It’s a pretty tough job to sum up Russia in a small intro like this, I mean where exactly should I start? We’re talking about the largest country in the world, spanning 9 times zones, with a population of 140 million and covering one-eighth of the world’s inhabited land area. Phew. You’d think it would be incredibly diverse – and you’d be absolutely right.
From Moscow’s Bolshi Theatre to the wilderness of the Nalychevo Valley, to the now capped Ural Mountains and the beach of Yelets, Russia is about 20 countries in one and to properly explore will take time and patience. Lucky for you then, that we’ve narrowed down the list to 5 important ‘must see’s’, here’s our five favourite places to visit in magnificent Russia.
Saint Basil's Cathedral, Moscow.
Unfortunately, as much as I’m sure we’d all love our lives to be one long travel adventure, for many, it’s all about cramming as much adventure and exploration into one two week holiday (stooopid work!).
If you can only stretch to a 2 week trip, then be sure to make the most of it, cram in as much as you can and see and do as much as possible. The best way to do this is on an adventure tour. A clued up local guide will take you to the very best local restaurants, show you the way to those ‘must see’s’ and make sure you get a very real taste of the area of the world you’re visiting.
So, if you’ve got the travel bug and a limited amount of time, you’ll be interested in our top tours for value for money. When you compare the cost of these trips to how much you actually see and do – it would be hard to disagree that they are 100% worth it. Here’s how to cram as much as possible into 2(ish) weeks…
Kenya and Gorilla Adventure.
Hostels can be some of the most entertaining places in the world; lots of like minded travellers, all in the midst of what they will probably remember as the best time of their life, enjoying every second, making friends and having fun – and all under one, often rather hectic, roof.
Of course, not all hostels are alike; depending on your needs it’s possible to find the perfect one for you. While some, the like ones I’ll go on to introduce you to below, thrive on connecting travellers and being sociable, while others have a more relaxed vibe. Some are known for their proximity to attractions or airports and others for their kooky or character filled interiors.
The bottom line is that choosing a hostel is kind of like choosing your friends, you want to make sure you choose the best ones, the ones that will compliment your own personality and help you make your trip everything you hoped it would be.
To help, over the next few weeks we’re going to be introducing you to some of our favourite hostels around the world and this week we’re starting with our choice of the best hostels for socialising and meeting people. If you’ve stayed in any of our choices below, add a comment to the comments box below and share your experiences/reviews with other would be travellers.
Kuala Lumpur is a modern metropolis surrounded by fascinating and culturally diverse suburbs slap bang in the middle of a jungle. The overgrown, half-finished building works on the outskirts look like the remains of a hidden lost world and just a short train ride away you’ll discover ancient caves guarded by giant golden statues.
It’s not all rainforests and ruins though, Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC for short) is as modern as central London (and much cleaner) with towering skyscrapers, underground malls and some great hidden gems. Read on for our top five things to do in this epic city, that’s perfect for a stop-over on your way to Australia or New Zealand, or as an Asian adventure in its own right.
Travelling in Asia is an eye opening and exciting adventure in anyone’s book; the mountains, the beaches, the people… it’s about as far away from life in the UK as you can get, it’s travelling in its most raw form.
For many a traveller, no trip to the world’s largest continent would be complete without sampling the local cuisine, and the best place to do this? The street.
Street carts reign supreme in much of Asia, and here our top tips for some of the slightly less well known, but totally delicious, dishes for you to try on your next Asian adventure!