January 21, 2018 wanderpinoy 0Comment

Nah, I am not joking! My pocket money was only 200USD. Before I get into details, let me first tell you about Georgia.

Where is Georgia?

Georgia is described as the “Balcony of Europe”, located in between countries such as Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkey and Russia. It has remained a rare destination until recently when they opened their door to the world. It is relatively small yet so diverse country.

Do I need visa to travel to Georgia?

1. We need to apply for an evisa in advance. Check here https://www.evisa.gov.ge/GeoVisa/

2. If you have a valid tourist visa from OECD countries and valid residency in any GCC (Middle East) countries, visa free on arrival. (I used my Canadian Visa)

So King, how the heck did you manage to spend only 200usd for your 7days trip in Georgia?

well Fellas, the country may be sounds expensive but everything is relatively cheap. It’s cheaper than any other countries in eastern europe. Tourism has started to pick up since 2015 when the government made the visa regime easier. Today, the country is turning into an attractive tourism destination.

Where to stay?

Georgia is a relatively small country packed with wide array of landscapes. Its capital tial Tbilisi has a total population of 1.5 Million.

There are quite number of hostels and hotels everywhere. Rustaveli is the main Avenue in the city. I stayed in Corner Hostel, situated two minutes walk to Freedom Square. The owners are kind and friendly, and speaks english.

What to Eat?

Acharuli khachapuri (აჭარული ხაჭაპური) is shaped like a boat and filled with melted cheese, a raw egg, and a slab or two of butter.

Georgian chacha is a strong spirit made with the grape residue from winemaking

khinkali is a Georgian dumpling. Sinilar to Xialongbao but the doughe is thicker.

Churchkhela is a traditional Georgian candle-shaped candy.

Lemonades are Georgian speciality. My favorite next to wine (Taragon flavoured).

Restaurants to check out

Double B

⁃ very nice place to chill out. The coffee is great with different types of aromas

Georgian House

– excellent food matched with good Georgian songs and dances.

Carpie Diem

⁃ A small cafe situated behind Cathedral of Saint George. They serves the best home made chocolate and cheese cake evah!

Barbarestan

⁃ One of the best Georgian restaurants in Tbilisi. Loved the vibes, food and service.

Where to go?

Tbilisi

It is the capital of Georgia with a total population of 1.5 Million. At first, you feel like going here is a bad idea. But as you go around, it’s hard not to appreciate its unique genuine charm. The vibes of the city, rawness makes you feel more of a local than tourist.

Gudauri

One of the nicest places in Georgia to see and experience snow. Vast open-slope and and gorgeous mountain landscape. There are a lot of activities you can try from cable car, paragliding to ski.

Mtshketa

the former capital of Georgia from the 3rd century BC until the 5th century AD. It is also the site of first Christian church in Georgia.

Visit Svetitskhoveli, known as the burial site of Christ’s mantle, and is among the most venerated places of worship in the region.

As i entered the complex, a guy in all black sprinkled me with water. I thought someone was just making fun of me. I looked again, then I realised he’s one of the Priests. How stupid I know! I was totally surprised. In the philippines, you have to ask before you get blessed by a Priest.

Gori

Uplistsike means “the fortress of the Lord” it contains various structures dating from the Early Iron Age. The church at the back is built in 9th Century. Worth a visit. Please Bring a jacket. The wind blows like crazy up here

Vardzia

Is a cave monastery in the southern Georgia was built in 12th century. The cave complex is huge, so incredible how the monks lived in here. Going around the caves involves walking up and down by very narrow and low corridor. The views of the valley are just breathtaking.

I absolutely enjoyed my stay in Georgia. It’s a beautiful country with sweet and hospitable people.

But I don’t know what has come over me, it made me feel like i cant do this solo travel anymore. Oh, not that I can’t. It’s just I dont want to do it anymore. it’s not weird, at least, it’s not weird if I say it isn’t weird. Right? I want to travel with people I know. I want to share the happiness with my family or friends.

I am grateful for all the solo trips i have done in the past. My first trip in Europe on solo; watched the sunset at the top of Eiffel tower, spent halloween in the small town of Cesky Krumlov, paragliding in nepal, and many others. Those travels didn’t change me, i am still the same person, but it set me free. It has enriched me with life-lessons i will never forget. it taught me that not every moment is going to be awesome. It boosted my self-esteem. I discovered something in me that is a result of the traveling. One thing is for sure, travel affects everyone differently.

ITINERARY

I honestly didn’t have itinerary; didn’t do much research, and had no expectation at all. I just joined group tours as I my main purpose of this trip was to relax.

I spent my days in this city wandering around and looking for a hidden 💎. Most of the buildings in the old city are in ruins; collapsed or abandoned. It feels like the collapse of Soviet Union just happened yesterday. The vibes of the city, its rawness, makes you feel more local than a tourist.

VISITED PLACES <<<<<<<<<< -day) Old city ❄️Day 2 - Annanuri - Gudauri ❄️Day 3 - Mtskheta - Jvari Church - Uphlistikhe - Gori ❄️Day 4 - Dry brdige - Rustaveli - Old city - Trinity church - Peace bridge ❄️Day 5 - Borjomi - Vardzia - Rabat Castle ❄️Day 6 - Europe Square - Narikala Hill - Metekhi - Rezo Theater - Shopping ❄️Day 7 - Old city Tips: ⁃ There are plenty of affordable tour agencies in Rustaveli. Just choose which one suits your preference. ⁃ Splurge as Food is super affordable. EXPENSES<<<<<<<<

I got a sale RT ticket through Cebpac from Manila to Doha for only 2,200. Funny thing was, they cancelled their flights to middle east so i was transferred to a different airline with no extra cost. Then my friend who works in Qatarairways gave me a privilege pass ticket from Doha to Tbilisi.