Visiting Russia For A Vacation? Read This First!

Saturday, April 08, 2017

With almost 200 countries to choose from, you’ve got plenty of choice about where to go for your next vacation adventure! One of the best and most exciting of destinations to visit in the world is Russia. The nation has a large expanse of land, much of which gets taken up by Siberia.

As you can imagine, there is much to see and do in Russia. You’ve no doubt checked out some guidebooks to the country and are keen to get over there and start your travels. Before you do that, it’s worth taking note of a few pointers to have the best experience possible and a safe time doing so.

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Plan your itinerary before you get there

Russia is a pretty big country to visit! It’s impossible to see everything, even if you’re there for a couple of weeks. So, with that in mind, it pays to plan out your itinerary of must-see sights before you get there.

Luckily, there are plenty of websites you can check out for inspiration. I won’t recommend any places in particular because you may not want to visit all the “tourist traps” and prefer to go off-road instead.
Immerse yourself in the culture

It’s possible that you’ll find Russian culture to be somewhat different to what you’re used to back at home. As with any new country you visit, you’ll enjoy your stay more if you take the time to learn about Russian culture and why it’s so important to the people living there.

For instance, the arts play a role in Russia’s culture. Ballet is, of course, a big deal in the country; check out this article over at Cennarium to see why! And then you’ve got things like classical music, philosophy, and architecture to name but a few examples!

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Don’t be afraid of navigating the Moscow Metro

For millions of people each day, the Metro serves as the low-cost and easy way to get around Russia’s capital city, Moscow. If you’ve ever used a subway system in the past, you’ll probably be familiar with how the Metro works (i.e. you buy a ticket and take one or more trains to your destination).

However, navigating the Moscow Metro isn’t the easiest of tasks. Add to that all signage is in Russian, and you could end up getting lost! The good news is that possessing some common sense will ensure you have a safe and pleasant journey on the Metro.

You can get a bilingual map of the Moscow Metro with the station names and lines written in both English and Russian. You’ll also know how many stops there are before you reach your destination, in case you can’t see the station names clearly on the platform due to crowds of people standing on it.
Try some vodka

When you’re visiting the land that produces one of the world’s best-known alcoholic spirits, it would be a shame not to try a sample of vodka on your travels! There are some vodka tasting sessions that you can participate in, usually offered by hotels or tourist-centric places like museums.

Good luck - and have fun!

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