Like every working couple, we have a limited budget to travel.
Depending on your own economic circumstances (pay, expense, lifestyle etc), there is always a finite limit to how much we can spend on discretionary activities such as travel.
I love to read the Straits Times Sunday edition (a Singapore newspaper publication for those not in the know), when the editors devote quite a number of pages describing places where their correspondent(s) or guest writers had travelled to.
Over this weekend, it was the segment on Russia that captured our eye.
It has always been one of the countries (not a specific destination) to spend time in, with the onion shaped domes of the massive Orthodox cathedrals in the skyline. Red Square, I am trying to imagine standing there…
Well, Russia is large. At 17 million km², it is immense and spans 10 (or is it 11?) time zones. It can take longer to travel across this enormous landmass than for us in Singapore to fly to New York.
The article cited a Russophile who made a train trip across the country. Wow. Nice! For those who can read the newspaper, there is a wonder photo of the train chugging along lake Baikal. You will be happy that this can be done within the comforts of the train:
Courtesy of: The Trans-Siberian Travel Company
Ok, back to our own plans.
At this time we are evaluating:
- Group tour with one of the travel agencies here in Singapore.
- Joining one of those Trafalgar/Insight kind of tour groups from Europe.
- Getting our own visas and booking our trip to Moscow and St Petersburg.
Let’s see how this turns out. Comments and suggestion welcome.