We all know that traveling requires us to dip into our budgets a bit, but some cities are worse off than others. While some of the metropolises on these lists should come as no surprise for vacationers, there are are few that you might not have expected.
The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) released their 2013 report about tax bills for major tourist destinations, and the results show that taxes implemented on travel-related services increased by a stunning 58 percent in 2013, so there's no doubt that traveling has become much more expensive for Americans. This is why is it recommended to protect your investment by purchasing trip insurance. While GBTA mainly focuses on business travel-related matters, these numbers will greatly affect leisure travelers as well.
The survey took into account many aspects of travel, including taxes on rental cars, hotel lodging and restaurant meal taxes. GBTA also only looked at the top 50 markets across the U.S. Here are the top 10 cities with the highest travel-related taxes and the combined single-day dollar amount that you should expect to pay while vacationing in them:
10. Houston, Texas – $34.16
9. Nashville, Tennessee – $34.75
8. Seattle, Washington – $35.11
7. Boston, Massachusetts – $35.32
6. Cleveland, Ohio – $35.41
5. Indianapolis, Indiana – $36.00
4. Kansas City, Missouri – $36.61
3. Minneapolis, Minnesota – $36.70
2. New York City, New York – $38.65
1. Chicago, Illinois – $41.04
If you were planning on visiting Wrigley Field for a Cubs game, are looking to let your hair down at Lollapalooza in August or want to do some shopping on Michigan Avenue, then expect to shell out some dollars. Chicago may have a lot of world-class attractions, but you will likely have to pay a little extra to enjoy them. New York City and Minneapolis weren't too far behind, and there were some Southern cities who also made the list in terms of high tax burden, including Nashville, Houston and Kansas City.
However, the news wasn't all bad. The GBTA also released the cities with the lowest travel-related tax burden in the U.S. So, if you're on a budget, you might want to head to these wonderful locales this summer:
10. Orlando, Florida – $24.94
9. Ontario, California – $24.93
8. Honolulu, Hawaii – $24.67
7. Burbank, California – $24.59
6. Orange County, California – $23.61
5. Portland, Oregon – $22.86
4. Detroit, Michigan – $22.80
3. West Palm Beach, Florida – $22.61
2. Fort Myers, Florida – $22.61
1. Fort Lauderdale, Florida – $22.61
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