Barbados vs Berlin vs Hanoi vs Rio de Janeiro

Barbados ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ง
Berlin ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
Hanoi ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ
Rio de Janeiro ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท
Population 110,000 3,400,000 8,053,663 6,718,903
Official language(s) English, Bajan Creole German Vietnamese Portuguese
Level of English Very high Very high Moderate Low
Main airport Bridgetown/Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) Berlin Tegel (TXL) Nแป™i Bร i International Airport (HAN) Galeรฃo International Airport
Most common months to visit November - May May - September January, February, October - December January - March, December
Currency BBD - Barbadian dollar ($) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) VND - Vietnamese Dong (โ‚ซ) BRL - Brazilian Real (R$)
Credit cards Accepted in some places, cash also needed for smaller businesses Accepted in some places but cash often preferred Accepted in some places. Cash often preferred. Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa Yes Yes No No
Average monthly costs $2709 $2381 $1199 $1721
Rent $1057 $1017 $517 $1001
Groceries $234 $203 $156 $89
Dining out $346 $294 $137 $197
Cafe $75 $62 $40 $23
Coworking space $322 $189 $74 $122
Mobile internet $50 $25 $4 $7
Public transportation $35 $95 $20 $31
Taxis $107 $63 $14 $13
Shared bicycles and scooters $0 $18 $0 $15
Sport and cultural events $37 $69 $3 $51
Museums and sights $36 $40 $4 $24
Nightlife $96 $68 $91 $51
Gym $86 $71 $59 $29
Yoga $130 $107 $59 $37
Massage $99 $61 $21 $30
SIM card options Digicel Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone Viettel, Mobifone Tim, Claro, Vivo
Tipping 10 - 15% usually included in restaurants, add 10 - 15% at bars Round up for restaurants, not common for bars and services Not required but appreciated, especially in taxis, restaurants and bars. Round up or add 10%. 10% usually included in restaurants, 10% at bars and cafes with table service is common
Taxi apps None available Mytaxi, Uber Grab, GoViet Easy Taxi, 99 Taxi, Uber
Tap water Not drinkable 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. Heavy and hearty meals with plenty of meat, potatoes and bread 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. Emphasis on rice, beans, pork and beef with a variety of root vegetables and fresh fruits. Fresh seafood is also very common.
Local food specialities Cou-cou and flying fish, fish cakes, cutters, pudding and souse, macaroni pie, conkies, Bajan black cake, sea eggs Currywurst, spรคtzle, kรถnigsberger klopse, schnitzel, eisbein, doner kebab, pretzels Pho, cha ca, Vietnamese coffee, pastries and breads Feijoada, bolinho de bacalhau, fried sardines, caldo verde, pao de queijo and brigadeiros.
Eat like a local Food trucks, pubs, seaside street food, roadside carts, local seafood restaurants, smaller traditional restaurants and rum shops Brew pubs, cafes, bars, deli shops Noodle Houses, Bakeries, Coffee and Tea Houses, street food The "snack capital" of Brazil, Rio is a perfect place to try street food as well as the wide varieties of small, traditional eateries and churrascarias easily found across the city.
Vegetarian / vegan options 14 options on HappyCow 844 listings on Happy Cow 104 listings on Happy Cow 54 options on Happy Cow