Barbados vs Madrid vs Mexico City vs Sofia

Barbados ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ง
Madrid ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
Mexico City ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
Sofia ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ
Population 110,000 6,578,0179 8,850,000 1,270,169
Official language(s) English, Bajan Creole Spanish Spanish Bulgarian
Level of English Very high Moderate Moderate High
Main airport Bridgetown/Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD) Mexico City International Airport (MEX) Sofia International Airport (SOF)
Most common months to visit November - May March - May, September - November March - May, October, November April-June, September-October
Currency BBD - Barbadian dollar ($) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) MXN - Mexican Peso ($) BGN - Bulgarian Lev (ะปะฒ)
Credit cards Accepted in some places, cash also needed for smaller businesses Accepted everywhere Widely accepted (less with AMEX) Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa Yes Yes Yes No
Average monthly costs $2702 $2498 $1867 $1289
Rent $1054 $1174 $778 $567
Groceries $234 $175 $281 $10
Dining out $345 $313 $182 $227
Cafe $75 $51 $49 $27
Coworking space $321 $196 $159 $140
Mobile internet $49 $10 $25 $10
Public transportation $35 $78 $11 $30
Taxis $106 $44 $9 $12
Shared bicycles and scooters $0 $49 $24 $40
Sport and cultural events $37 $54 $81 $18
Museums and sights $36 $20 $20 $12
Nightlife $96 $82 $64 $82
Gym $86 $44 $69 $23
Yoga $130 $142 $65 $62
Massage $99 $64 $51 $29
SIM card options Digicel Orange, Movistar, Vodafone Telcel, Movistar A1, Telenor, Vivacom
Tipping 10 - 15% usually included in restaurants, add 10 - 15% at bars Not customary or expected but small tips are appreciated. 10-15% for restaurants, bars and services 10% in restaurants, 1-2 BGN at bars and cafรฉs
Taxi apps None available Uber, Cabify, MyTaxi Free Now Uber TaxiMe, TaxiStars
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. Fresh, regional produce accentuated with garlic and olive oil and mixed with various meats and seafoods. Influenced both by Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern flavors. Corn, beans, tortillas and chili peppers typically alongside meat and cheese Vegetables and mild spices are often mixed with dairy products to create rich chicken and pork products. Seafood dishes also popular in some regions of the country, making them popular in the capital.
Local food specialities Cou-cou and flying fish, fish cakes, cutters, pudding and souse, macaroni pie, conkies, Bajan black cake, sea eggs Paella, tapas, tortilla, gazpacho, pulpo a la gallega, callos a la madrileรฑa, churros Enchiladas, torta de chilaquiles, esquites, quesadillas, tlacoyos, tacos, tostadas Kebapche, Bulgarian musaka, lyutenitsa, shkember chorba, kyufte, kavarma, banitsa and tarator
Eat like a local Food trucks, pubs, seaside street food, roadside carts, local seafood restaurants, smaller traditional restaurants and rum shops Have some tapas and sangria at a tasca and paella at an authentic eatery. Keep an eye on the time and visit a cafeteria for a mid-afternoon merienda and some churros! Markets, food stalls, menรบ del dรญa (cheap set lunch menus) Taverns, local BBQ restaurants, local markets and smaller eateries in residential and university areas.
Vegetarian / vegan options 14 options on HappyCow 85 listings on Happy Cow 279 listings on Happy Cow 20 options on HappyCow