Austin vs Buenos Aires vs Da Nang vs Rio de Janeiro

Austin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Buenos Aires ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท
Da Nang ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ
Rio de Janeiro ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท
Population 926,426 2,900,000 1,125,316 6,718,903
Official language(s) English (de facto) Spanish Vietnamese Portuguese
Level of English Very high High Low Low
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE) Da Nang International Airport (DAD) Galeรฃo International Airport
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November September - December February - May January - March, December
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) ARS - Argentine Peso ($) VND - Vietnamese Dong (โ‚ซ) BRL - Brazilian Real (R$)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted everywhere. (ID required!) Accepted in some places. Cash also needed. Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No No No No
Average monthly costs $3484 $1321 $959 $1833
Rent $1650 $844 $316 $1066
Groceries $243 $98 $161 $95
Dining out $396 $121 $128 $210
Cafe $66 $25 $35 $25
Coworking space $331 $95 $88 $130
Mobile internet $40 $11 $4 $7
Public transportation $110 $9 $15 $33
Taxis $73 $9 $15 $14
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $14 $0 $16
Sport and cultural events $54 $24 $6 $55
Museums and sights $11 $4 $2 $26
Nightlife $124 $23 $74 $54
Gym $62 $14 $34 $31
Yoga $139 $19 $71 $40
Massage $89 $10 $10 $32
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. Movistar, Claro, Personal Viettel, Vinafone Tim, Claro, Vivo
Tipping 15-20% at restaurants, 1USD or more per drink at cafes and bars 10% at restaurants and cafรฉs is common, not common 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 Uber (not official), Cabify, BA Taxi (Spanish only) 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. Argentinian style with an emphasis on red meats, pastries, and Italian-inspired options 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 Asado, empanadas (Argentinian style), locro, milanesa napolitana, facturas and alfajores 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 Local restaurants serving asados grill-to-dish (Parrillas), markets (San Telmo, Recoleta) and local cafรฉs for matรฉ and facturas 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 79 options on Happy Cow 107 options on HappyCow 54 options on Happy Cow