Austin vs Bucharest vs Panama City

Austin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
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Bucharest ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด
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Panama City ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฆ
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Population 926,426 1,830,000 880,691
Official language(s) English (de facto) Romanian Spanish
Level of English Very high High Low
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Henri Coanda International Airport (OTP) Tocumen International Airport (PTY)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November April - October December - April
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) RON - Romanian Leu (L) PAB - Panamanian Balboa (B/.)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere but not in smaller shops.
Remote worker visa No No Yes
Average monthly costs $3484 $1462 $2354
Rent $1650 $665 $1034
Groceries $243 $123 $235
Dining out $396 $178 $371
Cafe $66 $41 $43
Coworking space $331 $144 $156
Mobile internet $40 $8 $21
Public transportation $110 $23 $12
Taxis $73 $10 $48
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $27 $0
Sport and cultural events $54 $31 $35
Museums and sights $11 $32 $9
Nightlife $124 $49 $117
Gym $62 $33 $37
Yoga $139 $64 $162
Massage $89 $34 $75
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. Vodafone, Orange Claro, Movistar
Tipping 15-20% at restaurants, 1USD or more per drink at cafes and bars 5% - 10% at restaurants, 5% - 10% tip for services is appreciated but not expected, round up for taxis 10% in restaurants, round up elsewhere
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft Star Taxi, Uber Uber, Tu Chofer
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. Wide range of meat and fish dishes, soups, salads and cheeses influenced by German, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek and Ukrainian cuisine. Latin American. Emphasis on rice, beans, coconut, and local fruits and vegetables. Pork and beef are regularly used and influence from the islands gives seafood dishes a prominent spot in Panamanian cuisine.
Local food specialities Frito pie, queso, apple pie, kolaches, BBQ ribs, tacos Sarmale, mฤƒmฤƒligฤƒ, mici, ciolan cu fasole, ciorbฤƒ de burtฤƒ, covrig, papanasi Sancocho de gallina, carimanola, empanadas, tamales panameรฑos, tostones, ropa vieja
Eat like a local Local tex-mex restaurants, lunch BBQ joints, taquerias, food trucks, local breweries Set lunch menus, cafe terraces, cofeterias Fondas (roadside stalls), smaller local restaurants, local markets, food trucks
Vegetarian / vegan options 30 options on HappyCow 33 listings on Happy Cow 7 options on HappyCow