Austin vs Buenos Aires vs Lviv vs Panama City

Austin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Buenos Aires ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท
Lviv ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Panama City ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Population 926,426 2,900,000 731,387 880,691
Official language(s) English (de facto) Spanish Ukrainian Spanish
Level of English Very high High Low Low
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE) Lviv Danylo Halytskyi International Airport (LWO) Tocumen International Airport (PTY)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November September - December May - September December - April
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) ARS - Argentine Peso ($) UAH - Ukrainian Hryvnia (โ‚ด) PAB - Panamanian Balboa (B/.)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted everywhere. (ID required!) Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere but not in smaller shops.
Remote worker visa No No No Yes
Average monthly costs $3484 $1321 $922 $2359
Rent $1650 $844 $400 $1036
Groceries $243 $98 $91 $236
Dining out $396 $121 $151 $371
Cafe $66 $25 $21 $43
Coworking space $331 $95 $79 $157
Mobile internet $40 $11 $4 $21
Public transportation $110 $9 $5 $12
Taxis $73 $9 $12 $48
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $14 $16 $0
Sport and cultural events $54 $24 $13 $35
Museums and sights $11 $4 $9 $9
Nightlife $124 $23 $43 $117
Gym $62 $14 $22 $37
Yoga $139 $19 $30 $163
Massage $89 $10 $27 $75
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. Movistar, Claro, Personal Vodafone, Kyivstar Claro, Movistar
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 10% in restaurants, not expected elsewhere 10% in restaurants, round up elsewhere
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft Uber (not official), Cabify, BA Taxi (Spanish only) Uber, Uklon Uber, Tu Chofer
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 Slavic. Emphasis on frilled meats combined with potatoes, carrots, pickles and cabbage. Creamy deserts often elaborated with cottage cheese. Lviv enjoys culinary influences from Kiev (traditional with an emphasis on chicken) and Odessa (various seafood dishes). 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 Asado, empanadas (Argentinian style), locro, milanesa napolitana, facturas and alfajores Lviv cheesecake, fish Zupa, Tsivikli, Karmanadli, Banosh, Borscht, Salo, Syrnyky 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 Local restaurants serving asados grill-to-dish (Parrillas), markets (San Telmo, Recoleta) and local cafรฉs for matรฉ and facturas Local grills, themed taverns, local breweries, small bakeries Fondas (roadside stalls), smaller local restaurants, local markets, food trucks
Vegetarian / vegan options 30 options on HappyCow 79 options on Happy Cow 9 options on HappyCow 7 options on HappyCow