Looking for the ideal place to retire or live in harmony?…try Romania


Some people dismiss Romania as a destination of choice, but anyone with travel experience of the region knows this to be a great option to consider. Romania is an excellent choice for an affordable getaway place to live & live very well.  There are many towns & villages in Romania that make it a great choice to consider for relocation if you want to escape the sadly all too many decaying societies in the west. From ASBO’s to muggings, to street crime, to anti-social behaviour, once highly desirable locations are becoming increasingly less desirable.

As the so-called first world economy goes from one downturn to the next, with emergency special measures employed such as ‘quantitative easing’ used to prevent meltdown through economic chaos, so-called ‘natural’ disasters & social decay, now is perhaps a good time to consider investing in real estate to protect your hard-earned money from negative growth.  But before you invest, plan ahead a little. Where could you comfortably live out your days in peace & tranquillity, where your hard-earned money goes further?  Pensions are not performing as expected and the stock market is not predictable. You cannot beat bricks and mortar for long term stability. So where to live?

Imagine a time when a cup of coffee would cost pocket change, where people nodded hello, good appetite, or blessed you when you sneezed.  Remember a time when 15yo lads did not pose a  threat to the silver generation in the average shopping mall? or when it was ok to chastise a wrong-doer in a public place without being prosecuted for victimising a minority?

A grumpy old man I may be, but I live in a country where respect still reigns, where men are men & women are women. A place where the family is still something meaningful & not just a phrase used to group Apple products together.  A place where I can run free, buy a lady flowers, hold a door open or kiss cheeks without getting sacked for being sexist. A place where identity, history, religion, values etc are still clear & not completely jumbled.

In some ‘western’ Christian countries, you can’t even celebrate Christmas or Easter without offending a minority group who might have come from an extremist background by choice to live in their new country. Upon arrival, they somehow gain more rights than those who have come from generations of being there.  Many even have more financial freedom that indigenous people with responsible positions in society, such as nurses, police, doctors, even company managers responsible for hundreds of employee’s welfare. 

I know I am a dying breed, an old fool stuck in the past. Probably in some years from now in some western cultures, the ‘normal’, family might consist of 2 mothers or 2 fathers with genetically pre-chosen non-gender children with preferential DNA. Attending schools with such cultural mishmashes that just about any kind of beliefs, habits, hobbies, perversions, twists or choices must be tolerated without any objection. God forbid anyone who should object. God forbid anyone who uses the word ‘God’! There will be another super-being to worship & blaspheme. Money probably.  I’ll take Romania any day! Old style values, affordable living, society as it used to be, for as long as it lasts. Romania, and a few neighbouring countries, are in mind, the last bastion of traditional society in the western world, but it will not last indefinitely, that’s for sure.  

To compare the cost of living in cities in Romania to your own city, use this clever database tool.  http://www.numbeo.com/


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  2. I lived and worked in Romania between 1995 and 2001 and while here I married a Romanian woman I had met before I moved to Bucharest. In 2001 we moved to Minnesota where we lived for about eight years and then we lived in Serbia, Moldova and Bosnia. At the end of our time in Bosnia, in 2016, we decided to retire to Romania as we had an apartment in Bucharest and had sold off our Minnesota house a few years earlier. We have been very happy here and find Romania very reasonable, cost wise. We also bought a small place in Brasov in early 2019 and have enjoyed our time there very much. I expect we will be spending more time in Brasov than in Bucharest from here on out. I would not hesitate to recommend Romania as a retirement destination based on the quality and cost of living. For me the process has been easy because I have a resident permit as the spouse of a Romanian citizen. It does not seem like it is particularly difficult for foreigners to live in Romania though, particularly if you set up a company.