Tag Archives: Romania

30 before 30 travel bucket list: My top 30 travel experiences so far

This list of things to do before you turn 30 can help you plan your travels for years!

On Tuesday, I turned 30. I celebrated my birthday on the road through Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda. As I’ve been spending a lot of time on buses staring out the window at the East African savanna, I’ve been reflecting on my first 30 years of travel. So I put together this list of […]

Weekend in Bucharest Romania: The top things to do in Bucharest

Are you looking for a short city break with culture, nightlife, great food and coffee, and plenty of things to do? Don’t feel like dodging hordes of tour groups with their obnoxious umbrellas and megaphone-wielding guides? Traveling on a budget? Then consider spending a weekend in Bucharest, Romania — one of the hottest cities in […]

EVERYTHING you need to know to plan a DIY Bucovina monasteries tour

The churches of Moldavia are beautiful -- and possible to visit without a tour.

Painted monasteries are one of the highlights of traveling in Romania. They’re works of art coupled with historic religious institutions. Many of them are in beautiful, remote corners of the country where few tourists go — like the Bucovina monasteries near Suceava.   Independent travel in Bucovina is challenging and adventurous. Many villages have no […]

Brasov to Bran Castle Romania: Day trip to see “Dracula’s Castle”

Where is Bran Castle? It's in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains, in Transylvania.

When you hear “Transylvania,” you probably think “vampires.” Known as the birthplace of Dracula, this region of Romania is famous worldwide for its castles and mystique. And there’s no better place to start exploring than Bran Castle — the real-life Dracula’s Castle. Bran is an easy side trip from Brasov, the cultural heart of Transylvania. […]

Off the beaten path solo female travel

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Solo female travel is all the rage these days. More and more women are taking off on adventures alone and learning just how empowering it can be. Destinations like Portugal, Thailand and Bali are at the top of every list of best destinations for solo female travellers. Don’t get me wrong, those are great places […]

Border crossing hell: Romania to Moldova

Border crossing must be the most hated part of travel. Even the most experienced backpackers dread it. I’m surely not the only one who has stayed in a country several days too long, procrastinating going to my next destination just because of the border crossing.   I was tempted to do just that in Suceava, […]

Couchsurfing: Pros and cons

Pros and cons of CouchSurfing

What if I told you you could travel in Western Europe, North America, or Australia and spend no money on accommodation? Now, what if I told you that you could do that and make friends all along the way, all while getting a super-authentic, off-the-beaten-path look at local life? Well, you can — it’s called CouchSurfing.   What is […]