solo female in st petersburg and moscow
Replies: 22 - Last Post: Mar 30, 2013 5:07 PM Last Post By: crembor
Feb 10, 2013 4:38 AM
Feb 10, 2013 4:45 AM
Feb 10, 2013 10:15 AM
I agree with the ones regarding it as a typical Russian thing to worry about traveling on your own and that it is really nothing to worry about. In St Petersburg and Moscow you will have no problems as a solo woman. If you go to provintial Russia, it is may be even easier to be a single woman in some contexts, people will be more ready to assist you and as a man i often prefere to sit down and talk with women when I visit down market cafes in the provinces as Siberian men not seldom conclude a night out with a fight;).
on this link you can have a look how people dress on the Moscow Metro yourself:
Feb 11, 2013 11:58 PM
Feb 14, 2013 2:28 AM
19I was there two years ago and, while it is true Russians were shocked that I was travelling on my own, I never met with any trouble. Actually, I found the experience rather charming as Russian men went out of their way to help me. A bit disconcerting at first but truly endearing.
Of course, I could pass for Russian (as long as I didn't try to speak ^^). I've heard darker skinned travellers saying they met with racist behavior. Speaking Russian a bit helps a lot too.
As for clothing, both opinions are true. Wealthy women dress expensively and will make you feel underdressed. But they are as much targets for pickpockets as tourists. Students and most people on the other hand dress very casually. Jeans, linen trousers, shorts... If you can pass for a Russian student on vacation, you won't be much of a target as they usually don't have much money to steal.
After that, basic precautions are all you need.
Feb 24, 2013 2:57 PM
Mar 5, 2013 8:21 AM
21I'm hoping to go to Russia alone next year too and this thread felt encouraging :) I think I'm going to go for it.
Mar 30, 2013 5:07 PM
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