Affordable travel destinations within Georgia, for students
For people who go to Tbilisi for their education, the one thing they should not miss out on is seeing the country. Georgia is one of the most beautiful countries on this planet. The landscape has gorgeous mountains, pristine blue rivers, spectacular scenery and some of the most friendliest people in Eurasia.
So where should one begin?
The best time to see the countryside is during early spring and fall. The colors of the trees and flowers are just out of this world. Plus, no matter where you go there are many small markets which sell delicious fruits and local Georgian foods; you can always negotiate the prices and you will never go hungry. The other thing to note is that transportation in Georgia is relatively cheap- in fact cheaper than most places in Europe. Trains run to most other cities and are recommended if you plan to go far. Buses also connect to most cities and towns, but they can be packed, especially if you travel during summer.
In Georgian countryside, the majority of people you will meet are down to earth, helpful and will go out of their way to help you out.
One feature that you will see almost everywhere in Georgia are churches -something with Gothic architecture and others very small and simple. If you are into hiking then you need to see the Gergeti Trinity Church located next to Mt Kazbegi. If you do not have a car, it is a 3-hour hike. And if you love beaches, then go visit the Black Sea Coast and Batumi. While the beach lacks sand, it more than makes up for that with the exotic mountainous landscape, where you can ski and then come down for a swim 2 hours later.
One of the most affordable destinations in Georgia include Mtskheta which is the oldest city in Georgia. It is located just 14 miles north of Tbilisi and is now part of the UNESCO World Heritage list because of its buildings and greenery. Another city worth visiting is Kutaisi, which was once the capital of Georgia. Most government offices are located here. The landmarks of the city are the ruined Bagrati Cathedral built by Bagrat ll in the 11th century and the Gelati monastery Further north, there is Svaneti which has probably some of the best landscapes in Eurasia. It is also become part of the UNESCO world heritage list.
Ushguli is a small community located NW of Tbilisi and is the highest continuously inhabited settlement in Europe. The area is snow covered at least 6-7 months a year. The place is most famous for its Svaneti defense towers.
Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park is located in the lesser Caucasus just SW of Tbilisi. It is the largest national park and probably the most picturesque with his historical monuments, ecological zones and rich flora and fauna.
Turtle Lake is located on the outskirts of Tbilisi and named after the turtles that reside in the area. This is the place to come to in the summer as it is a place to party, tan and relax.
Georgia is a very affordable place to travel around. There are ample hotels to suit all types of budgets. Food is available at low price in most markets and transportation is relatively cheap.