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Travel Etiquette: Do's & Don'ts



You've done it, you've booked the trip of a life time, now time to brush up on your etiquette before you jet off on your travels. We've got your back! Whether you are going on a trip around Asia  or anywhere else in the world learn the basics & all our travel etiquette rules can apply for wherever you are.


When we set off on our travels we can get so caught up in the excitement of things that we can often forget that we are embarking on not only a trip of a lifetime, but a complete culture shock. Cultural norms within the world’s largest continent differ from what you might be used to in the west, so don’t let your shoddy etiquette stop you’re from marvelling in Asia ’s outstanding beauty. Follow a few of our simple travel do’s and don’t and get ready to immerse yourself in a different way of life.


  • Cover your head when you’re in temples or other places of worships. Also, dress modestly; covering shoulders and legs is advisable, as well as your tattoos.
  • Eat local food. Part of travelling is immersing yourself in the new, even if its not be what you’re used to, it’s always polite to try the local food.
  • It can be seen as invasive if you get snap happy without checking that you’re okay to do so. So always permission before taking photos of the locals.
  • Check yourself before you wreck yourself! Things such as pointing or showing the soles of your feet can be seen as rude in certain cultures. Get yourself up to speed on etiquette before you travel so as not to cause offense.
  • Check the tipping etiquette for the particular country you are in. Some cultures see it as an insult!
  • Learn the lingo. Make it your mission to pick up a few words, 'Hello' , 'Please' and 'Thank You' in the native tongue will go a long way with the locals.
  • Bartering is a way of life in Asia, especially at markets, just try to enjoy the experience and don’t be rude. These people are just trying to make a living so keep things chilled and fun!
  • Remove your shoes before entering someone’s home, and even some shops too. Keep an eye out of signs asking this and always comply.
  • When you’re paying for something in Vietnam , use both hands to pass the money


  • Lose your temper. This one is particularly important in Vietnam and Cambodia .
  • Pass items over another person’s head.
  • Know your place and don’t sit any higher than your host if you're invited to someone's home.
  • Try to keep both feet firmly on the floor, sole of the feet exposed is bad manners.
  • Both hands in your pockets may perceive you as being angry, even if you’re not.
  • Touching someone else’s head, cheek, or hair is consider rude.
  • Never use your finger to point at people when you want their attention.
  • PDA alert! Hugging or kissing your significant other in public can be frowned upon. Pay special attention to this cultural taboo if you travel to Vietnam, Indonesia, or Malaysia and keep the loving for behind closed doors
  • Using your feet to point at things, especially an image of Buddha is a big no no!
  • Don't do drugs! In many parts of Asia, the penalty for drugs are extreme and can even carry the death penalty. So stay away from drugs and just party safel

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The Invisible Tourist

31 Do’s and Don’ts in Japan: Crucial Etiquette to Not Look Like a Tourist

Crucial Do’s and Don’ts in Japan to Know Before Your First Trip | The Invisible Tourist

“Fortune favours the bold.” ~ Latin proverb.

What is the Japan etiquette for tourists? Its unique culture having been isolated from the outside world for 200 years, it leaves many tourists intrigued and wanting to visit!

Although, there are a few burning questions most foreigners nervously ask before visiting Japan: What are the do’s and don’ts in Japan? Is it going to be difficult to avoid looking like a tourist?  Especially if I have Western heritage?

Considering expats only make up 1.5% of Japan’s population (and Westerners only contributing to 0.01% of that!) it seems the odds are stacked against you. Never fear, I’ve created this Japanese etiquette guide to show you they don’t have to be… It’s how you act that will give you away!

I’ve visited Japan multiple times since 2014 (and shared my personal itineraries, language guides, packing lists and more on my Japan travel blog ), and am well-versed Japanese etiquette in order not to unintentionally cause offence to locals. I’ve learnt so much over the years and am about to reveal it all to you!

In this instalment of my “Be Invisible” series, we’re going to dive into all the ways you can be an Invisible Tourist in Japan. You’ll learn how to prepare for a trip to Japan and travel in a respectful, mindful way with these Japanese manners. In turn, this means you’ll have the most enjoyable trip possible.

If you wan to learn the unspoken rules and things to know before visiting Japan, read on for more!

T his guide to do’s and don’ts in Japan will cover:

  • Don’t walk around eating or smoking
  • Don’t misuse your chopsticks
  • Don’t approach geisha or maiko for selfies
  • Don’t harass the sacred deer at Nara or Miyajima Island
  • Don’t deface significant UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Don’t over-indulge in obvious Western places with free wifi
  • Do learn some basic Japanese phrases
  • Do slurp your noodles
  • Don’t leave a tip or count your change
  • Do bow appropriately
  • Do take advantage of public transport
  • Do be quiet on the bullet and metro trains
  • Do use two hands to accept business cards
  • Do walk, drive and ride on the left
  • Do say “kanpai” when clinking glasses before drinking
  • Do embrace Japanese vending machines
  • Don’t blow your nose loudly in public
  • Don’t jaywalk
  • Do hang on to your rubbish
  • Do try the amazing food at convenience stores
  • Don’t be afraid of the toilets
  • Do support local businesses when souvenir shopping
  • Do browse or shop in major department & electronics stores
  • Do dress somewhat conservatively (and smartly)
  • Do be mindful of phone usage in areas of respect
  • Don’t wear perfume when eating sushi
  • Do step outside your comfort zone
  • Do research your preferred destinations in Japan
  • Do book your Japan accommodation in advance
  • Do purchase tickets and passes in advance
  • Do have a prepared Japan itinerary
  • BONUS tip for etiquette in Japan

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Japanese Etiquette: How to avoid being an annoying tourist in Japan

Did you know inbound tourism to Japan tripled in just six years fro 2013 – 2019? The ever-increasing number of visitors to Japan in this short timeframe meant there were some bad tourists in the bunch, causing more harm than good to Japan’s delicate social fabric.

Let’s be real, no one likes an annoying tourist. This is why I literally wrote a #1 Amazon New Release book for how to avoid being one in Japan and at any destination.

Being a proud mono-ethnic culture means that Japanese etiquette, customs, beliefs and traditions dating back centuries are highly respected and practiced in day-to-day life.

These are the things tourists love so much (or maybe it’s just the interesting photos they’ve seen on Instagram), but the ultra conservative island nation became a victim of its own success until early 2020.

Tourists in Gion, Kyoto

If you’re passionate about preserving and embracing local cultures instead of unintentionally damaging them, you’re going to find these tips for etiquette in Japan for tourists invaluable. Especially if you’re travelling to Japan for the first time!

Let me tell you, as a gaijin in Japan 外人 (foreign person), I actually manage to blend in quite well by practising these simple points, and knowing the reasons why they are important.

By following these do’s and don’ts in Japan, you can travel confidently by being prepared and knowing how to avoid any lingering looks of disapproval from locals by doing something wrong you weren’t aware of.

Ignorance isn’t always bliss!

30 Crucial Do’s and Don’ts in Japan to Not Look Like a Tourist

It’s SUPER essential to find out any cultural differences before your trip so you know what not to do in Japan. What’s completely acceptable at home may certainly not be in Japan! So, let’s get stuck into the do’s and don’ts of things to do (or avoid) when in Japan:

1. Don’t walk around eating or smoking

Eating while walking around between attractions may seem like you’re killing two birds with one stone, however this is considered quite rude in Japan. Accidentally spilling your coffee or dropping that piece of sushi on the ground may lead to someone treading in it and ruining their day.

You’ll notice convenience stores such as Lawson and Family Mart have designated seating areas for you to eat so there’s no need to walk and munch. This attitude for being respectful of others is held towards smoking as well.

If you’re from Singapore you’ll already be familiar with this idea, but for those of you who aren’t, it’s polite to stand in one spot while smoking or head to a designated smoking area found outdoors in Japan. People will even patiently queue up to go in!

The idea behind these areas is to prevent people waving their smoke around in the faces of unsuspecting people. Again, it’s all about showing consideration for people around you.

TIP:  Another thing to note about smoking: In some establishments it’s still perfectly legal to smoke indoors and around food. If you’re not comfortable with this, simply ask for the non-smoking area when you’re being seated at a restaurant.

Tourists walking in Kyoto

2. Don’t misuse your chopsticks

Chopsticks have quite a few symbolic meanings that should be observed in Japan. If you have an Asian heritage you may already be familiar with some. I could write an entirely separate post about chopsticks but to quickly sum it up:

  • Don’t stick your chopsticks upright in your rice bowl. This is a taboo in Japan as this ritual is reserved for funeral services. It is disrespectful to do this otherwise as it can be reminder of death or bad luck. It’s also impolite to cross them.
  • Don’t pass food to another person with chopsticks that have touched your mouth. This isn’t very hygienic but if you’d like your travel buddy to sample what you’re eating, use the other end of the chopsticks to place a piece on a small plate and pass it over.
  • Don’t rub your chopsticks together. The single-use wooden chopsticks you receive that need to be broken apart before use are only seen to have splinters if they are of cheap quality. Rubbing them together implies to the establishment you believe their chopsticks aren’t up to scratch.
  • Don’t stab pieces of food with your chopsticks. This is bad manners in Japan and not how chopsticks are intended to be used.
  • Do place your chopsticks back on the hashioki  箸置き (chopstick rest) when not in use. This will ensure they stay clean and don’t roll off the table.
  • Do read this quick instruction guide if you’ve not learnt how to hold chopsticks yet!

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3. Don’t approach geisha or maiko for selfies

This is one of the rules in Japan for tourists that is imperative to know beforehand. To some tourists in Gion, Kyoto, it seems like the obvious option prompting geisha for the perfect selfie to showcase across social media. However, it may be surprising to learn this is NOT acceptable behaviour in Japan.

While they are one of many things Japan is famous for , these graceful ladies are not tourist attractions or celebrities . They are in their working environment hurrying from one engagement to another and have been doing so for centuries. To approach them or hold them up is incredibly rude, one of the most disrespectful things to do in Japan and may make them upset or late.

For those wanting to check a geisha photo off their Japan bucket list, you may see “fake” geisha in the streets who are not in a rush and happy to take photos. Otherwise, please book an official meeting with one to support their craft.

TIP: There are also various cultural experiences in Japan where you can meet maiko and geisha , so be sure to take a look at my guide to meeting a geisha in Tokyo  experience.
NOTE: As a visitor to Japan, it is completely acceptable to wear kimono or yukata . In fact, there are many kimono rental stores catering to tourists for this exact purpose! You’ll see domestic and foreign tourists wearing kimono in traditional cities such as Kyoto, at onsen towns in Japan (hot springs) and when staying in ryokans (traditional Japanese inns). Locals love when foreigners embrace their traditional dress, so you’ve nothing to worry about!

Geisha & Maiko in Gion, Kyoto

4. Don’t harass the sacred deer at Nara or Miyajima Island

Although these furry friends seem harmless, don’t be fooled into thinking they won’t pack a punch when annoyed. In recent years, there was an increasing number of deer-related tourist injuries as visitors lusted after flawless selfies.

So much so, tourists to Nara have been known to taunt deer with food to lure them over and not follow through, much to the annoyance of these wild animals who kick and bite in response.

You’d be annoyed too if someone promised food then relentlessly shoved a camera in your face instead. Additionally, visitors have been feeding deer human snacks that make them sick.

Remember these are wild animals. Buy some deer food from a local vendor for JPY 200 and be mindful about how you approach the deer. Don’t make deer wait for a cracker as this will only aggravate them. The older ones have learnt it’s polite to bow first!

TIP: When the tourists stopped coming from 2020-2022, the deer at Nara learnt their natural foraging habits again.

Don't harass the sacred deer in Nara or Miyajima

5. Don’t deface significant UNESCO World Heritage sites

The giant emerald-green bamboo groves in Arashiyama are a huge drawcard for Kyoto’s visitors. Unfortunately for Sagano Bamboo Forest, it’s been revealed that tourists etched their names into over 100 of the lush stems, much like leaving a love lock on a Parisian bridge .

This isn’t romantic, it’s a form of vandalism. Being connected by their roots, if one bamboo tree is damaged it can lead to many others being affected too, which could mean the entire area being closed off to tourists altogether. What’s the logic in harming something we love?

Admire the elegant bamboo stems from afar and take some wonderful photos as mementos.

Sagano Bamboo Forest, Kyoto

6. Don’t over-indulge in obvious Western places with free wifi like Starbucks

This may be one of the controversial do’s and don’ts of Japan! Come on, we don’t go all the way to Japan to sip on a pumpkin spice latte while fumbling on our phones for hours on free wifi… do we?

Especially for a short trip, if you want to not look like a tourist in Japan steer away from the obvious imported watering holes like Starbucks and McDonald’s.

Head to an  izakaya (居酒屋), a Japanese-style pub that serves alcoholic drinks and Japan’s version of tapas: Lots of small, tasty Japanese dishes that will get your mouth watering!

Kirin City in my Tokyo itinerary is a great example of this and you’ll find many locals hanging out in these kinds of places for after work drinks.

Why not embrace traditional beverages like matcha tea, sample local beers, sake and be in the moment rather than posting constant updates on social media?

Even better, why not go on a fun food tour with a local guide? I’ve done many small group tours in Japan , they’re always a great way to meet other travellers. The best part is you don’t need to worry about what to order because your guide has it all under control!

TIP: I’ve reviewed quite a few experiences now, I put together a detailed guide to the best food tours in Tokyo you’ll absolutely love!

Flaming niku sushi on a Tokyo food tour

7. Do learn some basic Japanese phrases

No one is saying you have to become fluent. I certainly am not! Just being able to read some of the basics when getting around on the metro or ordering from a Japanese menu is one of the factors that will set you apart from other tourists in Japan.

The added bonus is the look of delight on a local’s face when you greet and address them in their native tongue is nothing short of awesome. It’s also handy to learn the meanings of some expressions such as omotenashi , shinrin yoku and more in my guide to beautiful Japanese words you can use during your trip.

I’ve made this even easier for you with my easy guide to Japanese for tourists , with FREE downloadable cheat sheet to use offline when you’re in Japan! ⬇️

Japanese for travelers pdf

8. Do slurp your noodles

Oh, the sour looks of condemnation you would receive in many countries for doing this – not so in Japan!

In fact, the louder you slurp, it’s considered as a compliment to the chef . So slurp, slurp SLURP away ’til your heart’s content.

Pork Back Fat Ramen Restaurant in Shibuya Tokyo

9. Don’t leave a tip or count your change

Omotenashi refers to the high level of courtesy and politeness that is deeply ingrained into customer service in Japanese culture. Although we may mean well by leaving a tip as this is expected in many countries, in Japan leaving some coins behind can be considered insulting.

It can imply we’re paying staff for providing good service when it is expected as standard, not done for monetary reward. In some cases staff may even chase after us thinking we’ve forgotten our change! Please don’t insist, as this can make people feel awkward and uncomfortable.

Additionally when purchasing goods or services, change will be given on a little tray. Resist the temptation to count it out as this can also be considered as rude.

Unlike many destinations around the world where tourists are almost there just to be ripped off, thankfully Japan does not see tourists this way. Rest assured that people are being honest, not out to get us and our change will be correct.

TIP: When paying for items, place your cash on the little tray rather than placing it in the person’s hands. This is what locals do.

Japanese Yen

10. Do bow appropriately

Bowing is a very important part of Japanese culture so it’s best to mirror the locals. There are different bows used for different situations, but as a tourist in Japan the most useful bows you can use are when you’re:

  • Meeting and greeting people
  • Thanking someone
  • Saying sorry to someone

When bowing, be sure not to curve your back and neck. Think of it as bending forward with your hips and keeping your back straight with hands by your sides.

It’s also polite in some situations to nod your head in thanks. Find out more details on bowing in Japan here .

When I’ve returned home from my Japan trips, it takes me a day or so to get out of this habit! I’ve even bowed when talking to someone in Japan on the phone, haha.

TIP: Generally, a good indication of when to bow is when someone bows to you!

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11. Do take advantage of public transport

It’s not difficult to use public transport in Japan, I promise! I’ve travelled as part of a couple, solo, on business and for leisure, and I mean it when I say the public transport in Japan is AMAZING.

Hiring a private car to drive around Japan can be expensive. Not to mention cars drive on the LEFT (more on this down the page). Did you know there has been a sharp increase in tourist hire car accidents in recent years?

Many visitors are not be used to driving on the left, so the added concentration required combined with Japanese roadsigns and rules may make driving a stressful situation. I’d say you only really should hire a car if you’re planning to visit more rural areas.

TIP: If following my 3 week Japan itinerary , a car and private transport are not needed at all.

As some of the world leaders in technology, Japan is very well connected by public transportation systems so it’s a great idea to take advantage of them. The metro systems in major cities like Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka are inexpensive and will efficiently get you to most of the major sights or from one side of the city to the other.

Buses are also very reliable, but no trip to Japan would be complete without a trip (or few) on the shinkansen – the incredible bullet trains that can reach speeds in excess of 300km/h!

Read more about the different shinkansen  and the kinds that are not covered by the Japan Rail Pass (JR Pass) for tourists .

TIP: If you’re catching a taxi in Japan, note that the back left door will open automatically. And for my fellow Aussie readers who sometimes sit in the front of a taxi at home, remember in Japan you’ll need to sit on the back seat instead.

Shinkansen signboard

12. Do be quiet on the bullet and metro trains

Getting back to the consideration for others thing – It’s a big no-no to make or accept phone calls on trains in Japan. This also applies to playing loud music and speaking at a high volume.

Even crying babies are whisked away by their parents to the areas between carriages on the shinkansen to avoid disturbing fellow passengers.

But why? Many tired commuters who work long hours use this time to catch up on sleep, so quiet carriages are important.

I’m sure you can relate to having to endure a loud debate from that ignorant person yelling down the phone in the train carriage back home, wishing they would put a sock in it. Urgh.

Place your phone on silent and simply reject calls until you alight the train, or if you’re on a shinkansen and it’s important head to the boarding area between the carriages.

TIP: Speaking of train etiquette in Japan, it’s polite to line up at the station platform in the indicated areas and board as you would a plane. 

Nozomi Shinkansen

13. Do use two hands to accept business cards

In Japan, business cards are very important little pieces of matter and believe it or not, need to be treated with respect. They are actually thought of as an extension of the person.

If you give or receive a business card, pass/accept it with two hands, thumbs facing up, and politely give a nod of thanks. When receiving a business card, study it thoughtfully then leave it on the table in front of you, or hold onto it until after your meeting.

I’m guessing you wouldn’t like the thought of the person you’ve just met cramming a miniature you into their back pocket before squashing you with their body weight as they sat down, correct? Most locals carry card holders specifically to place business cards in, too.

TIP: I do this with my important cards and documents too, such as credit cards and passport. You may notice this is how locals hand back these things to you as well. 

14. Do walk, drive and ride on the left

As one of only 78 countries in the world, you may be surprised to learn that cars drive on the left-hand side of roads in Japan. Bicycles and pedestrians also naturally keep to the left in the streets (which for me as an Australian was a real treat for once!)

Be sure to follow suit and keep out of the way, including on escalators and staircases. You’ll find Japan is a very punctual country and you stopping in the middle of the footpath and getting in someone’s way will not go down well.

You don’t want to be the reason for someone running late. Again, it’s about showing consideration for other people and their time.

TIP: One exception to keeping left is in Osaka. People tend to keep right! It’s believed this habit dates back to medieval times when samurai carried their swords on their left hip. To prevent accidentally hitting others with their swords, they walked on the left. Osaka was a city of merchants, and therefore people carried their bags in their right hands and naturally kept right when walking.

Dotonbori Bikes, Osaka

15. Do say “kanpai” when clinking your glasses before drinking

To really act like a local in Japan, be sure to take part in the drinking culture. An alcoholic drink is considered well deserved after a hard day at work (or sightseeing, if you’re a visitor!)

Before taking a sip of an alcoholic drink, it’s another one of the unspoken Japan rules to make a toast and say kanpai かんぱい. This translates to “dry glass” or “empty glass,” much like the English equivalent of “bottoms up.”

TIP: Before eating a meal, it’s polite to say itadakimasu いただきます, translating to “I humbly receive.” This is a way of saying thanks and showing appreciation for the meal.

You don’t have to drink it all it all in one hit, though! In fact, Japan’s national beverage sake (pronounced sa-keh 酒 but known as Nihonshu 日本酒 in Japan) is best appreciated by drinking it slowly.

There is a bunch of Japanese etiquette to know when drinking with colleagues or in a business environment. Take a read of my guide to hidden bars in Shibuya or hidden bars in Kyoto with locals for more.

TIP: One of the things not to do in Japan when it comes to pouring sake is NEVER pour your own! Asking someone to pour it for you is the correct etiquette, and you can return the favour.

Ine Mankai

16. Do embrace Japanese vending machines

Did you know there’s a vending machine for every 1 in 23 people in Japan? There’s a whopping 5.5 million machines dotted throughout the country dispensing anything you can think of.

From ice cream to umbrellas, hot noodles to sake , eggs to bananas, the options are endless! Even at some restaurants, you can place your meal order on a vending machine, take a seat and your meal is brought over to you shortly after.

You will find them almost everywhere across Japan — even in what seems the middle of nowhere, like this one in the outskirts of Kyoto pictured above!

Did you even visit Japan if you didn’t use one?

TIP: If you are at a restaurant that requires you to use a vending machine to order and you’re unsure of what to choose, the top left is usually the specialty dish.

Pokemon Vending Machine in Ueno, Tokyo

17. Don’t blow your nose loudly in public

Quite the opposite of Western culture, sniffing is the preferred option in Japan as it is seen as less rude and crude than blowing your nose loudly.

If you find your nose starting to trickle it’s acceptable to discreetly turn away from a crowd and wipe it with a tissue.

Take advantage of vendors handing out free pocket tissues on the streets as advertising for their businesses.

If it’s all getting too much and you absolutely need to blow your nose, find a restroom to do this and dispose of your tissues in the bin located inside.

TIP: Handkerchiefs and furoshiki cloths are reserved for wiping sweat or drying hands after washing.

Dontonbori, Osaka

18. Don’t jaywalk

Rules are followed and obeyed in Japan, which is probably why the country runs so smoothly. The origins of why it’s illegal to jaywalk in Japan are unclear, but from what I could gather in my research it could be due to the fact that people are quite trusting. 

When standing at a crowded street corner waiting for the light to change, if one person sees another start crossing the road out of the corner of their eye they may assume it must be safe to cross and blindly follow the person crossing, which can be very dangerous.

It could also be because locals don’t want to set a bad example to children.

If you know the reason, let me know in the comment section below!

Shibuya Crossing from Shibuya Sky, Tokyo

19. Do hang on to your rubbish

Bins are typically hard to find on the streets of Japan, but despite this everywhere is amazingly litter-free. This is because people hang on to their rubbish in Japan as they appreciate cleanliness.

Also, there isn’t a need for bins everywhere because people don’t walk around eating, drinking or smoking as mentioned in point #1.

Bins can be found at convenience stores (more on this below), alongside vending machines and in public toilets. It’s advisable to carry your rubbish until you find a bin, or take it back to your hotel and dispose of it there.

Resist any temptation to litter despite the lack of bins and do as the locals do.

Kurazukuri Street, Kawagoe

20. Do try the amazing food at convenience stores

Prepare to break all your pre-conceived stereotypes that convenience store food is stale, tasteless rubbish. Your mind will be blown away by the high quality (and variety) of food and snacks available in konbini stores like Family Mart, 7-11 and Lawson in Japan – it’s all super fresh as well!

If you’re after a quick, wholesome and cheap bite to eat look no further than the convenience store. Satisfy your hot food cravings with options like pork steam buns, karaage chicken, hot stews and noodles. You can also pick up chuhai チューハイ (canned alcoholic drinks) for cheap.

Refrigerated goodies include sushi, onigiri , iced coffees and frappes. Delicious baked goods, desserts and even alcoholic beverages are available. Trust me when I say the egg sandwiches from 7-11 are the best you will ever have in your life!

TIP: You can always ask staff to warm up meals in their microwave!

I honestly cannot articulate how amazing the quality of food is available at these convenience stores, do go see for yourself. Lawson in particular pride themselves on introducing a new food or beverage product every week to mix things up a little.

Don’t forget to sit at the designated tables inside instead of walking around the streets, and dispose of your rubbish in the store’s bins before you go.

TIP: Convenience stores are a great place to withdraw cash from the ATM’s located inside. Instead of exchanging money at a currency exchange, withdrawing from an ATM directly will mean you’ll receive the best exchange rate.

Konbini Food (Convenience Store) Snacks

21. Don’t be afraid of the toilets

Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it! Get excited to experiment with the interesting buttons on Japanese toilets . Over 80% of households in Japan have toilets with a bidet option and you can even adjust the water’s temperature and pressure. The heated seat in winter is my personal favourite.

Fancy listening to some relaxing rainforest sounds or pleasant music while nature calls? No worries, these toilets have something for everyone.

TIP: The reason there are music options on Japanese toilets in public is because Japanese women are usually shy, and don’t want their bodily functions to be heard by others.

Go on, let your curiosity get the better of you – you may be pleasantly surprised! They don’t all have instructions in English so I took a photo of one that did below. You’re welcome.

Japanese toilet

22. Do support local businesses when souvenir shopping

As far as do’s and don’ts in Japan are concerned, there are so many beautifully hand-crafted and traditional souvenirs.

Do support local businesses by saving a little room in your suitcase for meaningful souvenirs such as folding fans, watercolour paintings, wooden items, lucky charms, stationery and ceramics. This will help to keep centuries-old traditions alive.

TIP: My detailed souvenir guide for Japan covers all the traditional souvenirs, what they mean and where you can find them!

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23. Do browse or shop in major department & electronics store

If you’re wanting to fill some time between attractions or are just curious, head to a Japanese department store to be blown away. I dare you to shop in LABI electronics without losing your mind over the sheer amount of stuff available or the store’s quirky theme song.

Some of the major department stores are actually owned by and share the same names as private rail lines, such as Odakyu. The sell everything from luxury fashion to streetwear, home goods to electronics, even some of the most enticing-looking food graces their basement floors.

Ginza in Tokyo is known for its department stores that have lengthy history. Some of my personal favourites are:

  • Isetan & Mitsukoshi
  • Matsuya Ginza
  • Yamada Denki LABI
  • BIC Camera (the Shinjuku branch has a bar serving drinks inside when you walk through the entrance)
  • Yodobashi Camera
  • Don Quijote (not quite a department store, but has enough things to seem like one!)

LABI Department Store, Shinjuku

24. Do dress somewhat conservatively (and smartly)

Women in Japan dress somewhat conservatively in the sense that they cover their shoulders and chests. It is pretty rare to see cleavage on Japanese women. Contrary to this though, short shorts are VERY popular!

As a foreigner, no one will really mind if your shoulders are showing but pregnant women should definitely try to shy away from tight-fitting clothing that accentuate their baby bumps. Locals will frown on this, so try to find some flowy dresses or loose tops.

Also, Japanese people tend to dress quite smartly, especially in larger cities like Tokyo and Osaka. Smart casual dress will be fine.

If you can avoid wearing active wear when you’re wandering the streets and not hiking, that will help you not “stand out” as tourist, too. This is one of my top tips for how to not look like a tourist anywhere .

Shoes off indoors

This is one of the unspoken rules to follow in Japan. At a lot of temples, you will be expected to leave your shoes outside as they are seen as dirty. Ensure you bring some socks along with you if you prefer not to have bare feet.

A good indication of whether you need to take your shoes off or not is by looking at what the locals are doing. If their shoes are outside then leave yours there, too.

This also extends to changerooms in retail, restaurants with tatami mats and bathrooms in your hotel. There are usually slippers you can wear specifically inside the bathroom so you don’t tread outside dirt from your shoes on the floor. 

TIP: Wondering what to add to your Japan packing list? My guide to what to pack for Japan covers quite a few things you probably haven’t thought of. It also details what NOT to wear and bring, so take a look to learn more.

Crucial Do's and Don'ts in Japan: Japanese Etiquettesays not to wear shoes indoors

25. Be mindful of your phone usage in areas of respect

At temples, shrines and other areas of respect, try to remember to turn your phone onto silent before heading in. The amount of people making and accepting calls in these otherwise tranquil settings is very impolite.

In my opinion, the noise defeats the purpose of what the areas of respect were created for. We wouldn’t do this at our local church, so please show respect to the site and its worshippers.

One of the most important do's and don'ts in Japan is to be respectful at places of worship

26. Don’t wear perfume when eating sushi

Yes, this is one of the things to avoid in Japan, especially at sushi restaurants! Locals believe that sushi should be enjoyed not only with your taste buds, but also your nose.

Even the hint of perfume, aftershave or strong deodorants can alter the delicate aroma of sushi, so wearing scents should be avoided not only for yourself but for the experience of others.

Fresh Ingredients at a Stand Up Sushi Bar in Shibuya

27. Do step outside your comfort zone

Japan is home to some of the most quirky, unique and interesting experiences on the planet.  Take a step outside your comfort zone and try something new – you’ll never know if you like it unless you try!

Doing so can give us a whole new understanding about different cultures and introduce us to new ways of thinking.

Spend the night in a capsule hotel, bathe in your birthday suit at one of the best onsen in Japan , experience a Maid Café , eat delicacies such as eel on a Shibuya street food tour , dress up as a ninja and learn their tricks, jump on a rollercoaster int the middle of Tokyo … the list is endless!

In my opinion, the Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku, Tokyo was by far one of the most quirky and fun things to do in Japan in its heyday. Even the waiting room itself was the biggest sensory overload with its ceiling covered in bling, flashy lights and TV screens as well as funky music. It really had to be seen to be believed!

NOTE: The Robot Restaurant closed indefinitely in March 2020, so here’s hoping it will reopen again soon!

Sensory overload in the waiting room

28. Do research your preferred destinations in Japan

To avoid looking like a tourist in Japan, or anywhere really, it’s imperative to do some research before you go.

In online travel forums and groups I see all too often people landing in Japan then freaking out asking for help because they don’t know how to get from the airport to the city, their Airbnb had been cancelled (more on this below), they’ve no clue where to eat or even what to do.

How people make the choice to travel this way will always baffle the heck out of me (each to their own I guess), but the point is to know all this BEFORE you arrive to make the most efficient use of your travel time when you’re there.

Ask yourself this: Do you really want to spend precious moments wasting the day figuring out what to do?

I can help you get off to a good start with my detailed Japan travel guides that cover how to get from airports and train stations to city centres, how long it takes, costs involved plus all the best things to do!

Do's and don'ts in Japan: Do research your transport beforehand

29. Do book your Japan accommodation in advance

Having your accommodation options sorted in advance will help to avoid unnecessary stress. As a general rule that goes against what many others say, I recommend it’s best to avoid using Airbnb in Japan due to a law that was passed in June 2018. In my opinion, the risk is not worth it. The whole point of a holiday is to escape from stress, right?

Click here for alternative accommodation options in Japan to suit your budget

In terms of pre-purchased rail passes, contrary to popular belief, you may not need a Japan Rail Pass for your visit especially if you’re travelling with a mid-range budget. Again, this also goes against everything you may have already read so find out why at the conclusion of my 2 weeks in Japan itinerary .

Click here for other types of passes available in Japan for pre-purchase

Backstreets of Gion

30. Do purchase tickets and passes in advance

Popular attractions including Shibuya Sky , Tokyo SkyTree , Disneyland ,   Osaka’s Universal Studios and more allow you to buy tickets in advance. This can save you lots of time and stress if you’re organised before your trip. 

Sky Stage at Shibuya Sky

31. Do have a prepared Japan itinerary

Another way to prepare for your Japan trip is to have an itinerary organised. Does the task of putting together a Japan itinerary seem a bit overwhelming to you? It doesn’t have to be!

I’m a weirdo who LOVES creating itineraries so just think of me as your Japan travel planner 😊

Know before you go! A snapshot of places covered in my 2 weeks in Japan itinerary

Concluding the do’s and don’ts in Japan

I hope this overview of travel etiquette in Japan has helped you feel more confident about your upcoming trip. Despite a few cultural differences to the West, it’s really easy travelling in Japan like a local if you are well prepared. You can do your best to blend in in Japan and not stand out for the wrong reasons.

By following these Japanese rules for foreigners, you’ll be practising good manners and etiquette in Japan. And now you know exactly how to be a good tourist in Japan, may the odds ever be in your favour.

How is your Japan trip planning coming along? I’ve got you covered for where to stay in Tokyo , shared how to learn Japanese for tourists (and free cheat sheet!), detailed itineraries and much more on my Japan travel blog . Take a look once you’re done here for more ideas!

Is there anything you wish you knew before visiting Japan? What do you think of these do’s and don’ts? Do you have any other points you would like to add to this list? Let me know!

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Great and useful information about travelling through Japan! Thank you for this. Keep traveling and guide amateurs like us 🙂

So glad you found my etiquette guide helpful, Tim! Thanks for your comment 🙂

I’ll be taking my second trip to Japan in April, and my first solo trip (my husband won’t be coming until a week later) and I can confirm that dressing conservatively, having good walking shoes (so. much. walking.) and a plan is important.

One of the things I loved about my last visit was their escalator etiquette. Stand on the left side so people in a hurry can run up the right. So simple! It took me a few tries to remember, but I find myself doing it naturally back in the states.

Oh my gosh, I completely agree with you about the escalators Bekki! It’s like magic that everyone sticks to the one side. Being from Australia we also keep to the left, but on weekends the “non-corporates” tend to stand all over the place which can be annoying here. So glad it’s standard in Japan, it’s a luxury. Thanks for your comment and enjoy Japan the second time around 🙂

Thanks for this.. Surely, I will do the don’ts if I am not reading this. Very informative.

I’m sure you will be fine, Juana. So glad you found these helpful!

How do you recommend a tourist get around with a major food allergy? My husband is severely allergic to nuts (and also allergic to shellfish). We plan to travel around Tokyo + also hit TokyoDisney. He’s increasingly worrying about how to handle food and ordering and purchasing snacks, even. Any tips?

That’s a great question to ask, Amber! Allergies to nuts do not seem to be as common in Japan as they are in the West, so it’s definitely wise to learn the Japanese phrase for “I’m allergic to”. In your husband’s case, if he can master this phrase he should be able to get his message across. The key words are:

Watashi wa = I am Arerugii = Allergy Nuts: Nattsu Shellfish: Kai

The phrase would be:

私はナッツアレルギーがあります。 Watashi wa nattsu arerugii ga arimasu. “I am allergic to nuts”.

私は貝アレルギーがあります Watashi wa kai arerugii ga arimasu. “I am allergic to shellfish”.

If that sounds a bit challenging, copy and paste the text and print it out on a little card/piece of paper to take along with you to hand to staff when you’re ordering food.

He can also use “taberaremasen 食べられません” which literally translates to “can’t eat” if that makes things easier. I hope this helps and you have a great trip! 🙂

This is great! Thank you so much for all the time and consideration you put into these posts, and for updating them! I’m going to Japan in May and wondered if you have any “don’ts” for clothing. I know in Thailand we could not go into certain Temples because I was wearing workout pants. Any rules like this in Japan?

So glad you found this helpful, Samantha! I love tying to help my readers be as prepared as possible before travelling 🙂 Actually I have been meaning to include a few extra points to this post (I’ll have to get around to that!) but yes, there are some don’ts for clothing.

In a lot of temples, you will be expected to leave your shoes outside as they are seen as dirty, so make sure you bring some little socks along with you if you prefer not to have bare feet. A good indication of whether you need to take your shoes off or not is obviously by looking at what the locals are doing. If their shoes are outside then leave yours there, too 🙂

Women in Japan dress somewhat conservatively in the sense that their cover their shoulders and chests. You won’t really see cleavage in Japan – but contrary to this short shorts are VERY popular! As a foreigner, no one will really mind if your shoulders are showing but pregnant women should definitely try to shy away from tight-fitting clothing that shows off their baby bumps. Locals will frown on this, so try to find some flowy dresses or loose tops.

Also, the Japanese tend to dress quite smart, especially in larger cities like Tokyo and Osaka. Smart casual dress will be fine, and if you can avoid wearing active wear that will help you not “stand out” as tourist. I hope that helps and you have a brilliant time in Japan in May, thanks for your comment! 🙂

This, by far, is the most detailed post I’ve stumbled upon! Thank you for all these. Even as an Asian, I feel quite intimidated travelling to other Asian countries. But I’m excited creating our itinerary especially all the info are available. Btw, I read an article before that the reason why it’s illegal to jaywalk in Japan is because if there are children watching and you cross the street while red lights are on (and even if there are no cars moving), they might copy you. 🙂 Thanks again and hope you’d visit Philippines too 😀

Aww, thank you for the lovely compliment, Marielle! I am SO happy to hear this post has helped you with your Japan planning 🙂 I agree, it cam seem a little intimidating if you’re not sure what to expect so it’s great you’re doing your research first so the correct etiquette doesn’t seem so daunting. Ah, thank you for letting me now about jaywalking and children – that makes sense! I hope you have a wonderful time in Japan (and yes, I’d LOVE to visit Philippines someday!) 😀

Wow such a detailed and informative post. I do hope to visit Japan some day and I know for sure I will be reading your guides.

Thanks so much, Nicola! I hope you get to visit Japan soon 🙂

These are some great tips! I was just doing some research about going to Japan so I will definitely pin this for later! Thanks for sharing.

So glad to hear that! Good luck with your Japan travel planning 🙂 Thanks for your comment, Odette!

This is such an interesting post and to see the RWC here in 2020 entices me especially as we will be celebrating an important wedding anniversary. Thank you. So helpful. Kx

Oh wow, how exciting for you, Karen! So glad you found this helpful 🙂

Found this so fascinating, especially the chopsticks advice! I am away to binge read all your Japan posts as we are hoping to go next year!

Ooooh awesome, thank you Lauren! Yes some of these do’s and don’ts are pretty fascinating from a Western perspective, but it’s so good to know 🙂

Great information, really handy for anyone visiting Japan! I love their vending machines, they look awesome!

Thanks, Danielle! Oh my gosh the vending machines are next level in Japan ?

As someone who lived in Japan for two years, I agree with all of these. Well done! Japan’s culture intimidates a lot of people, but really, just exercise common sense respect and curtesy, you’d be fine 🙂 Except the slurping noodles bit haha

That makes me really happy Viola, thank you! I agree, it can seem intimidating at first for those who aren’t aware of the etiquette and manners but once you know why, things makes sense. Haha yes, hearing people slurping noodles when eating out is pretty funny if you’re not used to it! Thanks for your comment 🙂

Thank you for writing this thorough list! I’d already known many of these growing up with a good number of Japanese friends but this was a great refresher. I definitely want to hit up that robot restaurant, it looks super cool!

The Robot Restaurant has got to be one of the most crazy, fun and memorable experiences I had in Japan – there is really nothing else like it! I hope you get to see it in person yourself someday 🙂

I felt pretty good after reading this, because I actually knew most of these. Probably because I grew up in the very much Japanese-influenced Hawaii.

That’s so awesome to hear, Sarah! You would be a great Invisible Tourist in Japan, hehe. Hawaii is beautiful, lucky you to have grown up there 🙂

Such an informative post! I have not yet been to Japan and especially didn’t realise that eating whilst walking and leaving a tip were considered bad manners. Will keep these in mind!

So glad you think so! Yes, the no walking when eating is a bit surprising at first but it makes sense once you know why. And as a tourist the whole no tipping thing is great too! Thanks for your comment 🙂

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The 8 Do's and Don'ts of Responsible Travel

Travel with intention. Here are eight essential guidelines to ensure your journeys are responsible, sustainable, and beneficial to the communities you visit.

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Many people take the time to plan a perfect trip. You research where to stay, what sites to visit, and what adventures to book. But have you ever thought of researching how you can prepare yourself for your trip beyond the logistics of travel? In this list, we discuss the top do’s and don’ts of responsible travel that will help you have a safe and respectful trip.

DO Protect Yourself

We all hope for a perfect trip that is problem-free. However, it would be irresponsible to ignore the fact that things can go wrong and you should be prepared for them when they do. Some standard safety tips include:

  • Share your itinerary with someone from home including your accommodations, intended travel route, and travel days. 
  • Avoid carrying all your cash with you at all times. Instead, when you leave your hotel room, stash some cash in a hidden area. If you’re robbed, you will still have some cash to get you by. 
  • Keep a photocopy of your passport in your suitcase. 
  • Get health insurance for your travel and understand the regulations around using it. Many policies require that you inform them of a hospital or medical visit within a certain time frame for your claim to be eligible. For example, you may need to alert the insurance company of a hospital visit in the first 24 hours of checking in. 

Responsible travel means keeping your passport safe

DO Your Research

If you’re traveling abroad, it’s apparent that things will be quite different from home. Responsible travel starts with preparation. It’s essential to do some research about the country you’re visiting. Some things you’ll want to research are:

  • If you need to bring any medications with you. For example, “Bali belly” is a common affliction for tourists traveling in Bali. You can bring medications such as Immodium with you to help lessen the side effects of whatever condition is common in the country you’re visiting. 
  • It’s also crucial to do your research into any vaccinations you may need when you travel. In some cases, such as with yellow fever, you sometimes have to prove your vaccination to enter the country. 
  • You should understand if you can or can’t drink tap water in the region you’re visiting. If tap water isn’t safe, be prepared to have cash on hand to purchase bottled water or bring water purification tablets.

DO Educate Yourself

When you visit somewhere, the last thing you want to do is insult people. By taking the time to educate yourself on local customs, you can avoid embarrassing faux pas that may potentially offend the people around you. Some responsible travel tips include:

  • Learning if there are any rules about dress, especially for how much women should cover themselves. 
  • Understanding if showing signs of PDA is considered inappropriate
  • Learning about unique practices, such as not spitting in Japan or showing avoiding showing the bottom of your feet in Vietnam. 

Responsible travel starts with research

DO Eat the Local Food

One of the best parts of travel is the food. When you’re traveling to a new area, make sure you take the time to eat the local food. It can be tempting to pop into something familiar, like a Starbucks, for your morning coffee but opt for a local cafe instead. This ensures you support local small businesses and gives you a more authentic travel experience.

Paella cooking in a big pan

DON’T Count On Free Wi-fi

You’re probably very reliant on your Google Maps to get around. If you’re assuming that you’ll be able to find a free wi-fi connection everywhere you go, think again. While many countries have free wi-fi, this isn’t always going to be the case for where you’re going. You might find yourself having to make a purchase at a store to get the wifi password, which can add up quickly. Do your research and consider an international data plan if wi-fi will be a challenge. Or, just bring a map!

Free WiFi sign in Bali

DON’T Assume People Speak English Everywhere

If you’re traveling abroad, you shouldn’t assume that you will find people that speak English everywhere. In fact, as you travel outside of cities to more remote towns and villages, you can usually expect there to be a higher chance of a language-barrier. Look into whether people speak English in the area you’re going to and, just to be safe, learn a couple of important phrases.

DON’T Nap On Transit

At some point during your trip, you might be jet-lagged and want to take a quick nap. This may feel like a good idea, but you should consider your environment first. If you have a friend to watch your things while you nap, that is perfectly fine. Otherwise, napping in high-traffic areas such as a train, bus, or airport lounge may leave you vulnerable to pickpockets.

napping in public

DON’T Stick to the Tourist Spots

When you think about your home city, you can probably picture the area considered a “tourist trap.” Tourist traps are typically close to transit hubs and rely on tourists who don’t know local prices. These tourist traps are extremely expensive, usually not authentic and are packed with other tourists. Do your research beforehand and make sure to visit the authentic neighborhoods where locals go to shop and eat.

Woman at Public Market Center, Seattle

Now you have everything you need to go on a great adventure full of responsible travel.

Navigate the world of responsible travel with our guide to the eight essential do's and don'ts that will enhance your travel experience and contribute to sustainable tourism. Beyond planning the logistics of your trip, it's crucial to prepare yourself for responsible and respectful travel. From supporting local communities to preserving the environment, these guidelines offer valuable insights into ethical and conscientious travel practices. By adhering to these principles, you can ensure a safe, enriching, and responsible travel experience that benefits both you and the destinations you visit.

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Top Travel Do’s and Don’ts

Travelling can be a wonderful experience for anyone. Seeing the world outside of your everyday life is a valuable adventure. This experience can broaden your horizons and make you feel incredibly liberated. As they say, life is about the journey, not the destination. So, follow these easy travel do’s and don’ts to have the best journey possible!

DO your research

When going to a new country, learning as much as possible before taking off is crucial and will make your experience that much more enjoyable! Learn the language (or at least some essential phrases). Remember, you’re entering someone else’s country, so don’t expect locals to always speak your language! Learn about the currency and exchange rates to make it easier to monitor your spending. Learn about the local culture and customs – oftentimes something that’s considered normal in your own country may be considered offensive in another. Research the area you’re going to be staying in – is it safe to go out at night? Are there beaches or shopping near you? It’s always better to do your research in the comfort of your own home, rather than out in an unfamiliar space.

DON’T leave packing to the last minute

Give yourself ample time to pack, do laundry, and plan your outfits. Nine times out of ten you can avoid forgetting things by simply allowing yourself time to think about exactly what you need! Avoid randomly tossing things in your suitcase an hour before you leave – you’re going to either overpack or forget things!

Do you really need to pack your flat iron and 5 pairs of shoes? Keep it light – it’ll be easier to travel this way, trust us! Pack only essentials, some dressy clothes in case you go out for a fancy evening, and some warm clothes for colder weather. Plan out what you’re going to be wearing each day so you don’t overpack clothes. Find out if your hotel has a washer and dryer where you may be able to wash clothes mid-trip too!

DO ensure your own safety when in a dangerous country

Pickpockets? Gangs? Scammers? Learn to avoid dangerous situations in foreign countries where criminals prey on tourists:

  • Do not carry large sums of cash on you
  • Avoid walking at night, or in secluded areas
  • Always park in a well-lit area
  • Avoid carrying valuables in plain sight
  • Use your hotel safe (and don’t forget the passcode!)

DON’T drink local water if it’s not safe

There’s nothing worse than getting sick on the trip of a lifetime because you drank untreated water. Do your research before going – ask tour guides if the water is safe to drink and, if not, only drink bottled water. Also, keep in mind that food may be washed in or cooked with local tap water too. If you do happen to get sick, make sure to pack some anti-nausea and digestion medication.

DO travel to new places

Do your best to go somewhere new each time you travel. Instead of spending all your time on the beach at your tropical resort, go see the city, visit museums, take a bus tour or interact with locals. These are easy ways to get the most out of your vacation experience and to learn something new!

DON’T succumb to jet-lag

Try to normalize your sleep schedule as soon as you arrive at your destination – don’t waste your trip by going to bed at 7 pm every night- you could miss out on valuable nightlife and vacation time. Even if it means walking around like a zombie for a few hours, it’ll be worth it!

DO be friendly to people you meet

From flight attendants to hotel agents, simply being nice to someone can make someone’s day and can end up being rewarding to you. Genuine kindness can take you far and even result in some rewards for you (premium class seat upgrades, I’m looking at you).

DON’T allow yourself to be pushed around by salespeople

In foreign countries, local street and market vendors can be ruthless in trying to make the sale. They will yell and some will even go so far as to grab you in order to attract your attention to their products. Do not allow them to guilt you into buying their goods and know that it’s completely fine to firmly say no and walk away.

DO photocopy your passport and visa papers

Losing your passport in a foreign country can be one of the most inconvenient and dangerous things that can happen to you. Having a copy of your passport and papers can save time and effort in case something happens to your identification. Always keep a photocopy of your passport as identification if you don’t want to carry around your real passport.

If you stay smart and safe during your trip, you will definitely have a wonderful and enriching travel experience! Good luck and make the most of your trip!

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The kind of tourist you are determines the kind of tour you get, but unfortunately, I have learned, sometimes good people are bad tourists. In my years of leading bicycle tours of Paris, I’ve met them all: the social media addict who takes selfies in the middle of traffic, the whiny cyclist who complains about the hills, the happy-go-lucky adventurer who takes off on her own and immediately gets lost.

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Here are a few simple tips about how to avoid common mistakes on group tours and be the kind of tourist that tour guides love.


Sometimes there truly is nowhere to buy water, a sweater or gloves once the tour has begun. Come prepared, dress appropriately and don’t expect your guide to “Mary Poppins” extra supplies out of thin air. If you don’t know what to wear or bring, ask – before the day of the tour. Should you find yourself woefully underprepared, try to bear it graciously.

Paris guide Ellen Quinn-Banville sees plenty of underprepared tourists in her job. “I know you want to wear your best outfit because it’s Paris, but, like, you will be freezing — and can you walk in those shoes?” One person in a T-shirt complaining about being cold when the season calls for a parka puts unfair pressure on the guide and spoils the mood for everybody else.


Don’t distract your guide when she is doing something tricky, such as negotiating a busy traffic intersection on a bicycle tour or setting up safety lines during a rappelling excursion. Your safety may depend on her concentration.


Unlike at the theatre, there is no fourth wall in tour guiding, and guides will watch you just as attentively as you watch them. Guides who sense that their group is uninterested will quickly go into autopilot, downgrading the experience for everybody. So get involved. Answer their questions, laugh at their corny jokes and stand close so they don’t have to strain their voices.

“A tour is a dialogue between you and the guide. An interactive tour is a fun tour,” says Stephanie Paul, a tour guide and specialist on Franco-Jewish history. “Put your phone away …. Look, listen and enjoy interaction with a real human being.”


Majority rules when it comes to group tours, so be prepared to make compromises. If you can’t play nice with others or have legitimate special restrictions or needs, book a private tour. A guide giving a private tour will generally bend over backwards to suit your needs and has the ability to make major changes to the tour according to your liking. Bicycle tour guide Mark Daly puts it bluntly: “You want a private tour that caters to your special requests and desires? Pay for it.”

Simply being on time is the first thing you can do for your team. April Pett, owner of Paris for You Luxury Tours , explains: “Being on time for a tour is not only important from a guide’s view but also for the others in the group. … If everyone arrives on time, everyone will be happy, and people won’t feel like they are missing out on any of the action or having to rush through parts of the tour.”


Your guide almost certainly knows a bunch of great little restaurants, speakeasies and local joints that you would love. But he won’t share them if he thinks they might end up on a tourism review website (TripAdvisor, Yelp, etc.) and subsequently become overrun.

If you want a truly local experience, gain the trust of your guide by quietly asking for off-the-record advice, and tell him you’ll keep it a secret.


This should go without saying, but a guide is not a free nanny. No matter how well the guide seems to get along with kids, she already has a job. Your children are your responsibility, and you must be quick to pull them into line if their enthusiasm or bad behaviour is dominating the guide and the rest of the group.

Randa Akhras, an American tour guide and owner of walking tour company Paris Uncovered , says: “Please, parents, step in if the kids are monopolizing the guide’s attention with non-stop questions. I love kids being engaged, but know when to tell them to save questions till the end so it doesn’t affect the tour for the entire group.”


If you are on a tour that includes a meal break, try not to pepper your guide with questions. It’s fun to chat, but it’s also impossible to eat at the same time. Sarah Braun, a specialist in sustainable heritage tourism, explains: “Usually it comes easy to stay enthusiastic about my work, but people run the risk of getting a sub-par tour because my brain is still back at the restaurant thinking about the other half of my sandwich.”

Your hardworking guide needs the energy and may want to use the quiet time to plan his next move or muse over that historical question somebody else asked earlier.


Understand if your guide doesn’t talk about herself too much or deflects personal questions. It is natural to want to get to know your guide, but even a rookie will have been asked, “Why did you move here? How long will you stay? Do you have a boyfriend?” thousands of times. If you feel a need to keep a conversation going, chat about yourself. Tell the guide about your vacation, your opinions on the local sites. She’ll appreciate your views and insights.


If you had a great tour, try to remember the guide’s name and write it at the beginning of your glowing online review. Managers read these attentively, and some agencies even award bonuses or incentives based on good reviews. Guides also love seeing feedback and knowing what people liked or didn’t. But resist writing a blow-by-blow of the tour or transcribing any great jokes or facts they shared (see “Be discreet”). Let future tourists be surprised and delighted, too.


Understand that being a guide is difficult. If your day went smoothly, it’s because your guide worked hard. Quinn-Banville can attest to that: “I wish people would stop asking if I’m a student. … That’s the most familiar reason for a young person to be living abroad, but I’m not a student. I’m an adult, and this is my job.” If you’re having a great time, let your guide know. Above all, don’t ever ask a guide, “So, what’s your real job?”

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After endless pandemic months, that vacation you and your family are finally planning to take this summer is going to be a bit different.

Ours sure was.

My family of four just returned from a late-spring trip that — due to COVID-19 safety precautions — was far different from any we've ever taken. Yet it still felt like a vacation. My wife, Evelyne, our two daughters (Rachel, 23, and Becca, 19) and I flew from Washington, D.C., to Los Angeles to celebrate Rachel's one-year-delayed graduation from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. We're all fully vaccinated.

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Just like us, more than two-thirds of Americans (67 percent) are planning to travel this summer, according to a recent survey by TripAdvisor. But as the pandemic is starting to loosen its grip, we find ourselves in an awkward in-between place: Many restrictions are easing for those who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 — the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said it's safe for vaccinated individuals to do most things maskless — but we're so used to following social distancing and other safety measures, it feels strange to venture into the world with relative abandon.

Meanwhile, at the time of our trip, California still required that everyone wear masks in indoor public places (it lifted the rule on June 15). And the TSA continues to require mask wearing on public transportation , as well as in places like airports and bus stations, for all travelers, vaccinated or not.

When we returned, we ran the highlights of our five-day vacation by medical experts from Johns Hopkins University and the Mayo Clinic, and asked them to comment on what we did right and what we did wrong.

They agreed on the most important step: We all were fully vaccinated by the time of our departure. (The CDC says to delay all travel until you're fully vaccinated.)

Here's more on what we learned about the new world of travel in summer 2021.

Dulles International Airport in Virginia was its own adventure. Having not stepped into an airport for almost two years, I forgot all airport etiquette, let alone all COVID-19-related requirements. At security, a TSA agent rightfully barked at me when I placed a plastic bin on the floor before slipping my shoes and cellphone into it.


The experts say: If you're fully vaccinated, you're probably fine flying, but driving's safer when it comes to infection-prevention. “Most viruses and other germs do not spread easily on flights because of how air circulates and is filtered on airplanes,” according to CDC travel guidance, though it adds that because social distancing is so difficult on a plane, flying “may make you more likely to get COVID-19.”

That's why the safest way to travel and protect your family from COVID-19 is still by car, says Gina Suh, M.D., an infectious disease expert and head of the travel clinic at the Mayo Clinic. (Note, though, that if you're vaccinated and you do get infected, your symptoms are likely to be no worse than a bad cold.)

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I thought I was mentally prepared for the flight, but it was more nerve-racking than I expected. Yes, I kept my mask in place — except to eat — as required by law. But I was stuck in a middle seat with masked strangers on either side of me. Both occasionally unmasked to eat and drink, and they forgot on occasion and briefly left their masks off even after eating. I simply touched my own mask to remind them, and both quickly put their masks back on.

Experts agreed on the most important step: We all were fully vaccinated by the time of our departure.

The experts say: If you're anxious about exposure, despite being fully vaccinated, you might start a conversation mentioning that you are vaccinated in order to find out if the people sitting around you are, too, says William Greenough, M.D., a retired geriatrician from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and an international expert in infectious disease. Whether or not they are, if you're vaccinated, you are well protected. But if they're not, and that makes you uncomfortable, you can try to change your seat.

Once in L.A., we boarded the shuttle bus to pick up our rental car — careful to wear our masks and staying socially distanced from other riders, as required. We did not wipe down the car interior.

The experts say: It's not critical to wipe down rental cars. “There is very little [in terms of the COVID-19 virus] that you can catch from surfaces,” Greenough says.

Checking into our hotel on the beach in Santa Monica was a breeze. The Shore Hotel required everyone to wear masks and to social distance indoors. When we checked into our room, we were too tired to wipe down the nightstand, the TV remote and the bathroom.

The experts say: It's not necessary to wipe down surfaces to avoid COVID-19 (but note that TV remotes and other high-touch amenities are famously germy in general).


Since we still had a few hours until sunset, we drove to Venice Beach to stroll the boardwalk and chose to eat dinner at a restaurant with outdoor seating.

The experts say: Eating outdoors is the least risky choice, though the CDC says that those who are fully vaccinated can safely dine indoors. Do what makes you comfortable.

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Because of the pandemic, Rachel's graduation was a drive-in event, held at the sprawling outdoor parking lot at the Los Angeles County Fair Grounds in Pomona, with the ceremony projected on a big screen. While we didn't have to sit in the car the whole time, we did wear our masks when we were out, because that was required by the school. Rachel could cross the stage maskless to receive her diploma. Our family enjoyed a maskless group hug after Rachel returned to the car.

The experts say: Cal Poly did it right. And regardless of CDC guidance, we were right to follow the stricter protocols set forth by the institution.

The last day was all about the beach. We drove to Paradise Cove, a semi-private beach in Malibu. We were socially distant from other sun worshippers and felt comfortable not wearing our masks. Yes, two of us left with sunburns.

The experts say: We did good. Because we were fully vaccinated, we were safe going maskless on the beach, says Suh.

But we should have worn more sunblock.

Travel tips for the fully vaccinated

  • Be sure to stay on top of the COVID-19-related protocols for your destination. They may vary from the CDC's guidance, and may change before or while you're there.
  • Know your local COVID-19-related requirements. While most states have dropped their quarantine and testing requirements for travelers or residents returning from out of state, a few (Hawaii and Alaska) still require or recommend testing upon arrival or return.
  • Bring a mask with you wherever you go on your travels. You never know when an individual business may require face coverings, and you will still need it on public transportation.
  • Be patient. You may find longer lines at airports as more people return to flying and slower customer service in some hot destinations where they've had trouble with staffing. Go with the flow.
  • Don't get distracted by unnecessary precautions, like wiping surface areas with disinfectant; the coronavirus is an airborne threat.

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10 DOs And DON'Ts When You Travel Abroad

Being a tourist is, on the whole, safe—providing you take common-sense precautions about where you go and how you conduct yourself. Some parts of any city are more dangerous than others, just as some cities and countries are more dangerous than others.

See: 10 Least Dangerous Countries for Tourists

Read up before you go on what you are likely to find when you get to wherever it is you are going, so you don't arrive as unprepared as São Paulo police think some tourists visiting the FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil will be. Once at your destination, blend in as best you can. Stand in the middle of the street in Mogadishu wearing a Hawaiian shirt and brandishing $100 bills and you are asking for trouble.

Our travel tested rule of thumb is that if any situation starts to feel uncomfortable, just apologize and walk away sooner rather than later.

Here are 10 DOs and 10 DON'Ts that should serve any traveler well:

  • Don't carry and flash large sums of cash, nor exchange money at dubious-looking places or with individuals on the street.  
  • Don't look like a tourist by dressing like one, appearing lost or consulting a map in public.
  • Don't walk with a bag slung loosely over one shoulder, and keep your bag on the opposite side of you from the road to forestall a thief on a bike from snatching it.
  • Don't carry a backpack that looks like luggage.
  • Don't visit dangerous locations, or walk in unfamiliar, isolated or dimly lit areas, especially at night.
  • Don't leave valuable items in public view; that includes your passport as much as your iPhone.
  • Don't drive an obvious rental car, the more nondescript the better; keep maps and travel brochures out of sight in the glove compartment.
  • Don't park anywhere but a well lit place, don't leave valuables in sight (lock them in the trunk), and don't pick-up hitchhikers.
  • Don't keep your vehicle and house or hotel keys on the same key ring.
  • Don't store cash, jewelry, medicine or other valuables in your luggage, and never leave your luggage unattended, even for a brief moment.
  • Do be aware of your surroundings, and watch for suspicious people or vehicles.
  • Do use cash substitutes such as traveler's checks or credit cards, and only carry as much money as you immediately need.
  • Do lock up valuables you are not taking with you in a safe in your room or use your hotel's safe-deposit box services to store them; and lock the windows and doors your hotel room when going out.
  • Do make a note of your passport number; if it becomes lost or stolen, knowing the number will speed up getting a replacement.
  • Do make a note of your credit-card numbers and the phone number to call in case you need to report it stolen and cancel it.
  • Do dress appropriately for your surroundings as much as you can; looking more like a local makes you less of a mark than looking like an obvious tourist.
  • Do put a band around your luggage as a safeguard against pilferage while in transit; suitcase locks are no barrier to a professional thief.
  • Do travel with companions while sightseeing or shopping; there is safety in numbers.
  • Do keep vehicle doors locked and windows rolled up when driving.
  • Do be alert for staged distractions, such as someone bumping into you, spilling a drink on you, dropping something in front of you or causing a loud commotion; an accomplice can steal your valuables and walk away while you are momentarily distracted.

One final piece of advice: Don't become a tourist offender. Don't solicit prostitutes, buy illegal drugs, or attempt to smuggle goods out of the country. 

Travel safely.

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Kids rule the airport!

Traveling with children. Those words can strike fear in the hearts of even seasoned travelers. How does one prepare for the ‘excitement’ of bringing young travelers to the airport? We have the answer to three of the most common issues.

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Do’s and Don’ts to Keep in Mind While Travelling

Do's and Don'ts to Keep in Mind While Travelling

The exciting feeling of the ‘journey’ begins ever since you start packing your travel luggage. Flying off to your dream destination can never get out in words. Only another travel enthusiast can understand the gratifying feelings and emotions you have for this activity. Traveling is not just about getting immersed in the picture-perfect surrounding, but it indulges you in creating beautiful memories.

For would-be travelers, here’s presenting the list of dos and don’ts that you need to keep in mind while traveling.

Some Dos While Traveling

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  • Do carry a DSLR or SLR camera with you
  • Do take extra time in identifying the packing essentials
  • Do stay away from suspicious people and vehicles (irrespective of traveling in a group or solo)
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  • Organize your medicines using a pill organizer. It will help you manage your medication properly while travelling, the ones from Ikigai Cases would be a great option.
  • Do have a cash substitute like checks or even credit cards for travelers
  • Do carry the sufficient amount of money you require (neither more than that nor less than that)
  • Do lock your valuables in your hotel room safely and lock windows & doors while going out
  • Do note down the passport number; if and when it gets lost, you can get a replacement easily
  • Do remember the credit-card numbers & phone number to call when emergencies arrive
  • Do maintain traveling etiquettes like having street food, immersing in local cultures, and being polite & kind
  • Do put a luggage band around the luggage to safeguard against pilferage while in transit
  • Do visit shopping destinations to collect souvenirs
  • Do stay alert for the staged distractions like someone bumping, spilling drinks on you, dropping things in front of you, or even causing loud commotions

Some Don’ts While Traveling

  • Don’t carry more than required cash
  • Do not portray as if you don’t know anything about the place (even if you don’t always consult the map)
  • Don’t carry the backpack, which looks like a luggage
  • Don’t visit the dangerous locations alone; always take the tour guide with you if you consider places unfamiliar & isolated
  • Don’t leave your valuable items in public views like your camera, wallet (passport and credit cards), and phone
  • Do not drive some obvious rental car
  • Do not park the car and leave the valuables inside or at the sight of suspects
  • Don’t keep the vehicle & house or even the hotel keys on the same key ring
  • Do not forget carrying a first aid box alongside
  • Do not leave your medicines at home
  • Do not carry expensive jewelry in an unsafe manner
  • Do not dress in such a way that locals consider you different (it’s travel etiquette)
  • Do not forget to greet the people in a nice gesture
  • If you plan to go hiking, do take your hiking gear and equipment with you
  • Do not forget carrying your selfie stand to take surreal pictures
  • Do not carry one pair of shoes (carry at least two)
  • Do not lose temper in front of the hotel or public (always remember you are in a different city)

Remember, whatever you’re doing in a different city, you’re always a tourist. Never become a tourist offender, thus! Hopefully, these are the dos and don’ts you need to keep in mind while traveling.

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Ask people what are some of the top travel safety dos and don’ts and the answers might surprise you. Some will say terrorist attacks. In fact, according to NBC News, you are more likely to choke on food, die from being buried alive, or being struck by lightning than you are to be involved in a terrorist attack.

Others will say car accidents. That’s getting close, but still not exactly correct.

This post is written by someone who DID NOT avoid illness, injury or theft while traveling. So, learn from my mistakes.

I recently had the opportunity to speak with James Page, Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and Head of Assistance and Claims of AIG Travel* and an expert on the dos and don’ts while traveling.

Mr. Page shared a wealth of information on the top causes of injury and illness while traveling and how to avoid them along with other travel safety tips.

During my lifetime of travel, I’ve seen – and experienced – many such examples. I share a few here, interspersed with Mr. Page’s advice.

It turns out, the single most common cause of injury while traveling is poor judgment , and poor judgment manifests itself in many ways.

Top Travel Safety Dos and Don’ts

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Don’t think you’re superwoman (or superman).

Believing that you can just jump on any vehicle and tour a new location without any proper instruction is the number one activity that causes injuries while traveling.

You know what I’m talking about; the cool scooter tours in Vietnam, the jet skis in Cancun or, in my unbelievably dumb judgment, the whitewater rafting trip down the Zambezi where I almost drowned.

Understand the vehicle you are maneuvering and know the route. Wear protective gear. Secure proper instruction or don’t do it.

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Use alcohol wisely

Of all the travel safety dos and don’ts, alcohol-related ones are the most obvious.

Now here is a lethal cocktail; excessive alcohol and poor judgment. As a wine lover myself, far be it from me to eschew a glass of sauvignon blanc, but overindulge, especially while traveling and you’re looking for trouble.

The second most common reason for injury like falling off balconies, decks, ships or horses are frequently linked to alcohol consumption.

Know your limits!

The third top cause of injury while traveling is something that we’re all at least a little guilty of…venturing beyond our physical limits. In other words, know your limits and stay within them.

If you are out of breath after climbing a flight of stairs, you probably shouldn’t hike to Everest base camp. If your knee hurts while walking the dog, it’s going to hurt a lot more hiking the Appalachian Trail. Know your limits when considering the travel safety dos and don’ts.

Beware the transfer trauma

Here is one that surprised me. Transfer traumas! What’s a transfer trauma? It’s when you step off a bus, train or ferry, if you don’t watch where you place your foot, you can experience a nasty fall. I can see that. Think about it.

Ever try getting off a subway train with those huge gaps to the platform? I’m surprised these injuries are not higher up on the list.

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Don’t feed the animals

Here is one of the classic causes of injury while traveling; mishaps when approaching animals. Been there, done that (I’m raising my hand). I am guilty of one of the biggest travel safety DON’TS… feeding the monkeys.

In my defense I will say that the monkeys I fed were really cute. Look at these guys! Would you have done the same thing? Still. I realize now that’s a bad idea, especially after The Great Monkey Attack of Angkor Wat.

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Continue your normal medical routine

I laughed when I read this one. “Medical conditions do not disappear when you are traveling!” Seriously, are you surprised? Your high blood pressure and cholesterol do not magically disappear while you are on vacation.

You still need to take your medications and watch your dietary intake. This is really a major “travel safety DO ” that many travelers ignore,

The mother of all travel safety dos and don’ts: Wash your hands

Wash your hands… a lot. Over and over and over. This little habit grows on you. Something as simple as this can prevent you getting any number of afflictions.

My husband carries around a little container of antiseptic gel and uses it a lot. I made fun of him for years for being overcautious until I read that this is one of the easiest way to avoid illness. This is one of the major DOs in the travel dos and don’ts.

Pay attention!

Travel safety dos and don’t are easy to follow if you pay attention. We’ve all seen videos of people falling into ditches, manholes or escalators while looking at their cellphones. It’s a thing, all right. Watch where you are walking! Store your selfie sticks until you get to wherever you’re going to take your photo. Ignoring standard safety measures to take better photos is an accident waiting to happen.

Consider what you eat.

Eating exotic cuisine, or food you are not used to, is a top cause of illness while traveling. Now, one man’s “exotic” is another man’s daily bread.

I have eaten everything from iguanas, crickets and ant eggs in Mexico, to sheep eyeballs in Mongolia to things too bizarre to mention in Beijing and actually enjoyed (or at least tolerated) everyone of them, but I’ve been doing this all my life.

Do people build up a resistance to weird food? Maybe. But perhaps people who have never encountered exotic or unusual food should pace themselves. It’s not just what the foods are, but how they are prepared that can cause stomach issues.

The last thing you want is stomach issues on a trip. I speak from experience.

Wash fruit before you eat it

I got horribly sick from eating a big, fat, beautiful (but unwashed) peach in Dubrovnik. I was in a hurry to catch the bus to Split. I knew I SHOULD wash that peach, but it looked so appealing. I was running out of time and I was hungry so I bit into it.

Four hours later when I got off the bus I thought I was going to die. I spent the entire visit to Split in my Airbnb projectile vomiting so bad I made “The Exorcist” look tame by comparison.

Washing the peach would have been the easiest travel safety DO to follow.

Like many things related to traveling, you have to weigh the pros and cons. Experimenting with different cuisines is one of the great pleasures of traveling.

Don’t deprive yourself from trying new food because you think you might get sick. But do evaluate the condition of the restaurant. Don’t be shy about asking how the food is prepared. Finally, use your best judgment.

Below are a couple of activities that I can vouch for as being accidents waiting to happen. We all like to try our hand at adventurous and strenuous activities when we travel , sometimes with no prior experience.

Examples include rock climbing, zip-lining, parasailing or my favorite, whitewater rafting. They are all dangerous but they are SO MUCH FUN!! How do you reconcile this?

All I can say is get proper instruction, check weather conditions, make sure you have the proper gear, or don’t do it at all. Jeopardizing your body or your health is not worth it under any circumstances.

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Whether you decide to be foolish or prudent while traveling, always, always, always get travel insurance because seriously guys, you never know.

What surprised me about these safety dos and don’ts of traveling is how simple it is to follow them. It’s all common sense and sober (pun intended) judgment. A little preplanning goes a long way towards safe travels.

  • * As Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and Head of Assistance and Claims of AIG Travel, James Page has global responsibility for the AIG Travel Operations and Assistance Services. Previously, he was President of AIG Travel Assist, Inc., and President of American International Assistance Services, Inc. James joined AIG in 2000 and has played an integral role in the development and growth of the assistance business and call center operations worldwide.

What do everyday frequent travelers do to stay safe while traveling ? We asked a few frequent travelers to give us a list of their travel safety dos and don’ts . The answers may surprise you. Check out these valuable travel safety tips.

A couple of good travel safety dos and don’ts can make all the difference between a great hassle-free trip and getting ripped off.

Travel Safety Dos and Don’ts from Frequent Travelers

Sew secret pockets into your clothes.

Find a seamstress to sew secret pockets inside of your favorite travel pants (or do it yourself if you’re crafty). That way, you can hide your phone, passport, or wads of cash whenever you’re passing through sketchy areas.

You wouldn’t believe the freedom and peace of mind this brings—even if nothing bad ever happens!

If you want to take it a step further, you can hide your valuables in your secret pocket while carrying a fake wallet and cheap Nokia phone in your normal pockets. This way, you’ll have something to hand over if you get robbed.

The reality is, most thieves aren’t going to believe you’re walking around without a phone or wallet. And if they do, it might piss them off (something you’re best off avoiding).

Tip: Before sewing everything together, make sure your valuables (passport, phone, money and cards) fit inside. The idea is for the pocket to be as low-profile as possible so there are no noticeable bulges anywhere.

Lastly, I wouldn’t recommend storing anything in these pockets when you’re going through airports. If security decides to pat you down, they might find your secret pockets a bit suspicious.

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Mitch Glass blogs at Project Untethered .

Make copies of your ID and passport

You never know when your passport or ID might get stolen or misplaced. By making two copies, you can give one to a friend or relative and keep the other with you while you travel.

If you’re a U.S. citizen or national traveling abroad, you can enroll in the Smart Traveler Program for free for an added level of travel safety. If you are abroad, you can enroll at the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate, which can assist you if you lose or have your passport stolen.

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Stymie pickpockets

Pickpockets are an inevitable hazard while traveling. You’ll find them and travel scams in all big, bustling cities throughout the world. 

You’ll find pickpockets anywhere tourists congregate and transmit the fact that they are tourists by reading maps in the street, carrying prominently displayed camera equipment, using their phones in public or staring up at skyscrapers with mouth agape.

Pickpockets are increasingly sophisticated and we must be equally adept at stopping them. Here’s how.

Use a money belt, ankle belt or some other accessory to keep a large part of your valuables while traveling

Don’t keep all your money in one location. Split it up; wallet, money belt, other hidden location.

Know where pickpockets congregate; metro, train and bus stations, airports, entertainment venues, any crowded location.

Be alert to any commotion which can frequently be a diversion to pickpocket you.

Don’t display valuables; jewelry, electronic devices, cash, wallet.

There are so many other ways to stymie pickpockets.

Perhaps the best DO of the dos and don’t while traveling is just being alert and acknowledging to yourself that this can happen is a good start.

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Talek blogs at Travels With Talek

Travel with a dog

My rescue dog Annie is a wonderful travel companion. She never complains about my choice of music on the car stereo, she is always happy to go out hiking (even if it is raining) and she never complains about where we stay the night, as long as she is by my side she is happy!

She also helps me to feel safer when I am visiting new places as a solo female traveller. Okay, she is no guard dog, she doesn’t actually have an aggressive bone in her body, and I don’t travel with her for safety reasons but that doesn’t stop me feeling like she is an extra layer of security.

She does alarm bark and I imagine pick pockets may be less likely to approach someone with a dog by their side!

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Gemma blogs at A Girl and Her Dog on the Road .

Don’t draw attention to yourself

One of our favorite travel safety tips is trying to blend in. If you look like you’re from out of town, you are a much bigger target for crime.

Blend in as much as you can by wearing inconspicuous clothing and only looking at maps when necessary. It’s also a good idea to be careful about who you ask for directions so that someone doesn’t take advantage of you.

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Travel dos and don’t to t ake precautions to avoid theft

Losing my valuables is one of my biggest worries while travelling. As a blogger, I travel with expensive camera equipment, along with regular valuables like cash and passports. To avoid my fears coming true, here are some tips I use to keep valuables safe:

Lock everything up that you don’t need while you’re out exploring. Most hostels and hotels have lock boxes inside the rooms where you can store your valuables. If the room doesn’t have a lockbox, you can ask the front desk to store your valuables in the lockbox there.

When locking away valuables, be sure to use your own locks. Often the locks provided by hotels can be cheap and easily broken into. I bring two locks with me while travelling: one for storing my belongings at the hotel, and another to carry with me.

When I take any valuables out with me, especially in populated areas, I lock my bag to deter anyone who might try to pickpocket me. As an extra precaution, I carry my bag in front of me in crowded areas.

Try to avoid having your valuables show in public. I once had someone grab my iPhone right out of my hand!

Last but not least, purchase travel insurance that covers theft of personal belongings. This brings peace of mind that even if something unfortunate happens, you will at least get reimbursed for the monetary value of the items.

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Lora Pope blogs at Explore with Lora .

Don’t trust public WiFi

Another way to stay safe while traveling is avoiding public WiFi when you travel. Why? Using it makes it very easy for hackers to steal your personal information, like credit card numbers. This travel safety tip has become increasingly important.

To protect your identity, you can always sign up for something called a VPN (virtual private network) that will allow you to securely connect to the Internet.

You can also get a portable router to set up your own WiFi hotspot. It will allow you to convert any wired connection, say in your hotel room, to a secure wireless one.

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Always bring snacks and drinks for emergencies

When on the road, travelers often find themselves needing to take long bus rides. Whether the trip is three hours or a long-haul overnight ride, I always recommend bringing bus snacks and drinks in case of emergency.

You just never know when you’ll be stuck somewhere for long hours if an unexpected event happens on your ride. I’ve been in situations where buses and trains that were supposed to take only four hours lasted up to eight, and I’ve seen people get stuck for ten hours in traffic jams.

This is especially common in developing countries or places where the roads are two-lane mountain roads. Even in situations where you would normally expect to stop, you may find yourself without the right currency to make a purchase.

My recommendation is to bring a bottle of water or two, and enough snacks that you can go at least two meals without a problem. Hopefully you won’t end up needing these, but you need to always be prepared when circumstances would otherwise be out of your control.

You also need to pack these inside of your carry on so that they aren’t visible. There are some bus companies that do not allow food and drink. In this situation, you would only be busting them out in case of emergency. But better safe than sorry, and if they see them they may force you to throw them out.

Great bus snacks are anything that comes pre-packaged and won’t cause an annoying smell for other passengers or make a mess for the driver. And of course, always clean up after yourself before you go.

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Stephanie Craig blogs at Sofia Adventures .

Password-protect phones and add tracking tools

Our smartphones store so much personal information, such as emails, credit card information, and bank accounts. By adding a passcode to your phone, it makes it very difficult for a thief to open your phone and steal your sensitive information.

Some phones offer fingerprint IDs and face recognition, adding an extra layer of security for when you travel.

You should also turn on location tracking and install software that will wipe your phone so that you can track it down or destroy all of your data if it’s ever stolen when you’re traveling.

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Travel with a Pacsafe

In the world where safety is not guaranteed everywhere we travel to, keeping yourself and your valuables safe is paramount. But how do you make sure that you don’t fall a victim to the country’s insecurity? My all-time favorite tip to keep my items safe is to always carry a Pacsafe or the most appropriate Pacsafe product for your needs.

Commonly known as an anti-theft travel product, a Pacsafe will guarantee the safety of your valuable items you might have traveled with. (Although it’s not advisable to travel with valuable items, sometimes you just have to travel with your really expensive camera to capture the best moments)

Regardless of how secure your hotel might seem like, a Pacsafe is a must-have to lock away your valuables, passport, and some extra cash. (The amount of items you can keep in a Pacsafe depends on its size, so remember to purchase a Pacsafe size that suits your needs).

A Pacsafe comes with a wire which you can fasten around the hotel chair or bed. Although it is unlikely that someone would break into your hotel room, it is better to take precautions rather than being sorry.

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Esther Namugerwa blogs at The Adventurous Feet .

Learn about your destination before your trip

Part of the excitement about travel is the planning! So while you are researching the best places to stay and eat and your bucket list activities, take a look at the travel safety information for where you’re headed. How safe are your accommodations?

Are there any local health issues you need to concern yourself with? What will be your main mode of transportation? Which neighborhoods are the safest, and which should you avoid?

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An underrated travel safety tip: The importance of proper sleep technique.

We know one of the most important dos of the dos and don’t while traveling is being alert. Not getting enough sleep while you travel can lead to not paying enough attention to your surroundings and bad judgement.

Of course this can also make you groggy and sluggish when you want to be alert to enjoy your vacation.

Whether you’re traveling a few hours from home or across the country, sleeping away from home can be a challenge. Yet, you need to sleep to enjoy your travels.

Sleep keeps your immune system strong, clarifies your thinking, and stabilizes your appetite and metabolism. That’s going to give you the energy to do all you’ve got planned. Here are a few ways you can sleep better when you’re on the road.

To better understand the effects of sleeplessness, I spoke to Alicia Sanchez, a researcher for the sleep science hub with a specialty in health and wellness. Her suggestions follow.

Sleeping well while traveling is a travel safety tip

Adjust Your Sleep Schedule in Advance

If you’re only traveling one or two time zones, you can probably move on to the next tip. However, if you’ll be three, four, or more time zones away, shifting your sleep schedule can alleviate  jet lag .

Start by moving your bedtime and wake up times 15 to 30 minutes closer to your planned bed and wake up times at your destination. This method is also more helpful if you’ll be in your location for longer than a week. Otherwise, by the time you get adjusted, it’s time to return home.

Bring a Piece of Home with You

Your body reacts to environmental signals. Bringing a few things from home that you normally use in your bedroom or in your bedtime routine can prepare your brain for sleep. A pillow or blanket that smells like home reminds your brain what to do at bedtime.

For some people, it could be bringing along their favorite pair of slippers. If you usually burn a candle in the evening, bring it along. Look for small items that can help your travel destination feel, sound, and smell more like home.

Create the Right Sleep Environment

You could be fighting unfamiliar sounds and smells along with jet lag. To help you sleep well while traveling, try to create a healthy sleep environment from the very beginning—one that’s cool, dark, and quiet.

Your body temperature drops at the onset of sleep and continues to fluctuate throughout the night until it starts to rise again near morning. Lower the room temperature to somewhere between 60 to 68 degrees to support your body’s nighttime needs.

Quiet can be hard to find if you’re visiting family or at an urban destination. Try bringing along a white noise machine. White noise contains a combination of all noises, which drowns out other sounds.

Limited space in your suitcase? Download a white noise app. Most apps have several noises to choose from, including nature sounds, the hum of an airplane cabin, the whir of a hairdryer, and the tumble of a clothes dryer.

Light can also be a major sleep disrupter. At home, you can install blackout curtains or heavy drapes, but you don’t have that option on the road. Close the curtains, draw the blinds, and do what you can to keep light out at night.

If you’re not sure what kind of accommodations you’ll have, pack a sleep mask. You might want to try it out before you go to make sure you’ll be able to sleep with it on.

Move Your Body and Get Outside

Exercising and getting outside are incredibly valuable if you’re suffering from jet lag. You need to stay awake when it’s light outside to help your body adjust to local time.

Embracing sunlight is a great travel safety tip

Your eyes have special photoreceptors that absorb sunlight and send messages to the brain to suppress sleep hormones. What better way to do that than a morning or afternoon walk to help you sleep well while traveling?

Exercise helps you stay awake when you’re sleepy. If you’re traveling far enough from home, it might be beneficial to fill your first day with tours and other scheduled activities, so you keep moving.

You’ll be tempted to nap, but if you’ve got a lunch reservation and a museum tour ahead, you won’t have time for it.

Eat on a Regular Schedule

Light isn’t the only way your body times your sleep cycle. Your eating schedule does too. You may not be able to eat meals at your regular times, but do try to eat them at regular intervals. Doing so can help your body adjust to local time and help you sleep better on the road. Eating on a regular schedule is a key DO in the collection of dos and don’ts while traveling.

Be Consistent Before, During, and After Your Trip

Establish a bedtime routine long before you leave home. Bedtime routines serve two purposes—to trigger the start of the sleep cycle and relax the body before bed. You need both of those when you’re away from home.

If you normally change into your pajamas, brush your teeth, and read a book before falling asleep, your brain will recognize that pattern even when you’re in an unfamiliar bedroom. However, to be effective, you have to have that pattern established long before you leave.

Once you have a pattern, follow it during your trip, and keep it long after so that you’re set for your next adventure.

Travel enriches and feeds the soul. Plan in advance, and make sure to pack a comfort item to help you sleep. Make the effort to get better rest, so you can fully enjoy everything your destination has to offer.

Alicia Sanchez is a researcher for the sleep science hub with a specialty in health and wellness. A Nashville native, Alicia finds the sound of summer storms so soothing that she still sleeps with recorded rain on her white noise machine.

More Travel Safety Dos and Don’ts for a Safe Trip

Register with your Embassy prior to travel. If you are a U.S. citizen, consider enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to download the Smart Traveler app for important emergency information and register with the local embassy. Know the security risk level of your destination.

Ensure your phone is able to make calls to your home country and that you know how to place an emergency call in a foreign countr y

Leave a copy of your passport and itinerary with someone at home who is designated as your emergency contact registered with the embassy.

Confirm if you need any vaccinations before you travel and be educated about the risks of your destination including water, streets, proper gestures, etc.

OMG! Don’t pack medication or medical equipment in your checked baggage. Take your meds on your carry-on with you.

Have your passport with you when you take a cruise, even if you depart from the US. You never know when you will need to disembark due to an emergency and travel home.

Carry your passport when necessary.

Educate yourself on insurance; does your primary health insurance cover you outside the US? Are you purchasing appropriate coverage for travel insurance based on your destination?

Know how to say a few key words such as “police” and “help” in the language of the country you are visiting.

The same common-sense rules apply overseas. Avoid discussing sensitive topics like politics and religion. People often will give foreigners’ faux-pas some leeway, but then again, they may not.

Don’t forget to carry chargers for your digital devices. Don’t risk running out of batteries in an emergency.

Prepare a list of your emergency contacts including family, friends and coworkers, as well as contact information for insurance and emergency travel assistance. Keep both hard and digital copies.

Activate travel notices with your bank and credit cards ; familiarize yourself with local currency and the closest banks and ATMs.

Here is a selection of travel safety books for your reference. What are your favorite travel safety dos and don’ts ? Let us know in the comments.

If you like this post, you will enjoy these other articles with essential travel safety dos and don’ts for your next trip:

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What are your favorite travel safety dos and don’ts? Let us know in the comments.

Updated February 10, 2023

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Talek Nantes

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8 thoughts on “travel safety dos and don’ts: an expert’s guide to avoiding illness, injury and theft while traveling”.

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This is an informative article. All of the above information is important to know while traveling. Thanks, for sharing this article.

Thank you so mush for your kind comments. I am glad this post was useful.

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It is a really really nice valuable travel tip and advice. Thank you for the article.

Thanks! I’m glad you found it helpful.

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I just returned from Rwanda and Zanzibar and followed most of your Do’s and Don’t for safe and healthy traveling. I am a seasoned traveler, but made the mistake of thinking that I was more fit than I was when Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park. The altitude affected my breathing and the step terrain with muddy conditions slowed my accent so that I was holding up my group who was always waiting for me to catch up. It was a once in a lifetime experience, but I doubt that I would attempt the trek if I had known how difficult it was going to be. Know your limits is now on top of my list!

Hi, Christine: Yes, I hear you! Been there too (not to Zanzibar, but over-exerted.) One suggestion is to travel with a group of people your age so everyone is more or less at a similar pace. Ruanda and Zanzibar are on my bucket list. Thank you for sharing and commenting. Talek

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Road Trip Essentials: The Do’s And Don’ts

Published: September 5, 2023

Modified: September 26, 2023

by Michelle Bolick

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Planning a road trip can be an exhilarating experience. The anticipation of exploring new destinations, soaking in breathtaking scenery, and creating memories with friends and family is truly exciting. However, to ensure a smooth and enjoyable journey, it’s essential to have the right tools and knowledge at your disposal. In this article, we will dive into the do’s and don’ts of road trips, discussing the essential tips and tricks to maximize your travel experience.

Embarking on a road trip allows you the freedom to explore at your own pace and enables you to veer off the beaten path, discovering hidden gems along the way. Whether you are a seasoned road tripper or a first-timer, it’s crucial to be prepared for any situation. From packing the right essentials to knowing what to avoid, these do’s and don’ts will help ensure a successful and stress-free adventure.

So, buckle up, roll down the windows, and get ready for an unforgettable journey. Let’s delve into the do’s and don’ts of road trips, from essential items to avoidable pitfalls, ensuring your road trip is everything you dreamed of and more.

When it comes to road trips, there are several essential things that you should do to maximize your experience. Here are the top do’s to keep in mind:

  • Plan your route: Before hitting the road, take the time to plan your route. Research the destinations you want to visit, mark interesting stops along the way, and estimate driving times. Planning ahead allows you to make the most of your time and ensures you don’t miss out on must-see attractions.
  • Bring a road trip essentials kit: Pack a well-stocked essentials kit that includes a first aid kit, flashlight, spare tire, jumper cables, and basic tools. It’s also a good idea to include a portable phone charger and a physical map in case you lose signal or GPS navigation fails.
  • Stay hydrated and nourished: It’s essential to stay hydrated and energized during your road trip. Pack plenty of water and healthy snacks to keep you fueled and focused on the road ahead. Avoid excessive consumption of sugary beverages and junk food, as they can lead to energy crashes.
  • Take breaks and stretch: Long hours on the road can take a toll on your body. Make a habit of taking regular breaks to stretch your legs, relax, and rejuvenate. Not only will it make the journey more comfortable, but it also reduces the risk of fatigue and improves alertness.
  • Capture memories: Road trips are filled with exciting moments and beautiful sights. Don’t forget to capture these memories by taking photos and videos along the way. Whether it’s a stunning landscape or a funny roadside attraction, these visual keepsakes will allow you to relive the adventure long after it ends.
  • Embrace spontaneity: While it’s important to plan your route and have a general itinerary, don’t be afraid to embrace spontaneity. Some of the best road trip experiences come from unexpected detours and spontaneous adventures. Allow room for flexibility in your plans and be open to new opportunities that may arise.

By following these do’s, you will be well-prepared and ready to embark on an incredible road trip adventure. From proper planning to staying nourished and flexible, these tips will help ensure a fantastic journey.


While road trips are full of excitement and adventure, there are some common pitfalls that you should avoid to ensure a smooth journey. Here are some important don’ts to keep in mind:

  • Don’t overpack: It can be tempting to pack everything you think you might need for the trip, but overpacking can lead to a cramped and uncomfortable car. Pack only the essentials and be mindful of the limited space available.
  • Don’t rely solely on GPS: GPS navigation systems are convenient and reliable, but they can occasionally lead you astray. Always carry physical maps and familiarize yourself with the route beforehand to avoid any unnecessary detours or delays.
  • Don’t drive long hours without rest: Fatigue is one of the leading causes of accidents during road trips. Avoid driving for extended periods without proper rest. Take breaks, switch drivers if possible, and get enough sleep to stay alert and focused behind the wheel.
  • Don’t ignore maintenance: Before setting off on your road trip, make sure your vehicle is in good condition. Check the tire pressure, oil level, and brakes. It’s also essential to schedule any necessary maintenance or inspections to avoid unexpected breakdowns.
  • Don’t rush: Road trips are about enjoying the journey, so avoid the temptation to rush through it. Take the time to soak in the sights, explore the surroundings, and embrace the experience. Remember, the goal is to create lasting memories, not to rush from point A to point B.
  • Don’t disregard local rules and regulations: Each destination along your road trip may have different rules and regulations. Familiarize yourself with local laws regarding speed limits, parking, and any specific restrictions. This will help you avoid unnecessary fines or legal trouble.

By keeping these don’ts in mind, you can avoid common road trip pitfalls and ensure a safe and enjoyable journey. From not overpacking to taking proper breaks and adhering to local regulations, these tips will help you make the most of your adventure.

Embarking on a road trip is an exciting and liberating experience, providing the opportunity to explore new destinations, create unforgettable memories, and embrace the freedom of the open road. By following the do’s and avoiding the don’ts of road trips, you can ensure a smooth and enjoyable journey.

Planning your route, packing the essentials, and staying hydrated and nourished are crucial components of a successful road trip. Additionally, taking breaks, capturing memories, and embracing spontaneity will enhance your adventure and make it even more memorable.

On the flip side, avoiding overpacking, relying solely on GPS, driving for extended periods without rest, and disregarding vehicle maintenance are essential don’ts to keep in mind. By being mindful of these pitfalls, you can reduce the risks of discomfort, accidents, and unnecessary stress.

Remember, the purpose of a road trip is not just to reach your destination but to savor the journey itself. Take the time to appreciate the beautiful scenery, engage with the local culture, and make connections along the way. Embrace the unknown and allow yourself to be swept up in the magic of the road trip experience.

So, gather your travel companions, buckle up, and set off on an adventure of a lifetime. Follow the do’s and don’ts outlined in this article, and you’ll be well-prepared to make the most of your road trip, creating cherished memories that will last a lifetime.


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36 Hours in Durham, N.C.

By Ingrid K. Williams Updated Nov. 2, 2023

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The evolution of Durham from a faded tobacco town to a diverse cultural and culinary destination has been years in the making. But the ongoing development of this central North Carolina city seems to have reached a new stage. The resurgent downtown area — long a transitional neighborhood with pockets of progress — is now brimming with new restaurants, boutiques, bars and breweries. And while construction continues apace amid the historic brick warehouses , tobacco factories and textile mills — for good and ill — visitors today have reason to venture farther afield, to emerging hotspots in East Durham and the Old Five Points neighborhood. This season, only the brilliant fall foliage can compete with all the terrific food, drink and local color there is to discover across Dur’m, as residents affectionately call the dynamic Bull City.


  • The Nasher Museum of Art , on Duke University's Central Campus, presents rotating exhibitions, including a current exhibition curated by ChatGPT.
  • Saltbox Seafood Joint serves fresh, seasonal seafood caught off the North Carolina coast, along with honey-drizzled hush puppies.
  • Mystic Farm & Distillery is a 22-acre bourbon distillery that offers weekend tours and free tastings of the label’s full range of spirits.
  • The Velvet Hippo is a lively new bar serving fruity slushies and creative cocktails on a rooftop downtown.
  • At the Sarah P. Duke Gardens , five miles of pathways wind past magnolias, blooming roses and a lake framed by vibrant foliage in the fall.
  • Bennett Place is a Civil War site, with a small on-site museum, where Union and Confederate generals negotiated the war’s largest troop surrender in the home of a local family.
  • At Eno River State Park and in West Point on the Eno , a city park five miles north of downtown, there are dozens of trails to choose from.
  • Ponysaurus Brewing Co. is a downtown craft brewery with crackling fire pits in a leafy garden strung with lights.
  • Ideal’s is a sandwich shop in East Durham with lines out the door at lunchtime.
  • Mike D’s BBQ , also in East Durham, is a new barbecue joint serving brisket and smoked beans.
  • Little Bull is a new restaurant in the Old Five Points neighborhood that serves dumplings stuffed with goat birria in a bowl of rich consomé.
  • Motorco Music Hall is a concert venue that also hosts dance parties.
  • Corpse Reviver is a cocktail bar in a former coffin shop.
  • Monuts is a bustling Ninth Street bakery and cafe that began as a tricycle vendor peddling doughnuts at the Durham Farmers’ Market.
  • Rose’s Noodles, Dumplings and Sweets is a former meat market and sweets shop that evolved into a casual East Asian-inspired eatery.
  • Durham Vintage Collective is a new and inviting second-hand shop downtown.
  • Chet Miller is a well-stocked gift shop with Durham-themed throw pillows, small-press travel guides, cookbooks from local chefs and jigsaw puzzles.
  • EUtopia Design opened downtown last year and sells Polish glassware and handcrafted ceramics.
  • Ella West Gallery is a sunny space that opened in August showcasing contemporary art.
  • Carolina Soul Records and Bull City Records are two spots to browse vinyl on Main Street.
  • For a small city, Durham has an impressive selection of cool hotels. Most notable is the Durham , a 53-room boutique property in a landmark building with midcentury modern architecture, mod décor and a scenic rooftop bar. Double rooms from around $240.
  • Unscripted Durham opened in the former Jack Tar Motel, another 1960s property that is now home to 74 modern guest rooms and a rooftop pool. Doubles from $189.
  • 21c Museum Hotel is a more contemporary option downtown with 125 rooms, an art-filled restaurant and an on-site art gallery. Doubles from $189.
  • Look for a short-term rental in Trinity Park, a leafy residential district between downtown and Duke University’s East Campus, a short walk from many restaurants, bars, breweries and music venues.
  • Downtown Durham is walkable but you’ll need a car to reach locations farther afield. If you don’t have your own, there are ride-share options, including Uber and Lyft . Buses also run throughout the city (and are free through June 2024).

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An earlier version of this article misstated the days that Monuts, a bakery and cafe, is open on the weekend. It is open on Saturdays, not Sundays.

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Dos and Don’ts for Tourists

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Tourism & tribal peoples

Travel gives people the choice to see unfamiliar cultures, traditions and ways of life, but within this freedom, lies the privilege of being able to choose how you go about it. Travellers thinking of visiting tribal areas need to think very carefully about the longterm effects on tribal peoples, not the fleeting thrill of the experience or the glory of the story once back home. If tourists do not travel responsibly to tribal areas, there is a real threat of tourism destroying the lives of tribal people across the globe. If you visit national parks or go on safari, be aware that you are supporting a model of “fortress conservation” which has seen millions of people worldwide illegally evicted from their ancestral homelands. The evictions are ongoing and they are destroying tribal communities. We urge you to find out if the “wilderness” you are visiting was once the home of tribal peoples. Were they evicted? If so, tell people what’s going on. The least you can do is raise these issues with park guards, officials, tour companies, etc. The case of India’s Jarawa tribe is an extreme example of how tourism can go wrong, with tour operators selling trips to the recently-contacted tribe in a version of a Human Safari. Promoting tours by using derogatory terms such as ‘primitive’, and advertising their ‘nakedness’ shows a clear lack of respect. Tour operators have no right to sell the Jarawa as part of a voyeuristic package, where their privacy and way of living is put in the glare of a stranger’s camera. Forcing them to dance in return for sweets and biscuits, for the amusement of onlookers, is only possible where they’re viewed as somehow less than fully human. Sadly, the existence of Human Safaris in the Andamans is not isolated, but replicated in other areas of India and around the world. It is crucial tourists boycott such unethical ‘attractions’, so there is no fuel in the market to drive such tasteless practices. Travel to peoples who aren’t in regular contact with outsiders must be avoided at all cost. It’s dangerous for everyone. Uncontacted tribal peoples are the most vulnerable societies on the planet. They have no resistance to diseases like flu and measles. It is not unusual for 50% of a tribe to be wiped out within a year of first contact. Three dos and don’ts for tourists visiting tribal areas: DO: 1. Research well before you go, and boycott unethical tours (unfortunately Survival is unable to recommend ethical tour operators) 2. Support firms that work closely with the people and share revenues fairly (Survival is unable to advise on this) 3. Respect the cultures and traditions of the people you are visiting DON ’T: 1. Treat tribal peoples as if they are primitive and backward 2. Visit areas where tribal peoples have been forced off their land 3. Objectify or take photos and films of tribal people, unless you are confident genuine consent has been given. Please see our filming guidelines for more information.

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Just about everyone has wanted to travel at some point, but taking off on a grand adventure can be intimidating. This is especially true for novice or first time travelers. Whether you are a veteran globetrotter or a student taking their first international trip, you will definitely need to do your research on your destination before leaving. What you need to pack and what you need to know will vary by location, but there are some rules about travel that do not change regardless of where you are headed. Here are the top eight traveling do’s and don’ts you need to know before setting out.

DO try the local cuisine.

Even the most adventurous traveler can balk at the idea of consuming some of the things they find on the menu in their destination. They might opt for options that they feel are safer either in that they are familiar options or that they seem less questionable on the nutritional and edibility scales. Food, however, is a huge part of culture. If you have taken the time to visit a new place, you need to try the food. Depending on the location, you might end up pointing blindly to something on a menu written in Hebrew and watching as the wait staff snickers ominously. You might also be able to have a lengthy conversation with your waitress about whether or not you will actually like fried crawdads. Even if you have no idea what is actually on your plate, try it. You might be baffled to find out later that the translucent strips you adored in Japan were jellyfish or that thing from Berlin you thought was nasty was actually wienerschnitzel.

If you have severe food allergies, you obviously need to take care to avoid eating those items. As such, learn the local words for such foods so you can convey “no peanuts, I am allergic” without needing to resort to interpretive dance. Otherwise, try everything. This does not just apply to foreign countries either. Plenty of tourists from New England have taken one look at creole cooking in Louisiana and fled. Put your adventurous hat on and try the food. If it makes you feel better, do not ask what you are eating until you decide if you like it or not.

DON’T dress like a tourist.

Sneakers with white socks, a fanny pack, a map and a t-shirt with the most recognizable landmark in the nation emblazoned on it — put together, these all scream “tourist.” They also tell savvy or unscrupulous locals that you are an easy target for scams, theft or overcharging. Your sneakers are probably your most reliable traveling shoes, but do your best to limit how overtly the rest of your outfit looks like that of a stereotypical tourist. Wear normal clothing and ditch the fanny pack. If you feel the need to keep your valuables more secure than simply in your pocket, opt for a small lanyard-style holder or neck wallet that you can tuck under your shirt. Keep only the most important things with you, such as your passport and phone, and lock the rest of your valuables in a safe in the hotel.

DO photocopy your passport.

Every international traveler’s worst nightmare is their passport being either stolen or lost. A photocopy of your passport might be enough to get you out of a sticky situation if your passport has been stolen or gone missing. If possible, memorize your passport number in addition to having a photocopy. Do not, however, count on your photocopy being enough to act as a normal passport. If your passport has been irreparably damaged, lost or stolen, call your nation’s nearest embassy to find out what you need to do to ensure your safety. You will most likely have to make a trip to the embassy in person. If for some reason you cannot reach your own nation’s embassy safely, be aware of which nation’s embassy is the next best bet for you. For Americans, the next best options are usually the British or Canadian embassies, but your own nation’s embassy or consulate is by far the best option.

DON’T take a nap as soon as you arrive.

If you are flying west to east, the odds are that you caught a red-eye. The theory of red-eye flights, of course, is that you spend the flight sleeping so you can function when you land. Anyone who has ever had an overnight flight knows that the idea of sleeping soundly on a plane is laughable. As such, almost everyone who has flown a red-eye, whether internationally or simply from one coast to the other, knows the feeling of landing in the airport exhausted, uncomfortable, irritable and willing to do just about anything in order to get some sleep.

You may not want to hear it, but that two hour nap you have been dreaming about since the plane took off is a very bad idea. When you land in a new time zone, your best bet is to get on the new schedule as quickly as possible. This means limiting yourself to a 30 or 60 minute nap when you were up all night traveling so you can go to bed at a reasonable local time or forcing yourself to go to bed at what your body clock says is an obscenely early time when you have flown east to west. It may make for an unpleasant afternoon, but getting on local time as soon as possible will help limit your jet lag and make your vacation far more enjoyable.

DO your research before leaving.

Whenever you are going somewhere new, it will behoove you to have done some basic research before you head out for your adventure. Otherwise, you might end up having more of an adventure than you planned on. Read up on the local customs so that you can avoid being the tourist everyone remembers for their terrible manners. This is true whether you are traveling internationally or domestically. If you head to the South, for instance, you are going to get lots of glares for foul language or letting the door slam in the face of the person behind you. Stopping in the middle of the sidewalk in New York City, on the other hand, is sure to earn you the locals’ ire. If you are not fluent in the language of your destination, learn a few basic phrases as well as how they look when they are written. Being able to ask for directions to the train station will be invaluable if you get lost in Paris, and knowing the common kanji for “exit” and “bathroom” will ensure you are not wandering around Tokyo’s subway stations in complete confusion.

Be aware of any local customs or habits that differ significantly from your own. Asian countries, for example, often use “squatty potties” set into the floor instead of Western style “thrones.” This can be a nasty surprise for someone with poor leg strength and a desperate need to relieve themselves. Similarly, do some background reading on the European beaches before taking your family lest you stumble upon a topless beach by accident.

DON’T stick to touristy locations.

Tourist traps are tourist traps for a reason. Everyone who goes to Paris, after all, is determined to see the Eiffel Tower, and no one who visits China will be content without walking the Great Wall. Do not, however, limit yourself only to those obvious locations. If you are in Israel, do not remain solely in Jerusalem. Climb Masada, hike the Banias Nature Reserve and shop at Beersheva’s Bedouin market as well. Do not stay only on the Strip if you are in Vegas. Visit some of the lesser known places as well.

The best way to find hidden gems is to ask the locals. Explain that you do not want to visit more touristy locations. You want to know where they take their families or friends. Do this when you are hunting both for attractions and for restaurants. The local places are likely to be less crowded, less expensive and every bit as beautiful or delicious as the tourist traps.

DO pack for all weather.

Obviously, you want to check the weather for your destination when you are packing and plan accordingly. No one visiting Israel in June needs a winter coat, and no person planning to head to New York in December requires a pair of sandals. You might, however, need either a raincoat for that Israel trip, or plan to bring a pair of pumps for that night on Broadway in New York City. Packing light is the mantra of many world travelers, but you do need to be prepared for changes in weather or accidents. Some things you might be able to buy at your location. A scarf or hat can be found just about anywhere in the world as can an umbrella. Others you may have to pack yourself. After all, Tokyo may have a thousand shoe stores, but finding a set of heels to fit an American woman with size 11 feet will be a serious challenge. They may take up some room, but packing an extra pair of sneakers and a waterproof jacket could make the difference between enjoying and loathing the last few days of your trip.

DON’T be a jerk during transit.

Everyone who has traveled has a horror story about that jerk who made the entire journey miserable. Do not be that jerk. If you are flying to your destination, do not lean your seat all the way back when there is someone sitting behind you. If you are on an overnight bus and people are trying to sleep, do not carry on loud cell phone conversations or insist on turning on every light above your seat so you can read. All you are doing is making everyone else miserable. The actual act of getting to the destination is not something most people enjoy. That is no reason to make it worse for everyone around you.

Almost everyone has caught the travel bug at one point or another. Indulging it is a great way to broaden your horizons, just be sure that you know what you are getting into before you leave. It is one thing to fly by the seat of your pants when you are driving an hour to another city. It is another to get to a completely new place and realize you have no idea what to do. Even worse is coming home with the sense that your trip was wasted or unfulfilling. Do your research before you leave so that you can make the absolute most of those days you get to dedicate to a new adventure.

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Do’s and Don’ts while Visiting Moscow

Russia has become quite a popular space for people from all across the globe to come and spend their holidays. In a recent couple of years, there has been a huge growth in the tourism industry of Moscow. If you’re looking to travel to Moscow from an outside country then the first thing that you will need is a  Russian invitation and visa . Once you’ve access to the visa you will easily be able to enter the country.

Getting a visa for Russia to visit Moscow isn’t hard and you will be able to get it quite easily. If visiting Moscow then you will need to understand that there is a huge cultural difference between your country and Russia. Here in this article, we will be talking about all the dos and don’ts while visiting Moscow. 


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Choose the hotel at the right location

If you’re in Moscow and getting a good price at a hotel just outside the borders of Moscow then make sure you don’t end up booking it. Booking a hotel near the border of Moscow might end up costing you less than a hotel in the middle of town but you will end up spending a huge amount of money on travel.

Having a place to stay in the middle of town will give you the liberty to explore the town on foot. Most hotels which are in the middle of the town are quite well maintained and you will have a good experience when staying there.

Don’t get scared of the crowd

When in Moscow one of the must-visit places is the Red Square. When you will be exploring Red Square you will come across a lot of crowds. Make sure that you don’t end up getting tired of the crowd or else you will not be able to explore the city.

You might also feel rushed by people moving fast around you but you can’t let that bother you. Make sure to take your time and explore all the places you want in Moscow. If visiting Moscow in winters then you might be able to avoid a bit of crowd compared to summers.

Use the Metro

If you need a convenient way to commute across the whole city of Moscow then the Metro is your best friend. The Metro will help you reach wherever you want in the shortest time possible. The metro in Moscow is also quite inexpensive which makes it a popular transport mode for travellers.

It’s important to understand how the metro works in Moscow and what stations you need to get down on to reach your destination. The locals are quite helpful and they will be happy to assist you with questions.

Always carry a Guide book and translator

When exploring Moscow then make sure to always carry a guidebook and a translator application on your phone. This will help make your life quite easy and convenient. You also need to carry your  Russia Visa  so that you can easily be able to go anywhere you want.

The guidebook comes in handy when looking for different places to explore in the city. German is one of the most spoken languages in Russia so if you don’t know German then you can always go ahead and use the translator for better communication. Knowing a few important words in German surely comes in handy when in Moscow.

Avoid eating at western food joints

If you’re exploring Russia then it’s recommended that you try out all the local food joints and try to experiment with your food. If you’re thinking of getting any kind of western food then it’s recommended not to have them as they are one of the most expensive foods which are available in Moscow. There are very few joints that sell western food and the prices are extremely high.

If you’re deciding to travel to Moscow then this is a great decision because you will have a lot of things that you can do. Make sure to follow the dos and don’ts for a better stay experience when in Moscow.

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Comprising of palaces, monasteries, cathedrals, museum’s, parks, hills, towers, and galleries, travelers must include these places to visit in Moscow and St. Petersburg in their itinerary for a complete travel experience. Taking you through its modern culture, ancient traditions, and rich historical past, these places to see in Moscow are not just interesting, but are beyond magical.

20 Places To Visit In Moscow And St. Petersburg

Here is a list of places to explore in the beautiful city of Moscow and St. Petersburg on your trip that you might not want to miss. Keep scrolling down and read along:

  • Hermitage Museum
  • Krestovsky Stadium
  • Peterhof Palace
  • Pushkin Museum
  • Kolomenskoye
  • Novospassky Monastery
  • Kremlin Armoury
  • Sparrow Hills
  • Cathedral Of The Archangel
  • Diamond Fund
  • Losiny Ostrov National Park
  • Ostankino Tower
  • Grand Kremlin Palace
  • Bolshoi Theatre
  • Memorial Museum Of Cosmonautics
  • Saint Basil’s Cathedral
  • Moscow Kremlin

20. Hermitage Museum

State Hermitage Museum

Hermitage Museum at St Petersburg is the second-largest art museum in the world, after The Louvre in Paris, France. The establishment was founded in 1764 by Empress Catherine the Great. From Egyptian antiquities, Renaissance art, Dutch and Flemish Baroque art to Neoclassical, Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and modern European fine art – Hermitage Museum artworks are any art-enthusiast’s paradise.

Location: Palace Square, 2, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 190000 Timings: 10:30 am – 6:00 pm (Monday closed)

19. Krestovsky Stadium

Krestovsky Stadium in St. Petersburg

Named after Sergey Kirov, the stadium was also home to the Zenit Football Club for certain periods in the 1900’s. The Fifa Confederations Cup took place in the Krestovsky Stadium, with several group matches and the final between Germany and Chile taking place at the stadium. The 2018 Fifa World Cup also took place there, when Russia hosted the competition.

Location: Futbol’naya Alleya, 1, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 197110 Timings: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

18. Peterhof Palace

a fountain overlooking Peterhof Palace

One of the most important sites of cultural importance in Russia is the Peterhof Palace. It is a series of palaces and gardens which are located in Peterhof, St Petersburg. One of the best features of the area that catches the eyes of the many tourists who come to visit the area is a 16-metre high cliff. One of the best features of the Palace is the Chesma Hall. The Hall is decorated with painting from the Battle of Chesma, where Russia won a naval victory during the Russo-Turkish war.

Location: Razvodnaya Ulitsa, 2, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia Timings: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm

17. Pushkin Museum

Pushkin Museum

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If you want to visit one of the best tourist places in Moscow to explore a wide selection of European masterpieces, then you must visit the Pushkin Museum. Here, you can explore The museum is divided into three sections which cover the themes: Byzantine art, the Renaissance, and the Dutch Golden Age. For a collection donated by individuals, you can also visit the Museum of Private Collections.

Location: Ulitsa Volkhonka, 12, Moskva, Russia, 119019 Timings: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm

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16. Kolomenskoye


Nestled just a few kilometers outside of the city center, Kolomenskoye was once a royal estate which is now converted into a museum-reserve. Overlooking the Moskva River, you will get to gain a plethora of history from this museum. You can take a stroll in the garden at this museum which is one of the top places to visit in Moscow, Russia.

Location: Andropova Ave, 39, Moskva, Russia, 115487 Timings: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm

15. Novospassky Monastery

Novospassky Monastery

With attractions like Novospassky Monastery, there is no need to worry as to what to see in Moscow . Dating back to the times of the 14th century, Novospassky Monastery happens to be the first monastery established in the heart of Moscow. Located in the southeastern region, it is one of the must-visit places in Moscow.

Location: Krest’yanskaya Ploshchad’, 10, Moskva, Russia, 115172

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14. Kremlin Armoury

Kremlin Armoury

Kremlin Armoury is one of the most fascinating places to visit in Moscow which is located within the premises of Moscow Kremlin. A treasure house in the heart of Moscow, Kremlin Armoury is a unique museum that has put up about 4000 unique and precious belongings from 1851 on display.

Location: The Moscow Kremlin, Moskva, Russia, 125009 Timings: Monday to Sunday – 10 AM to 6 PM (Closed on all public holidays)

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13. Sparrow Hills

Sparrow Hills

Much famed as the Lenin Hills until 1999, it is a must for every traveler to include a visit to the Sparrow Hills on their Moscow city tour . Standing tall at an elevation of 220 meters, it is the highest viewpoints in the city that rises above the Moskva River. Get atop the hills to enjoy breathtaking views of the Moscow skyline.

Location: Moscow, Russia, 119270

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12. Cathedral Of The Archangel

Cathedral of the Archangel

Perched in between the attractions of Ivan the Great Bell Tower and the great Great Kremlin Palace, this orthodox cathedral in the heart of Moscow and the mighty Archangel Michael is the patron saint of the cathedral. Reflecting the charm of the Italian Renaissance architectural style, this cathedral is built on the site of the original structure which dates back to 1333.

Location: Cathedral Square, Moscow Kremlin, Moscow, Russia, 103073 Timings: Monday to Sunday – 10 AM to 5 PM (Closed on all public holidays)

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10. Diamond Fund

Diamond Fund

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A mine of precious stones, jewelry, Diamond Fund is one of the most fascinating places to visit in Moscow for those whose love for diamonds is limitless. Established by Emperor Peter I of Russia in the year of 1719, this gem of a place resides within the premises of the famous Moscow Kremlin.

Location: Proyezd Proyektiruyemyy 813, Moskva, Russia, 125009 Timings: Friday to Wednesday – 10 AM to 1 PM, and 2 PM to 5:20 PM (Closed on Thursdays)

9. Losiny Ostrov National Park

Losiny Ostrov National Park Moscow

Of all the Moscow points of interest , Losiny Ostrov National Park offers a perfect amalgamation of nature and wildlife. Often compared to the Pedra Branca State Park in Rio de Janeiro, and the Table Mountain National Park of Cape Town, in terms of its size and grandeur, it is the first-ever national park of the Russian capital wherein one can witness many species of birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles.

Location: Poperechny Prosek, 1G, Moscow 107014, Russia

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8. Ostankino Tower

Ostankino Tower Moscow

Standing tall at a height of 1,772 feet, Ostankino Tower is famous for being the only free-standing structure in the whole of Europe. Apart from being the eleventh high-rising structures of the world, the observation deck at Ostankino Tower is the place to be for those who wish to relish the best views of Moscow’s skyline.

Location: Akademika Koroleva St, 15, Moskva, Russia, 127427 Timings: Monday to Sunday – 10 AM to 9 PM

7. Grand Kremlin Palace

Grand Kremlin Palace View

Established in the year of 1849, Great or Grand Kremlin Palace is one of those places to visit in Moscow that will leave you beyond astonished. Constructed beautifully and with a great eye for detail, the intricate decor inside the Grand Kremlin Palace reflects the pure charm of the Revival architecture in Russian that blends perfectly with the architectural style of Byzantine Revival.

Location: Moscow Kremlin, Moscow 103073, Russia

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What Pragati Maidan is to Delhi, VDNKh is for Moscow. Being one of the popular Moscow sightseeing places , VDNKh or Vystavka Dostizheniy Narodnogo Khozyaystva is a grand trade and exhibition center in Moscow that assures the travelers an experience like none other. Home to numerous palaces, fountains, architectural marvels, arches, and pavilions, there will never be a dull moment on your visit to VDNKh during your trip to Moscow .

Location: Prospekt Mira, 119, Moskva, Russia, 129223 Timings: Monday to Sunday – 24 Hours

5. Bolshoi Theatre

Bolshoi Theatre Moscow

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For the lovers of art, and culture, Bolshoi Theatre is the place to be for them to witness one of the finest live performances of opera and ballet performances. Famous for featuring a neoclassical facade, Bolshoi Theatre is one of the renowned landmarks of the city.

Location: Theatre Square, 1, Moskva, Russia, 125009

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4. Memorial Museum Of Cosmonautics

Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics

Striking, unique, and aiming to touch the sky, the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics is one of the best Moscow tourist sites which the travelers cannot afford to miss. Educating the visitors about the significant part of Russia’s history in the domain of space, it is a strict no-no to miss out on visiting the Museum of Cosmonautics when in the city.

Location: Prospekt Mira, 111, Moskva, Russia, 129223 Timings: Thursdays & Saturdays – 10 AM to 9 PM; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, & Sundays – 10 AM to 7 PM; Closed on Mondays

3. Saint Basil’s Cathedral

Saint Basil’s Cathedral Moscow

Considered to be one of the top places to visit in Moscow , Saint Basil’s Cathedral is also famed as the Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed amongst the locals. Being one of the crucial landmarks of Moscow located in the heart of Red Square, the cathedral dates back to the times of 16th century. Serving as a visual treat to the travelers, it happens to be one of the most-captured attractions in Moscow.

Location: Krasnaya Square, 2, Moscow 109012, Russia

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2. Red Square

Red Square Moscow

Separating the royal citadel of Kremlin from the ancient merchant quarter of Kitai-gorod, Red Square is one of the most interesting places in Moscow . Bearing the weight of Russia’s history to a great extent, Red Square serves not just as an attraction but as the heart, soul, and symbol of the whole country.

Location: Krasnaya Ploshchad, Moscow, Russia

1. Moscow Kremlin

Moscow Kremlin

If all the attractions serve as members of the city, then Moscow Kremlin serves as the home in which all these tourist sites reside. Encompassing of almost all the famous sightseeing attractions, the royal residence of the President of Russia, the Moscow Kremlin is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in Moscow . Offering breathtaking views of River Moskva and located at the heart of the city, it is a must for everyone to explore this fortified complex once in their lifetime.

Location: Moscow, Russia, 103073 Timings: Friday to Wednesday – 10 AM to 5 PM; Closed on Thursday

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Air Astana flights

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While these are some of the famous places to visit in Moscow and St.Petersburg, this is just the beginning of what this incredible city has to offer. Hence, make sure you include these Moscow attractions and St. Petersburg sights to your bucket list while you gear up to fulfill your dream on your sojourn to Russia !

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Frequently Asked Questions About Places To Visit In Moscow

What is the best time to visit Moscow?

April to August happens to be the best time to visit Moscow when the summer season lets the tourists make the most of their journey.

What is that one experience that one must not miss out when planning a trip to Russia?

A ride on the Trans-Siberian Railway that crosses eight time zones across 9300 kms is one of the most unique experiences that one should not miss out on their trip to Moscow!

What are some of the must-visit attractions in Moscow?

Moscow Kremlin, Saint Basil’s Cathedral, Red Square, and Bolshoi Theatre are some of the famous must visit attractions in Moscow.

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A country filled with myriad of experiences that are unique and incredible, Russia caters perfectly to the people with varied interests, especially those looking out to take a dip into history and culture. From the colossal fortresses, grand cathedrals lining its wide streets, a chain of glorious old cities like Moscow and ancient gems like St Petersburg to opera centres, trendy bars and restaurants sprinkled amid the Soviet-era architecture, the Russia Tourist Places offer a perfect concoction of the old and the new. Planning a trip to Russia? Here’s a quick look at all the best of Russia Tourist Attractions you should bookmark for your trip. To help you choose from a diverse portfolio of Russia Attractions and Sightseeing , we have filtered out some of the most worthy Places to visit in Russia . Scroll down and discover what interests you! We will help you tick off all the amazing Russia Tourist Destinations and Spots featuring on the top of your bucket list. 

Best Tourist Places to Visit in Russia and Moscow:

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Lenins Mausoleum

Lenin's Mausoleum, also known as Lenin's Tomb, situated in Red Square in the centre of Moscow, is a mausoleum that currently serves as the resting place of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin. His preserved body has been on public display there since shortly after his death in 1924, with rare exceptions in wartime. Lenin’s body has been placed in a glass sarcophagus, and thousands of visitors come here every day to to see it. You can experience this unique way of preserving body by visiting Lenin’s tomb on your Moscow Trip. Mausoleum or the tomb is open for visitors on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM to 1 PM

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Saint Basils Cathedral

Saint Basil’s Cathedral is church in the Red Square in Moscow. Popularly known as Saint Basil’s Cathedral, the official name of the building which is a museum now is ‘The Cathedral of the Intersection of the Virgin by the Moat’. There are another names to the Cathedral as well, ‘The Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed is’ or ‘Pokrovsky Cathedral’. Built between 1555 and 1561 this cathedral it was once the tallest building until 1600 when Ivan the Great Bell Tower was completed. The Cathedral was ordered by Ivan the Terrible to mark the 1552 capture of Kazan from Mongol forces and it was completed in 1560. Today Saint Basil’s is located at one end of Red Square, Moscow. This is just across from the Spasskaya tower of the Kremlin. This is not too large and consists of nine chapels built on a single foundation. The color and the shape of this building is such which no other building in the world has come close to match so far. All in all the Saint Basil’s Cathedral is a beautiful work of architectural brilliance. It is one of the best Places to Visit in Moscow.

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Red Square is a city square in Moscow. It is known as city square because Moscow’s major streets, which connect to Russia’s major highways, starts from the Red Square. Red square which lies in the heart of Moscow separates Kremlin, the former royal citadel and currently the official residence of the President of Russia, from a historic merchant quarter known as Kitai-gorod. Red Square has been a place for public gatherings, celebrations of festivals and even watching executions in the past. Apart from soaking in the history and atmosphere, there are plenty of things for the tourist to do in and around the Red Square.

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Sparrow Hills

Sparrow Hills formerly known as Lenin Hills between 1935 and 1999 is a hill on the right bank of the Moskva River and one of the highest points in Moscow reaching a height of 80 m above the river level.

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Metro Victory Park

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Moscow State University

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Hermitage Museum

The State Hermitage Museum is a museum of art and culture in Saint Petersburg Russia. The second-largest art museum in the world it was founded in 1764 when Empress Catherine the Great acquired an impressive collection of paintings from the Berlin merchant Johann Ernst Gotzkowsky. The museum celebrates the anniversary of its founding each year on 7 December Saint

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Russian Academy of Fine Arts Museum

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Church of the Savior on Blood

The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood is a former Russian Orthodox church in Saint Petersburg Russia which currently functions as a secular museum. The structure was constructed between 1883 and 1907. It is one of Saint Petersburgs major attractions.

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Smolny Cathedral

The Smolny Cathedral in St. Petersburg is one of the most beautiful churches in Russia. Smolny Cathedral is a part of Smolny Convent or the Smolny Convent of the Resurrection which is located at the Ploschad Rastrelli on the Neva River Bank. This blue and white building is a brilliance and architectural master piece. This master piece is design work of Italian architect Franceso Bartolomeo Rastrelli. He designed and built the cathedral between 1748 and 1764. The church is 93.7 meters tall and there are also four churches around the cathedral. Currently Smolny Cathedral is used primarily as a concert hall. Needless to say it is one of must visit Tourist Places in St. Petersburg.

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Bronze Horseman

The Bronze Horseman is an equestrian statue of Peter the Great in the Senate Square in Saint Petersburg Russia. It has opened to the public on 7 August 1782. Commissioned by Catherine the Great it was created by the French sculptor tienne Maurice FalconetThe Bronze Horseman is an equestrian statue of Peter the Great in the Senate Square in Saint Petersburg Russia. It has opened to the public on 7 August 1782. Commissioned by Catherine the Great it was created by the French sculptor tienne Maurice Falconet. The name comes from an 1833 poem of the same name by Aleksander Pushkin which is widely considered one of the most significant works of Russian literature. The statue is now one of the symbols of Saint Petersburg.

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Admiralty Building

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Saint Isaacs Cathedral

St. Isaac's Cathedral, St. Petersburg, is the largest Russian Orthodox cathedral in the city and is dedicated to Saint Isaac of Dalmatia, a patron saint of Peter the Great, who had been born on the feast day of that saint.

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St. Basils Cathedral

The geometric domes and vivid tones of this 16th-century cathedral are almost garish up close but they perfectly complement the solid red brick of the Kremlin wall and the gray cobblestones of Red Square. The church was built to honor the victory over Mongol Tatars in 1555 and legend has it that Ivan the Terrible had its architects eyes poked out to keep him from making anything to rival Mo

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Kremlin Hill

Kremlin Hill is one of the seven hills of Moscow. Altitude up to 145 m. The hill is situated in the city centre at the confluence of the Moscow River and Neglinnaya River. The Red Square and the upland part of the Kitai-gorod are located on the hill.

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Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics

The Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics is a museum in Moscow Russia dedicated to space exploration. It is located within the base of the Monument to the Conquerors of Space in the north-east of the city. The museum contains a wide variety of Soviet and Russian space-related exhibits and models which explore the history of flight astronomy space exploration space technolog

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Peterhof Palace

The Peterhof Palace Russian IPA is a series of palaces and gardens located in Petergof Saint Petersburg Russia commissioned by Peter the Great as a direct response to the Palace of Versailles by Louis XIV of France. Originally intending it in 1709 for country habitation Peter the Great sought to expand the property as a result of his visit to the French royal court in 1717 inspiring th

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The Hermitage Pavilion

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Kazan Cathedral Moscow

Kazan Cathedral Russian formally known as the Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan is a Russian Orthodox church located on the northeast corner of Red Square in Moscow Russia. The current building is a reconstruction of the original church which was destroyed at the direction of then General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party o

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Kazan Kremlin

The Kazan Kremlin is the chief historic citadel of Russia situated in the city of Kazan. It was built at the behest of Ivan the Terrible on the ruins of the former castle of Kazan khans. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 2000.

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Tverskaya Street

Tverskaya Street known between 1935 and 1990 as Gorky Street is the main radial street in Moscow. The street runs Northwest from the central Manege Square in the direction of Saint Petersburg and terminates at the Garden Ring giving the name to Tverskoy District. The route continues further as First Tverskaya-Yamskaya Street Leningradsky Avenue and Leningradskoye Hig

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Novosibirsk State Art Museum

The Novosibirsk State Art Museum is a museum in Tsentralny City District of Novosibirsk Russia. The building was designed by architect Andrey Kryachkov.

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Chapel of St. Nicholas

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Cathedral of The Epiphany

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Ulan-Ude Ethnographic Museum

The Ulan-Ude Ethnographic Museum is an outdoor museum located in the village Upper Berezovka eight kilometres northeast of Ulan-Ude Buryatia.

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Church on the Blood

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Trinity Orthodox Vladimir Cathedral

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Orthodox Parish of St. Nicholas Church

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Church of St. Nicholas

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Buryatia Nature Museum

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Cathedral of Saint Demetrius

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Saint George Cathedral (Church)

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Vladimir Suzdal Museum Reserve

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Local Museum of Arts

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Epiphany Cathedrals Bell Tower

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Ipatiev Monastery

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Trinity Cathedral

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Saviour Church on the City

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Les-Chudodey Museum

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Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour is a Russian Orthodox cathedral in Moscow Russia on the northern bank of the Moskva River a few hundred metres southwest of the Kremlin. With an overall height of 103 metres it is the third tallest Orthodox Christian church building in the world after the Peoples Salvation Cathedral in Bucharest Romania and Saints Peter and Paul Cathe

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Novospassky Monastery

Novospassky Monastery is one of the Russian Orthodox Church fortified monasteries surrounding Moscow from the south-east. The abbey traces its history back to Moscows first monastery established in the early 14th century at the location where the Danilov Monastery now stands. The Church of the Savior in the Wood of the Kremlin was its original katholikon. Upon its removal to t

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Kazan Cathedral St. Petersburg

Kazan Cathedral or Kazanskiy Kafedralniy Sobor also known as the Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan is a cathedral of the Russian Orthodox Church on the Nevsky Prospekt in Saint Petersburg. It is dedicated to Our Lady of Kazan one of the most venerated icons in Russia.

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Peter and Paul Cathedral

The Peter and Paul Cathedral is a Russian Orthodox cathedral located inside the Peter and Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg Russia. It is the first and oldest landmark in St. Petersburg built between 1712 and 1733 on Hare Island along the Neva River. Both the cathedral and the fortress were originally built under Peter the Great and designed by Domenico Trezzini. The cathedrals bell to

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Saint Isaacs Bridge

Isaakievsky pontoon bridge was the first bridge across Neva river in St.Petersburg by then the capital of Russian Empire. It was first constructed in 1727. Starting from 1732 it was rebuilt each summer for a period 184 years. The bridge was named after th

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Church of the Savior on Waters

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Moscow Kremlin

The Moscow Kremlin or simply the Kremlin is a fortified complex in the center of Moscow overlooking the Moskva River to the south Saint Basils Cathedral and Red Square to the east and the Alexander Garden to the west. It is the best known of the kremlins and includes five palaces four cathedrals and the enclosing Kremlin Wall with Kremlin towers. In addition within this comple

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Triumphal Arch of Moscow

The third and the oldest surviving Triumphal Arch in Moscow was built in 182934 on Tverskaya Zastava Square to Joseph Bovs designs in order to commemorate Russias victory over Napoleon. It replaced an earlier wooden structure built by the veterans of the Napoleonic Wars in 1814.

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Sculpture Babr

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Znamensky Monastery

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Tourist Monument

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Holy Cross Cathedral

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Triumphal Arch Moscow Gates

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Irkutsk Cathedral Mosque

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Landfill Museum

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Tsaritsyno Park

Tsaritsyno is a palace museum and park reserve in the south of Moscow. It was founded in 1776 by the order of Catherine the Great. The palace has lent its name to the surrounding district and the nearby metro station.

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The Moscow Zoo or Moskovsky Zoopark is a 21.5-hectare zoo founded in 1864 by professor-biologists K.F. Rulje S.A. Usov and A.P. Bogdanov from the Moscow State University. In 1919 the zoo was nationalized. In 1922 the ownership was transferred to the Government of Moscow and has remained under Moscows control ever since.

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Museum of Military Glory

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Moscow Paleontological Museum

The Orlov Museum of Paleontology was founded by Paleontological Institute of Russian Academy of Sciencies in 1937 prior to the XVII session of the International Geological Congress. It is named after Yuri Alexandrovich Orlov.

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Palace Square

Palace Square connecting Nevsky Prospekt with Palace Bridge leading to Vasilievsky Island is the central city square of St Petersburg and of the former Russian Empire. Many significant events took place there including the Bloody Sunday massacre and parts of the October Revolution of 1917.

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Peter and Paul Fortress

The Peter and Paul Fortress is the original citadel of St. Petersburg Russia founded by Peter the Great in 1703 and built to Domenico Trezzinis designs from 1706 to 1740 as a star fortress. Between the first half of the 1700s and early 1920s it served as a prison for political criminals. It has been a museum since 1924.

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Winter Palace

The Winter Palace was the official residence of the Russian Emperors from 1732 to 1917. Today the palace and its precincts form the Hermitage Museum. Situated between Palace Embankment and Palace Square in Saint Petersburg adjacent to the site of Peter the Greats original Winter Palace the present and fourth Winter Palace was built and altered almost continuously between th

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Cathedral Square Moscow

Cathedral Square or Sobornaya Square is the central square of the Moscow Kremlin where all of its streets used to converge in the 15th century. The square owes its name to the three cathedrals facing it Cathedral of the Dormition Cathedral of the Archangel and Cathedral of the Annunciation. Cathedral Square is famous as the site of solemn coronation and funeral processions of all the Russian tsars patriarchs and Grand Dukes of Moscow. Even today the square is used in the inauguration ceremony of the President of Russia.

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Summer Palace

This was one of the first palaces of St. Petersburg where Peter the Great, the first Russian Emperor, spent the summer months. The palace was originally surrounded by water on three sides and marked the beginning of the glorious history of Petersburg palaces. The Summer Palace today gives its visitors a rare opportunity to see life as it was 300 years ago.

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Church of Resurrection on Spilled Blood

Church of Resurrection on Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg: The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood is one of the main sights of St. Petersburg. This Church was built on the site where Emperor Alexander II was fatally wounded in March 1881.

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State Hermitage Museum

State Hermitage Museum is a museum of art and culture and is one of the largest and oldest museums in the world since 1764. Its collections comprise over three million items including the largest collection of paintings in the world

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St. Petersburg in Winter

Winter in St. Petersburg, Russia is majestic. If you decide to feel the magic in St. Petersburg in winters then you must be extra ready. You would deal with snow covered city, very cold days, extra long and dark nights added with slippery roads. Yes it is cold and dark in winter but it is the best in winter too if you love nature poetry, because city looks best in winter. When you think of visiting St. Petersburg in winter then be ready to be seduced by mesmerising views of frozen lakes, rivers and beautiful snowflakes in the sun. When sunlight falls upon the streets, you probably cannot imagine anything better than this. City gets in party mood so you get to see plenty of plenty of premieres and parties to fill the long dark evenings going at full pace.

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White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg

White Nights is basically a period every year in St. Petersburg when nights are bright. White Nights starts in May, when the city finally succumbs to spring and the parks are filled with flowering trees, but mid-June is peak time, as the sun slumps lazily towards the horizon but never fully sets. This festival organised by the Saint Petersburg City Administration, the festival begins in May with the "Stars of the White Nights" at Mariinsky Theatre and ends in July. White Night festival attracts lot of travellers. This festival hosts series of classical ballet, opera and music events which is performed by various Russian dancers, singers and musicians.

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Sapsan Russia

Sapsan is Russian high speed electric train which connected Moscow and St. Petersburg in its early years. This high speed trains came into operations in 2009. Initially connecting Moscow and St. Petersburg Sapsan now connects Moscow to Nizhniy Novgorod too. The train takes 3 hours 40 minutes from Moscow to St. Petersburg without an intermediate stop and takes 3 hours 55 minutes from Moscow to Nizhniy Novgorod without an intermediate stop. After all this one must be curious to know the speed of the Train. Well the speed of this profit making train is 250 km/hour at its peak, but it has crossed this speed as well at certain times

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Bolshoi Theatre

The Bolshoi Theater in Moscow is one of the world's greatest opera and ballet theaters, and one of Moscow's top visitor attractions. The Bolshoi building, which for many years now has been regarded as one of Moscow's main sights, was opened on 20 October 1856 and rebuilt 2002 onward. The Bolshoi Theatre is a symbol of Russia for all time. It was awarded this honor due to the major contribution it made to the history of the Russian performing arts. Bolshoi still happens to be one of the best places of ballet and opera art in the world. This is still one of the best theaters. Theater has its own proud tradition and unmatched and unforgettable atmosphere. Your Moscow trip is simply incomplete without an evening visit to Bolshoi Theater.

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Nikulin Circus

Moscow Circus on Tsvetnoi Boulevard, or Nikulin's Circus, is located on Tsvetnoi Boulevard in the Tverskoy District of central Moscow. It was the only circus in the city between 1926 and 1971, and still remains the most popular one. The first and original building was built and opened in 1880. Nikulinís circus is considered one of the best in the world and rightfully so. Every single act is a perfection. Itís beautiful, artistic, creative, and just amazing. The shows at the Nikulin Circus also have a very theatrical feel to them, with quite a formal atmosphere, a serious approach to circus artistry, and the acts normally connected by a particular theme or narrative thread

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The Moscow Kremlin

The Moscow Kremlin, usually referred to as the Kremlin, is a fortified complex at the heart of Moscow, overlooking the Moskva River to the south, Saint Basil's Cathedral and Red Square to the east, and the Alexander Garden to the west. It is the best known of the Kremlins (Russian citadels) and includes five palaces, four cathedrals, and the enclosing Kremlin Wall with Kremlin towers. Also within this complex is the Grand Kremlin Palace. The complex serves as the official residence of the President of the Russian Federation.

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Moscow Metro

Moscow is timeless. It is one of the most significance and famous place on the planet. Since decades it has attracted travellers for so many reasons. Moscow metro is also one among them. 195 stations, route length of 325.4 km, mostly undergrounded and with the deepest section 74 metres, underground at the Park Pobedy station, one of the world’s deepest. The first design of the metro was submitted in 1902 but the plans were delayed and finally got approved in 1931. Many of the 195 stations have interesting architecture and design that reflect the time and era they were built in. Moscow metro by all means is not just a transportation system but it carries allot of historical and contemporary elements that any traveller can be mesmerised with. Moscow metro also happens to be the busiest in the world by daily ridership with average of more than 6.5 million and is the sixth longest route in the world.

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Moscow River Cruise

River cruise is the most relaxing and picturesque tour that Moscow can offer. Moscow river cruise is a great way to enjoy the view of historic landmarks and its main attractions. This is a perfect alternative to City Tour by car.

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Kremlin Suzdal

The Kremlin is the oldest part of the Russian town of Suzdal which dates back to 10th century. It was there before Moscow Kremlin. Inside this Kremlin, the Archbishop’s Chambers houses the Suzdal History Exhibition, which includes a visit to the 18th-century Cross Hall, which was used for receptions. There are more exhibits in the 1635 Kremlin bell tower in the yard. Kremlin has number of churches and house inside of which Nativity of the Virgin Cathedral is one important cathedral.

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Wooden Church of St. Nicholas

This wooden church was moved to Suzdal in 1960 from Glotovo and interesting thing about this church is that it is elevated off the ground about a story high from when the church was moved across the country. The church is made of all woods and it represents the beautiful relationship between wood and stone architecture of Russia and the precision of Russians who made this church.

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St. John Baptist Church

This church was also made around the same time of wooden church of St. Nicholas. But you can see the mark difference in the architecture of the two. Opposite to Church of St. Nicholas which is made of all woods, St. John Baptist church is made of white plastered walls with wooden supports. This shows how vivid Russian architecture was since old times.

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Intercession Convent

The convent was founded in 1364. In its center stands the cathedral of the Intercession; it was an add-on built in 1518. There is no painting in the interior of cathedral or stained glass; it is simply plain white stone walls all around. The church was and still is one of the richest convents in Russia. The convent is the home of many nuns and is also the burial vault for twenty nuns of noble birth. An art museum is connected to the white stoned wall cathedral which you can take a tour of. There are many paintings but none in the cathedral itself. This building is filled with arches and art created in the 16th and 17th century.

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Kamchatka Peninsula

The Kamchatka Peninsula is a 1,250-kilometre-long peninsula in the Russian Far East, with an area of about 270,000 km². Kamchatka is 900 miles long and it is closer to Alaska than it is to Moscow. On the eastern tip of Russia, between the Pacific Ocean to the east and sea of Okhotsk to the west, Kamchatka has over 150 volcanoes and 29 out of them are active ones on peninsula. Kamchatka has group of 19 volcanoes known as Volcanoes of Kamchatka which is UNESCO world heritage site. Kamchatka remains snow covered from October to late May. With the presence of both Volcanoes and ice, Kamchatka is also known as “land of fire and ice

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Valley of Geysers, Kamchatka Peninsula

Valley of Geysers in Russia is a Geyser field on Kamchatka Peninsula and it has second largest concentration of Geysers in the world. There are approximately 90 Geysers. It is situated in the Russian far east on Kamchatka region mainly on the left bank of quite deepening Geysernaya River. This place is wonderful but difficult to reach. Besides helicopters no other feasible means of travel are available. The place was discovered only less than 100 years ago.

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Solovetsky Island, Onega Bay Russia

Solovetsky, an archipelago is located in the Onega Bay of the White Sea Russia. Solovetsky’s identity as an administrative division is as Solovetsky district of Arkhangelsk Oblast, Russia. Solovetsky is a group of Islands and majority of the population of all islands live in Solovetsky which is estimated at 861 inhabitants as of the 2010 census. There are 6 islands and so total area together they cover is 347 square KM. These six islands namely are Bolshoy solovetsky islands, Anzersky islands, Bolshaya Mukasalma, Malaya Mukasalma, Bolshoy Zayatsky and Maly Zayatsky.

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Altai Mountains

Russia is a country of water, mountain, forests, snow and much more. Altai is known as Golden Mountains. Altai mountain is a range in Central and East Asia, where Russia, China, Mongolia and Kazakhstan come together. They say pictures tell you all the stories and picture of Altai mountains definitely speak allot. You can hike to the five highest mountains of Altai which are Belukha, Khuiten peak, Monkh Khairkhan, Tsambagarav and Sutai Mountain. Altai is home to diverse fauna as well. And another major attraction here is Lake Kucherla.

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Kizhi Island, Republic of Karelia

Kizhi is an island near the geometrical center of the Lake Onega in the Republic of Karelia, Russia. It is elongated from north to south and is about 6 km long, 1 km wide and is about 68 km away from the capital of Karelia, Petrozavodsk. Settlements and churches on the island were known from at least the 15th century. Kizhi since early times used to be stopover place for travellers. Kizhi pogost which is a major attraction of this island today is actually two churches and a bell tower that were built in 18th century. Kizhi island is little different than other islands of Onega lake. Kizhi has weak water flow and shallow and uneven lake bottom with depth of only 2-3 mtrs at major places while the average depth of Onega is 31 mtrs. Today Kizhi Pogost lives on as one of the largest open air museum in Russia.

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Sochi is often called the unofficial 'Summer Capital' of Russia, or the Black Sea Pearl. It is one of the southernmost places of Russia and 1600kms from Moscow. Located along the Black Sea, Sochi became very popular as a tourist destination especially after 2014 Winter Olympics. Sochi is one of the most multi-ethnic cities in Russia with people of more than 100 ethnic groups living there. Sochi belongs to that tiny part of Russia, which is happily located in the subtropical climatic zone. Sochi has many sightseeing places like Riviera Park, Sochi Art Museum, Museum of Sochi Sport Honour, Sochi Discovery World Aquarium, Sochi Olympic Park

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With a population of about 1.3 million, a rich history, deep culture and strong economic influence, thus taking the title from Nizhny Novgorod. Kazan has just recently earned the reputation of a sports city. Kazan peacefully blends Muslim and Christian cultures. Kazan has long been a focal point of higher education in Russia. This vibrant city with over 1000 years of history is an excellent travel destination, and the number of tourists visiting is rapidly increasing every year. There are several interesting things to see inside the Kremlin, including Suyumbike Tower, Kul-Sharif Mosque, Annunciation Cathedral, State Hermitage Museum in Kazan, State Museum of the Tatar State etc

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Lake Baikal

It is the biggest and deepest freshwater lake in the world, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the planet's deepest (1637m) and oldest lake, as well as its largest body of freshwater, containing over one fifth of the world's supply. The water mass is a key factor to the climate of the lake's banks. Winters are often milder, summers are chillier. Zabaykalsky National Park is very popular among tourists visiting Lake Baikal

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Trans Siberian Railway

Trans-Siberian is the longest railway line in the world. It connects Asia and Europe. The Trans-Siberian Railway is often associated with the main transcontinental Russian line that connects hundreds of large and small cities of the European and Asian parts of Russia. At 9259 km cover, it spans a record of seven time zones and takes 8 days to complete the journey. This is only third longest single line service in the world after Moscow – Pyongyang line which runs for 10267 km and Kiev - Vladivostok line which runs for 11085 km. Trans – Siberian railway reaches 3 countries Mongolia, China and North Korea

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St. Sophia’s Cathedral, Novgorod

Russia is a country with numerous cathedrals in different parts of the country. Some of them are quite old with lot of historical significance. One of them is cathedral of St. Sophia. Built between 1045 and 1050, this is said to be the oldest church building in Russia. This 1000 years old church has lot of old elements of its own for visitors to see. Cathedral of St. Sophia is a 38 meter high, 5 domed stone building. This 5 domed cathedral had replaced 13 domes wooden church built in 989 and had the importance of being the main temple of the town. The Cathedral of St. Sophia can easily be said to be one of the most important monuments of ancient architecture in Russia.

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Volga River Cruise

The Volga river is longest in Europe. It runs through Central Russia before finally merging into Caspian sea. Volga river is considered as national river of Russia as well. The river crosses through 11 big cities of Russia. Volga River Cruise which is quite exciting experience for travellers to begin with. considering the size of Russia one has to spend enough time from 7-10 days for visiting the most places in a single visit. The most popular cruise over here is between Moscow and St. Petersburg which takes from 7-10 days. But you need to add 2-3 days more in each city to see the sights there. Though both the cities are distanced by 650 km only yet the fascinating thing is that cruise passes through 10 different rivers, canals, lake and reservoirs.

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Dombay is located 65 KM away from Black sea and 65 KM distant from the summit of Elbrus in an absolutely gorgeous place. So Dombay is located in Karachay Cherkess Republic, Russia within Teberda Nature Reserve. Dombay is in its youth as the city was founded in 1921 only. Dombay was given of status of urban type of settlement in 1965. During the time of Soviet Union Dombay was quite famous as a health resort while today Skiers and snowboarders find this place a great place as the infrastructure for Skiing and snowboarding is fully developed apart from natural beauty that surrounds Dombay. Dombay is popularly known as a ski center. Today Domaby attracts lot of tourists because of the facility of Skiing and Hiking trails. One can enjoy paragliding and skating also here. What adds to the attraction of this place is natural beauty of Caucasus Mountains.

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Pskov and Pechory City

The ancient and historical Pskov is favourite place among tourists for its fortified riverside Kremlin and Trinity Cathedral. Pskov is as old as the country Russia is. It contains much of its medieval outer town walls and is full of picturesque churches and architectures. At a short distance from Pskov is Pechory which is famed for its monastery. Pechory is a town and the administrative center of Pechorsky District in Pskov Oblast, Russia. Pechory was founded as a posad in the 16th century near the Pskov-Caves Monastery established in 1473 by orthodox priest Jonah. If monastic law permits, enter the spooky burial caves where over 10,000 monks bodies lie in coffins, piled on top of each other in the tunnel walls.

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Veliky Novgorod City

Veliky Novgorod, also known as Novgorod the Great, or Novgorod Veliky, or just Novgorod, is one of the most important historic cities in Russia, which serves as the administrative center of Novgorod Oblast. It is situated on the M10 federal highway connecting Moscow and St. Petersburg. Novgorod carries the cultural essence of Russia and so is inscribed on the world heritage list. UNESCO recognized Novgorod as a World Heritage site in 1992. A tourist can enjoy outdoor activities here at Volchov river complex by renting a boat, can play badminton or Russian games ‘Gorodki‘ and can also go for swimming in swimming pools. Shopping Wooden handicrafts and brich-bark paintings can be memorable

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Yekaterinburg, also known as Ekaterinburg, is the fourth-largest city in Russia and the administrative centre of Sverdlovsk Oblast, located on the Iset River east of the Ural Mountains, in the middle of the Eurasian continent, at the boundary between Asia and Europe. It is the main cultural and industrial center of the oblast. In 2017, it had an estimated population of 1,488,791. Yekaterinburg has been dubbed the "third capital of Russia", as it is ranked third by the size of economy, culture, transportation and tourism. It is located about 1,420 kilometres to the east of Moscow. One can experience two different continent and enjoy many things in two different parts of the world. Apart from Yekaterinburg churches, Yekaterinburg museums, mansions and manors together with Yekaterinburg monuments can be of great interest for tourists

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Petropavlovsk--Kamchatsky City

Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky is a city and the administrative, industrial, scientific, and cultural center of Kamchatka Krai, Russia. Pertopavlovsk – Kamchatsky lies on the far east land of Russia on the Kamchatka peninsula. This is the most eastern town in the northern hemisphere and the population here is more than 1,80,000. The city sits on high hills and volcanoes surrounds the city as well. From any place you look here a great landscape is right there and you would love to capture it in your camera. And the city has gone on to develop a good infrastructure for tourism. So many activities one can choose here to enjoy the day. Bear hunting, paragliding, volcano hiking, sailing and kayaking to fishing all you can do to make your trip a super hit.

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Vladivostok is a major Pacific port city in Russia overlooking Golden Horn Bay, near the borders with China and North Korea. It's known as a terminus of the Trans-Siberian Railway, which links the city to Moscow in a 7-day journey. In the city center is Central Square, where a towering memorial pays tribute to local soldiers who fought Japanese forces in the early 20th century. Many tourists come to this place either at the beginning or at the end of their trip on Trans-Siberian. This far east city is a dream destination for travellers. The best attraction for viewing here is the Eagle’s nest hill which is also city centre’s highest point. If you are foodie then you will love this place big time. You can get variety of sea foods and because this place is near to Russia-China border you will get Chinese food in abundance here as well. The beautiful oak woods surrounds the city which can be a starting point for a weekend bus tour to the winter ski-slopes or water-falls in summer. There are some beautiful lotus lakes as well and the flowers blossom in August, so you can enjoy those as well while camping. The way to reach to Vladivostok is again by air from Moscow or of course the city is on eastern terminus of Trans Siberian route as well

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Ruskeala, Republic of Karelia

Karelia is known as one of the most beautiful place in Russia. Karelia is a place famous for Ladoga lake and Ruskeala which attracts most of the tourists here. With lakes, waterfalls and trees growing on giant rocks, Karelia is a place of utmost natural beauty. Ruskeala mountain park is one of the major attraction here. The first thing that will catch your attention when you enter Ruskeala is Ahvenkoski waterfall, a great natural sight. Little away from Ahvenkoski waterfall is another beautiful waterfall called Ryymakoski. And the best part of Ruskeala is the mountain marble canyon which was turned into tourist attraction in 2005

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Stolby Nature Reserve, Krasnoyarsk

Krasnoyarsk Stolby Nature Reserve is located on the southern bank of the Yenisei River, bordering the city of Krasnoyarsk, in Russia. The rocks and cliffs of Stolby are picturesque and you would love to see them for as long as possible. Their shapes and forms are literally majestic. And yes height is another attractive element. Smallest cliffs are 55 metres high and the tallest one goes up to 600 metres. Known for its dramatic complexes of rocks some part of the reserve is open for hikers who want to climb and see the rocks as well. The place is so popular that almost 2,00,000 tourists are recorded visiting this place per year. Those interested in exploring flora and fauna of the place can go for guided tours offered by Stolby nature reserve

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Virgin Komi Forests

Virgin Komi Forest covers huge area, as big as 3.28 million ha of tundra and mountain tundra in the Urals. The forest belongs to Ural mountain and is the largest virgin forest in Europe. The “Virgin Komi Forests” was the first Russian natural site to be listed as World Heritage site. More than 40 mammals, 204 bird species, 16 fish species can be found here. Virgin Komi Forests are rich in natural monuments with different and sometimes unusual shape. It is a must see place when you travel to European part of Russia.

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Volcanoes of Kamchatka

Kamchatka in Russia is one of the most volcanically active volcanic places on earth, only after Iceland and Hawaii. 29 active volcanoes are there which are included in 6 six UNESCO World heritage site sites in the Volcanoes of Kamchatka group. However The most active volcanoes on Kamchatka are Klyuchevsky, Shiveluch, Karymsky and Bezymianny. The volcano has not caused any death out of eruption which makes it not a threat. The three most beautiful volcanoes in Kamchatka are Kluchevskoy, Koryaksky and Kronotsky

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Lena Pillars Nature Park

Lena pillar is an amazing natural rock formation in far eastern Siberia along the bank of Lena river. These naturally made pillars are between 500-1000 feet high and was listed as world heritage site in 2012. You can go boating to the site in less than a day from the city of Yakutsk, the capital of the autonomous Sakha Republic. Those interested in ecotourism, and those who visit Lake Baikal, can coordinate a river ride with the aid of a guide from the Lake Baikal region.

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