Experiences

In many regards, traditional travel has lost touch with its original intent. When we set out to travel, we set out to expand our minds, learn new things, see new sights, or breathe new air. What we’re often served, by the traditional travel market, is a watered-down and emotionless version of what travel once was. If you're tired of being a tourist, an alternative travel trip may be the perfect opportunity for you to see Ukraine in a new way.

Hot summer brings lots of opportunities to experience various water amusements. There are many options for those who prefer calm boating and catamaran riding as well as for lovers of extreme wakeboards and wave runners. Kyiv, which is located on beautiful Dnipro River and has a plenty of wonderful lakes, offers many interesting options for water activities. Let`s get familiar with some of the best water attractions in Kyiv.

The biking infrastructure in Odesa still has a long way to go in order to reach the standards that have been already established in Lviv or Kyiv, for example. However, renting a bike in Odesa in summer can still be a good idea if you want to discover city’s more remote attractions.

Caring parents always look for the best entertaining and educational options for their kids. Of course, this task becomes harder while staying or living in a foreign country. How to find the best places for children, where they can have a good time and learn something new? “Destinations” answers this question, presenting the list of the best kids-oriented studios in Kyiv.

Even though Kyiv isn’t located on the sea coast, it still has much to offer for all the beach enthusiasts. The capital of Ukraine boasts 75 kilometers of sandy beaches. With the new summer season upon us, Kyiv is getting busy preparing all the recreational areas by the water for numerous visitors to spend the time with comfort and pleasure.

When the spring comes, it brings with it a lot of outdoor events, such as concerts, festivals and theatrical performances. This May Kyiv locals and its guests will be able to take part in an exciting musical event called Street Music Day, which will be held in Kyiv on May 20 for the fourth time.

American poet and philosopher Henry David Thoreau once said that the fire is the main comfort of the camp, whether in summer or winter ... it is as well for cheerfulness as for warmth and dryness. However, campfires are also the source of as serious danger. To avoid fires, Kyiv City Department for Parks and Forests launched an on-line interactive map of campfires permitted location.

A hotel for me means traveling, adventure and new discoveries. I like to stay in different hotels, expensive and standard ones, because each of them has its own story, which is worth knowing and experiencing. This is the story of my impressions about Radisson Blu Hotel, Kyiv Podil and our conversation with its GM Nadine Fernbacher.

The biking infrastructure in Lviv still has a long way to go in order to reach the European standards, however, the cycling movement, meaning people’s desire to bike with comfort, is extremely recognizable. For cycling enthusiasts who are visiting Lviv region and would like to discover it on a bike, we round up some most popular bicycle routes near Lviv. These routes are of low to medium difficulty level and will be great options for cyclists who are able to ride 60-100 km a day without much effort.

Lviv has recently developed its own vibrant cycle scene. The biking infrastructure still has a long way to go in order to reach European standards. However, the cycling movement, meaning people’s desire to bike in style and with comfort is extremely recognizable. For those who are visiting Lviv for a couple of days and would like to discover it on a bike, we round up some useful information about renting a Bike in Lviv.

Kyiv Water Fund has recently created an interactive map of Kyiv's public toilets. The map helps to find public toilet facilities in city. The interactive map of Kyiv public restrooms is the first database of all the facilities of this kind ever created in Ukraine by governmental institution.

Kyiv Metro is the fastest and most popular means of transport in the city, it is also one of the cheapest. The city’s Metro is always crowded, so sometimes it takes rather long time to purchase a single-use ticket at the ticket-office or at the ticket-machine. In order to reduce the lines and make transportation more pleasant,  Kyiv subway administration has recently announced that from now on, passengers can pay for their transpiration using a regular bank credit cards like Visa PayWave or Mastercard PayPass.

Kyiv is well-known as a wonderful city where you will surely love to live in. If you are looking for a modern city with comfortable standard of living and picturesque views at the same time – this is surely what you need.

The best travel applications help us stay organized, be on time and stick to budget whether we are traveling for business or pleasure. Each year the iconic travel magazine National Geographic rounds up the best mobile applications for travel enthusiasts which will help them discovering the world.

Odesa is truly magnificent city and has what it seems like endless number of pros of living here. This is often referred to as the southern pearl of Ukraine and has an impressive selection of various attractions. This city is a dynamic, energetic and somewhat decadent metropolis located on the coast of the Black Sea.

Lviv has become one of the most frequently visited cities of Ukraine in recent years. These days it’s a booming European city with vibrant business and cultural life. The city is growing and developing fast. Many people move to Lviv from all over Ukraine as well as from abroad. We narrowed down some key Pros and Cons of Living in Lviv.

It seems like European budget airlines might have been overlooking Ukraine as their potential hub…until now. Over the last few days Europe’s biggest low cost airlines have announced an impressive list of new destinations they will be operating from Kyiv and Lviv. So, if you haven’t been bitten by the travel bug you might be right now.

Plan the perfect family movie night (or afternoon) in Kyiv with our round up of city’s child-friendly cinemas. Grab some popcorn and settle in for stellar new releases and classic kids' movies at movie theaters that came up with perfect solutions for both kids and adults to enjoy their movie theater experience.

An interesting Anti-Cafes trend is emerging in major Ukrainian cities. At an Anti-Cafe you do not pay for the things you consume like drinks or snacks, but actually for the time you’ve spent there. Lviv seems to be at the forefront of the Anti-Cafe trend with new places that share this concept popping up almost every month. «Destinations» rounds up the most popular Anti Cafes to spend some quality time at in Lviv.

The Ukrainian Wedding is one of the most symbolic celebrations of Ukrainian culture. Centuries of Ukrainian culture bind various wedding traditions and rituals together evolving into complex and beautiful marriage ceremony. Today many Ukrainians choose to incorporate a variety of customs as well as delicious traditional foods into their celebration.

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