adventure travel & photography
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that made all the difference” Robert Frost
I'm Pavel! I travel solo or lead small groups to unusual, remote places around the world. I do this through my own Travel Agency - "Thousand Voyages" Ltd. Travel and documentary photography is my great passion.
I have been travelling extensively since 2010 and have visited more than 34 countries and regions so far. My recent travels, solo or with small groups, have taken me to Bangladesh, Pakistan, Iran, Kazahstan, Oman, Colombia, India (Ladakh/Rajasthan), China (Sichuan), Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Macau, Mongolia, Turkey, Jordan, Morocco, Egypt, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Russia (with Siberia/Yakutia), Greece (Mount Athos), Kosovo, Romania, Monte Negro, Svalbard, Ukraine (with Chernobyl), Iceland, Bulgaria (my home country) and to many places across Europe.
Several years ago, I registered a travel agency and began organising and leading tours to not so popular destinations around the world. All itineraries and programs are designed by myself. The personal experience in the places, the shared knowledge with other travellers, local guides and the numerous books and articles I read regularly help me greatly in my work.
My groups are small, and we travel slowly. We stay long enough to naturally slip into the pace of the local culture. In my opinion, this is the right way to connect with the people and fully experience the places. Plus, slow travel is much gentler on the environment and also closer to our hearts. Please check out my Travel Services here.
My documentary work focuses on social, environmental and cultural issues and themes that provide a strong sense of place and cultural awareness. Please learn more via the links below:
My personal website: http://pavelgospodinov.com;
Getty Images represents me - Creative Images Collection (more than 6,000 images to date) and Video Collection (5,003 video footage). I also have a collection of images on Offset.
I have seven years of experience developing, implementing and managing digital communications strategies and projects, primarily for NGOs. In addition, I have a strong IT background with three years as a web/graphic designer and web usability/information architecture expert in the private sector.
At the moment, I am managing three travel-related web projects: My travel agency/blog website in Bulgarian - http://thousandvoyages.com; My travel agency/blog website in English, and a website called "Guide To Bulgaria" in English dedicated to travel in Bulgaria (my home country) - http://guidetobulgaria.com.
I am a certified project manager in the International Development and NGO sector with more than 12 years of experience working for UNDP (Program Officer /Analyst and Project Technical Advisor) and various NGOs. My expertise mainly involves project analysis, development, monitoring, evaluation and complete life cycle project management, including human resource and financial management. Because of this background, I enjoy working with NGOs.
I am a Doctor of Medicine (MD) from the Medical University in Varna, Bulgaria. Although I am not actively practising the medical profession, this education helps me greatly in my travels.
I would be happy if you find inspiration here. If this website somehow becomes a reason for you to start an adventure or travel somewhere, that would be great.