Reasons for traveling
Traveling is a life altering experience and (usually) a 'once in a lifetime' experience! No matter how broke you return home you will have memories, friends and experiences that no one can take away from you.
And that is exactly why people set off on trips around the world. They are after a life altering experience. They want to see new things, meet new people, learn about different cultures, explore the world in their own pace and actually experience what others only dream about their whole lives. Sure, it requires serious saving and planning. Sure, there will be people around you who don't understand or want you to go. Whatever it is, if we are determined, nothing should stop us.
When people decide to leave the comforts of their home and venture to other locations there is usually a reason behind it. Whether the cause to travel was a last minute whimsy or had an actual purpose, it makes one think about all of the reasons why people travel. Reflect on the last time you left your location and ventured to another one. Did it have a purpose behind it? Let's look and see if your motive to travel matched any of the one's listed below. These are not listed in any particular order.
1. Romance- There are thousands of people who are involved in long distance relationships. At some point though, they need to see each other. For the sake of love, people will travel for hours to spend as much time as they can with the love of their life.
2. Relaxation- All work and no play is not a good thing. People need to get away from the stress of everyday life, and a nice sunny location with a beach might just be what the doctor ordered.
3. Family/ Friends -Many people have family/friends that are located in different parts of the world. They need to visit with them even if it's for a short period of time.
4. Religion- There are places in the world that hold religious importance for many people. Religious travel is often related to a purpose such as seeing where the last pope was buried, or traveling to the town where Jesus was born.
5. Death- A relative, friend or acquaintance has passed away and travel is required to attend the funeral which is located out of town.
6. Honeymoon- You're getting married and are going somewhere special to celebrate. This usually occurs right after the wedding, but there are many occasions where people celebrate a honeymoon years later.
7. Education-You're getting your education somewhere other than where you live or you are going away on an educational school trip.
8. Celebration- Wedding, Anniversary, Birthday, Birth- There's always something to celebrate and it doesn't always happen where you live.
9. Medical/Health- Sometimes the treatment you need isn't available in the city/town where you live. Often the best medical care is costly and requires travel to receive it.
10. Work- Job requirements might mean a fair bit of travel is involved. Even if the travel is within your own country it still has a purpose attached to it.
Overall, traveling can be a wonderful experience or it can be draining, expensive and just plain torture. Nonetheless if you need to go then embrace it for what it is, and try to make the best of it even if it wasn't planned.
Why would I choose to go to Moldova?
Moldova is a tourist gem hidden amongst the other European nations. It is a small country of about 4 million people, tucked away between Ukraine and Romania. Choosing to travel to Moldova would not come immediately to the traveler; however, once you visit this lovely getaway, it pulls you to return again and again.
During my many travels there, I have grown fond of its calmness, beauty, culture, and sense of adventure. For the traveler looking for an inexpensive place, Moldova is a great alternative to the more touristy and expensive European destination. You can enjoy the food, clubs, theaters, and much other entertainment for a fraction of what you would pay elsewhere in Europe.
I have had the pleasure of meeting some wonderful people, and making real travel connections that enriches my stay each return trip.
Spoken languages are Romanian and Russian. More and more you run into an increased number of English speakers, mostly at the major hotels and restaurants.
To enjoy your visit and have a wonderful experience, take advantage of our services so you do not miss out on what Moldova has to offer.
Moldova offers you a different feel, of a nice little country, where things are still very simple, with much less complications and friendly people from small communities. Mass Tourism hasn’t hit the country yet and explains why Moldova remains authentic as a country. People until today keep old traditions alive. This gives travelers a good sense of the place they are visiting, and great insights into the culture. People here are also very close to nature, especially in the villages where they learn to depend very little on modern civilization. They know how to build their own houses, how to find natural spring water, how to get warm in the winter using nothing but natural resources and the knowledge passed to them by previous generations. The tools they use, the way they live in deep connection with nature is something every adventure traveler would be amazed about. In the villages you will see people using horses as transportation, dogs out and about, cows, chicken and many other animals. Villagers plant and grow their own food, and are famous for their homemade wine. To truly experience Moldovan traditions and to see how people live, it is worth going to the countryside.
Chisinau is a different story. It is closer to European values, business and comfort. This is a youthful city due to the large number of schools, universities, and jobs. In Chisinau, people follow the fashion trends. It is the place where most business is done, and daily cultural events are happening. The visitor on any budget will find many enjoyable activities in this city: Theaters, Opera, Concerts, Movies, Sports, Dance, delicious food, outdoor festivals and activities, and much more. Chisinau is a perfect place to relax and to have fun, because it’s not overcrowded and it has everything (well, almost everything) you may need or wish.
If you don’t speak Romanian or Russian, don’t worry. In the villages, you’ll be just fine since people are so friendly and open that they won’t even notice. Especially if they serve you their wonderful wine--and they will, you’ll become their best friend. In Chisinau, on the other hand, you’ll find many people, mostly the young ones, that speak English, French, and some even speak German and Italian.
Here are 5 common mistakes that a person make when traveling to Moldova and tips on how to avoid them, all from personal experience.
1. Moldova is not Russia
About 10% of our clients seem to believe that Moldova is populated by Russians, which is of course untrue. Russians represent only about 9% of the total population, being the 3rd biggest ethnicity in Moldova (there are more Ukrainians than Russians in Moldova). However, the Russian language is known by a big part of Moldavians.
2. Moldova is not as poor as people think it is
When coming to Moldova, some people tend to think that Moldova is a country where you can get anything for $5 (just like Slovakia was depicted in the 2004 movie EuroTrip). It is indeed true that some things are much cheaper than in USA for example, but not all things. You will see a lot of luxury cars in Chisinau, more than you expect.
3. Don't just stop at the first hotel that you heard about, do some research
In Chisinau there are over 30 different hotels, ranging in rates from $50 to $240 per night. A couple of these hotels are old and were built during the soviet era. The rates are pretty high, but don't expect much luxury. Do some research on the Internet. There are a couple of complete online Chisinau hotels guides, compare rates, and pay attention to photos and descriptions. It is better to spend 10 minutes on research than curse the hotel for a couple of days.
4. Not tasting Moldavian wines and champagnes
Well, it is obvious how to fix this: taste them. The average bottle of wine costs $4-$7, with the finer wines being in the $10-$15 range. Best advice would be to visit restaurants that have Moldavian cuisine. Ask the locals or at the reception desk, you will surely get some good recommendations.
5. Don't do anything that you wouldn't do at home
This is probably the best piece of advice we can give: don't do anything here that you wouldn't want others do in your country. All general rules apply here, just like in any other country. Treat people with respect and you will be treated with respect as well.
Don't judge a book by its cover, this applies very well to Moldova, a country where you can spend some quality time and enjoy some of the local attractions.