I had a Romanian student in a class I taught last Fall. She told me how beautiful Romania was. I didn't need that big of a push. I already wanted to explore more of Eastern Europe especially after my two fantastic trips to Croatia and Bosnia. A quick check of Ryanair flights yield the result of the £4.99 flight to Bucharest, Romania's capital. I wasn't sure if I would actually go, but I was tempted by the super cheap tickets. In December, B. and I booked our tickets for February. We ended up paying £12.99 one way because we waited too long to book. The return was the same, but w chose a convenient time for £34.99. It was still under £50 each for a return.
We booked our accommodations on Airbnb for 20-40 pounds a night, which was affordable and we got our own studio, so we saved up by making light breakfasts!
Massive tip for Romania: pack your black tea (English breakfast + Earl Grey) with you. They don't sell caffeinated tea there only herbal.
Note on breakfast: It's just not a thing! We walked for an hour before we found an egg breakfast. There were some pastries, so we made our own breakfast the rest of the days.
Tips for Muslim Travellers going to Romania:
Halal food: There were a few places around the old town of Bucharest that serve halal food like Sindibad. The halal choices were Indian, Turkish and Arabic food. So, I just skipped the, all together and had fish and vegetarian dishes.
Hijab: I was wearing the turban style and I felt comfortable walking around. Everyone was very polite and welcoming.
Mosques: There are three mosques in Bucharest, but i haven't visited any because they were out of my way. It was easier to go back to the hotel.