You may have heard about Romania - the country that gave Dracula, Nadia Comaneci, Gheorghe Hagi or Simona Halep to the world. You've also probably have encountered beggars, thieves, gypsies, unwanted guests that make you sick and determine to never meet Romanian people again. Fortunately there is also a good side of the story, and this is my invitation to you: to leave the negative aside and imagine for 5 minutes that Romania might be your next destination.
Since this is probably our first meeting, let's do the presentations: I was born and raised in Romania, I have had a few opportunities to leave it behind but for several reasons I've decided not to. And I love traveling, looking to see as much as possible from this world.
I also love to talk about my country and I have goosebumps when a non-Romanian says nice things about us. Our main problem is that we don't know how to promote our positive side, having the tendency to play us down all the time. We Romanians are our first and greatest enemies: we seem to take Romania for granted and forget how wonderful it is. This is why I've embarked this mission - to bring Romania where it really deserves on the map of tourism! So, I felt the need to start this blog in order to synthetize all those tens of website filled with long texts about Romania, in a relevant and easy format.
For starters, let's see what's important to say about my country and why do I think it should be on a top position in any traveler's list:
Romania as a country gets a poor rap in today's media, which is absolutely undeserved; it is in fact a beautiful country with a myriad of opportunities. Sean, an Irish student after finishing his 3rd of 6 years learning medicine in Romania
Romania as a country gets a poor rap in today's media, which is absolutely undeserved; it is in fact a beautiful country with a myriad of opportunities.
Apart from the controversial categories mentioned above, to be seen both within the country and abroad, I am proud to say you will find much more valuable Romanians, all around the globe: students annually winning international prizes, entrepreneurial creative businesses, sportsmen proudly carrying our national flag, famous inventors, performers adding value to multinational companies in top managerial positions. You as future visitor of Romania will most likely meet English, German or French-speaking people who will gladly help, serve and try everything to make you feel good, in the most friendly environment. By the way, we have a great saying here - there is no such forest without fallen branches. Are all your countrymen really perfect? I guess not!
Give a Romanian a lighter and he can reconstruct it into a generator that heats a small farm. Up against an ambitious Romanian, no one has a chance. Michael, British award-winning journalist and writer
Give a Romanian a lighter and he can reconstruct it into a generator that heats a small farm. Up against an ambitious Romanian, no one has a chance.
Around 2 million people yearly enter our borders, and the number is increasing by 10 to 15% every new year. Furthermore, over 100.000 expats have found great reasons to live and work here - I would say due to friendly atmosphere, convenient life standards, trustworthiness or loyalty.
The biggest reason why I love to live in Romania? Thinking about my friends and family feeling sorry for me back in England. How very wrong they are. Ashley, an Englishman who's decided to move to Bucharest and open two businesses
The biggest reason why I love to live in Romania? Thinking about my friends and family feeling sorry for me back in England. How very wrong they are.
We are doing quite well in this area, especially since our admission in the European Union. Common traits such as perseverance, effectiveness, productivity, willingness to work hard and to learn have payed off. We have been recently named the fastest growing economy in Europe for 2016 and 2017, according to a repport by the International Monetary Fund!
I find some good and bad news in this idea, taking into account the current tensions in the global political environment. The bad news - international super powers find us not so appealing to target for political interests. On the other hand, world's common enemies believe the same way, so we were recently named one of the safest countries to be in nowadays!
Is this a good enough reason to advance Romania on your travel list? Listen to what I have in store for you, next!
The minute you walk out of the airport you will be convinced by this statement: 0.3-0.4 euro/km by cab, 40-50 euro/night for a double room in a top hotel, around 20 euro for a great meal for two, 8 euro entrance fee in the most visited sight (Bran Castle) etc. When visiting a foreign country, one of my main concerns is money, and when it comes to Romania, this is the greatest thing: you would have to budget a little over 100 euro/day for two, accommodation included!
The most visited sight of Romania, strongly linked to the legend of Dracula.
A good question of course - what is to be done here, as a traveler? Well, everything, if I may! Romania has an answer for any type of tourist: vibrant or peaceful cities, great parties or chilling atmosphere, nightlife or museums, extreme sports and adventure, mountains, landscapes, biodiversity, seaside, lakes, curiosities of nature, marvelous roads and many more!
Letea, the small jungle in the Danube Delta - the northernmost subtropical forest in Europe
The last and my favorite point - some highlights of my country, according to famous websites or publications around the world: top vacation destination in 2016 (Transylvania), Europe's friendliest city for foreigners (Cluj-Napoca), the 8th most idyllic place in the world (Sibiu), the most beautiful road (Transfagarasan) and waterfall (Bigar) in the world, the 2nd most beautiful theatre (Vasile Alecsandri, Iasi) and castle (Fagaras Citadel) in the world, the only lake in Europe changing its color (Blue Lake), the 3rd best place for a summer party in Europe (Mamaia)...and many more... Quite incredible isn't it?
Bigar - the most beautiful waterfall in the world, according to The World Geography website
I may have become a little enthusiastic at the end but for me, no matter what, Romania is the best country in the world. You may of course undoubtedly argue, which I find pretty natural and have no problem with. What I hope is you will share some of my enthusiasm and at least consider for one moment that Romania will be one of your next travel destination. I will probably go deeper in the future with each of the above statements, but for now I invite you to see the top attractions of Romania - a collection of my personal favorite places in my country, containing exactly those things I would recommend any foreign friend to do here. And if you have any comments about all the facts mentioned above, I would love to know your thoughts and feelings about Romania!
The Golden Romania
Apuseni Mountains - the Best Place to Fall in Love with Nature!
35 Romanians who Have Marked Our History
Dear Terra, Meet Romania! The latest democracy lesson our country has given to the world!
Oradea - the Rising Star of Romania
Iasi - the Place to Be in Moldavia
7 Reasons to Visit Cluj Napoca
How to Plan a Vacation in Brasov Area
No, Bucharest Is Not a Bad City Break Destination!
One Week Road Trip Idea Through Transylvania
Best of Romania - the Tourist Attractions Which Top Worldwide Classifications!
7 True Facts About Romania