Why I chose Bansko, Bulgaria as my first Digital Nomad base

When I told people in July I was going abroad to make websites the universal reaction was “when do you move to Thailand?”

So I had to explain that I wasn’t going to Asia and I was going to start off in Eastern Europe. I had a rocky start in Romania , mainly because I didn’t plan things well and because I hadn’t done enough research. I am now settled in Bansko, Bulgaria and happy here making Nomad Flights so I’m going to list some of the reasons why I came here and why I enjoy it:

  • Community. The Co-working Bansko space is awesome for getting stuff done and meeting cool people. Outside of winter there isn’t a tonne of stuff to do ( well you can go on hikes but there’s no big nightlife or anything) so it’s a bit like being at university for the first time. Everyone makes an effort to be sociable because everyone is in the same situation and doesn’t know anyone. I’ve met a lot of great people here who have been a lot of fun to hang out with. Unfortunately the flip side is people are ways leaving so you can be good friends with someone for 2 weeks and then they are gone. But I think that’s the nature of the Digital Nomad life. I was a bit concerned before I would be bored in Bansko but someone always has an idea for something fun to do. My first week there was something on every night and this is still usually the case: Monday: present your startup ideas, Tuesday: Poker night, Wednesday: Board games, Thursday: Hot springs, Friday: football and then BBQ, Saturday: meal and drinks somewhere, Sunday: movie night
  • Low cost of living — ok, so I’m not saying it’s as cheap as Chiang Mai for everything although I think my $175 a month apartment runs close to this. Also, a friend here has got a 2 bedroom apartment here for €200 on a 12 month lease which is a bargain! I don’t bother making my own lunch here as sandwiches or even pizza from cafés cost $1.50 or $2. If I want to go out and eat I can have an amazing meal for $10. A two course lunch costs 7 Lev (about $4). So maybe not Chiang Mai cheap but still pretty amazing for Europe.
  • No bromads. Given the fact there isn’t nightlife here and that’s it’s a small place, Bansko tends to attract a more relaxed crowd in their 30s which is perfect for me. I’ve not met any loud or obnoxious people here.

Now of course it’s not all perfect here. Bulgarian customer service doesn’t really exist and you will get your meal when they feel like it. Also, apart from the Lidl one town over, the supermarkets aren’t great here. But I feel like these are just things you accept if you want to live in one of the cheapest places in Europe. Overall, it is an excellent place to bootstrap a business.



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