Austin vs Istanbul vs Mexico City

Austin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Istanbul ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท
Mexico City ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
Population 926,426 15,520,000 8,850,000
Official language(s) English (de facto) Turkish Spanish
Level of English Very high Low Moderate
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Istanbul Airport (IST) Mexico City International Airport (MEX)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November April - June, September and October March - May, October, November
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) TRY - Turkish Lira (โ‚บ) MXN - Mexican Peso ($)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted in most places Widely accepted (less with AMEX)
Remote worker visa No No Yes
Average monthly costs $3484 $1324 $1924
Rent $1650 $711 $801
Groceries $243 $89 $289
Dining out $396 $163 $188
Cafe $66 $36 $51
Coworking space $331 $99 $164
Mobile internet $40 $6 $25
Public transportation $110 $12 $11
Taxis $73 $12 $9
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $5 $24
Sport and cultural events $54 $22 $84
Museums and sights $11 $30 $20
Nightlife $124 $44 $66
Gym $62 $19 $71
Yoga $139 $46 $67
Massage $89 $30 $52
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. Turkcell, Turk Telekom Telcel, Movistar
Tipping 15-20% at restaurants, 1USD or more per drink at cafes and bars Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafรฉs and bars 10-15% for restaurants, bars and services
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft BiTaksi Uber
Tap water Drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine Emphasis on barbecued meats (beef and pork) as well as corn-based dishes and tex-mex, and rich American-style desserts. A fusion of cultures creates diverse dishes with bulgur, koftes, stews, eggplants and fish Corn, beans, tortillas and chili peppers typically alongside meat and cheese
Local food specialities Frito pie, queso, apple pie, kolaches, BBQ ribs, tacos Dรถner, ฤฐรงli Kรถfte, Dondurma, Karnฤฑyarฤฑk, Turkish delight Enchiladas, torta de chilaquiles, esquites, quesadillas, tlacoyos, tacos, tostadas
Eat like a local Local tex-mex restaurants, lunch BBQ joints, taquerias, food trucks, local breweries Traditional breakfasts, street stalls for simit, lahmacun and kokorec, Turkish coffee Markets, food stalls, menรบ del dรญa (cheap set lunch menus)
Vegetarian / vegan options 30 options on HappyCow 59 listings on Happy Cow 279 listings on Happy Cow