Traveling over 9,000 km through eight time zones and across two continents? No, thank you. You can call it ‘the adventure of a lifetime’. I imagine what’s really an adventure there is finding a shower between the wagons.2. Russia’s Far East
This place provokes a lot of questions to travelers: Why do people love to eat Asian food and spend their weekends in China? In fact, is this Russia – everything seems strange here, especially near Vladivostok. There are subtropical and subarctic trees growing in the forests and vines with berries that taste like lemon. Sharks swim near the herring.
‘If I had a fortune, I’d live in Sochi,’ some say. Want to see snow and experience summer heat in the same trip? It is possible to do so in Russia’s summer capital, which has a subtropical climate, reaching up to 39°C. By the way, it was the city that hosted the Winter Olympics in 2014.
Try the local cuisine when you travel, it is often said. It will be fun. The thing is that Russian regional cuisine is somewhat confusing. There are more than 100 nationalities in the country with different culinary traditions, making the country an exotic gastronomic destination. Icy fish fillets, cherry pie, huge dumplings filled with hot soup. Chances are you won’t want to try these dishes with the strangest names and ingredients.READ MORE: Russian winter, from Kaliningrad to Sakhalin
Because Russia is dangerous
The European Union closed the entire airspace of its 27 countries to Russian aircraft on Sunday, following a steady stream of airspace closure announcements by member countries over the weekend.
The zone was expanded from 100 to 200 nautical miles from the Ukrainian border with Russia. EASA argues that the expanded zone now considers the “risk posed by the threat of missile launches to and from Ukraine.”
“We have guests traveling in late March and early April to Poland, but that is more than a month away. It’s impossible to say now how it will evolve. We are basically in wait-and-see mode,” Kozlowski said by email.
Tourists with short-term plans to visit Poland are advised to book accommodation in advance, “as some of the hotel infrastructure may be earmarked for those in need.”
“IATA is helping to facilitate the relevant and timely exchange of information with airlines from government and non-government sources to support airlines in planning their operations around the airspace closures in Ukraine and parts of Russia.”
In addition to the basic travel recommendations, we should also take into account the health recommendations and measures in force in each country “that may exist at the current juncture of the pandemic”.
However, the war should not make us see all countries close to Ukraine or Russia as dangerous. Poland, the Netherlands, Romania or Hungary are just some of the countries that are currently safe to travel to.
In addition to Ukraine, Russia and Belarus, there are also other territories in the Middle East and Africa that tend to be more dangerous due to their low level of security: Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, Mali, Libya or Northeast Nigeria, among others, according to the list drawn up by the Institute for Economics and Peace.
Can you travel to russia now that the war has ended?
The richness of its history, which over the centuries has seen Mongols, Vikings, czars, Bolsheviks and communists, a cultural and intellectual heritage as rich as its surface and breathtaking landscapes are just some of the trump cards with which Russia plays to seduce travelers.
The experience of touring a country that stretches the length and breadth of two continents is the perfect opportunity to live an unforgettable experience. However, as we have already mentioned, Russia is not free of risks, many of them a direct consequence of its peculiarities. Issues such as security or health care can be a problem if you travel without having taken out appropriate travel insurance for a destination that will require a significant budget. While it is true that your vacation investment will be protected by cancellation insurance, Russian regulations require that your policy must have extraordinary guarantees, so you should at least take out travel insurance with basic medical coverage.