On this website, you will find practical information and plenty of enthusiasm, hopefully inspiring and helping you traveling as much as possible. All of the itineraries, places, and stories have been accumulated during the last 15 or more years of traveling alone, leading small groups to off-the-beaten-path places around the globe, while taking pictures along the way. I hope you will enjoy the stuff on this blog as much as I have enjoyed creating it!
My name is Pavel. A few years ago, I decided to register a travel agency and started to organize and lead tours to off-the-beaten-path places. This is how I began to organize and lead tours to off-the-beaten-path places in Bulgaria, the Balkans, and around the world.
At the moment I am running three travel 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).
My recent travels with 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.
All itineraries and programs are designed by me, created as a result of my change of locations, shared knowledge with other travelers, local guides, and the numerous books and articles I have read about each of the destinations.
Although my itinerary planning services are mostly in Bulgaria and the Balkans, I also can plan your trip to the countries I am leading groups regularly to (see the list above).
We travel in small groups. Moving more slowly allows us to make a connection to the places we are visiting. With my programs and itineraries, we attempt to avoid the stress of trying to knock out every site in the guidebook. We remain long enough to slip naturally into the pace of the local culture. Another advantage of slow travel is that it is generally much softer on the environment than other types of travel. Yet, 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.
My ultimate passion is photography. My documentary work focuses on social, environmental and cultural issues and subjects and also on themes that convey a strong sense of place and cultural awareness. Please have a look at my portfolio here: http://pavelgospodinov.com
I am also a certified project manager in International Development and NGO Sectors (mid-level) with more than 13 years of experience working at UNDP and Bulgarian NGOs. I also possess 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 great deal during my travels.