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I think we can all agree that traveling around the former Soviet Union is among the most "off-the-beaten-path" travel destinations! Taking the road less traveled is as fascinating as it is exciting. Ditch the crowded, expensive tourist traps, and head to the former Eastern Bloc! Check out my posts below to help you get there and get as much as possible out of your trip!

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Tatev, Monastery, Tatev, Armenia

20 Photos to Inspire You to Travel to Armenia

Добро пожаловать! With a history dating back to 1500 BCE, Armenia today presents an enchanting combination of its Old World roots and modern-day lifestyle. As you travel around the country, you’ll discover everything from ancient monasteries to modern metropolises all nuzzled between stunning mountain ranges and crystal-blue alpine lakes. For a country so breathtaking you’d […]

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central Asia

Eurasia

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armenia

Moldova

Kazakhstan

EASTERN EUROPE

eastern europe

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Pssst - Where are the rest?

As of right now, I have not hit my goal of traveling to all 15 former Soviet republics - I'm a working girl, cut me some slack! In the meantime, however, I am doing a ton of research to plan these future trips. Interested in seeing what online resources I use to create an itinerary to ensure my travels are educational, thorough, and, most important of all, safe?

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