Honolulu, Oslo most expensive cities for summer travel: report

Tue Jun 11, 2013 3:10pm EDT
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By Patricia Reaney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - 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 summer deals.

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 communications.

"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.   Continued...

People sunbathe in front of the Oslo Opera House, the home of the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, in Oslo June 20, 2012. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton