Travels in russia & beyond

Do you want to explore Russia by yourself? Do you need tips to travel here, or are you simply curious what this country has to offer? I write to encourage independent backpacking in Russia.

My name is Arjan Mook. I am Dutch, born in ‘88, and I moved from The Netherlands to Moscow with my Irish girlfriend Nicole in 2018. I have visited over 50 countries, many of them solo. Since I believe Russia deserves more information in English, this website focuses only on travel in Russia and its neighbouring countries.

Southern Russia

My travels in Russia’s Caucasus Mountains, including North Ossetia, Adygea, Chechnya’s capital Grozny and the Black Sea coastal city of Sochi. I give practical advice on traveling here too.


Explaining how to do the Trans-Siberian from Moscow to Vladivostok - the world’s longest train journey - and telling my stories en route.

European Russia

Guides and stories about European Russia - west of the Urals and north of the Caucasus - including the Arctic North and my home city Moscow.

Former Soviet states

Covering countries that used to be part of the USSR. In my latest stories I also give practical tips.

Russia Travel Tips

Advising how to travel around Russia, including solo travel.