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.
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.
Vladikavkaz and Dargavs City of the Dead
Maykop, Khadzhokh Canyon and Guzeripl
And the mountains of Kabardino-Balkaria
Traveling from Russia to Georgia
Sochi and Krasnaya Polyana
Explaining how to do the Trans-Siberian from Moscow to Vladivostok - the world’s longest train journey - and telling my stories en route.
Like Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan, Lake Baikal and Vladivostok
About the route, booking and life on the train
Novosibirsk, Stolby National Park, Irkutsk and Olkhon Island
Including Yekaterinburg and Lake Baikal
Including Ulan-Ude and Khabarovsk
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.
Tallinn, Riga, Siauliai and Sigulda
The border, Lviv and the Carpathians in 2019
Mestia, Chvabiani and Ushguli, Georgia
Pilgrim city in the Kazakh desert
Russia Travel Tips
Advising how to travel around Russia, including solo travel.