Barbados vs Bogota vs Hanoi vs Istanbul

Barbados ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ง
Bogota ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด
Hanoi ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ
Istanbul ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท
Population 110,000 10,978,360 8,053,663 15,520,000
Official language(s) English, Bajan Creole Spanish Vietnamese Turkish
Level of English Very high Low Moderate Low
Main airport Bridgetown/Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) El Dorado International Airport (BOG) Nแป™i Bร i International Airport (HAN) Istanbul Airport (IST)
Most common months to visit November - May January - March, December January, February, October - December April - June, September and October
Currency BBD - Barbadian dollar ($) COP - Colombian Peso ($) VND - Vietnamese Dong (โ‚ซ) TRY - Turkish Lira (โ‚บ)
Credit cards Accepted in some places, cash also needed for smaller businesses Accepted everywhere Accepted in some places. Cash often preferred. Accepted in most places
Remote worker visa Yes No No No
Average monthly costs $2702 $1097 $1167 $659
Rent $1054 $480 $503 $354
Groceries $234 $82 $151 $44
Dining out $345 $174 $134 $81
Cafe $75 $22 $39 $18
Coworking space $321 $77 $72 $49
Mobile internet $49 $11 $4 $3
Public transportation $35 $23 $20 $6
Taxis $106 $28 $13 $6
Shared bicycles and scooters $0 $17 $0 $2
Sport and cultural events $37 $22 $3 $11
Museums and sights $36 $7 $4 $15
Nightlife $96 $46 $89 $22
Gym $86 $15 $57 $9
Yoga $130 $57 $57 $23
Massage $99 $37 $21 $15
SIM card options Digicel Tigo, Movistar, Claro Viettel, Mobifone 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 Not required but appreciated, especially in taxis, restaurants and bars. Round up or add 10%. Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafรฉs and bars
Taxi apps None available Uber, Cabify Grab, GoViet 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. A mix of French, Southeast Asian and Chinese with lots of fresh herbs and spices. Northern Vietnam cuisine includes a lot of fish and noodles. 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, buรฑuelos, patacones, tรฉ de coca, changua Pho, cha ca, Vietnamese coffee, pastries and breads Dรถner, ฤฐรงli Kรถfte, Dondurma, Karnฤฑyarฤฑk, 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. Menรบ del dรญa. Community markets and sports bars. Noodle Houses, Bakeries, Coffee and Tea Houses, street food Traditional breakfasts, street stalls for simit, lahmacun and kokorec, Turkish coffee
Vegetarian / vegan options 14 options on HappyCow 104 options on Happy Cow 104 listings on Happy Cow 59 listings on Happy Cow