Austin vs Barcelona vs Istanbul

Austin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
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Barcelona ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
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Istanbul ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท
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Population 926,426 5,585,556 15,520,000
Official language(s) English (de facto) Catalan, Spanish Turkish
Level of English Very high High Low
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN) Istanbul Airport (IST)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November April - June, September - November April - June, September and October
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) TRY - Turkish Lira (โ‚บ)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost evewhere Accepted in most places
Remote worker visa No Yes No
Average monthly costs $3484 $2776 $1324
Rent $1650 $1085 $711
Groceries $243 $141 $89
Dining out $396 $469 $163
Cafe $66 $52 $36
Coworking space $331 $248 $99
Mobile internet $40 $12 $6
Public transportation $110 $148 $12
Taxis $73 $56 $12
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $28 $5
Sport and cultural events $54 $95 $22
Museums and sights $11 $39 $30
Nightlife $124 $130 $44
Gym $62 $95 $19
Yoga $139 $108 $46
Massage $89 $69 $30
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. Vodafone, Movistar Turkcell, Turk Telekom
Tipping 15-20% at restaurants, 1USD or more per drink at cafes and bars 5-10% in restaurants if service is exceptional, not expected elsewhere Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafรฉs and bars
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft Cabify, FreeNow BiTaksi
Tap water Drinkable Drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine Emphasis on barbecued meats (beef and pork) as well as corn-based dishes and tex-mex, and rich American-style desserts. Catalan cuisine makes extensive use of Mediterranean vegetables, legumes mixed with pork in its many varieties, chicken and fish. Regularly mixes sweet and savory flavors in specific dishes. This cuisine is known for being bold in flavor and striking in color, with a variety of specific regional dishes found the culinary hub that is Barcelona. A fusion of cultures creates diverse dishes with bulgur, koftes, stews, eggplants and fish
Local food specialities Frito pie, queso, apple pie, kolaches, BBQ ribs, tacos Paella, bombas, esqueixada, pa amb tomรกquet, escalivada, crema Catalana, gazpacho, chorizo Dรถner, ฤฐรงli Kรถfte, Dondurma, Karnฤฑyarฤฑk, Turkish delight
Eat like a local Local tex-mex restaurants, lunch BBQ joints, taquerias, food trucks, local breweries Taverns, tapas bars, local markets, bodegas and street food spots Traditional breakfasts, street stalls for simit, lahmacun and kokorec, Turkish coffee
Vegetarian / vegan options 30 options on HappyCow 98 options on HappyCow 59 listings on Happy Cow