With the "indian summer" we are experiencing in Bulgaria, not many of us are thinking about winter yet but ski-lovers will be counting the days to the start of the new season. Most are familiar with the old choices of France and Austria but with purse strings ever tighter, Bulgaria can be a fantastic option for those on a budget. There are many small resorts but the most popular remain Bansko, Borovets and Pamporovo. Non-skiers are well catered for with off-slope options: spa treatments, indoor swimming pools, beauty centres and more.
Bansko is suitable for families as there are children's facilities so that they are kept amused. This year, whilst snow is of course the pre-requisite, many holiday makers are having to trade down and are looking for budget and value-for-money winter hols. Whether you decide to go on a package or opt for do it yourself, there is a host of holiday choices on offer. As Mark Thomas, from Jam Advice, recently said "All inclusive has become very popular because there are no hidden extras to fork out". Although, it also has to be said that you can make savings if you book flights and self catering accommodation for yourself.