What much does a $1 buy around the world?


In our globalized world of today there are many fascinating facets of daily life that we can experience, thanks to the internet! Well, although not in the real sense, but the mere fact that we can read, hear and watch news and happenings from every corner of the globe, via all the available tools in the digital space is… BREATHTAKING, to say the least!

Take the economy, well… make it the global economy, and how everything is interlinked. In particularly THE VALUE OF MONEY!

I stumbled upon an interesting piece in Lonely Planet, entitled WHAT $1 BUYS AROUND THE WORLD, and it’s an insightful look at the difference that a $1 can make. While in the daily life of an American a dollar probably equates to the Dollar Menu at McDonald’s (and other fast food restaurants), in some countries it’s what one survives on for an entire day!

So read on and you’ll understand why. PS: all the information was gathered through a Facebook survey that Lonely Planet conducted. The many wonders of Social Media!:

The Philippines: a $1 buys you a haircut, 45 kikiam (fried fish) or 9 lumpias (veggie spring rolls), among others. ~ Contemporary Nomad

Chester, England: US$1 (63 pence) gets me half a loaf of bread. As for Philippines, one of the best things you can get with $1 is a big bag of sweets to keep in your backpack, to hand out to kids. ~ James

Vienna, Austria: a dollar would buy you a freshly baked Kornspitz (a kind of bread roll), but wouldn’t be enough for a salty pickle from a street market or a short-distance public transport ticket. However, with the change from that Kornspitz, you can visit the museum of applied art (MAK) on a Saturday since it’s free of charge. ~ Dilyan

Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain: it will get you a good cup of coffee in the capital, Santa Cruz, but in the tourist areas of the South you will be lucky if it gets you half a cup. ~ Linda

South India: it will give a unlimited servings of rice with rasam, sambhar, curd, papad, 1 piece sweet on a banana leaf. ~ Tarun

Cebu, Philippines: $1 can get 30-45 minutes of a glorious foot massage ~ Dexter

Nepal: you can get momo (ten units of dumpling) and a 250ml of coke. ~ Niraj

Croatia: a big scoop of ice-cream. ~ Morana

The UK: 60 pence buys you about 3/4 litre of milk, half a litre of petrol/diesel for your car, 2 cigarettes (that’s two single ones, not a packet), 3 apples, 2 days supply of the Sun tabloid newspaper, a small portion of fries from Maccy D’s or a can of coke from my office vending machine. ~ Alex

Denmark: you can get a litre of milk, a ciabatta bun in the Godthaabsvej Bakery, a stamp for a postcard/letter with receiver in Denmark, a cucumber or maybe a chocolate bar. 1 dollar = 5,5 danish kroner ~ Sandra

Budapest, Hungary: 1 scoop of ice cream/4 small apples/1 plain hamburger at McDonald’s/1 postcard/1 daily newspaper/30 minutes parking in the downtown area ~ Csaba

Canada: Nothing! Haha. Blame it on Canadian taxes ~ Ashley

Faroe Islands, Portugal: a pack of chewing gum, 2 apples at the supermarket, some candy probably, hardly anything ~ Bjarki

Jakarta, Indonesia: a dollar buys you a plate of nasi bungkus (mixed rice), or gado gado (salad with peanut sauce) at a street-side food vendor, 2 packs of kretek (clove cigarettes), or a one way busway (Jakarta’s bus system with dedicated lanes) ticket. ~ Dian

Vietnam: you can buy either 1 hat, 1 or 2 magazine(s), 1 DVD, 3 pairs of flip sandals, 5 instant noodle packages or snacks, 1 meal in some cheap food courts. ALOT, rite? ~ Lynn

Italy: a litre of cheap wine or 1kg Spaghetti or 6 bottles of mineral water and just about one tablet of Ibruprofen which you might need if you drank the cheap vino!!! ~ Robert

Chiang Mai, Thailand: The question is, what can’t you get in Chiang Mai for US$1? Street food doesn’t usually cost more than that. I even get a cooked to order vegetarian lunch delivered to my office everyday for that price. ~ Sheila

Bogotá, Colombia: A cup of coffee and 2 fresh baked cookies. Or an arepa with some spicy home made aji salsa! ~ Andrew

Seoul, South Korea: one subway or bus ticket and a mask pack for your skin. ~ Yun

Egypt: you could buy a koshary plate which is an Egyptian dish which basically includes spaghetti, rice, lentil and fried onions on the top. Another choice would be about ten Fool (beans) sandwiches maybe even some falafel or in other parts of Cairo just a donut. ~ Aly

India: ‎1USD = around 50 Indian Rupees which can get you a hearty meal of boiled rice, dal, vegetables, pickles, chutney and papads in a Kolkata ‘basa’ …and it’s usually eat as much as you want! ~ Priyanka

Costa Rica: you can buy one papaya, one watermelon, one pineapple… and perhaps a cup of coffee of decent quality. ~ Luis

Los Angeles, USA: one hour of street parking ~ Christina

Paris, France: about 40% of an espresso at Starbucks. ~ Michael

Dubai, UAE: a dollar will get you a ‘Jabal Al Noor’ shawarma. ~ Ineke

Portugal: 1 espresso coffee. Except if you are in the airport ~ Nuno

Australia: a scratchy (lottery ticket) with the chance of getting enough cash together for your next trip ~ Kin

Inspiration: Lonely Planet

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5 Responses to What much does a $1 buy around the world?

  1. Tammy McLeod says:

    Great find. Thanks for sharing. I have traveling a lot but always with a Lonely Planet tucked in my pack.

  2. I am so glad I don’t eat all that processed food anymore. Having my own garden and feeding my family from it has been very healthy for us.

  3. i always get a foot massage coz i find it very relaxing and soothing’~.

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