Tag archives for Sochi

As an American who grew up during the tail end of the Cold War, it was difficult to avoid developing a few stereotypes about Russia. Could it really be how it’s portrayed in popular culture–or how I imagined it? Now that I’ve been living in Sochi for nearly a month, let’s examine four preconceived notions I brought with me along with my luggage–and how they’ve panned out.

On a recent trip to the French Alps, I tried my hand at equestrian skijoring, which is essentially a horse pulling you on cross-country skis. While it may take some time for the sport to make a comeback at the Winter Games, there are plenty of ways to get your DIY Olympics on in the alpine wonderland that has played host to the Winter Olympics three times.

My wife, daughter, and full-time job are more than 5,000 miles away. I’ll spend the next month sharing a tiny room with three strangers from Armenia, Vancouver, and L.A. Though I’ve been preparing for my trip for months, I didn’t quite know what to expect when I got on the ground. Now I’m here to help other Sochi-bound travelers get in the game by sharing what I’ve learned so far.

This month National Geographic Traveler announced 2014′s must-see places in the annual Best of the World feature. From Argentina to Oz, the final lineup reflects what’s authentic, culturally rich, and sustainably minded. Discover what makes these destinations worthy of a visit—and how they ended up on the list.