I created the “Travellers’ Tales” section to give my readers and other travellers an opportunity to talk about their travels. Today I would like to introduce you to Sianna , a travel blogger based in Sofia, Bulgaria. She blogs at “Eo Stories”
I would love to hear about your travels too. Go to “Travellers’ Tales” , fill in the quick questionnaire and email it to me with your blog links.
Read about Sianna’s travels here,
- Tell us a bit about yourself.
Hello, fellow travel geeks! My name is Sianna and I am a Bulgarian travel blogger and freshly graduated fashion designer currently based in Sofia. Even though I am freelancing and working on personal design projects at the moment, I am trying to travel on a budget as much as I can in my spare time. My love for travelling and design naturally blends into hunting for cool places and design hostels all around Europe that are later introduced in a series of posts on my blog.
2. What is your earliest travel memory?
My earliest travel memory was a road trip throughout Bulgaria visiting one of the main sights and sleeping in a monastery. Apart from that, I remember some school trips, probably in first grade, to the seaside of Bulgaria. My first memory of travelling abroad was my very first trip to London that was really cold but super cool! I can go back to London again and again!
3. Where was your last holiday?
My last real (and long enough) holiday was in the summer around the Bulgarian seaside. My last day trip, though, was last weekend, to a cool off in the beaten-path town called Melnik in Bulgaria. It is the smallest town in Bulgaria with a rich history and a romantic authentic charm.
- What was the best thing you did there?
At the seaside, we managed to go around the whole region around Burgas seeing secluded beaches, two of the Bulgarian islands, old towns, and the pinkest place in Bulgaria – the Burgas salterns.
This weekend we had a great hike, and visited some of the main attractions in Melnik, Bulgaria.
- What was your best holiday ever? Why?
Every holiday I’ve been to – especially abroad – was special in a way. I try to look on the bright side of things when I travel to make the most of it and not spoil the experience. With that being said, I will just choose one of the most recent ones. This summer I visited Slovenia. It was quite an unexpected trip that turned out to be amazing. I visited the Big Berry lifestyle glamping resort on the border between Slovenia and Croatia. Slovenia’s countryside and nature are amazing and we also managed to explore Ljubljana and a bit of the seaside.
- What is your favourite travel destination?
It is very hard to pick just one! My first trip was to England and no matter how many times I go back to London it is always a pleasure. So I guess that would be my answer!
- What must one do there?
London is so vibrant and full of possibilities, opportunities and different activities. Even after you’ve seen the main attractions, you have so many options off the beaten path like food markets, flea markets, and hipster neighbourhoods. Take a walk in Hyde Park, shop in Soho, visit Notting Hill or blend in with the hipsters in Shoreditch!
- Who is your favourite travel companion/s?
I think it is very important to travel with people that have the same travel style as you and are interested in the same things. I love travelling with friends but in small groups of maybe 2-4 people max. My travel buddy and travel partner in crime is definitely the co-founder of my blog Eo Stories – Teddy. We are friends and working together so we decided to start the blog because we shared the same passion for travel.
- Name one item you must have when travelling.
My phone – it is a good camera and navigation tool all-in-one after all. I rely on it for everything – photos, research of places, booking, contacting people I’m meeting, storing tips and information I’ve learnt, offline maps etc. Thinking about it now, I might rely too much on it!
- Your best travel advice?
Never expect everything to go smoothly and according to plan! Plan your trip but don’t over do it and don’t get mad when something doesn’t work the way you expected it to. This will only ruin your mood and eventually your trip!
- The one place you want to visit before you die?
Australia and New Zealand. It is almost at the end of the world in a way, so I think it is an appropriate answer to the question!
- Any embarrassing travel moments?
I would assume there are quite a few! Just to mention one or two – we once ended up on the wrong border trying to drive back to Bulgaria.
Another was when I thought I lost my ID and was ready to go to the embassy when I realized that I stored it in a very back pocket of my backpack for “safety” reasons and was without any documents for my whole vacation before realizing it.
- Worst travel experience?
I can’t really say that I had any bad travel experience anywhere. But I have some moments that made me unhappy about the situation or rather frustrated and mad. So first, will be almost missing my plane in London because the bus driver didn’t see me which resulted in a 40 minute drive worrying about whether I will catch the plane and then running around the airport. I think if there is ever a next time I will be much more relaxed about the situation. After all, the more we travel the easier we accept troubles on the road.
Another situation was in a party hostel in Vilnius, where as it turned out the hostel’s club downstairs was blasting music every night until 7 in the morning. That wasn’t of course, stated in the booking description and when we arrived in the morning after a long night bus drive we were quite unpleasantly surprised by the situation where you can’t hear the receptionist due to the music and can’t see her because of the smoke. Other than that, the hostel was a great design spot so I couldn’t be all that mad.
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Thank you, Sianna , for sharing your fascinating travels with us!
I would love to hear about your travels too. Go to “Travellers’ Tales”, fill in the quick questionnaire and email it to me with your blog links.
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