Austin vs Bangkok vs Barcelona vs Bucharest vs Seoul vs Valencia

Austin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Bangkok ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ
Barcelona ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
Bucharest ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด
Seoul ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท
Valencia ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
Population 926,426 5,680,000 5,585,556 1,830,000 9,963,452 834,000
Official language(s) English (de facto) Thai Catalan, Spanish Romanian Korean Spanish, Valencian
Level of English Very high Low High High Moderate Moderate
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN) Henri Coanda International Airport (OTP) Incheon International Airport (ICN) Valencia Manises Airport (VLC)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November January - March, November, December April - June, September - November April - October March - May, September - November March - June, September, October
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) THB - Thai Baht (เธฟ) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) RON - Romanian Leu (L) KRW - South Korean won (โ‚ฉ) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost evewhere Accepted almost everywhere Accepted everywhere Accepted almost everywhere
Remote worker visa No No Yes No No Yes
Average monthly costs $3484 $1560 $2384 $1351 $2184 $1976
Rent $1650 $616 $932 $615 $797 $869
Groceries $243 $191 $121 $114 $356 $146
Dining out $396 $168 $403 $165 $211 $292
Cafe $66 $45 $45 $38 $69 $42
Coworking space $331 $127 $213 $133 $222 $152
Mobile internet $40 $23 $10 $7 $40 $16
Public transportation $110 $32 $127 $21 $40 $38
Taxis $73 $19 $48 $9 $41 $42
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $17 $24 $25 $13 $30
Sport and cultural events $54 $46 $81 $29 $39 $73
Museums and sights $11 $21 $33 $29 $6 $44
Nightlife $124 $50 $112 $45 $93 $66
Gym $62 $96 $81 $30 $69 $34
Yoga $139 $98 $93 $59 $112 $87
Massage $89 $11 $59 $31 $75 $45
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. AIS Vodafone, Movistar Vodafone, Orange KT, SK Telecom, LG Uplus Vodafone, Orange
Tipping 15-20% at restaurants, 1USD or more per drink at cafes and bars 10% for restaurants, bars and services 5-10% in restaurants if service is exceptional, not expected elsewhere 5% - 10% at restaurants, 5% - 10% tip for services is appreciated but not expected, round up for taxis Not customary or expected Round up for good service at restaurants, not common at bars
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft Grab Cabify, FreeNow Star Taxi, Uber Uber, Kakao Cabify, FreeNow
Tap water Drinkable Not drinkable Drinkable Not drinkable Drinkable Drinkable
Overall cuisine Emphasis on barbecued meats (beef and pork) as well as corn-based dishes and tex-mex, and rich American-style desserts. Meat and fish dishes, vegetables, noodles and soup Catalan cuisine makes extensive use of Mediterranean vegetables, legumes mixed with pork in its many varieties, chicken and fish. Regularly mixes sweet and savory flavors in specific dishes. This cuisine is known for being bold in flavor and striking in color, with a variety of specific regional dishes found the culinary hub that is Barcelona. Wide range of meat and fish dishes, soups, salads and cheeses influenced by German, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek and Ukrainian cuisine. Emphasis on rice, vegetables, spices and meats. Main dishes are coupled with diverse side dishes and desserts. Strong driking culture. Mediterranean style using vegetables, seafoods and meats
Local food specialities Frito pie, queso, apple pie, kolaches, BBQ ribs, tacos Pad thai, tom yam, kway teow reua, som tum, sooan Paella, bombas, esqueixada, pa amb tomรกquet, escalivada, crema Catalana, gazpacho, chorizo Sarmale, mฤƒmฤƒligฤƒ, mici, ciolan cu fasole, ciorbฤƒ de burtฤƒ, covrig, papanasi Kimchi, bulgogi, chap chae, mandu, sam gae tang, bossam Paella, fideuร , esgarrat, orxata, bunyols
Eat like a local Local tex-mex restaurants, lunch BBQ joints, taquerias, food trucks, local breweries Food stalls, local markets, shophouse restaurants Taverns, tapas bars, local markets, bodegas and street food spots Set lunch menus, cafe terraces, cofeterias Smaller, local eateries (sikdang), street stalls and local markets Tapas bars, markets, menu del dia (cheap set lunches)
Vegetarian / vegan options 30 options on HappyCow 416 listings on Happy Cow 98 options on HappyCow 33 listings on Happy Cow 57 options on Happy Cow 98 listings on Happy Cow