Winter sports might not be anymore a “crème de la crème” reserved for uppers class as it was a century back in time but still is linked with the luxury. The enjoyment of skiing and boarding becomes a passion for more and more people every year. And since many of them are content with more austere accommodation conditions and care only to spend the hours on the slope, most of the winter tourists still look for a comfortable place to stay at affordable price. This is where Bansko ski resortclaims its place on the map.
Located in the heart of the most beautiful mountain in the country – Pirin, Bansko ski complex offers 16 trails combining all levels of difficulty. While actually not the most suitable for absolute rookies, the Bulgarian winter center offers slopes from the light Blue type (Shiligarnik 1) to the most dangerous Black type – the famous piste Tomba used for FIS World Cup competitions is that kind of challenge. Half of the tracks are Red type (like Todorka) so the skiers have to be experienced to show their skills and feel safe there. 16 km uninterrupted ski run from Todorka right down to the base station is one of the main attractions.
The prices of the lift pass start from a Lev for a daily ticker in the low season for children younger than 7 years and go up to numbers like 3500 Euros for a family season pass for 7 members. The average daily pass is in the range of 30 Euro for an adult. In fact, Bansko lost the title for being the cheapest one in Europe – last year Slovenian Kranjska Gora offered the lowest prices. The Bulgarian town is still in the top 3 of the most affordable ski places with the average price of 351 GBP for a 6 day base for the lift pass, ski school, boot hire, drinks and meals on the slopes.
Breathing the fresh air of heights and pumping the adrenaline on the downhill is not the only thing you can do in Bansko. Types of accommodations also vary – from the low-cost family houses priced for 20 Euro for the night to the 5 star luxury of Kempinski hotel situated right next to the starting point of the lift and going high as up 530 Euro for an Alpine suite. You can check out for some of the options in Bansko ski resort HERE. The town has its own atmosphere and a specific regional cuisine available in dozens of pubs and restaurants. Nightlife is also on the menu so the visitor has lots of options to spend the time – not just skiing in Bansko.
The season is long for skiers and snowboarders – the winter might last from November to April. That’s half a year, depending on the weather, of course. And speaking of the natural conditions, most of the time weather reports are favourable for the tourists. Webcams scrutinize what is going on key places in the resort to provide a real-time picture.
There are several issues on the downside though. Only one lift and the ongoing conflict between authorities and environmentalists claim one victim for sure – tourists have to wait for hours sometimes to get on the cabin. Bansko hotels are full in the high season and not enough for the demand, on one hand, on the other, there are complaints that the town has been already overbuilt and is not so peaceful and quiet on holidays. And while it’s possible to overcome such challenges with the right strategy another problem is unbeatable. There is no airport in the vicinity of Bansko ski resort – from Sofia it takes at least 2 hours by car or bus and the other option is the Greek city of Thessaloniki located about 250 km from this Pirin mountain place. But even the affordable beauty has its price, isn’t it?
Choosing to embark on summer holidays to Sunny Beach is the base move to get the best value in a first place. It should be like that if we believe the research conducted last year proclaiming the leading Bulgarian resort as the top choice regarding the ratio of money spent on quality. If the detailed survey of Post Office that covered nearly 50 prominent seaside destinations around the globe isn’t enough persuading then follow us in this article to learn more about the hotels in Sunny Beach.
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A journey covering a great number of places or a settled stay on a fixed resort for a week or two. What would you prefer for the summer break of 2018? While the type of vacation largely depends on your temper and the way you feel to rest at best, our Eurotrip advice points to the all-inclusive deals. Package holidays will save you the unwanted thrills and uncertainties regarding the accommodation. On top of this choosing Montenegro all-inclusive picks, for example, will add the sense of adventure and will feed up the never-ending curiosity to discover uncharted land.
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Heading to the eastern edge of Europe – if this is your agenda for the summer holidays, it may work out really well in 2018.
Black Sea coast represents one increasingly alluring option for the western tourists. The Brits have fallen in love with Bulgarian beaches and the country looks like providing the golden ratio of the price paid for the quality. In the name of places like Sozopol or Nessebar Bulgaria will give you more than sunbathing and relaxing in the salty warm water which is great of course.
Maybe you don’t any advice especially if you already happened to visit the country during the hottest time of the year. But in case of considering to visit the Black Sea sands for the first time in 2018, we will try to make it easier for you with some essential tips.
1.Book a flight to Varna or Burgas, depending on which part of the shore you choose. Varna stands in the north and is a convenient option when you book Golden Sands or Albena. Looking for southern resorts of Bulgaria – Nessebar, Sunny Beach or Pomorie, to name some of the most prominent places, it will make sense to catch a plane to Burgas. Sure, the biggest number of flights land in Sofia but the capital stands 350 km away (at best) from the coastline.
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A winter vacation in the mountains skiing, having fun in the daylight and warming beside the fireplace in the evening arguably is one of the best ways for a family to spend some time together. Many resorts known for their strong activity during the cold months try to sculpt a profile of a “mummy, daddy and the tribe” friendly type of resort so it’s not an easy task to gain some recognition. This is why the mention of Pamporovo among the top 10 options for a winter family vacation – a selection made by the British newspaper “The Guardian” draws more respect for the Rhodopes located resort. The atmosphere and the combined value of the Pamporovo ski pass, equipment hire, and accommodation play a key role for the Bulgarian winter centre to gain in popularity every year.
Continue reading Wonderful choices for a family vacation with Pamporovo ski pass
Planning your next winter holiday? If you want to be far from the madding crowd of the Alps and stay on a budget, well, you need to look in a more unconventional place. Bulgaria is known for its affordable ski resorts, but the country can offer a lot more to the adventurous visitor who decides to set foot on their picturesque slopes. There are three main resorts with excellent slopes and nice hotel options. But if you prefer plenty of sun and blue skies while brushing off the pistes, then you should definitely head off to Pamporovo. The resort prides itself on being one of the sunniest in Europe. Combined with gentle slopes and acclaimed ski schools and you have the perfect place for beginners.
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First of all, it is important to point out what exactly the Global Entry is, and namely – it represents a certain immigration program of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Service (BPS), which allows all pre-approved and low-risk international frequent travelers, as wells as exchange visitors to receive clearance, valid for 5 years, upon arrival into the federal republic through automatic kiosks at 42 U.S. airports. Its main aim is giving the travelers the opportunity to avoid the long-formed queues, annoying paperwork and extra hassle, and in that way – to let them pass through customs and head off to their destinations much faster than usual.
Can anyone and everyone get a Global Entry Card?
Unfortunately, the answer is “NO”.
Only the following groups of people are allowed to apply for it:
- adults (individuals under 18 must have parental approval in order to get Global Entry Pass);
- S. citizens;
- lawful permanent residents;
- Dutch citizens;
- South Korean citizens;
- Mexican nationals;
- Canadian citizens and residents;
Wonder how to get your own Global Entry Card?
Provided that you belong to one of the categories mentioned above, here is what you have to do next:
- As a start, complete the online application form and pay the concomitant application fee. Acceptable forms of payment are credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover), money order or simply a certified check. Cash and personal checks are not accepted. As for the price – the privilege of possessing this card will cost you round about $100. But be careful because the following fee is non-refundable!
The whole application process takes not more than 10-15 minutes and you should receive an email confirmation shortly after sending it.
- Set a date for an interview. In the framework of 1 to 10 days you are expected to receive a second email that informs you that you are approved. You must then log into your GOES (Global Online Enrollment System) account and select an appointment time at one of the Global Entry Enrollment Centers at your choice.
Find out more about global entry application process here: https://goo.gl/RP3EU9
- Note: You have only 30-day grace period to fulfill Step 2!
- You will receive your Global Entry Card by mail within approximately two weeks after the interview;
So far, so good, but… How to use your Global Entry Card now?
Once the particular program member arrives at an airport, he is required to go to one of the well-marked local Entry kiosks, to insert his passport or U.S. permanent resident card inside, to place his fingerprints on the scanner for fingerprint verification afterwards and then to complete a customs declaration. The kiosk itself provides the traveler a transaction receipt and directs him right to baggage claim, respectively, to the exit.
All of us have a family, some have a small other have big ones. Most of us love to spend time with them and one of the things we can do is to travel together and build great memories. There are few things that are better than that and for the most people there is nothing more pleasant to travel together with your family.
So when you plan your vacation down the south somewhere into the States or you go up to the North into Canada. You want to have fewer obstacles to your journey with your love ones. And most often than not there are few things than might make your experience traveling a little bit bitter because of many small things like traffic or flat tire.
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Hi, my name is Jane. I love to travel south to the beautiful New York City. Where I live in Canada is so quit and green that sometimes I just want to escape to the big city. I like to travel with my car. There are some difficulties when I do that though. That’s the traffic on the border side. However, I found a quick and easy way to pass that test. A friend of mine suggested me to buy a Nexus Card. I have heard about it but I have never really gave it a thought.
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There are time when we lose things. We lose money, keys, wallets and etc. We hate it, we are angry about it but at the end of the day we got to do what we got to do to handle things right. That’s the case with our friend Joe who lost his Nexus Card recently and he shared his experience with us.
“I am a Canadian and I work as an engineer for a building company. Therefore, I have to travel often to New York where is located our headquarter. I often go with my family car together with my family so we can spend time together. We have already used to ride on the Nexus Line and no waiting needed on the crossing border.
Till one day when I lost my wallet with all the document and unfortunately my nexus card. That was shocking news because we had already planned a family trip to US and now all was in vain. I had to request new passport, ids and new nexus pass. I was not familiar how to get nexus card replacement and I was worried that it will take me so much time as it took me when I was initially applying for nexus program but it was really easy process. All I had to do was to go to a website that offers that service for lost nexus card and apply again. The total cost was $50 and the process was very easy and quick. I did not expect that. Probably the most important of my documents was recovered faster than I expected. The company that I trusted for this process is called Global Trusted Traveler and they explained to me that it may take an interview again when I apply for nexus card replacement but it is not necessary every time but sometimes is requested. However, I was lucky this time and I had my nexus card replaced with new one week later in a white envelop sent from the government. The card had the same expiration date as the previous one and I think that the number of the card is now different. “
That was Joe experience of replacing his lost nexus card. If you have the same problem you can write us a comment and we will be happy to help you out.