We had an amazing 4-day trip to Georgia ( the country in Europe and not the state in USA ? ) in February 2017, and we can’t wait to share all the details with you!
But first up, here are some fast facts about this beautiful land:
- Location: Located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe, it is bounded to the west by the Black Sea, to the north by Russia, to the south by Turkey and Armenia, and to the southeast by Azerbaijan. The capital and largest city is Tbilisi.
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- Currency: Georgian Lari (GEL) (current exchange rate)
- Electricity: 220V, 50Hz (European plug)
- Primary Airports: Tbilisi (TBS), Batumi (BUS)
- Water: Georgian Mineral water is highly rated and widely exported. Tap water is generally considered safe for drinking. Bottled water is quite affordable.
- Internet: WiFi is available at most guesthouses and cafes. Also central Tbilisi has a free WiFi network, TbilisiLovesYou.
- Local SIM: Readily available and cheap, purchasing a local sim is highly recommended. Magti and Geocell are major cellular operators with packages to suit your need. By presenting our passports at the Airport Arrivals Hall, we were able to get a free Geocell sim with ‘pay as you go’ option.
- Visas: Residents of United Arab Emirates have free on-arrival visa for 90 days. For other countries, check your visa requirements here.
- Language: Georgian language is unique and has its own alphabet. Most locals also speak Russian. English is only prevalent in touristy areas of Tbilisi and some of the mountain ski regions. Georgians are said to be quite hospitable, but unfortunately, the ones we encountered were not very patient or helpful. ? So better, keep your Google Translator handy.
- Safety: We met a lot of solo travellers, all-women groups as well as families with little kids. No-one had any issues with safety and security during their time in the country. The same goes for us. However, use caution if you’re visiting areas near the Russian-occupied areas of Georgia.
- Accommodation: Finding a place to stay is easy and you can expect comfortable accommodation at every price level. We used Booking.com, for finding an affordable hostel on Rustaveli Avenue. You can also use AirBnB or Agoda for budget stay options.
- Transportation: Georgian driving is not the safest, wear a seatbelt. There are trains between a few of the cities, otherwise there are minibuses (marshrutka) connecting all major cities in Georgia, as well as connecting Georgian cities to its neighbors, and is quite affordable. For more transport information, click here.
- Possible Issues: Georgia is one of the safest countries in Europe (except the two occupied areas). Corruption is now low and it’s safe to walk around. Altitude sickness is a possible issue: Be warned and be cautious if you are visiting the mountains.
- Budget: This is a pretty decent budget destination. It’s not rock-bottom, but the Georgian Lari lost value over the past few years, making it a more affordable travel spot. Everything is moderately priced, food is reasonable and wine is pretty cheap. Click here to get find out how we did a 4-day trip in less than 500$.
So now that you know this country a little better, here is a sneak peak into our Georgian Adventures!
All opinions and photos are our own, unless otherwise stated.