About

I’m Pavel! “Thousand Voyages” is my project, related to travel, photography and adventure. I travel solo or lead small groups of people to unusual, off-the-beaten-path places worldwide through my travel agency “Thousand Voyages” Ltd. Travel and documentary photography is my ultimate passion.

Travel

I have been travelling intensively since 2010, and have visited so far more than 30 countries and regions. My recent travels, solo or leading small groups, have taken me to Bangladesh, Pakistan, India (Ladakh/Rajasthan), 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), Iceland, Bulgaria and Europe of course.

I would not put titles such as “adventurer, traveller, professional photographer” etc. before my name because… well, I’m not. In the best way possible, I try to do what I love and let the outcomes and achievements speak for themselves. I’m documenting my trips. You can find guides, short and long stories about interesting, mostly off-the-beaten-path locations and destinations, itineraries, and much more on this website.

A few years ago, I registered a travel agency and started to organize and lead tours to off-the-beaten-path places. I design all itineraries and programs by myself. The personal experience at the locations, the shared knowledge with other travellers, local guides and the numerous books and articles I regularly read help me a lot.

My groups are small, and we travel slowly. We stay long enough to slip into the pace of local culture naturally. In my opinion, this is the right way to get in touch with people and to experience the places fully. Also, slow travel is much softer to the environment, and we care a lot about this aspect of travelling. Please have a look at my Travel Services here.

Photography

My documentary work focuses on social, environmental and cultural issues and themes that convey a strong sense of place and cultural awareness. Please find out more through the links below:

My photo archive: http://pavelgospodinov.com;

Photography services: https://thousandvoyages.net/pavelgospodinovphotography/ 

List of my publications (photography and composition);

Five photo essays;

Getty Images represents me – Creative Images Collection (5,929 images to date) and Video Collection (5,003 video footage). I also have a collection of images on Offset.

IT/Web 

I have seven years of experience developing, implementing and managing digital communication strategies and projects, mostly for NGOs. I have a strong IT background with three years as a web/graphic designer and web usability/ information architecture expert in the private sector. 

At the moment I am running three web travel-related projects: 1) Off-the-beaten-path trips with small groups around the globe – http://thousandvoyages.com (in Bulgarian); Thousand Voyages Blog – http://thousandvoyages.net (in English) and Guide To Bulgaria – http://guidetobulgaria.com (in English).

NGOs

I am a certified project manager in International Development and NGO Sectors with more than 12 years of experience working for UNDP (Program Officer/Analyst and Project Technical Advisor) and various NGOs. My expertise is mostly in project analysis, development, monitoring, evaluation, and full life-cycle project management, including personnel and financial management. I am delighted to work with NGO’s because of this background (full CV is available upon request). 

Medicine

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 great deal during my travels.

As a concussion, I would be pleased if you could find inspiration here. If this website becomes somehow a reason for you to start an adventure or travel somewhere, that would be awesome. Also, I would be happy to find new partners working together on new projects and ideas.