Hi, I`m Atanas – a Geography and travel addict, living in Bulgaria. I reside in the capital city Sofia and have a full time job, but love doing trips in my spare time.
My travel style evolved through the years. In 2010, I made my first trip abroad – an excursion to Italy. After returning home, I promised myself never to go on an organized trip again! I was simply not fond of being dragged like a piece of luggage from one attraction to another and preferred to explore things myself. So, I turned into an independent traveler and made a lot of solo trips in the next few years. Later, I met my future wife and we started making journeys as a couple. I also used to fall into tourist traps. A lot! I`m happy to say now I look for more authentic experiences and would always skip a commercial place for a scenery walk or a hike, ending with a beautiful view.
How I started The Balkan Traveler?
I caught myself following many travel bloggers and reading about their adventures in recent years. This inspired me to create a blog myself. The purpose was to get me out of my comfort zone and start doing regular trips again. Suddenly, I realized I`ve been to more places abroad than where I live. So, it had to be something to help me get to know better my home country and the surrounding states.
That`s how, on 1st April 2017, The Balkan Traveler was launched. The main focus is set on giving tips and inside information about traveling Bulgaria and the Balkans. I`ll try to show you the beauty of the places here, local traditions, typical food and drinks and will be glad If I manage to light the sparkle of your desire to visit the Balkans. By the way, I love the fact now more and more people appreciate this part of Europe as a region deserving to be explored. I`ll be also sharing experiences from my past (and future) journeys to more distant countries under Beyond The Balkans section.
Some additional info
I have an university degree in Tourism and, bar English, speak also Russian as I`ve lived in Russia for a couple of years on earlier stage of my life. Besides travel, I am also interested in History, Music, Movies and Sports.
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