I’ve found when I plan these trips, the “final” itinerary I have isn’t usually the one I end up with.

The reason for that is very simple…

Through the planning process I’m constantly reading up on what’s out there and what there is to do.   There are so many great blogs out there from people who have done what I’m about to and as I read up more and more, I start getting more ideas.

When I started reading about the Trans-Siberian Railway in Russia I started to get excited.   Travelling several days on a train watching the Russian countryside go by seemed like an awesome way to see the country.

And the train would take me to Siberia!

Siberia – the desolate land that the Soviets banished people to way back when.   I had always heard of it but never thought that I could actually go there myself.

And now it was within my grasp…

I just had to figure out a way for it to work!

I was adamant about not prolonging the trip.   For a few reasons I was committed to only travelling for a month this time around which meant I’d have to drop something else off the itinerary.

The obvious drop was Scandinavia.   To be honest it never really fit in with the whole “USSR” theme anyway.   I would just have to visit those countries on a future trip to Europe.

And then it was back to kayak.com to plug in flights.   Not only did I need to find the cheapest way to do this trip but I also had to put all the different pieces of the puzzle together.

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In the end I pieced it all together and now after visiting St Petersburg and Moscow I will hop on a train for 4 days travel to Irkutsk and Ulan Ude in Siberia.

By going to Siberia, I can now also do a a little side trip down to Mongolia as it’s only a 12 hour bus ride to the capital city of Ulan Bator.

Soooooo…. new itinerary…

  • Estonia
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Russia
  • Mongolia
  • Ukraine
Only 125 days to go…
USSR Trip 2015, Pretrip, Trip Journal
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