Ever considered travelling through Ukraine?

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We did! A lot of people were surprised when we told them Ukraine was on our list of countries to visit. It isn’t really on the regular tourist route around Europe, but perhaps that is what intrigued us even more. Visiting Ukraine also changed a lot of our preconceptions of this fascinating country.



Before we left, we read up that the visa rules had changed for Australians, and that you could now get a visa on arrival IF you entered the country through Borispol Airport in Kiev, or the sea port in Odessa. If you’re Australian and want to know more, click here: Embassy of Ukraine in Australia

This actually changed our itinerary a fair bit as it was a much cheaper option to do the visa this way, so we decided to fly into Kiev’s Borispol Airport. We knew that we still had to be prepared for the application…

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Is it worth going to Moldova?

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Well let me ask you a few of questions.

  • Do you enjoy drinking high quality wine and not paying through the nose?
  • Do you like getting off the beaten track?
  • Do you revel finding cheap food and accomodation?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then you my friend sound like you’d be a perfect candidate for a trip to Moldova.

We didn’t really know what to expect when we arrived in Moldova, because let’s admit it, Moldova doesn’t really rank highly on many foreigner’s ‘dream destinations’ lists. We spent half a week in Moldova and this wasn’t enough time to see everything we wanted to see, so it is a country that we’d like to go back to one day.

The Visa

Australian’s don’t need a visa to travel to Moldova if you’re staying less than 90 days (if you stay more than 90 days you either found a…

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Romania is famous for Dracula but what else?

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Yes, ‘Dracula’s Castle’ is located in Transylvania which is within Romania, and yes, it may be the most visited attraction in Romania but there’s so much more to see and do in Romania. Besides, ‘Dracula’s Castle’ (Bran Castle) isn’t much chop, to be honest (read on to find out why.)

The Visa

No dramas if you’re Australian getting into Romania. We had our passports stamped at the border and the guard asked us a couple of questions to see if we had enough money for our stay in Romania (just to make sure we weren’t going to work illegally.) As always check the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for the latest visa info.


General Advice and how much to budget

  • BEWARE! Hopping on the train at Bucharest station before the train gets going you’ll be hassled by people asking for money. They often do this in a very cunning…

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Bloody Beautiful Bulgaria

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Bulgaria is one of our favourite countries we’ve ever been to. Now that I’ve started with that big statement, I’ll attempt to explain why we love Bulgaria – but in a nutshell, cost of living is cheap, the country side is bloody beautiful and it feels like the whole world hasn’t cottoned on to the fact that this place is amazing. As a result, it’s not over run with tourists.


The Visa

No applying for a visa in advance is required if you’re Australian and just going there for a holiday. Bulgaria is a part of the EU but isn’t part of the Schengen Area (although they are trying to become apart of the Schengen Area). As per usual you should check out the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for more details.

General advice

  • Try not to nod your head for yes and shake your head for no, it…

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It wouldn’t be a Europe trip without going to Italy

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Definitely one of the most beautiful countries in terms of scenery, food and people. It’s no wonder Italy is so high on people’s list of countries to visit. Phoebe was obsessed with Italy growing up, so we had no choice but to go to ‘The Boot’ to feed her addiction.


The Visa

Italy is part of the Schengen area, so no need to get a specific Italian visa if you’re an Aussie (or from any other western country). Do keep in mind though, as it is part of the Schengen zone, you can only travel in this area for 90 days in a 180 day period.

General Advice

  • The Italian economy benefits significantly from your cash as a tourist. As a result most people speak English – but trying your hand at a bit of Italian is much appreciated by the locals.
  • Watch out for pickpockets in the major tourist…

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