Tasting traditional Tartar snacks and admiring a beautiful blue and white Kremlin in Kazan – stop three on the Trans-Mongolia train

The hardest thing about travelling across Russia on the Trans-Mongolia train is deciding where to break the journey Top sights in Kazan, Russia I’ve always wanted to take the train across Russia to Mongolia. In fact the guidebook I’m using on this trip is from 2007 when I first started thinking about this epic journey.…… Continue reading Tasting traditional Tartar snacks and admiring a beautiful blue and white Kremlin in Kazan – stop three on the Trans-Mongolia train

A day in Moscow – sightseeing must-sees include Lenin’s embalmed body and enjoying an ice cream in historic GUM department store

One day in Moscow – first stop on the Trans-Mongolia train journey across Russia We left St Petersburg on the 13.10 train direct to Moscow. A speedy journey of four hours, covering 700 km, had us arriving with traditional Russian accuracy on time at 17.25. Snow covered the Moscow streets as we emerged from our…… Continue reading A day in Moscow – sightseeing must-sees include Lenin’s embalmed body and enjoying an ice cream in historic GUM department store

Two days in St Petersburg in the winter – sightseeing itinerary

Top sights in St Petersburg in February St Petersburg is a great starting point for the Trans-Mongolia Express I’ve finally started my Trans-Mongolia train journey from St Petersburg to Ulan Bator in Mongolia. I’m taking two weeks to travel across Russia, starting with two days in historic St Petersburg. Then I’m staying in Mongolia for…… Continue reading Two days in St Petersburg in the winter – sightseeing itinerary

Organising a Trans-Mongolia train journey independently – it’s easier than you might think

From getting a Russian visa to booking train journeys through Russia – how to plan a Trans-Mongolia train journey independently When I first started planning my Russia to Mongolia train journey I was quite sure it’d be easy enough to do independently. I’ve never used travel agencies or been on a package holiday and I’m…… Continue reading Organising a Trans-Mongolia train journey independently – it’s easier than you might think

Gardening, painting and lazy afternoons at the beach – volunteering in Uruguay

Volunteering and travelling in South America – two weeks in an off-the-grid cabin helping a local family on their property Three hours work a day in exchange for free accommodation in an off-the-grid cabin and use of a bicycle for beach and supermarket trips? Hmm, I’ll take it! Being a Workaway volunteer in Uruguay That…… Continue reading Gardening, painting and lazy afternoons at the beach – volunteering in Uruguay

Stress Free Solo Travel Tips – how to enjoy travelling on your own

Great ideas for stress-free travel as a solo backpacker I always end up as a solo traveller and a female solo traveller too! It seems to be the topic of many travel forums – how to travel safely as a solo backpacker or solo female backpacker. But how about recognising that it can also be…… Continue reading Stress Free Solo Travel Tips – how to enjoy travelling on your own

Planning a Trans-Siberian or Trans-Mongolian train trip? Eight decisions you need to make first

Taking a train across Russia is something I’ve always wanted to do. It’s at the top of many bucket lists and quite rightly so, the official route being over 9,000 km long and passing through eight different time zones. I have romantic notions of being ferried across the continent in a glamorous sleeping compartment, just…… Continue reading Planning a Trans-Siberian or Trans-Mongolian train trip? Eight decisions you need to make first