Austin vs Bucharest vs Lviv vs Panama City vs Playa del Carmen

Austin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
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Bucharest ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด
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Lviv ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
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Panama City ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฆ
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Playa del Carmen ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
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Population 926,426 1,830,000 731,387 880,691 259,453
Official language(s) English (de facto) Romanian Ukrainian Spanish Spanish
Level of English Very high High Low Low Moderate
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Henri Coanda International Airport (OTP) Lviv Danylo Halytskyi International Airport (LWO) Tocumen International Airport (PTY) Cancun International Airport (CUN)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November April - October May - September December - April January - May, October - December
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) RON - Romanian Leu (L) UAH - Ukrainian Hryvnia (โ‚ด) PAB - Panamanian Balboa (B/.) MXN - Mexican Peso ($)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere but not in smaller shops. Accepted almost everywhere
Remote worker visa No No No Yes Yes
Average monthly costs $3484 $1351 $922 $2359 $2143
Rent $1650 $615 $400 $1036 $923
Groceries $243 $114 $91 $236 $127
Dining out $396 $165 $151 $371 $207
Cafe $66 $38 $21 $43 $42
Coworking space $331 $133 $79 $157 $160
Mobile internet $40 $7 $4 $21 $21
Public transportation $110 $21 $5 $12 $17
Taxis $73 $9 $12 $48 $9
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $25 $16 $0 $49
Sport and cultural events $54 $29 $13 $35 $97
Museums and sights $11 $29 $9 $9 $217
Nightlife $124 $45 $43 $117 $77
Gym $62 $30 $22 $37 $42
Yoga $139 $59 $30 $163 $54
Massage $89 $31 $27 $75 $101
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. Vodafone, Orange Vodafone, Kyivstar Claro, Movistar 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% in restaurants, not expected elsewhere 10% in restaurants, round up elsewhere 10-15% for restaurants
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft Star Taxi, Uber Uber, Uklon Uber, Tu Chofer N/A
Tap water Drinkable Not 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. Wide range of meat and fish dishes, soups, salads and cheeses influenced by German, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek and Ukrainian cuisine. 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. 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 Lviv cheesecake, fish Zupa, Tsivikli, Karmanadli, Banosh, Borscht, Salo, Syrnyky Sancocho de gallina, carimanola, empanadas, tamales panameรฑos, tostones, ropa vieja 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 Local grills, themed taverns, local breweries, small bakeries Fondas (roadside stalls), smaller local restaurants, local markets, food trucks Taco stands, esquite stalls, El Fogon, El Pirata, Dona Mary's
Vegetarian / vegan options 30 options on HappyCow 33 listings on Happy Cow 9 options on HappyCow 7 options on HappyCow 72 listings on Happy Cow