The Ultimate Travel Tips for Russia

By: Darlene Berkel

Russia is a fascinating vacation destination for anyone interested in history and culture. It is a massive country and covers a land mass twice the size of the USA. There is a lot to see and do in Russia and since the culture is very different to that of the United States, you can expect an enriching vacation experience.

Russia was once a superpower, however the country has gone through a lot of political changes and upheaval in the past few decades. Still one thing remains the same: Russia is a fascinating country which offers a rich history and a unique culture to the discerning traveler.

Travelers should be aware that there are a lot of problems with health and public infrastructure in certain parts of Russia, so it is best to assume, for example, that tap water is not safe to drink.

You don't have to look very far to get satisfying answers about your travel questions for traveling to Russia. One excellent online resource is The U.S. State Department website. You will find great information and helpful tips for travel in Russia, such as the visa requirements for entering the country and more. Naturally, you cannot enter the country unless you have the proper documents such as a passport and visa. So be sure to comply with the visa requirements. It is an essential part of your Russia vacation planning. One important tip for travel in Russia is this. It could actually take at least two weeks to get your visa, so you need to plan properly. Failure to do so could mean that you may have to cancel your travel plans if your visa does not arrive on time. On the other hand, if you plan well and apply for your visa weeks in advance, you can get all the necessary travel documents in a timely fashion. Another important tip you need to know before going to Russia is that taxis in Russia very seldom use meters. You will need to negotiate with the taxi driver in advance. Failure to do this could result in a conflict or exorbitant fees, so bear this in mind.

Safety In Russia

While Russia is an interesting country with a lot of magnificent sights to see, there are some safety problems ' thieves are common, and there is a relatively high amount of violent crime. Some areas are safer than others, so it is a good idea to research the places you plan to visit before you leave, and take basic precautions such as keeping valuables out of sight and not carrying large amounts of cash.

Russia is a wonderful country with a rich heritage and some wonderful cultural institutions. The ballet companies are amazing, and there are some very good museums that everyone should try to visit while they are in the country.

The capital, Moscow, is a worthwhile starting point for first time visitors, with some spectacular architecture. The same can be said of St Petersburg. St. Petersburg is home to many historic buildings many of which date back to the days of Peter the Great.

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