Istanbul vs New York City vs Playa del Carmen vs Seoul

Istanbul ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท
New York City ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Playa del Carmen ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
Seoul ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท
Population 15,520,000 8,323,340 259,453 9,963,452
Official language(s) Turkish English (de facto) Spanish Korean
Level of English Low Very high Moderate Moderate
Main airport Istanbul Airport (IST) John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) Cancun International Airport (CUN) Incheon International Airport (ICN)
Most common months to visit April - June, September and October April - June, September - November January - May, October - December March - May, September - November
Currency TRY - Turkish Lira (โ‚บ) USD - US Dollar ($) MXN - Mexican Peso ($) KRW - South Korean won (โ‚ฉ)
Credit cards Accepted in most places Accepted everywhere Accepted almost everywhere Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No No Yes No
Average monthly costs $659 $5431 $2143 $2184
Rent $354 $2891 $923 $797
Groceries $44 $383 $127 $356
Dining out $81 $656 $207 $211
Cafe $18 $72 $42 $69
Coworking space $49 $326 $160 $222
Mobile internet $3 $45 $21 $40
Public transportation $6 $220 $17 $40
Taxis $6 $78 $9 $41
Shared bicycles and scooters $2 $30 $49 $13
Sport and cultural events $11 $100 $97 $39
Museums and sights $15 $74 $217 $6
Nightlife $22 $195 $77 $93
Gym $9 $55 $42 $69
Yoga $23 $197 $54 $112
Massage $15 $109 $101 $75
SIM card options Turkcell, Turk Telekom AT&T, Verizon Telcel, Movistar KT, SK Telecom, LG Uplus
Tipping Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafรฉs and bars 15-20% at restaurants, 1 USD per drink at bars 10-15% for restaurants Not customary or expected
Taxi apps BiTaksi Uber, Lyft N/A Uber, Kakao
Tap water Not drinkable Drinkable Not drinkable Drinkable
Overall cuisine A fusion of cultures creates diverse dishes with bulgur, koftes, stews, eggplants and fish American. Emphasis on comfort and fast food, with some good seafood dishes. Influence from other regions of the US, North America and the world make NYC a cosmopolitan and international cuisine hub that is incredibly diverse. Staple dishes from maize, beans, sweet potato and avocado along with meat, chili peppers and other spices Emphasis on rice, vegetables, spices and meats. Main dishes are coupled with diverse side dishes and desserts. Strong driking culture.
Local food specialities Dรถner, ฤฐรงli Kรถfte, Dondurma, Karnฤฑyarฤฑk, Turkish delight Pizza, clam chowder, bagels, corned beef, pastrami, cheesecake, hot dogs, and hundred of other international food options. Chilaquiles, tacos al pastor, chile rellenos, cochinita pibil, tostadas, pozole Kimchi, bulgogi, chap chae, mandu, sam gae tang, bossam
Eat like a local Traditional breakfasts, street stalls for simit, lahmacun and kokorec, Turkish coffee Delis, local pizza shops, street food stalls and food trucks, food markets, local bakeries and smaller, authentic international cuisine restaurants Taco stands, esquite stalls, El Fogon, El Pirata, Dona Mary's Smaller, local eateries (sikdang), street stalls and local markets
Vegetarian / vegan options 59 listings on Happy Cow 309 options on HappyCow 72 listings on Happy Cow 57 options on Happy Cow