Fancy a bargain-basement holiday? You asked for it!
Both Mercer, a consultancy, and Expatistan, an expats' website, rank cities by the prices of dozens of everyday items - from a cup of coffee, pub meal, theatre tickets and new business shoes to the cost on the ground of cheese, milk, chicken breast and a Big Mac Meal. The result? A pretty reliable indicator of the impact each city will have on your travel wallet.
Here's our selection, backed by a wealth of travellers' reports, of the 12 best budget city destinations worthy of your hard-earned cash.