value meal, so one could buy a coffee or a small French fry, for example. But unfortunately, the dollar value menu at McDonalds does not include tax, so it is not truly only one dollar, is it?

But one does not have to be poor to want cheap things. A lot of times, travelers are on a shoestring budget in order to afford such a vacation. Unless they are ethnic food enthusiasts, going out to restaurants every day to eat is too much pain for the wallet. Eating is just for survival only. What things have you bought for less than one dollar on your travels?


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