Barbados vs Bogota vs Istanbul vs Lisbon

Barbados ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ง
Bogota ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด
Istanbul ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท
Lisbon ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น
Population 110,000 10,978,360 15,520,000 517,000
Official language(s) English, Bajan Creole Spanish Turkish Portuguese
Level of English Very high Low Low Very high
Main airport Bridgetown/Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) El Dorado International Airport (BOG) Istanbul Airport (IST) Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS)
Most common months to visit November - May January - March, December April - June, September and October March - May, September, October
Currency BBD - Barbadian dollar ($) COP - Colombian Peso ($) TRY - Turkish Lira (โ‚บ) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ)
Credit cards Accepted in some places, cash also needed for smaller businesses Accepted everywhere Accepted in most places Accepted almost everywhere (less for AMEX)
Remote worker visa Yes No No Yes
Average monthly costs $2702 $1097 $659 $1984
Rent $1054 $480 $354 $965
Groceries $234 $82 $44 $136
Dining out $345 $174 $81 $271
Cafe $75 $22 $18 $37
Coworking space $321 $77 $49 $164
Mobile internet $49 $11 $3 $24
Public transportation $35 $23 $6 $63
Taxis $106 $28 $6 $27
Shared bicycles and scooters $0 $17 $2 $18
Sport and cultural events $37 $22 $11 $29
Museums and sights $36 $7 $15 $24
Nightlife $96 $46 $22 $47
Gym $86 $15 $9 $65
Yoga $130 $57 $23 $65
Massage $99 $37 $15 $50
SIM card options Digicel Tigo, Movistar, Claro Turkcell, Turk Telekom Vodafone
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 Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafรฉs and bars 5-10% for restaurants, not common at bars
Taxi apps None available Uber, Cabify BiTaksi Uber, FreeNow
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable 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 fusion of cultures creates diverse dishes with bulgur, koftes, stews, eggplants and fish Fresh seafood, meats, soup, sausages and famous pastries
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 Dรถner, ฤฐรงli Kรถfte, Dondurma, Karnฤฑyarฤฑk, Turkish delight Bacalhau ร  bras, sardinhas, petiscos, leitรฃo, polvo ร  lagareiro, pasteis de nata, bifana
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. Traditional breakfasts, street stalls for simit, lahmacun and kokorec, Turkish coffee Tascas, snack bars, seafood restaurants
Vegetarian / vegan options 14 options on HappyCow 104 options on Happy Cow 59 listings on Happy Cow 401 listings on Happy Cow