Trans-Siberian Trip - Travel Companion and Advice
Replies: 14 - Last Post: Mar 31, 2013 2:29 PM Last Post By: Matsilvester
Aug 11, 2012 3:38 PM
Trans-Siberian Trip - Travel Companion and AdviceHi,
I am on the tracks for starting to plan a Trans-Siberian trip, and have acquired some literature on the subject. I have always been fascinated by Russia, its landscapes and its people. I can't say the same about their language though! Having a companion for such a trip would make the experience richer and more enjoyable. So if you are interested, it would be delightful to converse and see if something can be arranged. The schedule as of now: summer 2013. It leaves "some" room for setting things up.
Aug 13, 2012 1:29 AM
1Having recently done the Trans-Siberian trip on my own (as a 30-something female), I thoroughly enjoyed the trip. I had some of the most amazing experiences because I was on my own. I don't think I would have had the same experience had I gone with a travel partner. I found that people were people super generous and welcoming. When you travel on your own, I think you're a lot more approachable and non-threatening than those traveling in groups. If you do end up going on your own, I think you'll be fine and walk away with a lot more different memories than you would have with someone.
Aug 13, 2012 11:45 AM
If you don't have them already, have a look at these:
the poster that suggests you will get to interact much more with people if you travel on your own, than if you travel together with another foreigner. In the trains and in the simpler bars are among the best places to get into contact others when you are a foreigner that speaks poor - if any - Russian. As - unlike Paris and Rome - you are as least as much a tourist attraction as the places you see, it is fair to say it is more important to get into contact with people in Siberia than in Paris and Rome;).
When it comes to the landscape, I would keep 2 things in mind. First the view from the train is far from spectacular. The Sludyanka to Port Baikal (not Transiberian route), the BAM from Kunerma to Goudzhekit (not Transiberian Route) and - to some extent - the leg from Irkutsk to Ulan Ude has the most interesting views from the train window. 2nd you need to allow time to explore the regions with a facinating landscape. The Baikal region is likely to be the highlight of your trip ( allow a week to explore) unless you travel further from the Transiberian mainline. The Altay mountains has a facinating landscape. The Kamchatka region has a fascinating landscape. Put short, you need the 30 days maximum for a Tourist visa to see the region.
Siberia is an Russian language only region, meaning you need to learn the cyrrillic alphabet and some ticket and food ordering Russian. You will get more from your trip if you go to some classes, buy a self study survivial Russian course or the like.
have a nice trip,
Aug 16, 2012 3:52 AM
Aug 19, 2012 3:25 PM
Had a quick look at your blog - will be watching it keenly. I seem to be the only person planning a trip in the opposite direction - does anyone know if this is unusual for tourists? Not that it worries me, it just means that I'll defnitely have to spend my 2 weeks sea journey Oz to Asia learning russian.
Have a great trip
Aug 21, 2012 6:33 PM
Aug 22, 2012 4:20 AM
Aug 27, 2012 9:44 AM
7I'm an Aussie living in Japan, and recently did the Trans-Siberian starting from Vladivostok and going to Moscow (so in the opposite direction to most people). I did it on my own as a 30-something year old female and had the most wonderful experience. Am really glad I did it on my own.
From Japan, I took the boat to Vladivostok (via Korea). If going from Oz you can probably get cheap Jetstar flight to Japan, and then get the boat from Japan to Vladivostok (cheapest boat ticket about 250AUD). From Vladivostok I spent about two and a half weeks traveling across Siberia, ending in Moscow. I blogged about the logistics, planning and the trip journey here (At the main home page, you can read back through the diary entries - still in progress). Feel free to ask me any questions.
Aug 28, 2012 7:13 PM
Aug 29, 2012 7:56 PM
9Travelling librarian: I might be tapping into your reading recommendations for that 12 day sea crossing (I'm waitlisted for Brisbane to Busan in South Korea). Apart from learning Russian I'll need to do something to keep myself amused. I'm trying to go by boat as I'm pigheaded with the idea of completing two of my life ambitions in one. ie the Trans-Siberian/Mongolian and to go from Sydney to London all overland. Your Japan to Vladivostok idea sounds good - having become soft since living in Australia I think I prefer a more southerly (warm).
Alei: I'll definitely read your blog to keep me inspired until I find out if my masterplan to get out of Australia by ship will work. I'll also be travelling alone and having done so extensively in the past have no worries about that aspect of the trip.
Aug 29, 2012 9:51 PM
Sep 2, 2012 12:37 AM
11Alei: have just read the first bit of your blog re arranging everything and then the first four days on the train - loved the photo of the 3 guys with their shirts off! What you've said (and the photos) has been really useful and I know for sure now I wont spend more than 2 nights on the train in a row! I look forward to reading the rest of it shortly.
Sep 2, 2012 8:09 AM
Dec 3, 2012 1:56 AM
Mar 31, 2013 2:29 PM
14I am intending to travel on the Trans Siberian in September and go through Mongolia to Beijing. I intend to take 3-4 weeks to get to Beijing. I will probably start in Moscow rather than St Petersburg. I want to spend some time around Lake Baikal. If that sounds close to your intentions send me a message. If not, have a great time.
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