Austin vs Lviv vs Madrid vs Panama City

Austin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Lviv ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Madrid ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
Panama City ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Population 926,426 731,387 6,578,0179 880,691
Official language(s) English (de facto) Ukrainian Spanish Spanish
Level of English Very high Low Moderate Low
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Lviv Danylo Halytskyi International Airport (LWO) Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD) Tocumen International Airport (PTY)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November May - September March - May, September - November December - April
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) UAH - Ukrainian Hryvnia (โ‚ด) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) PAB - Panamanian Balboa (B/.)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere Accepted everywhere Accepted almost everywhere but not in smaller shops.
Remote worker visa No No Yes Yes
Average monthly costs $3484 $922 $2498 $2359
Rent $1650 $400 $1174 $1036
Groceries $243 $91 $175 $236
Dining out $396 $151 $313 $371
Cafe $66 $21 $51 $43
Coworking space $331 $79 $196 $157
Mobile internet $40 $4 $10 $21
Public transportation $110 $5 $78 $12
Taxis $73 $12 $44 $48
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $16 $49 $0
Sport and cultural events $54 $13 $54 $35
Museums and sights $11 $9 $20 $9
Nightlife $124 $43 $82 $117
Gym $62 $22 $44 $37
Yoga $139 $30 $142 $163
Massage $89 $27 $64 $75
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. Vodafone, Kyivstar Orange, Movistar, Vodafone Claro, Movistar
Tipping 15-20% at restaurants, 1USD or more per drink at cafes and bars 10% in restaurants, not expected elsewhere Not customary or expected but small tips are appreciated. 10% in restaurants, round up elsewhere
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft Uber, Uklon Uber, Cabify, MyTaxi Free Now Uber, Tu Chofer
Tap water Drinkable Not drinkable 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. 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). Fresh, regional produce accentuated with garlic and olive oil and mixed with various meats and seafoods. Influenced both by Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern flavors. 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 Lviv cheesecake, fish Zupa, Tsivikli, Karmanadli, Banosh, Borscht, Salo, Syrnyky Paella, tapas, tortilla, gazpacho, pulpo a la gallega, callos a la madrileรฑa, churros 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 grills, themed taverns, local breweries, small bakeries Have some tapas and sangria at a tasca and paella at an authentic eatery. Keep an eye on the time and visit a cafeteria for a mid-afternoon merienda and some churros! Fondas (roadside stalls), smaller local restaurants, local markets, food trucks
Vegetarian / vegan options 30 options on HappyCow 9 options on HappyCow 85 listings on Happy Cow 7 options on HappyCow