The Smart Traveller's Guide
To Bulgaria and Around
Somewhere in East Europe exists an odd small country. It's not in the most of the touristic guides featuring exotic destinations, neither is in the well beaten routes of the world travel agencies. You are not going to find the weirdest beasts in the world there either. And no, the coolest beaches are not there too.
Great. That's why you want to visit it.
Bulgaria is your destination because you are not the traveller who wants to be shown "authentic" feasts performed by actors and see crowds of tourists everywhere. It's off the beaten track, different, and authentic in its everyday life.
That's why this guide is for you, too.
This guide is for travellers who like to manage on their own, who hate to be overcharged for shaky services and want to see the country, its real people and real life the way it is.
We'll Hide No Dirt
We love our country, but we will not polish anything. We'll show you the good, the bad, and the ugly. There are some wicked people and places here. Instead of showing you glossy pictures of people with stupid smiles, we'll let you know where the rubbish is and how to avoid it. We'll tell you where the food sucks, where and when is most likely to be a target of pickpocketers and even how to manage with the public transportation (this topic is under "dirt" not by coincidence).
So, What's In This Guide Actually?
You already figured out this is not a guide for hotels, touristic hot-spots, or cultural landmarks. Here is what it actually is and what you can do with it:
- Learn how to reach the cities from major entering points like airports and stations - and without paying a fortune to taxi-drivers.
- Find out how to manage with trains and busses within and around Bulgaria.
- Stay safe and healthy even after a bottle of Bulgarian grape vodka ("rakia").
- Discover the cheap and tasty food instead of going to the overpriced restaurants for tourists.
- Learn where to go to see beautiful nature, old monuments, or just to enjoy real everyday life of locals
- Everything else that is not in the tourist brochures.
Anything you want to ask and is not already answered? Coming to visit us but not knowing where to stay? Having a bottle of finest scotch whisky and not having a fellow to share it with? Get in touch with us.
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