Travel Blogger in Romania | Episode #8: Brenna - This Battered Suitcase

Rolandia Travel


Our guest for this week is Brenna from This Battered Suitcase. Just as Dalene and Pete, the travelers we had last week, Brenna is coming from a land far away - Canada. All she ever wanted to do is travel and today we'll find out why she visited Romania, a few travel tips, and some other interesting facts.


Interview with Brenna from This Battered Suitcase:


1. How long have you been traveling for?

I have been traveling and living abroad for nearly ten years.


2. Are you a backpacker/long-term traveler/business traveler or do you live and work abroad?

At the moment, I live in London but take monthly trips. I used to be a long-term traveler and backpacker.


3. How many countries have you been to?

I have been to 87 countries.


4. Quickfire questions:

Favorite season? Autumn.
Beach or mountain? Beach.
Urban or rural? Urban.
Next destination on your list? I am currently on my way to Bhutan, and this year I plan to re-visit Italy, Portugal, France, Spain, the Netherlands, and Belgium.


5. How did Romania find its way on your list of destinations?

I visited in 2008, and at that time I had traveled through many European countries but never Romania. I didn’t know very much about the country and I wanted to go somewhere new.


6. Expectations vs. reality in Romania

Because I didn’t know much about Romania, I didn’t have any expectations. In reality, when I visited, I really fell for the countryside. The towns I visited, especially Brasov, were absolutely beautiful and filled with things to do.


7. How was your experience with the traditional Romanian food?

I really enjoyed it! I always try to eat as locally as possible so I tried as many new dishes as I could.


8. How did the Romanian people seem to you?

Everyone I encountered was extremely helpful and friendly, even if there was a language barrier.


9. Regarding this, did you make any friends in Romania? Do you keep in touch with anybody from Romania?

Unfortunately, I don’t keep in touch with anyone I met in Romania. As it was in 2008, we’ve since lost communication!


10. Did you convince anyone to travel to Romania?

I often tell people that they should visit Romania. I really think it’s an up-and-coming tourist destination in Europe. The countryside, in particular, was so beautiful, and the history is fascinating.


11. What is your least pleasant experience in Romania?

I made a mistake going from Sibiu to Brasov and accidentally got on the local train – it took a lot longer than I expected!


12. Could you ever live in Romania?

I’m not sure… I wouldn’t rule it out!


13. Do you have any pieces of advice or tips for aspiring travelers?

I imagine hiring a car in Romania would be an incredible experience – that’s what I’d like to do whenever I return.

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