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Russia is both fascinating and mysterious in equal measure. It brings to mind stunning palaces, soviet monuments, delightfully stodgy cuisine, winters that freeze your breath and enough history to fill countless storybooks. In my mind, it is a beautiful but bureaucratic land of imposing Stalinist architecture and stern, humourless people. Getting myself around Russia was a fabulous and ever so slightly overwhelming experience. Is this grey looking soup edible? Will the train guard ever return with my passport? Despite having almost no common sense, even after over 10 Petersburg single female of solo travel, I managed to travel solo in Russia without incident.

I have compiled a little list of top tips so that you can get around Russia hassle free and have the adventure you deserve darling! Unless you absolutely LOVE filling out forms, this is not going to be a particularly enjoyable experience. I would urge you to consider applying for your tourist visa via a specialist agency such as Real Russia, to take the pain out of death-by-forms and to ensure everything is filled out correctly. It is unbelievably helpful to have knowledgeable agency staff review your online form before it is submitted to the Visa Centre. The lovely lady who reviewed mine spotted around 14 mistakes I had made on the form, then triple checked to make sure everything was all in order before I set off to the Visa Centre.

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You will actually stand a chance of being granted one with their expert help Petersburg single female enduring patience. For those of you who are used to trains with plug sockets, Wi-Fi and fuss free travel, prepare yourselves for a wholly different experience. First off, I had some difficulty locating my carriage and indeed seat.

No one on the train, including the guards, spoke English, so I played a train version of musical chairs for the first 30 minutes looking for where I was supposed to sit. Next up comes the passport checking, the train guard will scrutinize your tickets and passport before taking it away. Ladies, this is not the time to panic and start demanding to know where your passport is going, you are no longer in Kansas doll, this is Russia and if the train guards take your passport, you just have to roll with it, it will be making its way back to you at some point.

On my six-hour journey, I counted 3 passport checks and two rounds of sniffer dogs coming through the carriage. Big cities in Russia tend to be quite safe, I never felt unsafe at any point wandering the tourist areas of St Petersburg and Moscow, as I stuck to well lit, public areas. You will find lots of police officers patrolling streets, in metro stations and security guards manning the doors of shopping centres. Make sure you Petersburg single female around your passport in case you are asked to produce it by local authorities.

You want to be fully aware of your surroundings, rather than drunkenly convincing yourself that you could successfully scale a lamppost. The metro systems of Moscow and St Petersburg are fast, efficient and cheap ways of travelling around the city. However, be aware that s in the stations are only in Cyrillic, this can cause quite a bit of confusion when attempting to navigate the metro system.

This is where a Russian phrase book, the Google translate app, or a basic knowledge of the Russian alphabet would come in super handy. I managed to get myself lost multiple times whilst trying to get across Moscow via metro. The upside was that I got to see many of the spectacularly decorated stations — almost like underground, hidden art spaces in a busy commuter environment.

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When I arrived in St Petersburg my trusty Euroventure pack stated that a taxi to my hostel should cost around Rubles. At this point, it was midnight, I was very cold, hungry and tired. Approaching a taxi that was right outside of the station, I was informed that a taxi to my hostel was Rubles.

I no longer felt comfortable getting in their taxi, so I used Google maps to navigate my way to the hostel.

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It was only a minute walk. This way you can roughly calculate how much a cab should cost. Luckily for me, Euroventure creates travel packs full of local transport information, so I was able to get myself to my destination. Whilst there are many beautiful government buildings and uber cool structures in Russia, be aware that there may be photography restrictions in place, especially if the building is used for military or security purposes. Travelling is all about making connections, meeting interesting locals and bonding with other backpackers.

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Whilst Russians can come across as a bit brusque, I found waitresses, hostel staff and bar staff were happy to chat to me about their country and to recommend local places of interest. Be prepared for all sorts of weird and wonderful encounters when on the road. I spent around an hour hunting for a particular restaurant, in conditions and when I finally got there, it became clear that it was the wrong restaurant and it was full. The disappointment on my frozen little face must have been evident Petersburg single female a man got up and said I could have his table.

What should we order? Of course I faced the usual travel hiccups: getting lost, missing metro stops, accidentally spilling coffee on my laptop, airport delays and angry taxi drivers insisting that a 5-minute ride was Rubles. However, I never felt unsafe at any point. Check out our awesome rail trips, taking you through the very best of Russia and The Balticsor if you fancy combining both trips into one, like Portia, just our custom route builder to create your dream trip! If you fancy embarking upon the train journey of a lifetime, we also offer a range of Trans-Siberian adventures taking you all the way to China by rail!

Travelling Solo in Russia — Top tips! Tips for travelling solo in Russia — from Pip and The City! Apply for a Visa through a specialist agency.

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Always cooperate with train guards. Pay attention to your personal items. Walking alone at night. Negotiating the metro. Beware rip off taxi drivers.

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