I’m headed to Sofia today, so it’s time to calculate how much I spent for the week in Romania. I’ve converted all expenses to U.S. dollars for ease of comparison throughout my trip.
Airfare: Booked with Qatar Airways miles + $23 in taxes
AirBnB: $348 — first host canceled two days prior, causing an additional $110 in cost
Aerobus from airport: $2.25
10-ride Metro Card: $5
Groceries & Food: $125
Markets & Mahallas Day Tour: $65
Transylvania Day Trip: $85
Constanta Day Trip: $47
GRAND TOTAL: $701.50
As you can see, the uptick in AirBnB costs really inflated my spend here in Romania. My loose goal was basically to spend $500 per week for my trip, brings my total cost to about $3500. Perhaps I can get back on target in Bulgaria.
That said, I’m not going to be a slave to cost on this trip. I will likely never be back to the Balkans — too many other places on my “must see” list to make repeat trips — so I’m not going to pinch pennies if it means missing out on the things I want to see or do.