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Why You Should Work With Me

If you are an independent traveler to Bulgaria, you have many options to do your own research through guide books and searching online. However, Bulgaria is not a destination that is comprehensively covered and many of the most wonderful attractions - think small organic farms, magnificent but lesser known mountain villages, scenic drives - are often not covered in English at all and not discoverable through a Google search in English. 

The custom travel advice service that I offer is designed to complement the planning you do on your own. Think of it this way - you can spend hours reading travel forums, you can post a question and then weed through the answers for nuggets of relevant advice. Throughout all this, you can battle the language barrier and the somewhat relaxed concepts of customer service and response time that can still be part of working with a local business in Bulgaria. Alternatively, you and I can spend an hour going over your specific needs and you will receive targeted and up-to-date information that can save your hours of research and planning. You can book as many appointments as you need. And once you are in Bulgaria, I can serve as your on the ground virtual helper through the On Demand Consultation. 

I love to travel and I love to plan travel. I also understand how to plan travel. I have traveled to over 45 countries for both work and pleasure and have been planning my own and friends' trips for years. This has helped me build a systematic approach to travel planning and an understanding of what a good final product should be - an itinerary that results in a richer, smoother, more enjoyable experience. I have been contributing reviews and travel tips on TripAdvisor for years with a global readership of over 25,000, which according to TripAdvisor puts me in the top 4% of contributors in the Boston area.

Having lived and worked in the US for 17 years (see my LinkedIn profile here), I also understand the expectations of US travelers and the concept of excellent customer service. I approach travel planning with the highest level of professionalism.   

I can source very customized experiences for you. Interested in a private cooking lesson from a local grandma or discovering a wine that only grows in one region in the world? Through my large personal and professional network in Bulgaria, I can discover and arrange experiences you won't be able to find on your own.

When I plan a trip, I can research reviews and sources in the local language. This means I can recommend hotels, restaurants and activities outside of the popular tourist range. 

I take pride and joy in helping you get to know my home country. For me, planning a trip for you goes beyond a business transaction. It's an opportunity to introduce you to the country, the people and the culture and help you delight in them.

Please email me at petia.whitmore@gmail.com with any questions about traveling to Bulgaria.