If there is anything that seems to be a universal law – it’s Mr Murphy.
We have been planning for the Russia trip since 2014. The intent had always late spring/early summer (kind of the May-June timeframe in our view). The assessment had been and remains that we (with limited time and opportunity) needed the help of operators to fulfil this journey.
Last year, no groups form and we were stood up, and ended instead in 张家界. That’s the UNESCO world heritage site in China that was supposed to have inspired the landscape of the Avatar movie. We were lucky to have found something quick.
It seems that the International Ice hockey world championships are being held in Russia (games start 6th through to the 22nd) in both Moscow and St Petersburg. All the hotels are apparently booked full and the operator cannot let the tour itinerary run for lack of accommodations. Ice hockey fans should be thrilled. Aargh!
We just added a milestone widget on our blog to count down to the HIGHLY anticipated journey. A real bummer. Seems we’d need to defer this into June if the dates work out for us. However imagine the operator trying to convince 12 other folks to change their plans. And we had not made any payment yet (can’t tell about the other 12).
At this stage a few from the bucket list are promising:
- Tibet – taking that high altitude train. Remember to take the tablets
- Scenic Guilin (桂林) in the southeast of China
Its coming to the end of 1H of this year and it will be cyclone season in the pacific soon (Fiji already had one, wow that’s early!).
Further work needs to be done here. What a dilemma!