– Owner/manager/leader at my own licensed travel agency “Thousand Voyages” Ltd;
– Photographer, Videographer, Writer;
– Other: Certified Project and Program Manager in International Development and NGO Sectors (Mid- level); Significant experience in developing, implementing and managing digital communication strategies and projects; Doctor of Medicine (MD);
After I have travelled extensively on my own, I have decided to register a travel agency (License Number PK-01-7385). This is how I started to organise and lead tours to off-the-beaten path places in Bulgaria, the Balkans and around the world.
My recent travels with small groups through the travel agency, have taken me to Bangladesh, Pakistan, India (Ladakh/Radjasthan), China (with Sichuan), Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand (with the northern parts of the country), Hong Kong, Macao, Mongolia (with Gobi desert), Turkey (with the south-east parts), Jordan, Morocco, Egypt (with Siwa and the Western Desert), Ghana, Togo, Benin, Russia (with Siberia/Yakutia), Greece (with Mount Athos), Kosovo, Romania, Monte Negro, Svalbard, Ukraine (with Chernobyl), Bulgaria and Europe of course.
We travel slow in small groups! Traveling more slowly allows us to form a stronger connection to the place we’re visiting. With my “slow” programs and itineraries, we try to avoid the stress of attempting to knock out every site in the guidebook. We stay long enough to slip naturally into the pace of the local culture. Another advantage of the slow travel is that it’s generally much easier on the environment than other types of travel. However while the pace of slow travel may be leisurely and laid-back, getting up close and personal with a new culture is much more challenging than just breezing through the major tourist sites. This is where my main efforts are concentrated.
All itineraries, routes and programs are designed by me, created as a result of my travels, shared knowledge from other travellers, local guides and the numerous books and articles I have read about each of the destinations.
One of my main travel projects is Guide to Bulgaria Project (http://bulgaria.thousandvoyages.net) through which I, together with my friends and colleagues, organise slow travel tours and travel experiences in Bulgaria. The mission of this project is to introduce and popularise the main principles of the slow movement and slow travel in Bulgaria through a wide range of slow and adventure travel options including guided and self-guided tours, photo tours, walking and trekking tours, cycling tours, visiting off-the beaten path places and much more.
Photography. Video, Writing
My foremost passion is photography. I prefer traveling to off-the-beaten path destinations around the world capturing local life. My documentary work focuses on social, environmental and cultural issues and subjects and also on themes that communicate a strong sense of place and cultural awareness. Recently I started to work more intensively with video and multimedia, combining photography, audio, video, and the web. I am also attracted to the colour and black and white long exposure photography, producing high quality prints. My documentary photography and stories can be seen and purchased from my online store – http://pavelgospodinov.com
Equipment: Sony a7R II Alpha Mirrorless Digital Camera with various lenses and filters;
Software: Capture One, Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom;
Getty Images collection: 4,484 published images and 2,562 published video footage.
I am also certified project and program manager in International Development and NGO Sectors (Mid- level) with more than 13 years of experience working at UNDP and Bulgarian NGOs. I also have significant experience in developing, implementing and managing digital communication strategies and projects. I am Doctor of Medicine (MD) from the Medical University in Varna, Bulgaria. Although not actively practising the medical profession, this education helps me a lot during my travels.