Austin vs Istanbul vs Mexico City vs Seoul

Austin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
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Istanbul ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท
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Mexico City ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
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Seoul ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท
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Population 926,426 15,520,000 8,850,000 9,963,452
Official language(s) English (de facto) Turkish Spanish Korean
Level of English Very high Low Moderate Moderate
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Istanbul Airport (IST) Mexico City International Airport (MEX) Incheon International Airport (ICN)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November April - June, September and October March - May, October, November March - May, September - November
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) TRY - Turkish Lira (โ‚บ) MXN - Mexican Peso ($) KRW - South Korean won (โ‚ฉ)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted in most places Widely accepted (less with AMEX) Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No No Yes No
Average monthly costs $3484 $1279 $1907 $2479
Rent $1650 $687 $794 $904
Groceries $243 $86 $287 $404
Dining out $396 $157 $186 $239
Cafe $66 $35 $50 $79
Coworking space $331 $96 $163 $252
Mobile internet $40 $6 $25 $45
Public transportation $110 $12 $11 $46
Taxis $73 $12 $9 $46
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $5 $24 $15
Sport and cultural events $54 $21 $83 $44
Museums and sights $11 $29 $20 $7
Nightlife $124 $42 $65 $105
Gym $62 $18 $70 $79
Yoga $139 $45 $67 $127
Massage $89 $29 $52 $85
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. Turkcell, Turk Telekom Telcel, Movistar KT, SK Telecom, LG Uplus
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 Not customary or expected
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft BiTaksi Uber Uber, Kakao
Tap water Drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable 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 Emphasis on rice, vegetables, spices and meats. Main dishes are coupled with diverse side dishes and desserts. Strong driking culture.
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 Kimchi, bulgogi, chap chae, mandu, sam gae tang, bossam
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) Smaller, local eateries (sikdang), street stalls and local markets
Vegetarian / vegan options 30 options on HappyCow 59 listings on Happy Cow 279 listings on Happy Cow 57 options on Happy Cow