Barbados vs Buenos Aires vs Istanbul vs Lisbon

Barbados ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ง
Buenos Aires ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท
Istanbul ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท
Lisbon ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น
Population 110,000 2,900,000 15,520,000 517,000
Official language(s) English, Bajan Creole Spanish Turkish Portuguese
Level of English Very high High Low Very high
Main airport Bridgetown/Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE) Istanbul Airport (IST) Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS)
Most common months to visit November - May September - December April - June, September and October March - May, September, October
Currency BBD - Barbadian dollar ($) ARS - Argentine Peso ($) TRY - Turkish Lira (โ‚บ) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ)
Credit cards Accepted in some places, cash also needed for smaller businesses Accepted everywhere. (ID required!) Accepted in most places Accepted almost everywhere (less for AMEX)
Remote worker visa Yes No No Yes
Average monthly costs $2707 $1698 $1308 $2246
Rent $1056 $1085 $703 $1093
Groceries $234 $125 $88 $154
Dining out $346 $156 $161 $307
Cafe $75 $32 $36 $41
Coworking space $322 $122 $98 $185
Mobile internet $50 $15 $6 $27
Public transportation $35 $11 $12 $71
Taxis $106 $12 $12 $31
Shared bicycles and scooters $0 $18 $5 $20
Sport and cultural events $37 $31 $22 $33
Museums and sights $36 $5 $30 $27
Nightlife $96 $30 $43 $53
Gym $86 $19 $19 $73
Yoga $130 $24 $46 $73
Massage $99 $13 $29 $57
SIM card options Digicel Movistar, Claro, Personal Turkcell, Turk Telekom Vodafone
Tipping 10 - 15% usually included in restaurants, add 10 - 15% at bars 10% at restaurants and cafรฉs is common, not common at bars Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafรฉs and bars 5-10% for restaurants, not common at bars
Taxi apps None available Uber (not official), Cabify, BA Taxi (Spanish only) 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. 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 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 Asado, empanadas (Argentinian style), locro, milanesa napolitana, facturas and alfajores 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 restaurants serving asados grill-to-dish (Parrillas), markets (San Telmo, Recoleta) and local cafรฉs for matรฉ and facturas Traditional breakfasts, street stalls for simit, lahmacun and kokorec, Turkish coffee Tascas, snack bars, seafood restaurants
Vegetarian / vegan options 14 options on HappyCow 79 options on Happy Cow 59 listings on Happy Cow 401 listings on Happy Cow