Ukraine is an independent country, or is part of Russia?
It 'was a former Soviet republic by the Soviet Union, now defunct. is now its own political entity and has its own government and capital, Kiev.
Has anyone traveled/backpacked to the Ukraine solo during the summer months?
I am planning a sabbatical / adventure / vacation and I want to go somewhere completely different from America. Many countries have come to mind and consideration, but a friend told me to consider Russia / Ukraine. Thoughts or experiences that people want to share?
I traveled alone in Kiev. I found it good, but we must be wise in the night. Common sense is needed a lot .. Many do not many speak English, of course, but there are places that do .. I stayed at the hotel Ukraina dont stay there if the thought of a hotel, I never backpacked there for me and I would not .. I had transfer to the airport and I was happy taxi rip off or is ingore you .. Was to be done, but after 7 days the pleasure to leave behind .. You Differnet yes! can be difficult and may be interesting .. I am glad i saw it, even if it was not for a long time and I saw little of the country .. only for finding the right before you leave ...What ever you choose to enjoy the holiday!