Why travel to Georgia?
21 April, 2016
Why travel to Georgia?
Have you ever wondered why to travel to Georgia? A travel enthusiast from America named Alex offers helpful recommendations and reasons why Georgia should be on everyone’s must visit list. Here is what she writes on her blog Lost With Purpose:

“The last few weeks in Georgia have been a whirlwind of snowy mountains, cheesy breads, and dangerously hospitable people. The country is a place that any traveler must visit, but I won’t leave you hanging with just a simple
recommendation. So, why travel to Georgia?


The landscape is insane
When people think of epic landscapes, they instantly think of New Zealand or Iceland, perhaps Patagonia or the west coast of the United States. Newsflash! Most of those places are quite far away from the vast majority of people, and once you’ve gotten over the financial stress of getting there, it’s still expensive to travel there.

Georgia, on the other hand, is close to Europe, Asia, and Africa, and is an Atlantic hop and a bit away from the western hemisphere. It has epic mountains for hiking and/or skiing, mere hours away from warm beaches and rolling hills covered with vineyards.

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Georgia is cheap. Like, really cheap
It’s almost not fair how cheap Georgia is. In the three weeks that we were in Georgia, I took out €300 from my bank account.

Yes, you read that correctly.

With that €300, we had private rooms with bathrooms and mountain views, piles of dee-licious Georgian foodstuffs, many an alcoholic beverage (a pint of beer is 50 cents!), loads of hours of transport all up and down the country, and first class train rides, some with wi-fi, some with beds.

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The country has a rich history
Georgia sits at a convergence point of the East and West, being an important stop along the Silk Road, and it housed many great civilizations throughout history. Though its past (like any country) is troubled at times, the meeting and clashing of cultures has resulted in a country rich in influences, from Georgian and Armenian to Turkish to Persian to Russian. Orthodox churches sit on hilltops minutes away from Roman ruins, and cave cities are decorated with Byzantine-esque frescoes. Foods are richly spiced, despite there not being many spices grown in Georgia, and in places you can just as easily find a Turkish teahouse or a Russian kitchen as you can a Georgian restaurant.

The people are the greatest, and the country is super safe
The people of Georgia are, by far, some of the most hospitable people we’ve met in our travels. It’s hard to explain how–all countries have hospitable people, if you look long enough, and many cultures are naturally welcoming. So, why are the Georgians so great? I’d venture to say that it’s because they’re always willing to take the extra step to help you out, or make you feel at home. A good example is asking for directions. I’d ask people for directions in very (very) broken Russian. Even if they had no idea what I’d said, or weren’t able to respond and have me understand, they’d still take us and walk with us all the way, until we found where we needed to go. Even taxi drivers, who can be notorious for giving false information, or refusing to help unless you pay for a ride, were helpful. Sure, they first say that they’ll drive you there, but when you refuse, they’re just as helpful as any other person on the street. Because of this mindset, Georgia is quite safe. You won’t find people trying to steal your things while you look in the other direction, no hands will be pilfering the contents of your pockets while you’re taking photos, and it was common to see people leave their cars unlocked and unattended, while the keys were still in the ignition. Uh, what? We’d be hard-pressed to come up with other countries where this would be possible", - Reads the story.

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