Travel 101: Romania Is Country #34 for Me

Stephen F. Dennstedt

The Muppet Brothers arrived in Oradea, Romania Thursday evening. Romania is country #34 for me (a few less for brother Joel). I’ve visited more countries than some but less than others—but it’s not about the number.

For us it’s not about checking boxes it’s about harvesting experiences. We travel like nomadic Gypsies (Roma) always on the move. We are location-independent (technically homeless) and slō-travellers (seeing less but experiencing more).

Slō-travel means visiting fewer places but staying longer, seeing less but experiencing more. It’s budget travel on steroids—no five-star hotels or fancy all-inclusive resorts for us. We shoulder our rucksacks (and my photo gear) and travel cheap. This morning’s breakfast in Oradea cost us 11.50 RON or $2.87 USD pp: one large freshly ground & brewed coffee and two fresh-baked croissants for each of us. Dinner last night (excluding beer) cost us 19.90 RON or $4.96 USD pp. Adding a large Carlsberg draft beer set us back another 6.90 RON pp or $1.72 USD pp. The food was excellent by the way.

We’ll be spending a total of 3-months slō-travelling through Romania and then another 3-months slō-travelling in Bulgaria. Eastern Europe has a reputation for being budget friendly to trekkers like us where Western Europe has the opposite reputation. I think it’s entirely possible to travel Eastern Europe on $30 to $35 USD pp per day (or less than $1,000 USD pp per month): lodging, food and transportation. A frugal person can travel in Southeast Asia and Latin America for even less money—yes it’s possible: What Does Travelling on the Cheap Look Like and Can You Live Abroad For Less Than $600 USD a Month.

Me Chill-laxing in a Jungle Hut in Southeastern Nicaragua on the Rio San Juan (2015)

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