Today, I have a special article for you: the reasons why you should consider making Romania your new home or at least home base when exploring Europe. Today’s article is written by our reader, JC, who accepted my proposal to write this piece, sharing with us his point of view on this situation. It’s a nice read!
C. the Romanian has created a wonderful blog here for anyone seeking more info about Romania, either as a wonderful alternate holiday/vacation spot or even as a great new place to settle down. For many expats/retirees from all over the world, and especially those where the cost of living is substantially higher, Romania can be an especially attractive option, even if based on a financial basis alone, with the caveat that you have a source of income, savings or retirement benefits from outside the country.
Unfortunately, decent paying jobs within Romania are far and few between, and that goes even for Romanians, much less for anyone from outside the country who’s not fluent in the language. But, for the sake of argument, let’s say you have a source of income from outside of Romania, be it from a mobile or online career, or through savings and/or retirement benefits. Let’s also presume that you aren’t put off or discouraged by a hearty four season climate, including hot summers and cold winters. The good news is that you may even be one of those that find the seasonal changes appealing.
Now get ready, because if none of those things actually deter you, then Romania may be the ideal destination for you! Notice I didn’t say perfect, because perfect doesn’t exist, but ideal in that of those things most important to you, Romania checks off all the right boxes on your wish list. Of all of the places in the world you could chose to visit (or decide to retire), Romania has some of the most beautiful countryside you’ll ever see, including the mountains of Transylvania, Black Sea Beaches, ski resorts, and with an amazing variety of hills and plains all across the country.
In addition, you’ll find some of the most spectacular castles in the world, along with amazing historical architecture, and a vast variety of authentic small towns and villages spread out across the country that feel almost frozen in time, and with friendly welcoming local folk. It’s also important to note there are an abundance of excellent restaurants, great fresh fruits & vegetables, an abundance of amazing local wines for a song, along with the pedestrian friendly cities that are also part of the what awaits you. The larger cities have great local theater and musical concerts throughout the year that are very affordable as well. The people are genuine & friendly, the internet speeds are among the fastest and cheapest in the world, and you are but a train ride away from some of the most exciting European cities that you’ve always wanted to visit.
Now, and more importantly, if you receive your salary or retirement benefits in pounds, Euros or U.S. dollars, you will find you can live quite comfortably in Romania for a fraction of what you could in your home country. For example, a U.S. retiree on a typical monthly S.S. income of $1,300, has roughly twice the buying power of the average Romanian worker.
The two other priorities that most expats are generally concerned with are your healthcare options and the general safety of the cities regarding all levels of crime. Healthcare is generally decent, but better when you can find a good private doctor for most of your medical needs, yet even these are still reasonable by most major Western city standards. As far as your personal safety goes regarding overall crime & statistics, I predict you’ll be amazed when comparing your home city to most cities in Romania via numbeo.com. You will most likely find that the differences are astounding. As an example I compared the overall crime stats of Sibiu Romania to Orlando Florida, my home town. Sibiu was so much safer across the board, it made Orlando look like a war-zone. This is a huge plus for many expats looking for a safe place to retire. Violent crime is almost non-existent in Romania compared to almost any large city across the U.S. today.
Ultimately, nothing else can compare with actually being there and experiencing the wonders of Romania firsthand. So you should really make plans to visit Romania and travel all around as much of the countryside as possible. While you’re there take advantage of the unique opportunity to gain a better appreciation the breathtaking scenery & the rich culture of it’s people. Check out several of the larger cities to see & better understand the differences and variety of lifestyles Romania has to offer. From Bucharest, to Brasov and Sibiu and then over to Cluj-Napoca and Timisoara, they can give you an pretty good idea of the rich and interesting culture and variety of environments you have to choose from there, each with their own unique vibe.
Prior to your trip, you can check out some of the travelogs on YT or Google street views and live cam feeds to get a small idea and feel for what to expect, while also seeing some of the different cities activities before you visit. Finally, if you hadn’t even thought about Romania before as a amazing alternative for a vacation getaway, or better yet, that ideal retirement destination, then you are doing yourself a great disservice if it’s not near the top of your short list of places too consider!