The question of which country to choose for the first independent travel abroad may arise at any age. Getting started is always easier from accessible and understandable directions. In the world there are many countries with visa-free entry for Russians, where they understand Russian and treat our compatriots well. Identify important criteria for yourself such as the duration of the flight, the cost of the trip, the climate and always remember about safety.
Visa free or simplified entry countries
You do not have the experience of self-visa or just do not want to spend time on it? Choose a country to which a visa is not needed. Citizens of Russia can visit more than 70 countries on an international passport with a stay from 14 to 90 days. Among visa-free countries there are popular Turkey, Israel, Thailand, Montenegro, a large number of countries in Asia and South America.
Simplified entry involves applying for a visa online or getting it at the border. For example, for a tourist trip to Cyprus, which is not part of the Schengen zone, you need to fill out a questionnaire on the website of the embassy and receive confirmation by e-mail. When entering Egypt, a stamp worth $ 25 is pasted in the international passport. On arrival, a Chinese visa is placed on the passport of Russian citizens who fly direct flights to the cities of Sanya and Haikou (Hainan Island), etc.
Countries where they understand Russian
The first time is always safer to go where they understand you. Russian is the second most popular language in most countries that were part of the USSR. Among them are such states as Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Moldova.
In Eastern European countries, they also understand Russian, especially the generation over 40 years old, who studied it at school. Czech Republic, Slovakia, East Germany, Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria … Many Russian-speaking people live in Israel. Booking apartments, pay attention to what language the host speaks, it is likely to meet the former compatriot and immediately find a “common language”.
Countries where they love Russian tourists
Top countries friendly to Russians: India, Cuba, China, Laos, Vietnam, Greece. Good attitude towards Russians among the brothers-Slavs: in Montenegro, Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria … Important factors for mutual understanding are similarity of mentality, common history, religion. On vacation, it is better not to discuss politics, and a polite person who respects a foreign culture will be welcome in any country.
Close and inexpensive countries
If you want to go to Europe, and financial opportunities are limited, pay attention to the state with its national currency. Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Poland, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria are not included in the euro area and prices are lower there. This principle does not apply to such expensive countries as Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
The cost of the trip is also influenced by the road to the destination, a low price map helps determine the best flight directions from your city. Neighbors can be reached by car, bus or train.
Countries safe for tourists
If prices do not bother you, you should learn about the safest directions for tourists. According to a Forbes study, the top ten most prosperous countries include: Singapore, Iceland, Switzerland, Bhutan, Mauritius, New Zealand, Cyprus, Ireland, the United Arab Emirates, Aruba Islands, Bonair and Curacao. Information about the “hot spots” of the planet is published on the Russian MFA website; it is not recommended to go there either on first or on other trips.
The choice of country for the first trip abroad depends only on your desires and possibilities.