Looking for somewhere less expensive to hang out for a few weeks, I googled where is cheap in Europe. There were no surprises in the answer and the usual suspects came up: Bulgaria, Albania, Serbia, Estonia etc, etc.
I selected Bulgaria.
Firstly, I’ve been hearing some good things about Bulgaria. Secondly, it’s a big transport hub, so if I didn’t like it I could easily travel on to somewhere else.
Sofia is a popular destination for digital nomads and also for digital start-up companies. It has fast internet speeds, plus if you are looking for employees it has a well educated young population and low wages.
As well as young entrepreneurs Bulgaria also attracts a small ex-pat population of retirees, encouraged by cheap property prices (you can still find properties here for 15-20,000 euros), although the retirees tend to settle in other parts of the country rather than Sofia.
I thought the good internet speeds would give me chance to work on a few ideas that have been running through my head, whilst the low prices would enable me to live within my means for the month. So here I am.
Anyway, Sofia then. I rented an attic on Airbnb (yes I am now literally the mad woman in the attic).
From here I can walk into the city centre in ten to fifteen minutes.