Austin vs Bogota vs Cape Town

Austin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Bogota ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด
Cape Town ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Population 926,426 10,978,360 4,617,560
Official language(s) English (de facto) Spanish Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans and English
Level of English Very high Low Very high
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) El Dorado International Airport (BOG) Cape Town International Airport (CPT)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November January - March, December March - May, September - November
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) COP - Colombian Peso ($) ZAR - South African Rand (R)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted everywhere Accepted almost everywhere, but cash still needed in smaller shops
Remote worker visa No No No
Average monthly costs $3484 $1097 $1549
Rent $1650 $480 $618
Groceries $243 $82 $129
Dining out $396 $174 $269
Cafe $66 $22 $32
Coworking space $331 $77 $151
Mobile internet $40 $11 $27
Public transportation $110 $23 $55
Taxis $73 $28 $21
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $17 $49
Sport and cultural events $54 $22 $19
Museums and sights $11 $7 $15
Nightlife $124 $46 $43
Gym $62 $15 $36
Yoga $139 $57 $56
Massage $89 $37 $30
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. Tigo, Movistar, Claro MTN, Vodacom
Tipping 15-20% at restaurants, 1USD or more per drink at cafes and bars 10% service included in all bills, not required or expected at bars without table service 10 - 15% at restaurants, round up elsewhere
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft Uber, Cabify Uber, Bolt
Tap water Drinkable Not 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. 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.
Local food specialities Frito pie, queso, apple pie, kolaches, BBQ ribs, tacos Arepas, ajiaco santaferense, buรฑuelos, patacones, tรฉ de coca, changua Bitlong and droewors, boerewors, Cape Malay curry, bobotie, melkert, gatsby, bunny chow
Eat like a local Local tex-mex restaurants, lunch BBQ joints, taquerias, food trucks, local breweries 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
Vegetarian / vegan options 30 options on HappyCow 104 options on Happy Cow 24 options on HappyCow