Austin vs Bucharest vs Playa del Carmen

Austin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
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Bucharest ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด
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Playa del Carmen ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
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Population 926,426 1,830,000 259,453
Official language(s) English (de facto) Romanian Spanish
Level of English Very high High Moderate
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Henri Coanda International Airport (OTP) Cancun International Airport (CUN)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November April - October January - May, October - December
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) RON - Romanian Leu (L) MXN - Mexican Peso ($)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere
Remote worker visa No No Yes
Average monthly costs $3484 $1461 $2039
Rent $1650 $665 $878
Groceries $243 $123 $120
Dining out $396 $178 $197
Cafe $66 $41 $40
Coworking space $331 $144 $152
Mobile internet $40 $8 $20
Public transportation $110 $23 $16
Taxis $73 $10 $8
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $27 $47
Sport and cultural events $54 $31 $92
Museums and sights $11 $32 $206
Nightlife $124 $49 $73
Gym $62 $33 $40
Yoga $139 $64 $52
Massage $89 $34 $96
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. Vodafone, Orange Telcel, 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 10-15% for restaurants
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft Star Taxi, Uber N/A
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. Staple dishes from maize, beans, sweet potato and avocado along with meat, chili peppers and other spices
Local food specialities Frito pie, queso, apple pie, kolaches, BBQ ribs, tacos Sarmale, mฤƒmฤƒligฤƒ, mici, ciolan cu fasole, ciorbฤƒ de burtฤƒ, covrig, papanasi Chilaquiles, tacos al pastor, chile rellenos, cochinita pibil, tostadas, pozole
Eat like a local Local tex-mex restaurants, lunch BBQ joints, taquerias, food trucks, local breweries Set lunch menus, cafe terraces, cofeterias Taco stands, esquite stalls, El Fogon, El Pirata, Dona Mary's
Vegetarian / vegan options 30 options on HappyCow 33 listings on Happy Cow 72 listings on Happy Cow