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The Road Ahead: Bulgaria, Oman

Rhodes –> Athens –> Bulgaria –> Oman –> Bulgaria

RHODES, Greece- I believe I’ve written before that my travel paths resemble the jagged mouth of a jack-o-lantern. They’re all messed up — going here, going there, going backwards, forward, backwards again, and returning back to the place that I began … for some reason.

In a week we should be leaving Rhodes, going to Athens, then on to Sofia, Bulgaria before I take a research trip to Oman a week later.

I should only be in Oman for around a week, where I will meet up with my friend Moni and then attend a launch event for the new city / special economic zone of Dumq, that a Chinese consortium is building in the south of the country.

I haven’t been to either Bulgaria or Oman before. In fact, I didn’t even need a category on this blog for Bulgaria until this post. I have no idea what I’m getting with either place. I like this.

While it always looks beautiful to open these old travel books and see that the author traveled these nice smooth paths across the world via ship, rail, and …

Cheap air travel is the great demolisher of smooth travel paths. While you can still take land-based modes of long distance transport it’s becoming more and more of a novelty, as it’s often cheaper to fly.

I don’t mind air travel. I appreciate it, actually. I like the fact that I can set up a base of operations in a good air travel hub, wake up in the morning, say “Hmm, where in this swath of the world do I want to go today?,” hop on a jet and go.

It’s a beautiful thing. It really is.

Filed under: Air Travel, Bulgaria, Europe, Oman, Travel Plan

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Wade Shepard is the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. He has been traveling the world since 1999, through 89 countries. He is the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China, and contributes to The Guardian, Forbes, Bloomberg, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3465 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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