“The world is a book, and those who don`t travel read only a page”. Saint Augustine.
We become more educative and wiser with traveling. Why not to take a chance and go somewhere you have never been before? For example, Ukraine? It is a wonderful country with a rich history and lots of interesting traditions and customs.
It`s easy to travel to Ukraine. The country is located in the middle of Europe. Citizens of many countries can enter Ukraine without a visa for a stay up to 90 days. There are several airports in the country. Two of the airports are located in Kyiv (the capital of Ukraine), others are located in different parts of Ukraine that makes it much easier to travel through the country and visit more Ukrainian beautiful cities. The price of domestic flights will cost you around 80-100$.
Money and price:
Ukrainian national currency is hryvnya (UAH). You will need to change your money when you travel to Ukraine. You can do it in the banks or currency exchanges what are located everywhere. It won’t be a problem to find one. You can use your credit card as well but to avoid any difficulties it will be better to have some cash too, because not everywhere you will be able to pay by card. Preferably, it should be a Visa or Master card. Visitors with American express credit cards have some problems with using it in Ukraine and Europe quite often. So when you travel to Ukraine, you will need Visa or Master Card and some cash.
There are many places to go and many things to do in Ukraine. If you visit the capital of Ukraine or the big cities like Kharkiv, Lviv or Odessa you will find many fancy hotels and restaurants with the prices that are not different from European.
For example, a standard room in one of the best hotels in kharkiv will cost you around 100-120$ per night. To rent a simple apartment in the city center in Kyiv will cost you about 80$ and more.
You should definitely try traditional Ukrainian cuisine when you travel to Ukraine. Dinner for two persons at a good restaurant in Kiev will cost you about 75$ without alcohol. A cocktail in a bar in Odessa during a summer season will cost around 15$. Cup of coffee will cost you near 1-2$ everywhere.
Cab ride from the airport to the city center will cost you around 5$ in kharkiv. Bus ticket costs 0,30$. Subway ticket costs 0,20$. The bus/train ride from Kiev to Kharkiv will cost you around 15$, the flight ticket – 100$.
For example, a ticket to the theatre will cost you around 10$, a ticket to the cinema will cost nearly 5$.
A city tour will cost around 30-50$ in the big cities.
I remember a funny situation. A foreigner was preparing for a date with the Ukrainian girl in kharkiv. He planned to buy a lovely bouquet for his lady and took her to a good restaurant for dinner. We went to a currency exchange where he asked to change him 100$. On my suggestion to change more money he replied: “what for? I`m not in New York.” The long story short, he had to ask his driver to change more money later this evening.
Of course, there are many places in Ukraine with the ridiculous prices for foreigners. But you have to know what is good to buy or to try. It is better to ask locals for such information. How you know if you buy cheaply you pay dearly.
When you travel to Ukraine you will definitely find where to spend your money as well as you can have a nice weekend there with only 100$ in your pocket. It depends on your preferences.