For one enchanted evening, Honolulu is costliest
Las Vegas takes title of cheapest US city for a night on the town in TripAdvisor's third anual index.
This post is by MSN Money editor Bev O'Shea.
Thinking of taking your sweetie out for a big date night? If money is no object and you're traveling without passports, think Honolulu. It's ranked as the nation's most expensive city for a night on the town, according to a report from TripAdvisor.
Trip Advisor's TripIndex 2013 tracks the cost of two martinis, a two-course dinner paired with a bottle of house wine, a room for two at a four-star hotel and a taxi to dinner and back to your luxurious accommodations (four miles round-trip).
In Honolulu, the total comes to $504.94 -- not counting airfare to get you there, of course. Honolulu jumped to the top from No. 4 last year. The next-most expensive cities for a night out were New York, Boston and San Francisco.
There are cheaper alternatives. The nation's least expensive city for a night out is Las Vegas, where the tab would be a budget-friendlier $272.94.
Overseas Sofia, Bulgaria, is the most economical city for a night on the town: Pulling out out all the stops will set you back only $158.42. And the world's most expensive city for a night out is Oslo, Norway, where a couple would spend $581.08 for similar fare. (Globally, Honolulu doesn't crack the top five.)
In general, the U.S. cities boasting the cheapest date nights are in the South, with Miami, Dallas and Atlanta following Las Vegas as least expensive venues. But that's not true of every destination down South.
Note the absence of perennial family favorite Orlando, Fla., where hotel prices are up a hefty 33% from last year.
In Europe, bargains can be found in Eastern European towns including Warsaw and Budapest, while much higher prices will be found in Western cities such as Zurich, Stockholm, London and Copenhagen.
Other fun facts from the TripAdvisor survey:
Travelers can rest their heads for one night in a Honolulu hotel ($389.36) or stay three nights in a Las Vegas hotel for nearly the same price ($135.94, per night)
For the price of a round-trip taxi ride in London, England ($41.47) travelers can make a similar journey nearly 20 times in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia ($2.13 each)
- A couple can dine out in Taipei, Taiwan ($44.86, dinner for two), for the price of two cocktails in Seoul, South Korea ($44.50).
Brooke Ferencsik, director of communications at TripAdvisor, said the list is intended to help people plan their vacations to get the most for their money. Although the price of lodging is going up, she said travelers can still find "exceptional value for accommodations in popular American destinations such as Las Vegas, Miami and New Orleans."
Viva Las Vegas.
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i still like my red-neck, candle-lit tail-gate dinners. a nice female companion, two candles, a take out pizza or equivalent, a cooler of refreshing drinks and a couple of folding chairs at the tail-gate. no screaming babies, no loud mouthed drunks, no cursing from the kitchen!
just the soft music of night-birds, frogs and insects! maybe some good mood music on the portable c.d. player. it might be advisable to bring along a blow-up matress, air pump and some light blankets for later!
i do love living in sowega!
Not sure where they got the idea of all that stuff for a date. Who uses a hotel for a "night on the town" unless you're already on vacation? And if you are... why include the hotel? You're obviously going to be there more than 1 night. I don't know anyone who goes to Honolulu for a single night.
Hubby and I have simple date nights. A nice dinner, maybe a glass of wine (for him, not me. I don't drink.), an ice cream cone on the beach (hey, living in So. Flo. has its perks!) and maybe a movie. Total cost would be less than $100. A lot less. If we REALLY wanted to splurge, we might go to a play or something and then take a walk downtown. The tickets to the play would still be the most expensive thing though.
Cape Town, RSA
The Cod Farther on the beach was absolutely fantastic meal, with wine (bottle of very good wine) was about $20.00. This is a very upscale restaurant where you pick the fresh cuts you want.
Two big macs with med fies and cokes just under $20. Two movie tix at least $25. One popcorn and 2 drinks at least $20. Two post movie coffees at least $10. Round trip subway or bus at least $10 unless you both have an unlimited monthly Metrocard.
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