Barbados vs Bogota vs Istanbul vs New York City

Barbados ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ง
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Bogota ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด
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Istanbul ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท
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New York City ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
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Population 110,000 10,978,360 15,520,000 8,323,340
Official language(s) English, Bajan Creole Spanish Turkish English (de facto)
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) John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
Most common months to visit November - May January - March, December April - June, September and October April - June, September - November
Currency BBD - Barbadian dollar ($) COP - Colombian Peso ($) TRY - Turkish Lira (โ‚บ) USD - US Dollar ($)
Credit cards Accepted in some places, cash also needed for smaller businesses Accepted everywhere Accepted in most places Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa Yes No No No
Average monthly costs $2702 $1097 $659 $5431
Rent $1054 $480 $354 $2891
Groceries $234 $82 $44 $383
Dining out $345 $174 $81 $656
Cafe $75 $22 $18 $72
Coworking space $321 $77 $49 $326
Mobile internet $49 $11 $3 $45
Public transportation $35 $23 $6 $220
Taxis $106 $28 $6 $78
Shared bicycles and scooters $0 $17 $2 $30
Sport and cultural events $37 $22 $11 $100
Museums and sights $36 $7 $15 $74
Nightlife $96 $46 $22 $195
Gym $86 $15 $9 $55
Yoga $130 $57 $23 $197
Massage $99 $37 $15 $109
SIM card options Digicel Tigo, Movistar, Claro Turkcell, Turk Telekom AT&T, Verizon
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 15-20% at restaurants, 1 USD per drink at bars
Taxi apps None available Uber, Cabify BiTaksi Uber, Lyft
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 American. Emphasis on comfort and fast food, with some good seafood dishes. Influence from other regions of the US, North America and the world make NYC a cosmopolitan and international cuisine hub that is incredibly diverse.
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 Pizza, clam chowder, bagels, corned beef, pastrami, cheesecake, hot dogs, and hundred of other international food options.
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 Delis, local pizza shops, street food stalls and food trucks, food markets, local bakeries and smaller, authentic international cuisine restaurants
Vegetarian / vegan options 14 options on HappyCow 104 options on Happy Cow 59 listings on Happy Cow 309 options on HappyCow