Hiking and hitch-hiking in Bulgaria

With this text, we will open a very interesting topic, which has been developing on the edge of the regulated hiking and the haphazard hitch-hiking, when necessary. What joins these two together? The marvelous culture, hospitality, and amazing nature in Bulgaria. This text can also be seen as an invitation for Bulgaria’s guests to try the picturesque hiking tours, but also to have a couple of useful pieces of advice for hitch-hiking, if it ever comes to that. First things first.

According to a recent study about the people, who take on and go through the El Camino, going through this road and the emotional experiences during this adventure have exceptionally good effect on people’s lives. According to scientists, the overall mental condition of people is improved, while decisions concerning very important aspects of people’s lives are becoming more rational, the overall health is improved, etc.

Not everyone, however, is interested in such lengthy trips, which apart from everything else require a lot of available time. Bulgaria’s unique nature and a well-planned sightseeing tour could save a lot of that time, but will definitely fill your body and soul with uplifting emotions, and elevate your consciousness, so one can return to their everyday life rejuvenated, rested, and full of memories of breathtaking natural beauties.

Hiking in Bulgaria is an opportunity to plan an “expedition” in different directions. Mountain hikes are especially fulfilling, as the high mountains in Bulgaria along with the huts and lakes, and everything else that makes people stand in awe before nature. Visits of caves can be remarkably mystic, while special rock climbing hikes charge you with adrenaline.

What would, however, happen when you need to hitch-hike in Bulgaria? Is it safe? Do Bulgarian drivers stop? If we have to answer the questions in reverse order – yes, many Bulgarian drivers, especially in mountain and rural areas, as well as near small seaside villages would often stop and take hitch-hikers, tourists who want to reach a certain destination. Sometimes, foreigners can even hitch a ride to the border, to the seaside, or another major city, when they wait at highway exits.

Hitch-hiking in Bulgaria, as pretty much everywhere else, is not absolutely safe and secure. Nonetheless, most people that would stop to give you a lift are indeed friendly and well-intentioned, and you would even enjoy their company for the ride. You can never be really certain, however, how long you would have to wait for someone to stop and give you a lift. There are days when this happens on the second minute in, while other times you may need to wait for hours. Whenever you have to go hitch-hiking, however, feel free to do so, as more often than not the Bulgarian people that will take you in their cars and drive you are very helpful and speak some English, so you won’t have trouble with the communication.

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Switch motorhome on LED lighting

Lamps with LED technology last longer and save power. The exchange is relatively simple and fast – if you know how. What is important here, explains Caravan Metropol from Bautzen.

Lamps with LED technology promises over traditional incandescent or halogen bulbs lower power consumption, longer life and less heat generation. Although the exchange of lamps is usually simple, but requires a few considerations.

First you put the pears dates that you want to trade – a good opportunity to equalize to clean lampshades and covers. Inspect exactly the socket type. This must comply with the new LED lamps as well as size, shape and luminosity or equivalent wattage of the old lamp.

In addition, color temperature and beam angle play an important role. In the light color, a distinction between warm and cool white. A warm light creates a cozy atmosphere and is used for Ambiente- or seating lighting. Cold light affects contrast lighter and can serve well in reading lamps or in the kitchen and the bathroom. The viewing angle determines the diameter of the light cone.

In the living room of this should be as large as possible, in reading lamps prove small angle – so-called spot spotlight – as effective. This information can be found either on the packaging or in the technical specifications of the manufacturer.

Are the new bulbs used in the frames, lampshades and covers can be mounted again. A beautiful confirmation are at the end of the measurement of power consumption: A reduction in power consumption by 70 to 80 percent is possible.

The step-by-step instruction for the LED assembly

Remove bulbs. Caution: If a prior operation, the bulb may be hot, therefore, allow to cool long enough.
LED lamps are available in different shapes and sizes, wattages, socket types, color temperatures and beam angles.
After the replacement of the light source, the lamp is reassembled in reverse order. Then the test is carried out: Is the new lighting and pleasantly bright enough?

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Thermo cover for Caravan

Protection against cold

To protect against cold you can afford insulating mats for the cab in winter good services. Whether a piece or a multi-part: The model variety is great, the price range as well.

The cab is often the coldest place in the motorhome beyond matching products! Since only protected metal and glass in front of the outside temperatures, there escapes most of the heat. Fitting end plates and uneven distribution of heat you get with insulating thermo mats under control.

Insulation mats are available in different versions: only for the windscreen, the side windows or as a topcoat for the complete cab velvet bonnet. Particularly useful are variants in which one can expose the windscreen without removing the cover completely. So comes the day for light into the motorhome, and you can enjoy the view.

Models for all forms of construction and base vehicles are available. For the Fiat Ducato from year 2006, for example, is the “thermal glass XXL Ducato Click here for matching products” – Coverage of Fiamma for 279 euros. The mat consists of two parts: The upper section covers the front and side windows of the cab from, the lower the entire bonnet. If necessary, you can make the windscreen freely, without having to remove this cover.

The thermal mat of Kantop is Extherm, their variants are suitable for alcove, semi-integrate and also for integrated. It consists of two side parts and a front part. The latter can be opened. When it is integrated above the windows on driver and passenger side first piping rails are adhered to fix the mats. A three-piece set for Fiat Ducato will cost 137 euros.

With regular 535 Euro you must invest considerably more for cab-insulating Wigo. For the cover next to the windows also encompasses the whole hood and reaches to the bottom. So no wind can pass under the vehicle and remove heat. The mat can not only fold down but also share completely. In summer, the mat can be mounted as a pure sun protection only over the discs. Even pooling the designed thereby is easier. The insulating mat fits all standard basic vehicles. Until the end of February 2016 it is offered at a special price of 444 Euro.

The Thermomatte Lux of Hindermann covers the windscreen and side windows. If necessary, the mat may be supplemented by the cover Lux Duo that veiled the bonnet to the ground. The lower part is connected by means of a Velcro fastening to the window mat. The bottom part can also be purchased subsequently. It consists of the same material as the upper part, the insulation is somewhat thinner. The mat Lux for the Ducato costs from 299 euros, the associated Lux ​​Duo base from 224 euros. There are versions for all common base vehicles and years available. Conclusion: Thermo mats reduce significantly the gas consumption and make the Winter Camping much cozier.

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