Last Updated on July 27, 2023 by Ellen
We’ve settled in in Bucharest, Romania. After nearly two months of short-stays since leaving India at the end of May, it feels good to have a stable ‘home’ for a while.
We’ll also now be able to reign in our spending somewhat, after eating restaurant meals every day while we were traveling in UAE, Serbia, and the Transylvania region of Romania.
Actually, cost control is one of the main reasons we are in Bucharest. Early in 2023, when we started considering a summer in temperate eastern Europe, I found a place on Airbnb that seemed to be one of the best deals on the continent. We are now spending a month in that apartment at a cost of $22.50 per night, including the Airbnb fee. (Don’t miss the Airbnb ‘zoom’ trick we used to find this great deal!)
Kortn’s Crib: Bucharest Airbnb
Check out the video below for a quick look at “Kortn’s Crib”.
The place is in the center of Bucharest, about two kilometers from ‘Old town’/downtown. The neighborhood is a lively mix: residential side streets with buildings dating from the early 1900s to mid-century communist block constructions to modern high-rises and offices. Buses, trams, and the metro are just a block or two away – as are numerous restaurants, cafés, groceries, stores, clinics, banks, etc.
As you can see in the video, our Bucharest digs are perfect for an extended stay. It’s a compact and basic place – but it’s clean and quiet and has everything we need to be comfortable. Of course, fast WiFi, cable TV (including English channels), washing machine, and hot water are included. The breezy balcony, and air conditioning have been especially nice as daytime temperatures have been in the 90s.
Back to the price: most similar Airbnb rental units in Bucharest were listed for $1,000 and more. And many of those did not have AC! We don’t know exactly why our place was such a steal. But I did notice that our landlord has already increased the Airbnb listing price for future rentals.
Bottom line, as I’ve said in previous blog posts, even with worldwide price inflation, there are still some good deals in the ‘travel space’ if you are flexible and determined to find them.
In fact, our next month-long Airbnb stay in Varna, Bulgaria is another example of a great deal. I’ll be posting a Kortn’s Crib from that place in mid-August.
As always, be thankful and generous, happy trails & more beer.
Life is NOW!
Theo (also called Tedly) retired early from the news business to wander the planet with his wife, Ellen. He enjoys exploring all Earth has to offer from jungles and beaches to volcanoes and deserts, always drinking beer along the way.
Thanks for reading, “‘Kortn’s Crib’ — Bucharest edition.”