In this article I’d like to talk about my home country Bulgaria. According to my observations, most of the digital nomads choose countries from SEA (South East Asia) like Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam or the Philippines. All these countries offer amazing lifestyle – you can enjoy sun almost every day, food is healthy and delicious, beaches are amazing. But if you’d like to move to a country which has more European appearance and the cost of living is still like in South East Asia – I think Bulgaria is worth checking.
Well, the night life in Sofia cannot compare with that in Bangkok but still Sofia has its advantages, and of them is the low cost of living.
Another price comparison is between the city of Varna, located on the Black Sea cost and Phuket.
As you can see on these images according to Numbeo, it could be pretty cheap to live in Bulgaria. Of course you will not have amazing beaches with crystal clear water like in SEA and the street food in Bulgaria is not good at all (just my opinion) but there are other reasons to make you choose Bulgaria for a digital nomad destination. What reasons? Just stay with me…
1) Fast Speed Internet
Bulgaria has decent Internet speed. According to Speed Test Global Index, Bulgaria in top 30. Not leading the ranking but definitely you will have good, stable and cheap Internet here.
2) Affordable accommodation
According to Mercer – Sofia, Bulgaria’s capital is one of the cheapest big cities to rent an apartment in the world. Cheaper than Lusaka (Zambia), Islamabad (Pakistan), Rabat (Morocco), Kiev (Ukraine), Harare (Zimbabwe) and many others.
Even if you’d like to stay a week or two it won’t cost you much. You can find an one bedroom apartment in Sofia for as little as 20 leva ($12) per night, depends on the location and the quality.
3) Cheap food in restaurants
Sorry, to disappoint you. It is not as cheap and as delicious as in SEA but you still get very good value for your money! If you’d like to drink beer on the Vitosha Boulevard (the main commercial street in the center of Sofia), you pay $2-3 for a draft Heineken and that’s considered expensive! (You can find it cheaper).
4) Beach destination from June to September
Bulgaria is beach destination during June, July, August and September. You can choose one of the big cities like Varna and Burgas or quite places like Irakli, Silistar, Kara Dere, Arkutino, Pasha Dere, Krapet or Bolata.
Also, if you choose to settle in Sofia, it could be faster for you to travel to beaches in Northern Greece.
5) Ski destination during the winter
Ski season in Bulgaria begins usually in December, and then you have January, February and March to enjoy skiing.
Also, in Bansko which is the Bulgarian top ski resort, you can find a lovely co-working space with friendly stuff and members from all over the globe.
6) Easy to go around
You can visit a new country every weekend. Extremely cheap flights are available from Sofia, Varna and Burgas to many European cities, and also Romania, Macedonia, Serbia and Greece are accessible by car or bus. You can visit all countries in the Balkans and Central Europe in a few months if you set it as a goal.
7) Communities for digital nomads
Bulgaria has co-working spaces in the biggest cities but also in some small towns. According to Edit, there are 33 co-working spaces in Bulgaria. It is important to have such places because being a digital nomad could be a lonely journey. In co-working spaces you can find friends, people to work with and share ideas. There are also Facebook groups that you can participate to find events and meetups with other nomads and like-minded people.
A Tactical Umbrella is one of the products that many people don’t consider for self-defense. In fact, most of us consider items such as knives and axes for self-defense but don’t consider more “innocent-looking” things like this one.
In this article, we’ll be listing the absolute best tactical umbrellas on the market and explain why they are worth having one in your house, in your car, and also when walking in the streets.
Just before starting this article, we want to highlight the fact that these self-defense umbrellas are not cheap. In fact, they usually cost around 120$, but rest assured that they are definitely worth the price range. For example, if you’re traveling to a country where weapons are illegal and you’re in potential risk, this is the right item for you, no matter the price.
Number one on this list comes the Tactical Umbrella “City Safe” as it is
one of the most reviewed online but also an incredibly tough, sturdy and
This tactical umbrella is useful, discreet and above all, it just won’t easily break or fall apart.
Of course, criminals around the world are not looking for a fight, and rather only looking to steal things from you. Whether you are a weak person, a senior or else, this is the item you’re looking for.
Last but not least, it is important to say that this tactical umbrella is practically similar in power to your baseball bat that you’re not willing to take with you, it is also and similarly sturdy.
The second on this list is the German Quality made tactical umbrella.
It is a robust and innocuous-looking tactical umbrella that you can take anywhere.
Its 90 cm size is perfect to defend yourself and to block attacks when
needed. Above all, it has a similar size to a baton or an expandable baton
which makes it powerful yet won’t attract attention to you.
Whether you are traveling in your home country or abroad, this umbrella won’t bring you any trouble as there’s no hidden metal and therefore, will pass all the checkpoints if any.
While many describe this tactical umbrella as being indestructible and unbreakable.
You can probably break some internal parts of these umbrellas; however, you just will not break its core parts, the handle and the pointy metallic end which will actually defend you.
So, why do we recommend it? Firstly, this tactical umbrella can be very painful and convince your attacker to stop whatever they’re trying to do to you, and that’s what we like!
The size is 78 cm long and weighs 600 grams, which is great for this tactical umbrella.
Secondly, it is terribly flexible and some people recorded themselves on video doing a pull up on it and the umbrella ended up remaining completely straight. In addition to that, its wood handle is elegantly made.
This tactical umbrella with its XXL wood handle will definitely improve your safety at any moment, making it our 4th on this list.
It is 102 centimeters long and 900 grams which is a little longer and definitely heavier than the other umbrellas on this list.
If you want a heavier tactical umbrella in case you plan to visit an unsafe area, that’s the one for you.
You can use it as a walking stick and won’t suffer a second. In addition to this, materials are solid and you can take it with you anywhere regardless of the local laws. Remember, it’s just an umbrella.
Last on this list comes the Security Tactical Umbrella with tough and
Its features are similar and equal the quality of the umbrella above, however, it has a handmade chestnut curved handle.
Other than its 90 cm length, it weighs only 680 grams which is great to
carry around without being annoyed by the dimensions.
Most importantly, we want to raise the fact that this self-defense
umbrella can bear the weight of a person up to 120 kilos. That is a significant
thing to consider, especially if you’re a senior person or a weak woman.
Conclusion and Reflection About These Products
If you happen to get yourself into a fight
and/or getting into a robbery situation, you still need to realize the incident
you’re in. For example, if your opponent is twice your size and weight or if
there are 2 criminals attacking you, don’t overestimate your tactical umbrella.
In fact, yes, these umbrellas are strong, (almost)
unbreakable and great to defend yourself, however, they won’t do anything
against a gun or 4 men attacking you at once.
Obviously, your tactical umbrella was not made to hit your opponent as much as you can, but only for self-defense.
Overall, despite their price, we would
recommend getting one whether your city is safe or not, as bad things happen
all the time and all around the world.
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Toilet paper tablets are one of the most useful items to carry around with you whether you are in the wood or on the road.
Thanks to these tablets, you will not need to carry bulky toilet paper
rolls everywhere with you anymore. In fact, you won’t have to take many things
with you since these tablets replace many items.
They’re cheap, they’re useful, they’re small, and we’ll certainly review them today listing you all the qualities and the type of situation in which they’re helpful.
Why Toilet Paper Tablets Are So Useful
Needless to say that one of the most useful things to carry around is a napkin, a tissue, a towel or a small piece of cloth. Well, you’d be surprised that you can replace all of these items with such a small thing as toilet paper tablets.
As a result, they can be used in so many situations and literally everywhere you go.
Just as tissues, normal toilet paper sheets or wipes, the toilet paper
tablets have so many purposes such as:
Wiping your bum – This is potentially the number 1 use of these toilet
paper tablets. Realistically, you will probably need more than 1 tablet, but given
the fact that they only weigh 2 grams, this won’t be a problem.
Nose bleeds and cuts – These tablets are extremely absorbent and tough,
which makes them excellent in case you need to dry some bleeding wounds.
To lit a fire – Since they are very absorbent, you can dip them a short
time in oil to lit your fire and keep it going.
Clean your cutlery – We recommend the sanitizing tablets since only one
of them can make a gallon of water sanitized and therefore are great to clean
your cutlery, your plates or anything you need to clean on the go.
Sanitizing food and hands – Just like the cutlery, the tablets are a great help when in need of sanitizing your food in the woods or your hands after touching some animal.
Obviously, there are so many more uses to these toilet paper tablets that we will ever be able to list.
Together with ropes, knives and other essential tools, they really deserve a small space in your backpack, pocket and glove box.
They only weigh 2 grams each and they’re so small that they can be
stored probably everywhere you can think of.
How To Use The Toilet Paper Tablets
Using toilet paper tablets is extremely easy and only a few seconds will
be enough to make them ready.
They only need a tablespoon to get activated, which always helps when the water supply is limited. Certainly, the more water you dip them into and the easier they will expand.
If there is no water available, there are 2 ways to expand your toilet paper tablets:
You can spit on it and it’s going to expand eventually. Of course, it will take longer and it’s going to be less practical. In other words, you should be able to get the job done in less than a minute.
Just loosen it up. Of course, water comes in handy to activate it, but you don’t actually need it. Just loosen it up and the parts will open up slowly. The advantage of this is that the towel won’t be wet, which is good if you need to clean your bum.
This is one of the great and useful tips and tricks that we can give you
about the toilet paper tablets, and that you should follow if you find yourself
Which Ones Do We Recommend?
We recommend two types of toilet paper tablets, that we will list below.
Steramine tablets are another type of toilet paper tablet, since they are sanitized, cheap (38.95$ for 900 tablets) and extremely useful for camping, trekking, etc…
Most importantly, they are used by many bars and restaurants all around the world and they are excellent for all the things we mentioned above in this article.
Lastly, you only need to use one to two tablets to get 1 gallon of sanitized water, and that’s a great thing we do like.
Extra Tips on The Toilet Paper Tablets
Toilet Paper Tablets are a fantastic item for survival situations, as
they’re small and sanitary, and you can put them wherever you like without them
taking too much room. However, you should know a little more before using them.
Don’t flush them into the toilets – You won’t have this problem if you use them in nature, but it’s always good to know if you’re planning to use them in public toilets on the road
Buy an appropriate case – Cases
are useful to carry the tablets, however, make sure to purchase one that is big
enough to take as many tablets as you need.
Our General Feedback and Conclusion about the Tablets
Toilet Paper Tablets are organic, they are more durable than normal paper towels but most importantly they are reusable!
In short, the toilet paper tablets are small and that will help you stock them in your pocket or wallet.
You can use them with such a small amount of water and ultimately, they don’t fall apart very easily which makes them a perfect survival tool to always carry with you.
We recommend taking a few toilet paper tablets with you wherever you go. Into the woods, on the road or anywhere you can think of, as they are really useful at any point.
No doubt that Gerber is one of the best knife brands on the market and one of their recommended products if the Gerber Prodigy Knife.
After checking the best survival axes, it was time for us to focus on the survival knife that everyone is talking about. There are many vital features that a good survival knife must have and we will go through a lot of them that the Gerber Prodigy has, for you to make a perfect choice.
For this exact reason, we will be reviewing the Gerber Prodigy in this article to see if it’s any good and if you should go ahead and buy it.
Gerber Prodigy’s Quality & Durability
The quality is one of the most important factors in a
knife, and in a product in general, and the Gerber Prodigy knife is all about
To start with, the blade is a fixed blade with always
make knives stronger and hard to break. The Gerber Prodigy was built to execute
heavy-duty work, on top of typical survival tasks such as opening cans or
The build quality is outstanding and the Gerber Prodigy knife is extremely tough.
The grip part and the handle are one of the best we’ve ever experienced in a knife, regardless if you wear gloves or if your hands are wet.
The blade steel is very sharp and does work in every situation you can think of. It was described as “indestructible” by many, which I won’t guaranty, but it is terribly strong, to say the least.
The knife and its blade are tough and can do everything
you can think of without breaking at any moment. Needless to say, that the sheath
that comes with it is also made of good material and can carry small items like
fire-starting materials, first aid supplies, or also a small flashlight.
It is also crucial to mention that the Gerber Prodigy
was made in Portland, Oregon, US, and not in other countries, you can do anything
The Handle – Why it’s So Great, and Why We Love It
The handle is definitely important in a knife because
let’s face it, you’re going to have to carry it and comes in 2 different tans:
The handle offers a fantastic grip and in all weather conditions, with its over-molded rubber.
They have made it with. It does have a spiked pommel that can be used in case of breaking glass or to defend yourself against an opponent.
It obviously has a Lanyard hole close to the pommel that
can be useful to create loops or even to carry it around when it is out of its
sheath. The Lanyard hole is of course very nice to have and will avoid you losing
your knife everywhere you go.
Portability – Take your Gerber Prodigy everywhere
The portability is another important thing to consider
when choosing a knife.
Whether you go into the woods, camping, fishing or on the mountains, we really think the Gerber Prodigy is one of the best knives to carry everywhere and let us tell you some of the things you can do with it:
for wood carving
you start a fire
makes hunting easy
as a digging tool
The Gerber Prodigy is compact enough to be hung to your belt, or be easily carried into your pocket.
It can also be attached to the strap on your leg and will not weigh you down thanks to its reasonable weight.
The Gerber Prodigy is definitely more portable than other
Gerber models, and other brand’s knives and the quality wasn’t sacrificed.
Size & Weight of the Gerber Prodigy
Other than the last qualities listed in this article about the Gerber Prodigy, the size and weight are other things to consider before purchasing it.
Well, firstly, you will be happy to know that the knife is weighed well and is not too light, not too heavy. Weighing only 1.05 pounds, it has the perfect size and weight.
Secondly, the blade length is 4.75 in., which sounds big, but it’s a good size for harvesting wood for example.
Other than the blade, the Gerber Prodigy itself has an overall length of 9.75 inches with a full tang.
The Gerber Prodigy is slightly bigger than other
knives, however, it is important to consider all the features and we can assure
you that overall, this is the tactical knife you’re looking for.
What We Think About Its Price
For the specs and the quality mentioned above, the knife
is extremely affordable, coming at a 50-60$ price range.
Sure, there are better knives than the Gerber Prodigy, but for this price range, this is the best knife for your wallet.
As a whole, Gerber has become one of the best knife brands that you can get for anything from camping, going into the fields, do bushcraft and much more. For a little over 50 Dollars, the price is modest.
Our Overall Feedback About Gerber Prodigy
Overall, the Gerber Prodigy is one of the best knives
on the market at this price range, and to sum up, these are the best features
we’ve experienced in this knife:
In conclusion, the Gerber Prodigy is a powerful knife made with material of good quality and most importantly not to break easily. If used correctly, this survival knife can really help in situations that only a few tools can. Just remember the features we talked about here above, and you will know that the Gerber Prodigy is the right choice for you.
If you haven’t read it yet, make sure to read our selection of 10 best survival books on the market to be prepared for any event before they actually happen.
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One of the most popular book categories are the survival ones, and in this article, we’ll be listing the absolute best survival books to read before traveling.
Whether you’re heading to a safe environment or to a more dangerous, this doesn’t matter as survival methods are always necessary at any time. Bad things happen all the time, whether you’re bitten by a snake, attacked by a bear or in need of eating wild food, these books will teach you how to become a survival guru!
Stick with me until the end to know which ones are the best survival books you need to own!
Let’s start by saying that Dave Canterbury is the co-owner of the recognized Pathfinder School, one of the 12 American Survival Schools named by USA Today.
Bushcraft 101 comes number 1 on this list for many reasons. Firstly, It will teach you the best knives techniques and the rope and cordage tricks to the coverage and combustion methods, David’s guide is definitely one of the best survival books you can buy.
Secondly, it includes very clear and well-drawn pictures and illustrations that make this book extremely easy to understand. We highly value this part since it is a key factor for beginners to comprehend the techniques.
Last but not least, Dave Canterbury is considered one of the best survivalists in the world and he will surely explain carefully how to become a great survivalist.
It is important to note that this survival guide made
it to the bestsellers, which is impressive for a survival book.
The Survival Medicine Handbook is a great option to learn the best medical tips and tricks. Unlike the other books on this list, the author focuses on medical help rather than food and tools.
This survival guide book is an excellent help for situations where modern
medical help is not available. It is indeed a concentrate of information about hygiene, sanitation, infections, injuries advice and much more.
If you decide to go on an adventure in jungles or mountains, then you should go through these best survival books.
We also like the fact that it mentions recent events that may be familiar to everyone. For example, Hurricane Katrina in 2005 to teach you the best first aid practice.
First of all, the book is well organized in chapters making it very easy to find the
information you’re looking for in emergency situations. Starting with Water
hacks, it goes all the way to Food and Fire hacks.
All in all, there are more than 200 hacks listed in this book and every single one of them is a great piece of information not to be missed, such as your belt with traction or newspaper mukluks.
Also, it has over 1700 good reviews on Amazon, which is impressive and the last reason for it to be one of the best survival books.
When traveling into woods or similar environments, it’s always good to go prepared for any kind of situation and this survival guide book is definitely a good start for any level.
With over 750 good reviews on Amazon, Jim Cobb’s book comes 6th on this list. Jim is not only a great writer, but he also has a blog where he shares fantastic survival tips and tricks.
Prepper’s Long-Term Survival Guide book
is a rather serious book. In fact, unlike the other books, it doesn’t have
any illustrations which might make it a little harder to understand for
certain people, or more interesting to others.
We think this is a great book for both novices and experienced adventurers. The reason for this is:
His strong knowledge about survival and catastrophic situations
He uses real-life examples such as war and terrorism
Jim’s trusted online audience
We recommend it if you’re
looking for an interesting survival guide book that uses real-life examples and
If you’re an absolute beginner, it would be better for you to get a book with illustrations to understand it better.
This is the second survival guide book from Dave Canterbury, but why is The Bushcraft Field Guide also recommended?
Firstly, it is accessible to both beginners and experienced adventurers, so you don’t need
any previous knowledge before reading it. Dave uses comprehensive vocabulary
and language so that everyone that purchases the book can widely understand
Secondly, it has images and illustrations which make the book easier to understand in some parts, and that’s an excellent feature of the book for novices and beginners.
Lastly, and as the title says, it is an excellent guide to Trapping, Gathering, and Cooking in the wild. This is not only a headline, and what you see is what you get. You’ll get taught a lot of Cooking methods in detail, but also great instructions for Gathering and Trapping.
This is the third in his series of survival guide books, so don’t hesitate to check out his other 2 publications if you like this one. This series has 3 of the best survival books out there.
When it comes to survival, a good axe
or hatchet is essential. While the knife is considered to be the most
basic survival tool, it’s a whole lot easier to cut the wood needed
for building a shelter and starting a fire with a camping axe or
hatchet, than it is to cut it with a knife. The knife just isn’t
heavy enough for the task. When it comes time to split that firewood,
you’ll really see the value in having a hatchet for survival.
So, how do you pick the best camping
axe for your bug out bag? That depends. This is one of those areas
where what’s best for one person isn’t best for another. A lot
has to do with your personal skill in using that survival axe, as
well as the types of trees you’re dealing with in your chosen bug
A few important things to consider:
The heavier the backpacking hatchet, the better it usually cuts. But
that’s more weight to carry too
Many camping hatchets have a hammer on the back of the head, allowing
you to use it for driving tent stakes as well
– Some survival hatchets incorporate other tools, like pry bars.
You need to take your total tool need into consideration, as well as
what other tools you are carrying
Let me clarify something here. There
are many people who have chosen a survival tomahawk over a survival
axe, thinking they could use the tomahawk to do the work of a camping
hatchet. While they are right, to some extent, no survival tomahawk
is going to work as well for work around your campsite, as a
backpacking hatchet will. The tomahawk is first and foremost a
weapon, not a tool, even though it looks similar. Nevertheless, if
you want to have the option of using it as a weapon, you’re better
off buying a tomahawk, instead of a camping hatchet.
Fiskars is known for cutting tools of
all kinds. Therefore it shouldn’t be surprising that they produce
top quality survival hatchets and axes, as well. What makes this tool
so good, as a survival hatchet, is the sharp edge; much sharper than
most other hatchets. That, coupled with a low-friction coating and
perfect balance, makes this hatchet sink deeper with each swing,
allowing you to cut faster. Of all the hatchets on this list, this is
the best axe fro splitting wood. The low weight, at 1.38 pounds, and
a FiberComp handle make it virtually indestructible and easy to fit
into your bug out bag.
The War Hawk was designed to be the
perfect tactical survival tomahawk. Its 19 inch length and 29.5 oz.
weight make it a perfect fighting axe, reminiscent of the fighting
hand-axes of old. As with most tomahawks, it’s well balanced for
throwing. The bearded blade design provides more cutting surface to
make a greater impact on every strike, while the spike on the back of
the head provides deep penetration. This tomahawk has been tested
against cement blocks and steel car bodies and shown to be effective
in delivering the damage. Comes with a polymer sheathe.
This survival hatchet is designed with
survival in mind. In addition to being a hatchet with a 17 inch
handle and hammer head back, it incorporates a number of other tools,
mostly inside the handle, which comes apart for compact packing in
the included MOLLE pouch. These include a saw, knife, compass, Ferro
Rod fires starter, compass and glass breaker. Weighing in at just
over two pounds, it not only serves as your survival hatchet, but
provides a backup for a number of other needs as well.
The Camillus Ravenous Tomahawk is a
compact tomahawk, with pretensions of being a camping hatchet. Made
by Camillus cutlery, the 2.75 inch blade and spear knife point are
made of 420 stainless steel, a highly favored steel for its balance
of characteristics. But they didn’t stop there; they coated that
stainless steel head with titanium, which is three times harder,
allowing this tomahawk to hold an edge much better than most 420 ss
knives. the handle is glass filled nylon, making it nearly
indestructible and has an overall length of 13.5 inches. Comes with a
This survival hatchet… or perhaps I
should say survival battle axe, combines some of the best features of
a tomahawk, with the most important features of a survival hatchet.
The battle axe style head, including the two knife points, is
extremely sharp, making it good for both chopping and fighting. A
hammer head, rather than a spike on the back of the blade, allows you
to use it for driving tent stakes and breaking things up. Hex
wrenches, cut into the blade provide the ability to make repairs. But
with all that, it’s still a tomahawk, designed for fighting, as
well as working.
If you’re looking for a pure
tomahawk, this Ronin Survival Tomahawk is ideal for you. the
elongated 3.5” “bearded” blade gives plenty of cutting room,
and is backed by a spike that’s actually a sharpened blade. So when
it’s thrown, it can stick on either side. Since both blades are
sharpened, they can also serve as a backup knife for your survival
kit. The 15” handle is wrapped in paracord, giving you one more
valuable survival tool. At 1 pound in weight, it’s balanced nicely
for throwing, with the head all but guaranteed to hit. Comes with a
tactical belt sheathe.
Sometimes, compact is the way to go.
Often, the tools we might think of carrying are just too big to be
practical. Whether you’re putting together a bug out bag or
survival kit, that’s something you have to take into consideration.
That’s why this 9” tactical tomahawk is so popular. It’s
considerably smaller than the others we’ve looked at, but still
gets the job done. Four sharpened edges provide excellent penetration
for throwing or striking. The full tang handle is wrapped in paracord
as well, providing extra survival functions. Comes with a protective
M48 is a brand name for United Cutlery,
so you know that this tomahawk comes from a company which knows about
blades. That becomes obvious when you see the four sharpened edges on
it, two on the 3 7/8” stainless steel bearded axe head and two on
the reverse spike. If you’re wanting something with some
penetration, this one has it. The 8 inch axe head is attached to a
replaceable nylon reinforced fiberglass handle, with grip rings, so
that you don’t lose your grip when it’s wet. All this enclosed in
a durable nylon sheathe that you can carry on your belt or pack.
Regardless of whether you’re looking
for a tool or a weapon, the hatchets and tomahawks on this page can
provide you with what you need in a hatchet for survival. Before
buying though, think through how you’re going to use it. There are
other ways of cutting wood, besides a hatchet, and having a melee
weapon hanging from your kit may be just the thing you need. On the
other hand, if your bigger concern is being able to make camp and
survive, then passing the tomahawks by for a more practical survival
hatchet is the way to go.