23 Cities at Age: 23

23 Cities at Age: 23

I turn 23 at the end of this month and as a part of my New Year resolution, I want to visit 23 different cities. This journey is going to be as much about self discovery as it is going to be a journey of a lifetime. I’ll be travelling on a very tight budget and this way, I plan to showcase how to travel Europe and save a lot of money. This trip will greatly add to another project I run called ‘Travel Tips By You‘, where locals give valuable travel tips to travellers.

It’s all about making this world one and helping each other.

What We Need & What You Get

Covering 23 cities is a tough task and I really want to do it in a way that opens new pathways for future travellers to Europe. I am aiming for a $5000 funding which should keep me afloat during the entire journey.

I plan to kick off the campaign from London and take a south bound course. I will be regularly updating my social media pages and giving all my supporters a real time view of the sights, sounds and fragrances of the city I am in.

I’m going to make it fun. For every city I visit all my supporters get a chance to win super cool souvenirs.

The Impact

I aim to showcase 23 brilliant cities to you and give you the local knowledge that tourists often miss out on.

I aim to inspire people to travel and get the best possible deals when in town.

I aim to grown as a person and exchange cultures with the world.

Create a series of articles that share travel tips by locals for travellers.

Ways You Can Help

1.Contribute:

Visit this link: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/23-cities-at-23/x/5554490  and CONTRIBUTE NOW to the fundraiser.

You can donate any amount you deem fit by clicking the ‘Contribute’ button.  All contributions will be acknowledged and I will reach out to you with a little thank you.

Alternatively, you can select a perk for your contribution. There are unique perks for $10, $20, $50, $500 & $1000

2. Share this campaign on your Facebook and Twitter pages.

3. Drop in a line at   http://www.facebook.com/TravelingCuriously & http://www.twitter.com/TravCuriously

 

Tips for travel in Russia

TC Original: Tips for Travel in Russia

Russia is huge and I mean massively huge. It’s half of Europe going all the way to Alaska in North America. I recently travelled to Russia visiting the cities of Moscow & Kazan. Both these cities are beautiful and have their own unique charm. It’s got the European charm that everybody loves and at the same time it has something unique that sets it apart from rest of Europe.  Elements of the ‘Mysterious Russian Soul’ are there in the air and you can feel it when you interact with the people.  Below are some tips which I gathered from my trip.

Visa & visa registration:
Now the Russian tourist visa has a bit of red tape, at least in India. You can get a tourist visa of 30 days maximum and you ought to have proof of hotel reservations for your duration of stay. You need to have an official ‘Invite’ from a tourist agency. They usually charge you anything between 20$ – 30$ for the ‘Invitation’ and a little more if the Russian embassy in your city requires a hard copy.
Once you’re in Russia, ensure that you register your visa with the local post office or immigration office. If you stay in a hotel/hostel, they will do it for you as it’s their lawful obligation.

Internal Travel:
Internal travel in Russia is as modern as it gets. The preferred mode of transport between major cities is by train. Long haul journeys can be fun. It’s recommend trying the Trans- Siberian line. Moscow to Vladivostok is an interesting journey you can try! It would surely be value for money.  In Moscow the metro is great for internal transportation. Places which are further away from metro stations are easily connected with buses.  Kazan on the other hand is much smaller. I’d surely recommend visiting the stunning new Metro Stations.
Kazan Metro

(Kazan Metro)

People & Culture:

Hollywood movies have demonised the Russian and created a negative image of Russians all around the world. Well, the fact is that they are as human as anybody else. The women are drop dead gorgeous and the men are thorough gentlemen (most of them at least).  The culture of Russia is welcoming. There is a huge diversity with people having different ethnicities like Marie, Chuvash, Slavic, Tatar and many more. It’s amazing to see how the communist rule unified all these different ethnicities under one banner. People is Russia love to have a good time, enjoy life  and after all that is done, work hard. Every town in Russia will have a ‘Banya’ a community pool and you are sure to find a ‘Piva’ (Beer) Store next to it.  It’s not advisable to visit them, but if you’re adventurous by all means go for it.

Language:
The official language is Russian, however there a many dialects and sub-languages within the country. Almost like India, the language changes after every 30-50 kms.  Russian is easy to gather and understand if you are attentive.  You can try learning some of these words:

Pri-ve-yt – Hello
Zd-rast-we-tya – Formall Hello
Da – Yes
Neyt – No

Baton – Bread
Vada – Water
Kuri-tsa – Chicken
Spa-ci-bo – Thank you
Bye – Pokah

Money:

The Russians use the Rouble as their currency. Thankfully it trades at 2 INR to 1 RU.  Things are generally expensive in Russia. Sadly the simple jobs don’t pay so well but all the prices are of European standard.  If you eat simple and local you can easily survive in 400 roubles a day for food.

Did you find this helpful? Do leave your comments below, I’d love to chat up!