Travel has a special spot in the hearts of Baby Boomers. Although they represent only 26% of the population in the U.S., they make up 80% of all the money spent on luxury travel.
What’s more, many Boomers have already toured Europe. That is to say, they’ve visited places like France or England. Now, they’re looking for different experiences to add to their travel bucket lists.
That’s why countries like Romania are at the top of their lists. Romania, in particular, is a country filled with breathtaking beauty, rich history, and abundant picture and memory-making opportunities.
For those even thinking about visiting, there is much to see: Here are five reasons why Baby Boomers need to visit Romania.
1. Castles, Castles, Castles
Most people know about Romania because of the legend of Dracula and his Transylvanian castle. In fact, Bran Castle, the castle that’s most associated with the famous vampire, counts as one of the places visitors to Romania won’t want to miss, according to Lonely Planet.
However, that isn’t the only castle of note in Romania. It seems like just about every mountain has a castle at the top of it. Medieval towns such as Sibiu and Brasov give visitors a break from castle-trekking by offering a generous supply of streetside restaurants and friendly cobblestone streets.
2. Bucegi Mountains
Winter sports lovers should plan on taking a trip to the Bucegi Mountains. This famous Romanian mountain range is the home of several popular ski resorts, including Busteni and Sinai. However, the mountains remain a popular spot for visitors year-round.
Visitors to the area can rent cabanas to stay in and spend their days taking walks on mountain trails. In some places, there is a cable car that makes traveling much easier. Universally, people who visit this mountain range cite the mountains’ beauty and majesty as one of the best reasons to visit.
In 2008, Forbes magazine named Sibiu Europe’s 8th-most idyllic place, and it usually only takes visitors one short walk through the city to understand why. It counts as an important ethnic German city in Transylvania.
It also counts as an important European city for cycling, and it’s bicycle way covers 43 kilometers. Boomer visitors can rent bikes around the city, and cycling the city is an excellent way to get to know it a bit more intimately.
From a cultural perspective, Sibiu has a lot to offer. Private theaters are located throughout the city. Additionally, the city offers many museums and parks, where visitors can see old books and stunning works of art.
4. The Merry Cemetery in Maramures
This destination can only be seen to be believed. Although most cemeteries tend to be drab, somber places, not so with the Merry Cemetery, which is aptly named.
The colorful tombstones more resembled celebration artifacts that are displayed on the Mexican Day of the Dead than “normal” funeral stones. This destination has become so popular among tourists that it’s now an open-air museum. Make sure to check out the available hotel rooms in the area.
One of the pleasures of travel is the opportunity to try different cuisines around the world. And while Romania has plenty of excellent restaurants and cafes, some of the tastiest foods can be found at small kiosks that dot the towns and cities. One such food is the covrigi, which is like a pretzel.
This bit of Romanian deliciousness has plenty of variations, including ones filled with chocolate and jam. However, they also come in plainer forms, which feature just a sprinkle of poppy or sesame seeds.
Final Words on Romanian Travel
Baby Boomers love to travel to destinations that go off the beaten path. Romania, with its stunning array of beautiful sites, delicious food, and ancient cultures, counts as one of the places that Boomers love to visit.
Make sure you have the right travel coverage, most insurances won’t cover your medical care outside the U.S. If you’re a Baby Boomer of Medicare age, you can get additional overseas travel coverage to make sure your protected.
Cultural exports like the Dracula legend first put the country on the map, and indeed, Bran Castle is still one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations.
But Romania is more than just vampire legends. It’s a place that has seen populations come and go, customs come and go, people come and go. All of this has left an indelible mark on the landscape here, making Romania one of the true gems of Europe.