Harbin, in China’s northeastern Heilongjiang province, isn’t on most travellers radar for ten months a year. However, when the winter chill really sets in, a magical kingdom grows up, Frozen-style, made of ice and snow. It becomes one of the greatest places to visit in China. This annual festival is Harbin’s huge party piece, and… Continue reading Ultimate Guide to Harbin Ice and Snow Festival
Our total fail in Harbin aside, in early 2019 Mr Fluskey and I travelled the length of Asia by train over almost three weeks. We managed 4770 miles on the tracks! At the very start of our journey, on our flight to Shanghai, we had watched the map on the monitors, wondering what the landscape… Continue reading Trans-Siberian Reflections – The Good, The Bad and The Yummy
Well, we couldn’t come all this way and not see St Petersburg could we!? The very last and final train journey of our Trans-Siberian travels was travelling from Moscow to St Petersburg by train. There are two options for this route, the sleeper or the fancy new high-speed link. As nice as taking a last… Continue reading Trans-Siberian Travels – Moscow to St Petersburg by Train
Travelling from Perm to Moscow by train was technically the last leg of the official Trans-Siberian route. This was our final sleeper train, our final packet of dried noodles for dinner and it made total sense to end this huge adventure standing in the middle of Moscow’s Red Square….but we kept going after this. Before… Continue reading Trans-Siberian Travels – Perm to Moscow by Train
The Trans-Siberian Railway is without doubt, the world’s most famous train-based travel adventure on the planet. Through our Trans-Siberian Travels we learnt so much about how to plan a trip on the Trans-Siberian, but also how to pack and organise the practicalities too. Let us guide you through how to plan a trip on the… Continue reading Top Tips for the Trans-Siberian – Plan a Trip on the Trans Siberian Railway
There are some people who take the entirety of the Trans-Siberian from end to end in one week long adventure. Personally, I would suffer far too much from fear of missing out if I bypassed too many towns without stopping. Instead, we took our journey in steps and this leg was the longest one. Travelling… Continue reading Trans-Siberian Travels – Irkutsk to Perm by Train for My 32nd Birthday
After utterly failing to catch our most important train, resulting in a crazy flight and overnight backpedal, it felt great to be back on track (pun intended) with our Trans-Siberian Travels. (Check out our epic Trans-Siberian fail here). Join us as we travel from Ulan Ude to Irkutsk by train along Lake Baikal.
Travelling from Shanghai to St Petersburg by train has to come under the heading “bucket list travel”. The Trans-Siberian (or Trans-Manchurian in our case) is one of those travel experiences that is almost a rite of passage. Travelling from Beijing to Harbin by train was the second leg of our epic Trans-Siberian Travels…and a pretty… Continue reading Trans-Siberian Travels – Beijing to Harbin by Train
The most daunting of any journey is the first step, and so it was quite the leap to begin our Trans-Siberian travels by travelling from Shanghai to Beijing by train.
Packing for the Trans-Siberian Railway can be a daunting prospect. If you have never taken a long train journey before, you may not know what to expect. Never fear! On our Trans-Siberian adventure from Shanghai to St Petersburg, we picked up some great packing tips. Follow this Trans Siberian packing list and tick off the… Continue reading Packing for the Trans-Siberian Railway in Winter – Your Packing List for the Trans Siberian Railway
“I want to be at the station by 2:30”. Mr Fluskey looked at me with exasperation, “The Trans-Siberian train doesn’t go until 3:55”! Well, it is better to be safe than sorry though right!? “If we miss this train, there isn’t another one for a week”, I quipped. Thus, our Tran-Siberian epic fail began. I… Continue reading Our Trans-Siberian Epic Fail
Taking to the tracks is such a joy. I know that we are Flying Fluskeys, and flying also makes me a happy girl, but there is something special about a train journey. (I don’t mean my morning commute). People say romantic, honestly, I’m not sure I could call it that, but it is kinda special.… Continue reading Riding the Rails – The Joys of Train Travel