For many years, Romania had a poor reputation, but they’ve worked hard to put some brilliant features in place which are reversing its fortunes. An efficient and affordable train network means it’s really easy to explore the country from wherever you’re based. Bucharest and Transylvania are the two places which draw in the most tourists, and couldn’t be more different. The Transylvanian region was built by German colonists, and has a very Germanic feel with mountainous scenes and historic buildings. Bucharest is a city which has clearly suffered, and signs of the harsh times of Ceauşescu’s dictatorship are evident and harrowing. Thankfully, times have changed, and Romanians are a happy people who revel in their post-revolution freedom and future plans. Romania offers fantastic value for money, with £100 easily covering food and entertainment for a weekend, so order yourself a tuică (the national plum based liquor) and marvel at the Palace of the Parliament, which is truly spectacular when lit up at night.