About Me


My name is Petia Whitmore. I was born and raised in Bulgaria. For the last 18 years, I've been living in the US - first in Boston and now in Richmond, VA. I've spent the last ten years of my career in senior leadership roles in higher education. You can see the meanderings of my idiosyncratic career on my LinkedIn profile.

As a child, I had two professional dreams - to be a writer and/or a private investigator. I somehow ended up acquiring a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from Babson College, the #1 MBA for entrepreneurship in the world, instead. 

My number one vice - liberally cultivated and indulged - is wanderlust. Even in my early years, when being on the Eastern side of the Iron Curtain made travel virtually impossible, I incessantly read about foreign lands and the people who wandered and conquered them. 

I am and will always be a person of two worlds. I grew up during communism, spent years as a young professional in a fledgling democracy and have now been making my personal and professional mark in the US for almost two decades. The result is a combination of American pragmatism and a firm belief that an entrepreneurial spirit can lead to success, mixed with a pinch of Eastern European tendency towards nostalgia and mysticism. 

My hope with Destination Bulgaria is to help travelers have a rich and memorable travel experience in Bulgaria. 

Feel free to drop me a line at petia@flyingraconteur.com