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I started with Romania on my north side, and Hungary to my east, and from those borders I kept travelling as far southwest as I could, never turning.

Which country did I end up in?

Hint 1 (after the first full day):

@jafe might be able to buy a ticket that helps on this journey; most other PSErs would probably find hailing a taxi more useful.

Hint 2:

There's a small hint in the comment section, and a huge hint right above it.

Hint 3 was in the bounty text, which is preserved as a screen shot above.

  • $\begingroup$ Possible spoiler that I can't ROT-13 so I'm pastebinning instead: pastebin.pl/view/b82ec2bc . But I doubt it's relevant, to be honest. $\endgroup$
    – msh210
    Sep 7 '20 at 7:33
  • $\begingroup$ Your instinct serves you well, that would indeed be way too straightforward. :-) $\endgroup$
    – Bass
    Sep 7 '20 at 7:50

So I admit to not being positive about this, but I think the answer might be:

The Seychelles


There are several clues to look at flags. Hint #2 mentions that there is a huge hint above the comments...one of the options there is "flag". Also, the bounty mentions "flying colors". And from @Stiv, the bounty also uses the phrase "mark my puzzle for special attention". And from @jafe (in Finland) and explanation of Hint #1: the Finnish word for "ticket" is the same as for "flag", while others may need to "flag a taxi". So look at the flag of the Seychelles:

Flag of the Seychelles

Across the top ("north") face are the colors of the Romanian flag:

Flag of Romania

Down the right ("east") side are the colors of the Hungarian flag:

Flag of Hungary

If you follow all these colors to the bottom left corner ("southwest") you get the flag of the Seychelles.

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    $\begingroup$ This is a really nice spot +1 It's also doubly frustrating that I didn't spot this as I had a puzzle in the pipeline which relies in part on this exact scenario! Ah well, one to rewrite and use another time :) $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Sep 9 '20 at 16:17
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    $\begingroup$ Also, "mark my puzzle for special attention" is another pointer towards the hint you spotted... $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Sep 9 '20 at 16:18
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks @Stiv! Good catch on the latter...I'll edit it in. $\endgroup$ Sep 9 '20 at 16:19
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    $\begingroup$ Nice work! Hint 1: rot13(Va Svaavfu gur jbeq "gvpxrg" vf gur fnzr nf "synt"... Sbe bguref, "synt n gnkv") $\endgroup$
    – Jafe
    Sep 9 '20 at 16:44
  • $\begingroup$ @jafe Thanks! I'll add that to the answer. $\endgroup$ Sep 9 '20 at 17:00

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