1. Get Yourself a Visa
2. Embrace the Culture Shock
3. Take part in Toasts
Toasting is a huge part of Russian culture, with vodka being the main drink of choice. From business lunches to birthday celebrations, any type of gathering can include a toast. This sacred ritual involves making a small speech or vote of thanks before every round of drinks.
4. Beware of Rowdy Fans
Soccer crowds have a reputation for rowdiness all over the world, but Russian fans are particularly notorious for their hell-raising antics. While authorities have promised to crack down on hooliganism at the Russia World Cup 2018, don’t expect this sporting event to have the refined vibe of a tennis match or golfing tournament.
5. Cash-Only Comrades
Keeping plenty of cash handy is one of the most important Russia travel tips to remember. You might be able to get by with just a credit card in cities like Moscow and Saint Petersburg, but the rest of Russia relies on banknotes and coins. Even in major urban centres, many shops only accept cash, so be sure to keep a generous stack of rubles on standby.
6. Brace Yourself for Road Rage
If you plan to hire a car in Russia, keep in mind that petrol stations can be few and far between on the highways.
7. Pack Your Fancy Threads
Russians use clothes to show off their wealth and status. Wearing an overly casual outfit in a public place can be seen as a sign of disrespect, since it’s customary for locals to dress up when they go out to dinner or the theatre. We know it can be tricky to don your fanciest clothes in freezing temperatures, but do you best to look nice if you’re planning to hit the town.
Nightclubs in Russia enforce strict dress codes. Women are expected to wear heels and men must have their best suit on.
No matter how much Russia travel advice we offer, the only way to really appreciate the beauty and culture of the world’s largest nation is to see it for yourself. Start planning your trip to Russia by stocking up on rubles at your nearest Travel Money NZ store today.
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