Austin vs Barbados vs Da Nang vs Rio de Janeiro

Austin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Barbados ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ง
Da Nang ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ
Rio de Janeiro ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท
Population 926,426 110,000 1,125,316 6,718,903
Official language(s) English (de facto) English, Bajan Creole Vietnamese Portuguese
Level of English Very high Very high Low Low
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Bridgetown/Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) Da Nang International Airport (DAD) Galeรฃo International Airport
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November November - May February - May January - March, December
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) BBD - Barbadian dollar ($) VND - Vietnamese Dong (โ‚ซ) BRL - Brazilian Real (R$)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted in some places, cash also needed for smaller businesses Accepted in some places. Cash also needed. Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No Yes No No
Average monthly costs $3484 $2702 $959 $1833
Rent $1650 $1054 $316 $1066
Groceries $243 $234 $161 $95
Dining out $396 $345 $128 $210
Cafe $66 $75 $35 $25
Coworking space $331 $321 $88 $130
Mobile internet $40 $49 $4 $7
Public transportation $110 $35 $15 $33
Taxis $73 $106 $15 $14
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $0 $0 $16
Sport and cultural events $54 $37 $6 $55
Museums and sights $11 $36 $2 $26
Nightlife $124 $96 $74 $54
Gym $62 $86 $34 $31
Yoga $139 $130 $71 $40
Massage $89 $99 $10 $32
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. Digicel Viettel, Vinafone Tim, Claro, Vivo
Tipping 15-20% at restaurants, 1USD or more per drink at cafes and bars 10 - 15% usually included in restaurants, add 10 - 15% at bars 5-15% in restaurants, round up at bars and cafes 10% usually included in restaurants, 10% at bars and cafes with table service is common
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft None available Grab Easy Taxi, 99 Taxi, Uber
Tap water Drinkable Not 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. Bajan cuisine features an eclectic mix of European, Asian, and Caribbean styles resulting in bold, tasty and crunchy meat or fish dishes with lots of spices, lime juice, thyme and salads laden with local vegetables and hot side dishes. Healthy and with robust flavors, Vietnamese cuisine combines noodles and rice with a variety of greens and local herbs to compliment specially seasoned pork, beef or seafood dishes. In Da Nang, you'll find a strong emphasis on barbecued seafood dishes as well as fish-based sauces. Emphasis on rice, beans, pork and beef with a variety of root vegetables and fresh fruits. Fresh seafood is also very common.
Local food specialities Frito pie, queso, apple pie, kolaches, BBQ ribs, tacos Cou-cou and flying fish, fish cakes, cutters, pudding and souse, macaroni pie, conkies, Bajan black cake, sea eggs Chao Tom, Bahn Xeo, Goi Cuon, Bun Thit Nuong, Bahn Cuon, Mi Quang, Bun nam, Bun cha ca Feijoada, bolinho de bacalhau, fried sardines, caldo verde, pao de queijo and brigadeiros.
Eat like a local Local tex-mex restaurants, lunch BBQ joints, taquerias, food trucks, local breweries Food trucks, pubs, seaside street food, roadside carts, local seafood restaurants, smaller traditional restaurants and rum shops Smaller, local restaurants, roadside eateries, street food stalls and local markets The "snack capital" of Brazil, Rio is a perfect place to try street food as well as the wide varieties of small, traditional eateries and churrascarias easily found across the city.
Vegetarian / vegan options 30 options on HappyCow 14 options on HappyCow 107 options on HappyCow 54 options on Happy Cow