Austin vs Bangkok vs Bogota vs Cape Town vs Valencia

Austin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Bangkok ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ
Bogota ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด
Cape Town ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Valencia ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
Population 926,426 5,680,000 10,978,360 4,617,560 834,000
Official language(s) English (de facto) Thai Spanish Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans and English Spanish, Valencian
Level of English Very high Low Low Very high Moderate
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) El Dorado International Airport (BOG) Cape Town International Airport (CPT) Valencia Manises Airport (VLC)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November January - March, November, December January - March, December March - May, September - November March - June, September, October
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) THB - Thai Baht (เธฟ) COP - Colombian Peso ($) ZAR - South African Rand (R) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere Accepted everywhere Accepted almost everywhere, but cash still needed in smaller shops Accepted almost everywhere
Remote worker visa No No No No Yes
Average monthly costs $3484 $1560 $1097 $1549 $1976
Rent $1650 $616 $480 $618 $869
Groceries $243 $191 $82 $129 $146
Dining out $396 $168 $174 $269 $292
Cafe $66 $45 $22 $32 $42
Coworking space $331 $127 $77 $151 $152
Mobile internet $40 $23 $11 $27 $16
Public transportation $110 $32 $23 $55 $38
Taxis $73 $19 $28 $21 $42
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $17 $17 $49 $30
Sport and cultural events $54 $46 $22 $19 $73
Museums and sights $11 $21 $7 $15 $44
Nightlife $124 $50 $46 $43 $66
Gym $62 $96 $15 $36 $34
Yoga $139 $98 $57 $56 $87
Massage $89 $11 $37 $30 $45
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. AIS Tigo, Movistar, Claro MTN, Vodacom Vodafone, Orange
Tipping 15-20% at restaurants, 1USD or more per drink at cafes and bars 10% for restaurants, bars and services 10% service included in all bills, not required or expected at bars without table service 10 - 15% at restaurants, round up elsewhere Round up for good service at restaurants, not common at bars
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft Grab Uber, Cabify Uber, Bolt Cabify, FreeNow
Tap water Drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable Drinkable
Overall cuisine Emphasis on barbecued meats (beef and pork) as well as corn-based dishes and tex-mex, and rich American-style desserts. Meat and fish dishes, vegetables, noodles and soup Latin American. Dishes with beef, pork and chicken are often mixed with flour-based foods and fruity desserts. Heavy influence from the Andes and other Colombian regions. South African cuisine has been shaped by a long history of Dutch, Malay, British and Indian settlements, making the food diverse and strong in flavor. There is a strong emphasis on game in all of its different forms, as well as spicy sauces and sautรฉed vegetables and dry-cured meats. Creamy desserts and liqueurs compliment large and flavorful meals. Mediterranean style using vegetables, seafoods and meats
Local food specialities Frito pie, queso, apple pie, kolaches, BBQ ribs, tacos Pad thai, tom yam, kway teow reua, som tum, sooan Arepas, ajiaco santaferense, buรฑuelos, patacones, tรฉ de coca, changua Bitlong and droewors, boerewors, Cape Malay curry, bobotie, melkert, gatsby, bunny chow Paella, fideuร , esgarrat, orxata, bunyols
Eat like a local Local tex-mex restaurants, lunch BBQ joints, taquerias, food trucks, local breweries Food stalls, local markets, shophouse restaurants Local family restaurants and those from other regions. Menรบ del dรญa. Community markets and sports bars. Cape Malay shacks, food trucks, street food joints, local grills, small bakeries and food markets Tapas bars, markets, menu del dia (cheap set lunches)
Vegetarian / vegan options 30 options on HappyCow 416 listings on Happy Cow 104 options on Happy Cow 24 options on HappyCow 98 listings on Happy Cow