A Guide On How To Plan Your Trip.

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This post is in reference to the trips I took to Moscow and St. Petersburg sometime last year.

It was my first time organising a (any, actually) trip all by myself. And it was all last-minute.

It was a Monday, I remember. Woke up on the best side of the bed! 🙂 And decided that I wanted to go to Moscow the next day. So I went ahead and bought my ticket… right away in fact! I had no idea where I was gonna stay. Had no itinerary. Hadn’t packed. Nothing! All I knew was that I wanted to head to St. Petersburg as well after a short stay in Moscow. Ha! 🙂

I thought everything would magically fall into place within 24 hours. You know…

Let’s just say that the hours until my departure were an emotional turmoil.

There were times when I got frustrated because I wasn’t getting immediate email replies to confirm my accommodation. Teared up once or twice. Thought of cancelling the whole thing. But I’m so glad I didn’t.

Because it turned out to be the best time I’ve ever had! 🙂

So here are a couple of pointers to help you plan your next trip:

1. Destination.

First of all you need to determine which place(s) you want to visit. Town, City, Country. Find out if you need to apply for a visa if you’re planning to fly out of the country.

2. Date.

Then choose the precise dates for you trip. Because you need them for the step below.

3. Accommodation.

Now figure out where you’ll be staying. Hostel, hotel or home? For how long? Call or email them to make a reservation. ALWAYS make a reservation.

4. Transport.

Time to book your ticket. Plane, train or bus? You pick. 🙂

5. Itinerary.

And the fun part begins… planning your activities! Find out what amazing things the new town/country has to offer, list them down and schedule them for the number of days you’re going to be there. Make sure to spread them out evenly.

Any more tips you’d love to share? Please do write them in the comment section below. I’d love to hear your opinions. 🙂

Always be kind.

Dee.

How To Plan The Perfect Road Trip.

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When it comes to road trips, my most favourite things are the views! 🙂

It’s almost as if you are going through countless mini-destinations before getting to THE ONE. You know, like the appetizer before the main course. A lil’ extra side dish, if you will. Okay, okay… Hahah! I’m gonna stop now. 🙂

Here are a couple of pointers to help you plan your next road trip:

1. Good company.

If you have a say in this, make sure you pick people who bring out the best in you and vice versa.

2. Comfort is key.

Go for loose-fitting, comfortable clothing. And remember to keep warm if it’s cold, especially during the morning and evening hours.

3. Cue the music.

Carry your favourite playlists along with you because you can’t always rely on the radio.

4. Stock the snacks.

Potato crisps, banana crisps, apples, grapes, passion fruits, groundnuts, water, juice… pretty much everything you can carry.

5. Camera…check.

Lastly, you’ll need to find a way to keep the memories of your trip. And what better way to do that than to take lots of pictures. So make sure your cameras and phones are fully charged and ready to go! 🙂

Always be kind.

Dee.

Top 5 Things To Do In Dombay.

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This post brings back so many good memories.

Like the first time I went skiing and nailed it like a pro! 😀

Here are the top 5 things I think you shouldn’t miss while visiting Dombay:

1. Skiing.

Read more about this here.

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2. Snow boarding.

3. Go see some bears.

These are in a park a couple of metres away from the town. They are caged though. 😦

4. Horse riding.

Read more about this here.

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5. Admire the landscape.

Read more about this here.

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Always be kind,

Dee.

Top 5 Things To Do In St. Petersburg.

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Hey ya loves! 🙂

To wrap up the posts on my trip to St. Petersburg, I thought it would be great to let you in on what I consider to be the top 5 things you need to do while visiting the city.

Enjoy! 🙂

1. Check out the Hermitage Museum.

Read more about this here.

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2. Go for a Sunset Cruise.

Read more about this here.

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3. Visit The Peterhof Palace.

Read more about this here.

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4. Admire the Ancient Architecture.

Read more about this here.

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5. Enjoy the Evening like a Local.

Read more about this here.

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Always be kind.

Dee.

Top 5 Things To Do In Volgograd.

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Having lived in Volgograd for slightly more than 5 years now, I feel like I’m in a pretty good position to recommend 5 of the best things to do in this city. 🙂

Here we go:

1. Hike the Mamaev Kurgan.

These are the most popular historic grounds in the city, built to commemorate the Battle of Stalingrad. The hike needs you to be fit though, because it’s a hill. 🙂

Read more about this here.

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2. Enjoy a Volga Cruise.

Let me introduce you to the longest river in Europe, Yes, the Volga River. There are a number of cruises offered for a very small price.

Read more bout this here.

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3. Visit the Panoramic Museum.

If you’re into 3D art, you’ll definitely love this one. The museum was also built in commemoration of The Battle of Stalingrad.

Read more about this here.

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4. Barbeque on the shores of Volga.

On the other side of the river are sandy beaches where a good number of people choose to spend their weekends and holidays. Everything is allowed over there. No rules. No restrictions.

Read more about this here.

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5. Visit the city’s recreational parks.

One of the things I fell in love with in Volgograd…the gorgeous, well-thought-of, beautifully sculptured parks. I wrote a post about one of them not so long ago.

Read more about this here.

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Always be kind.

Dee.

Dombay, Russia. 3

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We woke up feeling a little exhausted and my legs were really sore from walking in those heavy ski shoes during Day 2.

At around midday, we went out to explore the little town of Dombay.

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The markets were particularly bright and colourful.

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Talk of being a real tourist. Haha! :p

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Picked up a souvenir t-shirt, which I’m actually wearing as I write this.

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We then took a cable car up the mountain to the first peak. It’s about 3900 metres above sea level.

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This not so little cutie lives up there.

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The view was spectacular!! We did intend to go higher, but the extremely cold winds put us off. Also, the higher peaks were foggy that day and we were advised not to climb up to them.

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I absolutely loved my trip to Dombay. It’s such a pretty skiing resort. So pretty that while there, you feel like you’re in some sort of fairytale story or something. I definitely had the best 3 days up there!

Check out Day 1 and Day 2 in Dombay as well.

Always be kind.

Dee

Dombay, Russia. 2

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We had a jam-packed itinerary for Day 2 since we had spent most, no, the whole of Day 1 relaxing, eating and having fun indoors.
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The weather was definitely on our side. Day 3 wasn’t this perfect.

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After breakfast, we drove to a horse paddock that is 10 minutes away from the town center.

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The place is owned by a very friendly middle-aged guy, who was there with his little daughter.

The 4-year-old girl was riding a huge stallion! I mean, I couldn’t even trust myself with this pretty lil one.IMG_20150212_062017

We rode the horses for a couple of miles then headed to a zoo that was nearby. The only animals that caught my eye were the big bears. Unfortunately I didn’t get to take a picture. Apparently, I was “enjoying and living the moment”! 🙂

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There was this super clean river flowing by the entrance to the zoo with giant rocks sitting on its banks. Such a beautiful backdrop.IMG_20150211_114834

I decided to have some fun on our way out. Never too old to play, right?

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Then came the next big thing on our itinerary. Skiing!! Woop! Woop!

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I was super excited. I had never skied before but I learnt pretty fast.

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I just wanted to keep going and going and going. But then the sun set and it got really dark so we went down the slopes back to our hotel.

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We spent the evening at the sauna, had our dinner and called it a day. A day well spent.

Always be kind.

Dee.

Dombay, Russia. 1

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Yay!! I finally got to go on my first ever trip in Russia. Took forever, but better late than never, right? I’m looking forward to taking more of these in the near future.

During the winter holidays, a couple of us took a bus ride from Volgograd to Dombay. Roughly 12 hours.

Dombay is a resort settlement, situated on the snow-capped Caucasus Mountains in southern Russia.

The town is so small you can literally walk through it in 5 minutes! As of 2010, Dombay recorded a population of 657 people.

One thing that caught my eye is the colour all around contrasted by the squeaky clean snow, from the pretty markets, to the cute buildings, to the holidaymakers in their brightly coloured ski suits. It was magical. Almost unreal.

We arrived at around 10:00 am and checked into our hotel, Taulu. It was their first working season so everything inside was pretty neat and new.

We didn’t do much on the first day since we were too tired from the long bus ride. Day 2 was amazing so stay tuned for that.

Always be kind.

Dee.