Turkey or Romania

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.

About 2bagsandapack

Lifetime journalist, author, magazine editor and publisher, now semi-retired and traveling the world. My plan, after living in Costa Rica for 14 months, was to visit a new country in southern Europe every three months to experience the culture and the challenge of adapting to a new environment, while on a fixed income. That plan was sidetracked when I was offered a job in Indonesia, providing an opportunity to explore Asia. Indonesia lasted for a 4 wonderful years but I have now moved on to Hua Hin, Thailand.
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One Response to Turkey or Romania

  1. askewebb says:

    Sounds like a solid plan A and B. Best wishes for a safe and enjoyable journey!

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