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As a first-timer to Russia this year, I had a stack of preconceived ideas and images about what it would be like, and not of all it was favourable. On reflection my thoughts were gravely unfounded.


It was a virtual list – just ideas in mind about day to day life, the people, how it would be to travel around, and the weather, particularly since I was going in winter and had timed my trip unknowingly just as the cold snap swept across Europe in March.  

My trip was a whirlwind with just a few nights in St Petersburg and the same in Moscow, connected with the fast train between the two cities (which by the way, was impressively fast and comfortable). Although, a brief visit, it didn’t take long before I busted my top five myths about Russia.

There’s some myths about solo travel, and they can place real roadblocks to planning your first trip on your own. Bust the myths, and armed with some practical advice, you’ll be taking off on your first solo adventure before you know it.

This is hands down, a standout memory for our solo travellers that just came back from their African Safari. How often does a tour guide capture your treasured travel memories with poem about your journey?

Looking to cruise the Inside Passage and make discoveries along the Alaskan Pacific Coast, picking the type of cruise experience needs to match your travel style. The first place to start is to decide on your vessel; is it a big ship cruise liner or a small ship adventure? Once you’ve narrowed down some options; and ...

Planning a visit to Scandinavia in summer for your first time and you probably conjure up images of dramatic green landscapes, endless days of daylights with pretty flowers in boom. But when you travel around Scandinavia it’s not long before you realise there’s a whole lot more waiting to surprise you. 

The question of whether to book a shore excursion via the ship’s Shore Excursions desk or make your own plans is a hot topic among cruise forums and passengers. Travelling solo, and you may be keen to have plans locked in, and know that you’re joining a group of like-minded cruise goers.  However, in Dunedin it was sup ...

Cruising solo and staying connected to life on land just got a whole lot easier.  When you’re at sea and cruising alone, keeping in touch with family and folk on land could be high on your cruise ‘must-haves’ list. As I take care of solos cruising, I’d be waiting for the first chance to ‘sea test’ Royal Caribbean’s cla ...