Why would you go there? There are mountains in Bulgaria? These are the kind of questions our friends and family would ask us before we actually got to Bulgaria. It seems that to a lot of people that travel to Bulgaria are either adventurers discovering off-the beaten-path destinations, digital nomads or travelers that do the Schengen Visa run. No matter why they are coming in the first place most of them leave Bulgaria with amazing feedback. And to be honest, there is no reason to not love it! It is relatively cheap place to travel to, people are extremely hospitable and it has a lot of fun activities to offer. In addition I know plenty of travel bloggers who’ve been here, it still seems like an undiscovered travel spot for most. All in all adventure & fund for little money.
Sofia - Bulgarias capital
First stop in Bulgaria was the capital Sofia. Sofia is a great and hip city with plenty of cool places and restaurants to discover. Unfortunately we only stayed for 2 days and then head off to Bansko, our home for the next 6 weeks. Even though the short sty, we still managed get a good impression of the city (check out this post with the top 10 things to do in Sofia).
Egypt is such a popular spot amongst long term travelers. Manly because it is affordable, it has an amazing history and sites to visit and the culture is very different to that of the western society. With cultural differences also comes the different cuisine, and this is most desirable among fellow travelers. You can find traditional Egyptian dishes and also dishes that are modernized through the trend of fusion cooking with western flavors.
Fresh hot flatbread (street food on every corner)
Tahina Salad (every restaurant has its own version and tastes different everywhere)
Long term travel has been our dream ever since we have met. A lot of people keep asking us how we afford to keep travelling the world. In short, you need to stay focused to achieve that number one goal and you have to know your WHY. It might not seem to be easy for some people, but if you are truly passionate about it, you keep pushing until you’ve got what you want. We have put together a list of resources that helped us tremendously setting up for our long term travels.
Anton Kriel (this is how we learned about building infrastructure)
Luxor is one of Egypt’s most spectacular cities to explore. The west bank of Luxor offers more than 14 ancient archaeological sites. Being surrounded by these historic sites that are more than 5000 years old is so inexpiable and it gives me shivers writing about it. Believe us, Luxor needs some time to explore entirely. We stayed in Luxor for 4 days and that was just enough for us to visit the few temples we wanted to see. Our hotel was located on the West Bank and it certainly is one of the most welcoming places we have stayed at in Egypt.
During our stay we met quite a few people that had less time than us and still trying to squeeze everything into two days. Although this is doable, it is a little exhausting (especially in the heat) and you have to know exactly what you want to do and what places you want to visit before you arrive. If two days is your max then our recommendation is to go to the West Bank of Luxor for one day and the east side on the other day.
Dave and I are always up for adventure, that’s why we decided to explore Luxor differently than most other tourists. We hired bicycles! Our lovely host Abu Naga recommended a bike rental shop down the road which did not require any deposit. We paid 80 EGP per day for 2 bicycles which is about 4€.