I never check what to visit in a place I am about to travel, but I always know what I am going to bring as a souvenir from there. Magnets, postcards, and other little souvenirs are dust-collectors for me, that why I always check out typical local products like shirts or T-shirts with traditional embroidery, for example, skin products or cookbooks. I bought a shirt with typical Belarusian embroidery when I visited Minsk and babouches from Dubai - things that I can use in my daily life.
Despite the low-cost airlines' invasion, Bulgaria remains quite unexplored, especially the Northeastern region. I currently live in the Netherlands, but originally come from Silistra - a small city on the Danube river and a part of the border with Romania. The region has a lot to offer in terms of history, culture, food, and tips to have a good time and you won't regret it if you decide to pay it a visit. And it's definitely out of the beaten tourist path.