Dobrina Zhekova

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Dobrina Zhekova discovered her passion for travel at age 17 after spending four days in a bus traveling 2,500 miles from her home country of Bulgaria all the way to Lisbon (the bus broke down in the middle of the night in Serbia, but she still enjoyed the trip). She moved to New York City in 2010, and after completing her M.A. in Journalism, she started working at She is now a freelance writer based in Alexandria, VA, and her writing has appeared on,,,, and among many others. She covers travel, design, architecture, art, and weddings. When she is not learning a new language (her latest obsession is Icelandic), she daydreams about traveling to remote islands.

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Oceanfront suite with balcony
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Aerial view of Ocracoke Island
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A bench in a winter park in the Canmore mountains.
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A woman sleeping on a white bed in a hotel room
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