Things to keep in mind while travelling to Georgia
30 January, 2019
Things to keep in mind while travelling to Georgia
If you are planning to visit Georgia, Georgian Journal will provide you with important tips and recommendations. There are five things you should know before coming to Georgia.

1. You probably know that Georgia has its unique alphabet and language which is one of the 14 languages existing in the world. Meanwhile, the country has its own currency called Lari. Georgian coins are referred to as Tetri. Money can be exchanged either in bank offices or money exchange places located in almost
every corner in the capital of Georgia, Tbilisi. Majority of Georgians speak English (especially the younger generation) as well as Russian. Keep in mind that most people avoid speaking Russian due to the protest against Russian occupation on the Georgian territory.
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Georgian money

2. Georgia offers its visitors plenty of monasteries, churches, royal palaces, and fortresses. Apart from the distinguished sights, one is highly recommended to taste local cuisine and wine. Georgia is considered to be the oldest winemaker dating back to 5,980 BC. The local cuisine is a mixture of Asian and European flavors for everyone vegetarians, vegans or non-vegetarians. Wines can be purchased in any local supermarkets or tasted in every Georgian café/restaurants. As almost every Georgian makes wine in villages, you will definitely be asked to taste their homemade wines.

As for the sights, once you visit Georgia, put the following places in your must-see list: Narikala fortress in Tbilisi, Svetitskhoveli Cathedral in Mtskheta, Cave cities: Vardzia, Uplistsikhe or David Gareja as well as Dadiani Royal palace in Samegrelo and Gergeti Trinity Church in Kazbegi.
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Georgian wine

3. The transportation system in Georgia is not equally developed in all parts of Georgia. In cities such as Tbilisi, Rustavi, Kutaisi or Batumi, you can find any type of transport easily. For example, there are buses, mini-buses (marshrutka) and underground metro operating in the capital Tbilisi. The price for all three types of transportation is considerably cheaper compared to European cities. Buses and metro cost 50 tetri ($0.19) while minibusses are a little bit expensive charging 80 tetri. Soon Georgia is launching a carsharing program and there will be only electric cars for the service. Visitors will be able to find a location of the nearest car through a mobile application. The price of the service will be affordable as well.
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Types of transport found in Georgia

4. As you might have already heard, Georgia unites regions of different climate and landscapes. You can find high Caucasian mountains in the north of the country, desert climate in the east, sea resorts in the black sea coastal region of western Georgia and volcanic lakes or rocks in the south. If it’s autumn, you are recommended to visit Kakheti, an eastern region of Georgia which is believed to be the home of winemaking. In winter, ski resorts of the Caucasian mountains await guests. Spring and Summer are perfect seasons for sunbathing and swimming in the sea, visiting caves with speleothems near Kutaisi (west part of Georgie) and Rabati castle in the southern part of Georgia as well as resting in the high mountains.
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Batumi seaside city in Summer and in Winter

5. There are certain things that you might find challenging whilst traveling throughout Georgia. Although there are three mobile operator companies in Georgia: Geocell, Magti, and Beeline with great packages and the 4G Internet, the connection is usually quite weak in mountains. Besides, people in highland regions especially seniors struggle with English so try to have a Georgian guide. And lastly, taxi service in Georgia, especially from the airport, can be tricky. Newcomers do not know about the prices for the different locations in Georgia and are often tricked by the taxi drivers. Do not panic and see the guide prepared for you by Georgian Journal: How much does Taxi cost in Tbilisi?

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