Writen By nomadicadam | July 19, 2017

Nomadic Adam’s Top 7 Travel Books

Nomadic Adam's Favourite Travel Books

From adrenaline-packed adventure to heart-wrenching sadness, these are the 7 best travel books I’ve ever read. If you’re not rushing to pack your case after reading these, you probably aren’t alive.
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Writen By nomadicadam | February 22, 2016

How to Save Money Traveling with the 3:1 Rule

How to save money as a Digital Nomad

Most of the questions I get from people about this life of perpetual travel I lead is quite simple: “Adam, how do you afford it?”. Today I’m going to give you an insight into a tried and tested method I developed whilst on the road to continue this dream. Continue reading

Writen By nomadicadam | November 9, 2015

Sofia to Skopje by Bus

Sofia to Skopje by Bus

Crossing into Sofia from Skopje is another arduous, over-stretched journey, like traveling anywhere in the Balkans. Poor road quality aside, an abundance of gorgeous mountains make it a little more scenic along the way, but if you’re like me and just hate the fact that a 60 mile journey can implausibly be turned into 5 hours of smacking potholes, don’t expect to enjoy it. But there’s little other choice – BlaBlaCar is often scarce around these areas so you’re left with little else but to (attempt) to stomach the journey.

When you head to the bus station in Sofia, be sure to cross over to the station adjacent to it. It’s very difficult to actually know where on earth to buy the tickets from to Skopje, so just hit up the stands randomly and ask a ticket officer who will point you in the right direction. It’s a cheap journey that should cost around 6-8 euros, depending on the time of year (I went in October).

The bus should stop off at a gypsy town close to the border (or at least it looked like it was heavily populated with Romani people when I was there). I found this super-interesting and I could see horses and chariots running around small villages. I would have loved to have the opportunity to wander inside and mingle with the locals.

Crossing the border requires the usual double inspection by both the Bulgarian and Macedonian authorities. The driver (or his / her assistant) usually collects all the passports, otherwise somebody from border security will and then take them off the bus before returning them. Don’t worry – it’s all pretty straightforward in this part of the world and your passport is safe.

It’s then around another hour and a half of bumpy roads before you hit the main bus station in Skopje, just on the outskirts of the city. A taxi shouldn’t cost more than 2-3 euros to the center, so be sure that they use their meter and don’t rip you off. Happy traveling.

Writen By nomadicadam | October 20, 2015

Bucharest to Sofia by Car

Bucharest to Sofia by Car

Before Sofia, I could honestly say I was not excited to go there. As a matter of fact, I was merely using it as a transit route towards Skopje, Macedonia, and thought it’d be rude not to cross off another European capital along the way. So it was to be.

Most excitingly, entering Bulgaria was part of my first BlaBlaCar experience – a ride-sharing app that allows you to split the costs of a journey based on your destination from your current location. And, despite my driver being 2 hours late (to be fair, he got clobbered by the Bucharest traffic on a truly depressing day, weather-wise), he was actually a super cool local Bulgarian dude, who had been in Brasov visiting his Romanian girlfriend for the weekend and heading home.

There was also a couple of Yanks joining us on the journey. If you’ve traveled at all across Europe, no doubt you’ll have had the pleasure of meeting Americans in abundance. In my opinion, they are usually super-cool but annoying, never knowing when to shut the fuck up over the course of a 5 hour, draining cross-border journey. Despite this, I love them.

Crossing the border is fine with an EU passport, but if not, you may give the border control in Bulgaria something to try to act tough about. So it was to be with our American friends, although they got their passports back after a quick 20 minute delay (quick by border control standards, that is).

What surprised me the most in Eastern Europe is the poor infrastructure in regards to roads. They’re bumpy, dimly-lit in dangerous areas and full of pot holes. You can really see the prevalent difference between countries like Romania and Bulgaria compared to Western Europe, in this regard.

But apart from the crappy roads, we made it to Sofia in one piece, which is fantastic for me because I forgot to purchase travel insurance beforehand.

Take home message: crossing into Bulgaria via road is the best option from Romania, preferably with BlaBlaCar as the train takes far too long, and coaches are also a horrific, over-stretched journey. Choose a rogue driver, make sure you’re insured and buckle up.