Barbados vs Bogota vs Buenos Aires vs Istanbul

Barbados 🇧🇧
Bogota 🇨🇴
Buenos Aires 🇦🇷
Istanbul 🇹🇷
Population 110,000 10,978,360 2,900,000 15,520,000
Official language(s) English, Bajan Creole Spanish Spanish Turkish
Level of English Very high Low High Low
Main airport Bridgetown/Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) El Dorado International Airport (BOG) Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE) Istanbul Airport (IST)
Most common months to visit November - May January - March, December September - December April - June, September and October
Currency BBD - Barbadian dollar ($) COP - Colombian Peso ($) ARS - Argentine Peso ($) TRY - Turkish Lira (₺)
Credit cards Accepted in some places, cash also needed for smaller businesses Accepted everywhere Accepted everywhere. (ID required!) Accepted in most places
Remote worker visa Yes No No No
Average monthly costs $2702 $1097 $1321 $659
Rent $1054 $480 $844 $354
Groceries $234 $82 $98 $44
Dining out $345 $174 $121 $81
Cafe $75 $22 $25 $18
Coworking space $321 $77 $95 $49
Mobile internet $49 $11 $11 $3
Public transportation $35 $23 $9 $6
Taxis $106 $28 $9 $6
Shared bicycles and scooters $0 $17 $14 $2
Sport and cultural events $37 $22 $24 $11
Museums and sights $36 $7 $4 $15
Nightlife $96 $46 $23 $22
Gym $86 $15 $14 $9
Yoga $130 $57 $19 $23
Massage $99 $37 $10 $15
SIM card options Digicel Tigo, Movistar, Claro Movistar, Claro, Personal Turkcell, Turk Telekom
Tipping 10 - 15% usually included in restaurants, add 10 - 15% at bars 10% service included in all bills, not required or expected at bars without table service 10% at restaurants and cafés is common, not common at bars Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafés and bars
Taxi apps None available Uber, Cabify Uber (not official), Cabify, BA Taxi (Spanish only) BiTaksi
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine Bajan cuisine features an eclectic mix of European, Asian, and Caribbean styles resulting in bold, tasty and crunchy meat or fish dishes with lots of spices, lime juice, thyme and salads laden with local vegetables and hot side dishes. Latin American. Dishes with beef, pork and chicken are often mixed with flour-based foods and fruity desserts. Heavy influence from the Andes and other Colombian regions. Argentinian style with an emphasis on red meats, pastries, and Italian-inspired options A fusion of cultures creates diverse dishes with bulgur, koftes, stews, eggplants and fish
Local food specialities Cou-cou and flying fish, fish cakes, cutters, pudding and souse, macaroni pie, conkies, Bajan black cake, sea eggs Arepas, ajiaco santaferense, buñuelos, patacones, té de coca, changua Asado, empanadas (Argentinian style), locro, milanesa napolitana, facturas and alfajores Döner, İçli Köfte, Dondurma, Karnıyarık, Turkish delight
Eat like a local Food trucks, pubs, seaside street food, roadside carts, local seafood restaurants, smaller traditional restaurants and rum shops Local family restaurants and those from other regions. Menú del día. Community markets and sports bars. Local restaurants serving asados grill-to-dish (Parrillas), markets (San Telmo, Recoleta) and local cafés for maté and facturas Traditional breakfasts, street stalls for simit, lahmacun and kokorec, Turkish coffee
Vegetarian / vegan options 14 options on HappyCow 104 options on Happy Cow 79 options on Happy Cow 59 listings on Happy Cow