Bulgaria is one of Europe’s great roadtrip secrets. In places like Veliko Tarnovo, you can rent cars for as little as $25/day. Roads cross mountain ranges, and buffalo yogurt stands and woodcutter towns and weird monuments like the one below. Years ago I … Read on
This Bulgarian town near the Black Sea is pretty much against all fun. Or at least adults, children, balls, homes and means of transport. I guess video games are cool?
We all have dreams. I lived one of mine, buying and driving an old Soviet baby-blue car up/down the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast. I wrote about it for the January edition of Lonely Planet magazine (here’s the link to the story). I’ll post … Read on
Yesterday I appeared on ABC News Now to discuss some of the lists made in Lonely Planet’s new Best in Travel 2011. Talked about Albania’s Ottoman-era houses, Japan’s $40 guesthouses, the notion of ‘communism travel’ and re-enactments from the upcoming 150th anniversary of … Read on
Three American ‘hikers’ were detained in Iran after, apparently, straying across the Iraq-Iran border into a country that’s surely paying attention to their writing records (one has reported from rebel-held territories in Sudan) as well as the pains the US went to to … Read on
Part of what makes travel so rewarding is finding things on the ground don’t exactly fly with outside perceptions. Be it lessons learned from buttoned-up French professionals stopping to help me and my floppy haircut fumble with a pay phone, or frowning Russians … Read on