After deciding to move to Russia, one of the first questions friends and family would ask career ex-pat Jonathon Engels was "What are you going to eat?", and now, nine months into his contract, he's put together a collection of great Russian treats that all visitors should try.
Every tourist visits the instantly recognizable St. Basil's Cathedral and Red Square, but ex-pat Jonathon Engels recommends visiting Moscow's great wealth of public parks to enjoy the city more like the locals do.
In a city where prices elevate to astronomical, Jonathon Engels tells how, for less than a dollar, Moscow's Metro can offer some of the most notable sights the city has and provide a culture exchange of the truest nature.
Getting away from the crowds and exploring a city from a different vista can add an extra angle to your trip. Hotel bars can have eye watering prices, but Jo Fitzsimons shares 10 bars that have views worth blowing the budget for.
We hope 2012 brings you more amazing indie travel experiences, and to help you make travel a priority in your life this year, we've put together a list of travel-related resolutions that you can actually keep.
In BootsnAll's new series, Traveler Postcards, we profile a real trip - highlighting the best of a destination as seen by a particular person on a particular trip. This week Katie Aune shares stories from her adventure on the Trans-Siberian in Russia.