1. Tell us about yourself and where we can find more about your travelling.
My name is Tery, I am from a small town in Bulgaria called Haskovo. I am kind of a strange person, I don’t fit in modern society and I have never even tried to fit. I love adventures and difficulties, I hate comfort and security. I am not afraid of anything in life, not even of death. My best friends and fellows are: Freedom and Honour. I travel by walking and hitchhiking and I love travelling alone. I have been a vegetarian for 21 years so far, I don’t smoke, drink or use drugs. My biggest dream is to save the animals and nature from human destruction and to find a way to get back in time, specifically to the era before colonization happened.
I did many short trips and 3 long trips so far (8 months, 10 months and 2 years), first I travelled around Europe, then to Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Africa, Latin America up to Mexico. Everything about my travels I share on my blog, but unfortunately the English version of it is still very basic and poor.
2. How many countries have you visited and where would like to settle down at some point (I know you fall in love in so many places, but choose one and tell us why)?
According to the UN list I have been to exactly 100 countries, according to the list where the territories are also included, I have been to 109 countries.
The only country where I would and I am settled down is Bulgaria 🙂 I wouldn’t live in any other country but I am going to travel around the world until I die, always coming back home – Bulgaria, and going to travel again and again. To me my country is the best because my family is here, my home is here and all my happy memories and favourite places. And it’s also one of the most beautiful places in the world!
The countries where I would live if Bulgaria didn’t exist are New Zealand, India, Tanzania, Australia… I totally love them!
3. What do you miss most, aside from your family, from home?
When I travel I really miss the Bulgarian food and yoghurt! I also miss my books, my room, my bicycle. And when in tropical countries, I miss the snow and snowboarding.
4. What is the most common misconception that people have about you during your traveling?
That I am a hippy. Well, I am not – I don’t smoke weed 🙂 People also think that I am traveling just now but when I go home I will get a job, house, car, get married and have children – all things that are never going to happen. 🙂 Nobody can understand that travelling to me is for a lifetime (and probably after).
People also think that I am lonely and miserable because I travel alone, they really cannot imagine how happy I am and how much I love travelling alone. I have never felt lonely on the road or anywhere else in my life.
5. Is there any place which you wouldn’t visit again and why?
Yes – Colombia for example, my least favorite country. I can’t stand the mentality of the people there, I hated every single day there and I would never go back again. I was soooo happy to leave Colombia and reach Ecuador (another paradise on Earth).
6. Where did you meet the friendliest people and how did you feel about being around them?
Sudan, Morocco, Syria… Well, I felt like I love every moment with the people in these countries, everyone was so kind, respectful and trying to help me in any possible way! I have been invited, fed, taken care of so many times, not only in these countries but the people there were somehow the best in every possible way.
7. Funniest or most embarrassing travel moment?
There are hundreds of them. The worst was when I got lost in Cairo (I never get lost, so it was a shame). Or when I got stomach problems because of food poisoning in Bolivia and had to stop the vehicle and go to toilet on emergency just in front of all the people in the vehicle. It happened twice.
8. What has been the most under-rated country/place you have been to and why? Most overrated country/place?
Most under-rated was Sudan, I have never heard anything good about it before, but I totally loved it there 🙂 Most overrated was Colombia – all backpackers love it, I never understood why.
9. Tell us about a favourite dish from the world and one from your country that everybody should try (If you have a picture, share it with us).
I totally love samosas (Indian), tagamino (Ethiopia), vegetarian momo (Nepal), falafels (Middle East), koshari (Egypt) and many others. Favorite Bulgarian dishes: tarator, banitsa, ayran (drink) and all the things that my grandma prepares 🙂
10. What is your favourite author and what did you like about his style?
Tolkien. I love the world of the Middle Earth, I feel like I belong there, not here.
11. What is your favourite music?
Celtic, classical, Disney cartoons soundtracks such as the Little Mermaid, Beauty and the beast, Mulan, Pocahontas and many many others. I also like Nightwish, Within Temptation, also opera and some latino songs too.
12. What song from your country everybody should know?
As I said before – I love my country 🙂
13. Give us one of your favorite phrases in your mother tongue and explain what it means
Гладна мечка хоро не играе, ама като се нахрани и ляга да спи.- It means that a hungry bear doesn’t dance but when it eats, it wants to sleep 🙂
14. Best foreign curse you know?
Concha de tu madre! – A truck driver in Chile took advantage of my poor Spanish and told me that this means “hello, my friend”. Later on I understood what it means and I was shocked 🙂
15. Do you have a favourite name from the world and what does it mean?
Legolas Greenleaf – the elf from the Lord of the rings
16. You have a chance to ask one question to anyone in history and get an honest reply – what is your question and to whom?
I would ask Robin Hood if he would accept me in the band 🙂
17. One thing you don’t like about other travelers or traveling?
I don’t like that many travelers/backpackers stay in hostels and do tourist stuff so when I go to places and I don’t want to do either of those things, people think I should because I have a backpack and chase me with offers. I think there is a huge difference between a backpacker and a hitchhiker and I belong to the second one. The tourism industry has destroyed so many places and it’s becoming a big problem for people like me, who want to see the real people and culture, but instead we see greedy people and natural places where you need to pay entrance fees, where you cannot access if you don’t want to pay. There are thousand examples.
18. What has been your most valuable lesson learned from travel?
That people are the same all over the world but at the same time – different. It all depends which TV they watch and how their brains are washed away. I learnt that the main reason for crime is drugs. I became a US hater and a Middle East lover. And I also noticed that there is a huge difference in the way of thinking of people who travel and people who don’t. Most important – I realized that I am really the person that I think I am.