The third leg of my southern European trip is still in limbo and now I may have a choice
between Turkey and Romania. I can’t stay in the European Union countries for more than 90 days at a time because of what’s called the Schengen Agreement, so I have to visit a non-Schengen country for 90 days between my stays in Greece and Italy. I was focusing on Turkey for the third leg of the trip but now I have an invitation to stay with two friends from Sarasota who live in Oradea, Romania.
The problem , however, is that Romania has been accepted into the Schengen area but has not yet officially joined. It is scheduled to
do so in 2011 but the process may be delayed. If Romania finalizes the process before March, I won’t be able to go from Greece to Romania, and Turkey would be my next choice. And then on to Italy – aaah, summer in Sicily.
My research of the cost of living in Turkey shows: rental costs 17% of U.S. (vs. 24% in Costa Rica); groceries 41% (vs. 85% in Costa Rica); restaurant prices 26% (vs. 67% for Costa Rica); consumer prices 33% (vs. 76% for Costa Rica). So Turkey is far less expensive to live in than Costa Rica was.