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RUSSIA

GEOGRAPHY AND DEMOGRAPHICS

Russia is the World's largest country, occupying over 17,098,242 sq km and with a population of nearly 145M people. It spans across 9 different time zones: GMT +3 in Moscow, and GMT +12 in Kamchatka Krai.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

High season is between June and September, meaning prices will also be higher these times. For good travel conditions and best fares, go in May or October.

AVERAGE COSTS

Russia's For the budget traveller (like myself!), public transport goes for 15₽ to 50₽; coffee / meals out go for 200₽ to 500₽; basic hotel rooms average 2000₽, museum fees arount 100₽ to 400₽.

TRANSPORTS

Transports in Russia are usually on time. Bear in mind most of them will run on Moscow time, regardless of location, so always check if the timetable refers to local time or Moscow time! Metro in big cities is cheap, and almost always has free and fast wifi connection.

ENTRY AND EXIT

All nationalities must apply for a visa for entering and exiting the country. Tourist visas are 30 days maximum, and to apply one must also get an invitation letter. An application form, passport-sized photo, bank statements (if you are self-employed) and valid insurance are mandatory also. Application fees will vary, depending on the type of visa you are applying for, and how fast you will need it.

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ESSENTIAL ITEMS
DOCUMENTATION

The most basic thing to remember is to keep your passport (or a copy) with you at all times. If you will be staying in the same city for over seven days, you must register at the local council. Don't forget your insurance must cover up to 30.000€ medical expenses!

GEAR

The most basic thing I can recommend you to take is a good photo kit - Russia is a photogenic coutry, with a broad variety of landscapes to photograph. A nice and comfortable backpack, to carry around, both in cities or when hiking, will also be handy if you are boarding the trans siberian, since there ain't much storage room for luggage onboard.

CLOTHING

Keep in mind the weather - it gets pretty hot in the summer, and pretty cold in the winter! Mid-seasons will get cold if you are travelling in remote areas. Breathable layers, if you are travelling the trans siberian keep a comfortable outfit handy, that can serve to both sleep and step off the train on the stops!

READING

Before and during your trip, a book is always a nice way to get to know a culture and helps time pass by! For this trip I recommend bringing some reading! Get your books with free delivery from the Book Depository.Free Delivery on all Books at Book Depository

A BIT OF HOME

Travelling to different cultures, especially if for long periods of time, may make us miss bits from home: scents, flavours, comforts. Bring something for when you're feeling a bit more down! I usually carry with me one of my dog's toys.



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