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Tips and Tricks for your First Russian Adventure!

Tips and Tricks for your First Russian Adventure!


Vast and Beautiful landscapes, bright art, dimensional society, drip of traditions, modern architecture and a great long history, yes, the one of only Russia!
The biggest landmass in the world is much more than its Cold war history or the winter wonderland it transforms into. The iconic scene of Raj Kapoor and Nargis under the umbrella, strolling the beautiful streets made us all awara for Russia.





People from all over the world are intrigued by it, or at least by its vodka (If you didn’t read that in a russian accent, you’re doing it wrong!)
But what actually follows through making a holiday plan here? Russia is very big on its traditions and culture so, what should you take care of when you go, we answer all this for you!

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WHAT TO DO!



Apply for Early Visa and Register at Arrivals

> It is advised to start your visa process early to cut down on costs and have a plan in case of any contingencies.
> It is obligatory to register your visa within 7 days of arrival.
Note - Public Holidays and Weekends are off days.
> The Hotel, Landlord, Friends or Relatives if private, have the obligation to register your visa.


Check your Calendar

> Plan your trip to Russia keeping in mind the public holidays and festivals because the concerts, parades and celebrations may close off places to visit or shorten visiting hours.
> Major Festivities around -
1. New Year to Orthodox Christmas - January
2. Around Labour Day, Victory Day, May Day - May

*Best Time to Visit - May to September




Celebrations at Red Square



Learn the basic language terms

> Names of streets, metro stations are usually written only in Russian. Several basic words and the alphabet will help you to get around Moscow on your own.
> Learn basic greetings like Hello - Здравствуйте [Zdravstvuyte], Thankyou - Спасибо [Spacibo]

Tip! - Know what «Тапочки» [TA-pach-kee] means.
This mean a pair of slippers. Why do you need to know this?
Because when you are invited to a Russian homes which are clutter free and super tidy, you will be expected to take your shoes off and might be offered a pair of тапочки.





Bring a Gift with you

> Russians are high on hospitality and tradition.
> Any little gifts like souvenirs, chocolates, flowers etc are very appreciated.

Tip! - While bringing anyone flowers (avoid yellow), always get them in odd numbers as even number flowers are usually symbolic with occasions like funerals!




Use Metros to travel

> Travelling inskirts in Russia can be a bit expensive with taxis even running on meters.
> Traffic is often unpredictable and the distances between places to visit can be vast too.
> Travel using metros to save time and money. They offer a very beautiful view too!


St. Petersburg Metro Station




Spendings can exceed expectations - How to save!

> Russia is not the most cheap city so if you're not careful, your spending can up your budget. Mostly as an international tourist, your ticket prices are more than that of locals.
> If you are a student, avail discounts at museums etc by showing your ID.
> Try ‘Business Lunches’ and Buffets to get a value for your meal or go for street side food.
> Go to ‘Anti Cafes’ who charge you by the amount of time you spend.


Miracle Anti Cafe




Go for a Night out

> Russian nightlife is no less than a movie depiction. They are very classy and elegant people and having a night out is a must do on your bucket list.

Tip! - It is usually advisable for Men to be all black and Women in skirts and heels.


Night scenes at Moscow




WHAT NOT TO DO!



Avoid taking pictures in Government buildings and Churches

> You are not allowed to photograph official buildings, military buildings and the insides of  churches.
> This attracts a heavy fine and you can also be arrested.


Finance Woes


> Avoid bringing traveller’s checks as they are hard to cash and takes a long time.
> Do not bring old dollars  or euros as they may not be accepted at times. It’s advisable to carry new currency.
> Avoid using ATMs at local metros and shops as it may not be safe always, instead use ATMs at hotels or banks.



Avoid using ATMs on the streets


Money in Back Pockets

> There have been instances of pick-pocketing in the busy streets and lanes.
> It is advisable to carry a bag and keep it close to you at all times when in a crowd.

Etiquette Conundrum

Given that Russia has a strong link to its culture and tradition there are many things or signs you shouldn't do to avoid offending anyone unintentionally.

> Do not put your elbows on the tables. It is considered rude.
> Do not eat without taking permission if you are eating in a group.
> Do not put empty water bottles on the table. They should be kept on the floor.
> Avoid giving Yellow Flowers. They are considered symbolising separation.
> Do not point fingers at someone, people may get offended.
> If you’re travelling with females, do not let them carry heavy bags, it is frowned upon.


Start your food after acknowledging everyone




Quite a list right? But Russia promises to not let you down with its scenic beauty and hospitality.
What are you waiting for?
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Created By -
Namrita Singh


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