Austin vs Lviv vs New York City vs Panama City vs Playa del Carmen

Austin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Lviv ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
New York City ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Panama City ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Playa del Carmen ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
Population 926,426 731,387 8,323,340 880,691 259,453
Official language(s) English (de facto) Ukrainian English (de facto) Spanish Spanish
Level of English Very high Low Very high Low Moderate
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Lviv Danylo Halytskyi International Airport (LWO) John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) Tocumen International Airport (PTY) Cancun International Airport (CUN)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November May - September April - June, September - November December - April January - May, October - December
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) UAH - Ukrainian Hryvnia (โ‚ด) USD - US Dollar ($) PAB - Panamanian Balboa (B/.) MXN - Mexican Peso ($)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere Accepted everywhere Accepted almost everywhere but not in smaller shops. Accepted almost everywhere
Remote worker visa No No No Yes Yes
Average monthly costs $3484 $922 $5431 $2359 $2143
Rent $1650 $400 $2891 $1036 $923
Groceries $243 $91 $383 $236 $127
Dining out $396 $151 $656 $371 $207
Cafe $66 $21 $72 $43 $42
Coworking space $331 $79 $326 $157 $160
Mobile internet $40 $4 $45 $21 $21
Public transportation $110 $5 $220 $12 $17
Taxis $73 $12 $78 $48 $9
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $16 $30 $0 $49
Sport and cultural events $54 $13 $100 $35 $97
Museums and sights $11 $9 $74 $9 $217
Nightlife $124 $43 $195 $117 $77
Gym $62 $22 $55 $37 $42
Yoga $139 $30 $197 $163 $54
Massage $89 $27 $109 $75 $101
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. Vodafone, Kyivstar AT&T, Verizon Claro, Movistar Telcel, Movistar
Tipping 15-20% at restaurants, 1USD or more per drink at cafes and bars 10% in restaurants, not expected elsewhere 15-20% at restaurants, 1 USD per drink at bars 10% in restaurants, round up elsewhere 10-15% for restaurants
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft Uber, Uklon Uber, Lyft Uber, Tu Chofer N/A
Tap water Drinkable Not drinkable 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. 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). American. Emphasis on comfort and fast food, with some good seafood dishes. Influence from other regions of the US, North America and the world make NYC a cosmopolitan and international cuisine hub that is incredibly diverse. 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 Lviv cheesecake, fish Zupa, Tsivikli, Karmanadli, Banosh, Borscht, Salo, Syrnyky Pizza, clam chowder, bagels, corned beef, pastrami, cheesecake, hot dogs, and hundred of other international food options. 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 Local grills, themed taverns, local breweries, small bakeries Delis, local pizza shops, street food stalls and food trucks, food markets, local bakeries and smaller, authentic international cuisine restaurants 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 9 options on HappyCow 309 options on HappyCow 7 options on HappyCow 72 listings on Happy Cow