Visit Bulgaria Now, While the Going's Still Awesome
If you've been following our advice about Bulgaria travel, you already know that the country is a vibrant mix of everything you could want in a tourist destination: family-friendly travel, youth-oriented travel, skiing travel, green travel, beach travel, etc. We're aware that some of you are in fact reading along, since commenters are perennially popping up to rave about the country's awesomeness (see e.g. here and here).
And they're right. The food is incredible. The people are friendly. The sites range from mind-blowingly ancient to impressively modern. All while being almost absurdly affordable. It's not for nothing that we've been pushing you to go there for half a decade.
Here's the problem though. The Brits have discovered Bulgaria, and now they're going to ruin it for the rest of us.
We know they've discovered it because a recent UK poll ranked the country, pound for pound and dollar for dollar, as the number one holiday beach destination. We know they're going to ruin it because that's who they are, and that's what they do. It's what they always do.
When Prague was affordable British tourists flooded in and became such hot messes that the UK embassy had to issue a public chiding. At one point Czech authorities created separate airport gates to disinfect passengers from British flights. That happened. Then later Krakow became affordable. The subsequent influx of British tourists was first welcomed, and then not so much. Without getting into too many details, the UK Telegraph headline on the fiasco included the phrase "Britons' stag-night shame."
This is all by way of saying that Ryanair is launching direct London to Bulgaria flights next month, so hurry.
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