Planning plays an important role while you travel to any country. However, traveling to Russia is quite different from traveling to any other tourist destinations. You can find hundreds of travel tips in different websites as well as great information on hotels with jacuzzi in room. Here are few important tips that could be helpful while traveling to the world’s largest country, Russia.
Before you plan your trip, know the best season to visit Russia as tourists visit the country both in summer and in winter. If you are not used to freezing temperatures, it’s better not to travel during winter season. You can also get help from different travel guides available online whether it’s a jacuzzi suite or a hotel room with a hot tub in it. Make sure to find out the best places of interest, hotels and restaurants, public transports available in the cities you visit. Knowing the local culture is also a good idea. Do a little homework to stay organized.
Take time to pack your luggage. It is better to prepare a list before you start packing. You must carry an umbrella or waterproof, as rains are usual for any season. In addition, you should carry warm clothes even if you are traveling in summer season, as the temperature goes down to 3 to 5 degrees C sometimes.
Remember, you must have a tourist visa in advance if you are traveling as a tourist. Tourist visas are less complicated and easier to obtain. You can choose a travel agency who can arrange your tour including your tourist visa. Make sure choose a reliable travel agency who has Russian partners in the city areas.
The tourists visiting Russia for the first time often experience language problems. If you do not know the Russian language, you will not be able to find your way, as the signboards are written in Russian. If you visit regional cities, the situation may become worse. There is often no English menu available in most of the restaurants and cafes. However, Russians are very helpful and they will always try to help you. It is always good to have the addresses written in Russian instead in English. In addition, you can buy an electronic “talking translator”, which can pronounce words in both English AND Russian. However if you are staying in an upmarket hot tub hotel then the staff will most likely speak English.
You cannot use Dollars or other currencies in Russia. Hence, you need to exchange your currency in the banks. Never exchange currency at any other place except the designated official places. Otherwise, you may be scammed and it is illegal too.