Has your opinion of Russia now changed?
With concerns pre-tournament of violence and oppression, the FIFA World Cup in Russia ran smoother than expected. So, are you now more likely to pay it a visit?
Tom Bourlet, Wanderlust reader “I was quick to judge Russia based on media reports and travel warnings. However, following the unbelievable reception at the 2018 World Cup and the warm treatment by local Russians, who were proud to welcome tourists, it inevitably sneaked onto my radar as a potential destination. With shots of the Kremlin, Lake Baikal and St Petersburg shown throughout the tournament, we got to see a beautiful and mystical side to this country. It is now firmly on my bucket list.”
Lucy Smith, Wanderlust reader “I’ve visited Russia previously, so I knew what the country had to offer and my positive opinion hasn’t changed. When my friends and I visited Moscow for a girls’ weekend, we never thought the trip would be so topical eight years later. Having watched the World Cup, it brought back brilliant memories and, if anything, I actually feel even more inspired to return to this majestic and imposing city. I loved its fairytale architecture, green spaces and lively nightlife – a must-visit city in my opinion.”