Once upon a time, many moons ago, I used to think that seasoned travellers must have a recipe for how to travel right. This recipe would involve a kind of routine following which you’d have a perfect or near-perfect trip every time you go on one. I genuinely believed that regardless of the destination and circumstances there is a way to make any adventure superb. If you travel regularly and still do not know how to make the most of it, what a dummy you must be - so I thought.
The other day I was catching up with a friend of mine who had just come back from Russia. Always exciting to hear about how foreigners experience your country, isn’t it? You never know with the Motherland though: to be fair, it does not always feel like the most welcoming place for tourists, so I was a bit apprehensive about what he was going to tell me. Luckily, my friend had a great time and enjoyed the trip very much even though there were, of course, a series of minor, le
Have you ever been somewhere that is, on a whole, pretty nice, but somehow incredibly boring? It’s like a vanilla cupcake: it’s fine, there is nothing wrong with it, yet it just doesn’t give you the thrills? I always wondered if it is just me being spoiled by travelling to some truly incredible corners of the world. Or me being a pretentious snob, because who would ditch a (picture-perfect) place like Vancouver. When The Economist posted a piece entitled “Torporville. Boring
*arrow points at the bigger windows on the right I have to be honest with you - I really do not like talking about floors. In fact, I try to avoid those conversations at all costs. The reason is I have completely lost track of how people refer to different levels of buildings based on their home culture, since a) there is no universal convention of reference, b) you never know whether person is aware of the difference between their convention and yours, and finally c) you nev
Last October I posted about these 13 amazing apps that can assist you before and while travelling. Since then, I have got a new phone and discovered a few more free apps that are helpful and fun, so I thought I would share them with you. 1. Packpoint This is an app that any traveller could dream of - a custom packing list based on destination, length of travel, weather forecast for the given travel dates, and any planned activities! It takes into consideration everything but
One of the most frequent questions I get from fellow travellers - who usually come from Western countries - is whether it is troublesome for Russians citizens to cross borders. My typical reaction normally involves the rolling of the eyes, a sigh, and an answer along the lines of "you have no idea!". It is not that I tend to be over-dramatic, but rather the sad reality of my passport: what fills it up so quickly is not stamps but visas that entire pages. Do you remember last
What is it that makes a good film about travelling - is it stunning scenery or adventurous plot lines that are somehow incorporated into the landscapes? Exotic destinations? Maybe it is a combination of the three, as in the recent hit Eat, Pray, Love about how to drop everything and go travel around the world. When I think “travel movie”, I might also think of the Lord of the Rings trilogy that showcased some of New Zealand’s finest places even though it isn’t about the locat