Unique Destinations For Any Getaway

Planning that ultimate getaway that is a mix of both exciting and unique can sometimes be a challenge. In these days of Instagram, Facebook and more, it seems that everyone and their dog have been to the usual countries like Thailand, Mexico, Italy and more. What about those of us who crave something more – something truly unique? Something that doesn’t seem to always make the front page of social media? Here are some unique ideas you can consider for that getaway that might raise a few eyebrows.

Ireland

Have you or someone you know been to the wilds of the Emerald Isle? It may seem like it’s frequently visited, but it may surprise you if you sit down and really think about the people you know that travel that haven’t been! While it has a large tourist economy and is set up for tourists to enjoy the wilds of the Emerald Isle, a lot of people do tend to want warmth and sun during their holidays, something that Ireland can’t always guarantee. Never fear though – with rugged coastlines, amazing hospitality and Guinness that’s to die for, we’re pretty sure you won’t have too many complaints about choosing Ireland for your next getaway.

Russia

Want something that will really raise eyebrows? Why not try Russia? Many people haven’t gone to Russia for holidays, but we’re not really sure why. It’s a unique place with immense history and gorgeous architecture, along with absolutely scrumptious food – and we haven’t even mentioned the vodka! With cities like Moscow, St Petersburg and Yekaterinburg to choose from, the choices will impress and delight even the most discerning of travellers. Want something extra unique? Try the Trans-Siberian train route. You can take it from Moscow all the way to Beijing if you change in Irkutsk to a different line!

Iran

This is one that will really get people talking. Iran has long been seemingly closed off for tourists and travellers, but that’s a popular misconception. In fact, Iran is open to tourists of all kinds – just… not really Americans, Brits or Canadians really. To check out this beautiful and shockingly welcoming country as one of those three you’ll need to be a part of an official tour, but if you’re just about any other nationality, you’re free to go as you please. Get ready to be mobbed by friendly locals wanting to legitimately learn about you and your homeland, get invited for tea and meals, be offered lifts to neighbouring towns and more. Don’t miss the rainbow mosque in Shiraz for an impressive photo opportunity and a chance to just relax for a bit in the colourful silence.

The ‘Stans

Most people might think you as strange for wanting to visit any of the ‘Stans, but they are not just unique, but welcoming and stunningly beautiful. Their somewhat inaccurate reputation means that there’s not many tourists around, leaving you with amazing mosques and other tourist sites in the likes of Uzbekistan almost all to yourself. Don’t miss Samarkand or Bushara for ancient Silk Road sites as well as beautiful open air mosques, desert mausoleums and more that will surprise and delight you.

With so many cool, unique and often unvisited countries in the world to check out, if you’re up for a bit of a challenge, you’re likely to find yourself having the experience of a lifetime if you’re willing to go where few have gone before. Good luck!

5 Top Tips For Visiting Russia

Have you ever dreamt of visiting somewhere exotic and exciting that many people don’t think to travel to? Eastern Europe – and Russia in particular – is a great area for those seeking a bit of a challenge. With unique culture, food, music and history, Russia has long created a sense of mystique around it, with many people who travel there reporting that it was hugely rewarding, even in the winter when the mercury can dip to bone-chilling temperatures. Sound like something you could get in on? Check out these five top tips for visiting Russia.

Get Your Visa First

One of the things you should consider doing before you do anything else is to get your Russian visa online before you go. Citizens of many countries aren’t able to get visas on arrival in the likes of Russia, so it’s imperative to get your visa before you fly or risk being turned around and denied entry. Getting a visa online is super quick and easy, and leaving this delicate aspect of your trip in the hands of professionals is a great way to ensure everything goes smoothly and leaves nothing to chance.

Try A Spa

Once you’re in Russia, one of the things you have to try is a real Russian spa. They say that it’s a great way to draw out the toxins in your body, but it also might leave you a bit shocked. Part of the spa process includes not just sitting in a sauna like we do in the west, but being hit up and down with switches of branches with leaves still on them. This helps to draw out the toxins and can actually be a fairly relaxing experience. If it’s winter, usually it’s followed by a shocking jump into an outdoor lake to help close up the pores. Try at your peril, but it would be a pretty fantastic cultural experience all the same!

Eat All The Food!

Russia has some of the most amazing food on offer and you will do yourself a disservice if you miss out and stick to things like McDonald’s or other western chains. Check out the varied, seasoned dishes like borscht (a beetroot soup), pelmeni (small dumplings with meat), varenyky (larger dumplings often with potato) and the whole range of salads, pickles and of course, vodka! The vodka distilled in Russia is some of the best in the world, so don’t miss out!

Choose Your Cities Carefully

One thing you need to do when you book a trip to Russia is to pick the cities you want to see carefully. There are a number of cities worth visiting in the country, but some can be very far distances from where you start your trip. The two most common cities to visit include St Petersburg as well as Moscow, but some like to visit Yekaterinburg as well to see the site where the last imperial family of Russia were murdered. Whatever your choices for Russian cities, know that you’re in for a treat.

Book A Car

One of the best ways to see all the sights of cities like St Petersburg and Moscow is to book a car or taxi to take you around for the day. It’s an easy and straightforward process and can be done online and ensures you will get the most out of your Russia experience with a qualified and knowledgeable driver who can even help suggest sites of interest for you.

So if you’re looking for a bit of a challenge this year, consider heading to Russia. Hopefully these cool tips will help you plan the getaway of a lifetime! Enjoy!