Barbados vs Istanbul

Barbados ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ง
Istanbul ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท
Population 110,000 15,520,000
Official language(s) English, Bajan Creole Turkish
Level of English Very high Low
Main airport Bridgetown/Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) Istanbul Airport (IST)
Most common months to visit November - May April - June, September and October
Currency BBD - Barbadian dollar ($) TRY - Turkish Lira (โ‚บ)
Credit cards Accepted in some places, cash also needed for smaller businesses Accepted in most places
Remote worker visa Yes No
Average monthly costs $2707 $1308
Rent $1056 $703
Groceries $234 $88
Dining out $346 $161
Cafe $75 $36
Coworking space $322 $98
Mobile internet $50 $6
Public transportation $35 $12
Taxis $106 $12
Shared bicycles and scooters $0 $5
Sport and cultural events $37 $22
Museums and sights $36 $30
Nightlife $96 $43
Gym $86 $19
Yoga $130 $46
Massage $99 $29
SIM card options Digicel Turkcell, Turk Telekom
Tipping 10 - 15% usually included in restaurants, add 10 - 15% at bars Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafรฉs and bars
Taxi apps None available BiTaksi
Tap water 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. 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 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 Traditional breakfasts, street stalls for simit, lahmacun and kokorec, Turkish coffee
Vegetarian / vegan options 14 options on HappyCow 59 listings on Happy Cow