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

Austin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Lviv ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Panama City ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Playa del Carmen ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
Sofia ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ
Population 926,426 731,387 880,691 259,453 1,270,169
Official language(s) English (de facto) Ukrainian Spanish Spanish Bulgarian
Level of English Very high Low Low Moderate High
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Lviv Danylo Halytskyi International Airport (LWO) Tocumen International Airport (PTY) Cancun International Airport (CUN) Sofia International Airport (SOF)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November May - September December - April January - May, October - December April-June, September-October
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) UAH - Ukrainian Hryvnia (โ‚ด) PAB - Panamanian Balboa (B/.) MXN - Mexican Peso ($) BGN - Bulgarian Lev (ะปะฒ)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere but not in smaller shops. Accepted almost everywhere Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No No Yes Yes No
Average monthly costs $3484 $922 $2359 $2143 $1289
Rent $1650 $400 $1036 $923 $567
Groceries $243 $91 $236 $127 $10
Dining out $396 $151 $371 $207 $227
Cafe $66 $21 $43 $42 $27
Coworking space $331 $79 $157 $160 $140
Mobile internet $40 $4 $21 $21 $10
Public transportation $110 $5 $12 $17 $30
Taxis $73 $12 $48 $9 $12
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $16 $0 $49 $40
Sport and cultural events $54 $13 $35 $97 $18
Museums and sights $11 $9 $9 $217 $12
Nightlife $124 $43 $117 $77 $82
Gym $62 $22 $37 $42 $23
Yoga $139 $30 $163 $54 $62
Massage $89 $27 $75 $101 $29
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. Vodafone, Kyivstar Claro, Movistar Telcel, Movistar A1, Telenor, Vivacom
Tipping 15-20% at restaurants, 1USD or more per drink at cafes and bars 10% in restaurants, not expected elsewhere 10% in restaurants, round up elsewhere 10-15% for restaurants 10% in restaurants, 1-2 BGN at bars and cafรฉs
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft Uber, Uklon Uber, Tu Chofer N/A TaxiMe, TaxiStars
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. 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 Vegetables and mild spices are often mixed with dairy products to create rich chicken and pork products. Seafood dishes also popular in some regions of the country, making them popular in the capital.
Local food specialities Frito pie, queso, apple pie, kolaches, BBQ ribs, tacos 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 Kebapche, Bulgarian musaka, lyutenitsa, shkember chorba, kyufte, kavarma, banitsa and tarator
Eat like a local Local tex-mex restaurants, lunch BBQ joints, taquerias, food trucks, local breweries 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 Taverns, local BBQ restaurants, local markets and smaller eateries in residential and university areas.
Vegetarian / vegan options 30 options on HappyCow 9 options on HappyCow 7 options on HappyCow 72 listings on Happy Cow 20 options on HappyCow