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review 29 May 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Seeing all the beautiful wildflowers. May was a wonderful time of year to be there. Also the very warm welcome we received from local people in the smaller villages.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

You need to be aware that the trekking company in Bulgaria promotes the opportunity for solo travelers to save costs by traveling with a couple who've already booked. As you are mainly staying in very small places if someone else books the same dates you are likely to end up spending every evening of the vacation with them as well as some time during the day. This happened to us (without any prior notification) and meant that the vacation was a very different experience from the one we had been expecting. You also need to be aware that a lot of the walking is along tracks rather than footpaths and some days you spend a fair bit of time in the forest so you don't always get much in the way of views but there is plenty of wildlife and other interesting sights to enjoy.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

We were mostly staying in small hotels and guesthouses so it did feel like the vacation benefited local people but I think some of accommodation providers could do more to reduce their environmental impacts. There were a few things that it would be very easy to improve e.g. avoiding the use of bottled water.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

It was a good vacation but we would have enjoyed it more if we had been able to spend more time together as a couple. The nature of the accommodation and the type of walking means that booking solo travelers on to the same dates as couples will inevitably mean the three people having to spend a lot of time together. While the solo traveler can save money as a result, there is no advantage for the couple involved and more consideration should be given to the impact it will have on their vacation experience. The walking was good but compared to other self guided walking tours we have done with other companies we felt less effort had been put into ensuring that the most interesting routes were being followed.

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