You want to travel someplace different. You’re dead tired of Norovirus infected cruises, all-inclusive resorts that cater to your…um, mom and dad, and overcrowded (not to mention, overpriced!) European capitals that have been globalized and gentrified and all look the same.
You want to get back to nature. Go off the grid. Find your inner Unabomber without actually bombing anything. So why not go trekking in the coldest inhabitable place on earth: Siberia?
Siberia is synonymous with unpopulated wilderness and majestic scenery, but chances are when someone mentions the region, you think of Gulags, secret military bases, and crime and punishment.
Oh, yeah…it’s bloody cold. As in, every day is a polar vortex. And did we mention that Siberia has the highest density of grizzly bears in the world? Also wolves, lynxes, and arctic foxes?
In other words, a trekking expedition in Siberia isn’t for the faint of heart. You need to be cut from a certain cloth. You need to be able to live without Wi-Fi, or even a paved road, modern toilet, or other human beings for that matter.
But think of all the things you can expect to see, not to mention the bragging rights you’ll have if you actually make it home. Yes, that was a joke. Gulag humor, if you will.
Sightseeing at the Rim of the World
The Chukotka region is known for its reindeer camps. If you happen to stumble upon one, here’s what you say: Napse, dohor. It means “What news, friend?”