Travel tips for World Cup 2018 in Russia
Excited to travel to Russia to celebrate the world's biggest sporting event? Here are some tips to ensure that you'll have a blast in Russia.
1. Always have some cash with you
Cash is still the most popular form of transaction among Russians so it's always useful to have some rubles with you for taxi etc.
2. Learn some basic words in Russian.
Here's five of the most commonly used words:
Meaning: Hi! This is a great greeting that is much less formal than Здравствуйте (Zdras-voy-tye), so make sure to use it with people your own age and never use it with little old ladies – they’ll be very offended.
Meaning: Good. This is a fantastic little word that will get you through all sorts of situations. How are you? Is this enough? Do you need to stop here? Would you like some more Vodka? You can pair it with Да (‘da’- yes) and you’ll find it incredibly useful. You’ll also hear it quite a bit, and you can even phrase it like a question if you’re unsure of something.
Пожалуйста. (Puh- zhal-stah)
Meaning: Please. Add this onto any verb and it becomes automatically polite. Often in Russian the imperative is used (Give me, Do this, Go here) but if you add please onto the end, it becomes something more like “Could you please give me…”
Meaning: I’m sorry! Pronounce the ‘tye’ sound on the end with a soft t. You can use this whenever you do something wrong, or you think someone may have taken offense to something you’ve said. You can also use it when passing someone in the street and bumping into them. Try not to say it with a smile though, as smiling too much can often make you seem slightly strange in many Russian speaking places.
Meaning: Thank you! Say this as much as you can, as being polite never hurts, though don’t be surprised if Russian friends think you’re strange for saying it to them. Generally friends don’t thank each other nearly as much as they do in North America.
3. Russia uses power socket Type C and Type F
Russia uses 220 volt electricity. Look on the back of your power adapter it to find its supported voltage.
4. Avoid Tap Water
Tap water is avoided, even by Russians who don’t drink it unless it is boiled.
5. Pack light to the stadium
According to FIFA, you can enter the stadium if your bag fits under the seat. Approximate allowed dimensions are 25 cm x 25 cm x 25 cm (10 in x 10 in x 10 in). There are also some items which are prohibited including selfie sticks and tripods.
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