central Asia

central Asia

Eurasia

Belarus

Russia

Kyrgyzstan

armenia

Moldova

Kazakhstan

EASTERN EUROPE

eastern europe

read »

read »

read »

read »

read »

read »

The caucasus

travel guides

off-the-beaten-path travel

the
blog

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!

I'm on a mission to visit all 15 former Soviet countries and improve my Russian language skills along the way. Join me #onthebloc! 

Привет, I'm Melissa!

explore

destinations

learn russian

the blog

Russians often stare a foreigners. Don't take it personally.

Culture Shock in Russia

Добро пожаловать Russia – A country that  evokes a different set of feelings more polarizing than most travel destinations. Regardless of one’s associations with the country, it doesn’t take much research to realize what a great destination it is for adventurous travelers.  Before hopping on a plane, however, it is important to familiarize yourself with […]

featured Post

view post

Recent Posts

Russian-Speaking Travel Destinations

use your new russian skills in real life!

central Asia

central Asia

Eurasia

Belarus

Russia

Kyrgyzstan

armenia

Moldova

Kazakhstan

EASTERN EUROPE

eastern europe

read »

read »

read »

read »

read »

read »

The caucasus

travel guides

Kyrgyzstan

central Asia

Read »

Kazakhstan

central Asia

Read »

Belarus

eastern europe

Read »

Moldova

eastern europe

Read »

Armenia

The caucasus

Read »

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?

Click here »