If you didn’t start at the beginning of this series, you can read the first part here: Where Should We Go? Part 1
Option 2: Bucharest, Romania
- Cost. The cost of living difference between our current location and Bucharest is huge.
- See the full comparison chart here.
- Business opportunities. The reason Bucharest made the list is because Romeo’s new business is going to require some stellar programmers in the beginning months. Romania, Ukraine and other Eastern European countries have a great employment pool when it comes to competent and affordable programmers.
- Proximity to awesome travel. Being in Romania would allow for travel to some European cities. This is much more reasonable and affordable when the difference in the cost of living is so huge.
- Length of Stay. Romania is outside the Schengen region of Europe. We would not be required to leave the country for 90 days as we would with many other European choices.
- No Beach. Not the end of the world, but it would be nice to have the beach.
- Language. Probably the biggest concern. Apparently, if you can speak Spanish, it is pretty easy to understand the other romance languages. However, English isn’t as widely spoken as it is in other countries and it might be hard to get around without speaking the language.
- The Weather. Coming from Florida, this is a pretty big deal. Compare degrees in Fahrenheit:
- Average high/low January 65/41, April 79/55, July 92/73, October 80/61 in Jacksonville, Florida
- Average high/low January 37/23, April 64/41, July 86/59, October 64/41 in Bucharest, Romania
As you can see, Romania is not a clear winner either, although we are beginning to narrow the requirements. We want the beach, we want a lower cost of living and we need to live somewhere that isn’t going to freeze our Southern blood. So what should we consider next?