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Quick Travel to Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, Bulgaria

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Quick Travel to Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, Bulgaria

I leave for Budapest on January 7th 2009.

From there, I am looking east, always east. A tip off from Hobo Traveler indicating that the currency has plummeted in the Ukraine got my wheels a turning: the Ukraine is one of those desolate, forsaken lands of my childhood daydreams. I think I may take a quick run to that country on the north Black Sea coast just to see what is there – just to take in a brief impression and then move on.
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From there I will probably make an Artic Tern’s pace down to Turkey, where I will more than likely need to begin looking for work.

Traveling quickly has never been something that I have been much good at. I have deeply buried senses to always try to travel as cheaply as possible, and traveling quickly is not cheap. I like to travel slowly not only because I am able to grasp onto a more thorough impression of the places I pass through, but also because it is far cheaper.

Slow travel = cheap travel

If I stay in each village or city for 1 week, two weeks, or an entire month I am able to find the cheapest places to find food, shelter, and whatever else I want to make myself happy. If I stay put on more days than I travel, my transport expenses are also cut down exponentially. If I travel so slowly that I ride a bicycle or walk then my transport costs are minimized even further. Also, if I have time to scope a place out I am often able to find a little work or trade Hobo Hideout webpages for a hotel room.

Slow travel = cheap travel

Though sometimes you just want to travel fast.

If I wish to get to a place other than where I am sometimes I must make jumps or fly through countries. I seldom do this, but it is looking as if I would like to get to Turkey from Budapest in no more than a month and a half.

Hungary, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, Bulgaria in no more than six weeks.

It can be done, though it is not my style and may cost a little more than I would like to spend. Certain times call for certain measures. I want to peak in at the Ukraine, I want to get to Turkey and the Middle East.

Moving quick.

Though I know that the first rule of travel is “a plan that is made is made to be broken.”

Map of Ukraine and Europe.

Map of Ukraine.

Links to previous travelogue entries:
Song of the Open Road on Vagabond Journey
End of the Line in America
Cultural Relativity Debate

Quick Travel to Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, Bulgaria
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About the Author:

Wade Shepard is the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. He has been traveling the world since 1999, through 76 countries. He is the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China, and contributes to Forbes, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3053 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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