What’s the first thing you would do if you won the lottery? Buy a new house? Quit your job? Travel around the world? Every time lotteries attract our interest with their huge jackpot prizes, we begin fantasizing what our lives would be like with so much money. We hurry to purchase our EuroMillions tickets and anxiously await the next draw. Did our numbers come up? Did we win the jackpot?

Let’s imagine for a moment that we did win the jackpot. We purchase our new home and we quit our job. What next? Travel! Our travel plans would certainly include the well-known destinations of Western Europe, such as Amsterdam, Paris, and Rome. But what about something different? With no financial constraints and all the time in the world, why shouldn’t we head for places that are somewhat off the beaten path? Why not Eastern Europe for a change? Why not Bulgaria?

There is no shortage of flights from the UK to Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, and you can certainly book comfortable flights on British Airways. If you are short of cash, however, you can consider flying with budget airlines like Ryanair or easyJet. Wizz Air flies to Bulgaria from Birmingham, Bristol, Doncaster/Sheffield, and London Luton.

Hotel accommodations in the Bulgarian capital are affordable as well. There are many five-star hotels in the city and luxury in Bulgaria is a bit cheaper than that found elsewhere. It is recommended to stay in the city centre. Hotels are booked on a room only basis. Breakfast buffets can be limited but cafes near the hotels offer better fare at a reasonable price.

Most of the main attractions in Sofia are located within walking distance of the centre. In fact, one day is probably all you really need to see the city. Sofia’s iconic landmark is Aleksandar Nevsky Cathedral, its gold domes dating back to when Russia came to Bulgaria’s aid in its war of independence from the Turks.

The Rotunda of St. George, located in the courtyard behind the Hotel Balkan, dates back even further to the fourth century. The National Archaeological Museum holds artefacts from the many empires that have controlled the city. Even before the Roman era, Sofia was called Serdica and remains from that period can be seen in underground passages and Metro entrances.

Sofia’s centre is easily navigated but free walking tours are available as well. There are plenty of places to stop for coffee and the restaurants feature very tasty menu options. You don’t have to win a huge lottery jackpot to afford a very enjoyable holiday in Sofia, Bulgaria.