10 Reasons to Visit Ukraine Travel Tips

10 Reasons to Visit Ukraine Travel Tips

Well well hello there! We hope you guys have enjoyed the Ukraine
video series that we’ve been putting out over the last few weeks. That has come to an end but we figured why
not sit down on our couch, take a little roadtrip down memory lane and talk about some experiences
and also a few reasons why we enjoyed visiting Ukraine. Yeah, exactly. We had such a good time in Ukraine and we
honestly like it wasn’t a place that we were even going to go to this year. Yeah, it was like it was a last minute decision
to be honest. It really was. It was it was the biggest travel surprise
of the year for us in terms of us really enjoying it. And what happened was as Canadians we could
only spend 3 out of 6 months in the Schengen Zone. Yes. Which is basically most of Europe. Most of Europe and so we had to get out and
Ukraine was one of the options of a place we could go. Yeah. So we’ve always wanted to visit Ukraine (Україна)
but one of the reasons that we came there was strategic and we had so many projects
this summer. It was like one after the other after the
other that by the time we arrived in Ukraine we hadn’t we didn’t really have enough time
to do a lot of prior research so we were just kind of hitting the ground running and so
everything was fresh and new to us and we ended up loving it so much that we wanted
to share 10 reasons why we think you should visit Ukraine (Україна). And Sam even got a cool shirt. I did. Yeah. I got this in Lviv (Львів). Oh man I love this. Love this shirt. So number 1 let’s talk about affordability. Ukraine is really really cheap for travelers
and we’re going to give you guys some examples. Let’s start with accommodations. So we stayed in an Airbnb. Yeah. And I remember when we were searching for
prices online um you can find like really nice entire apartments usually anywhere between
$15 to $35 dollars. Yeah. And if you look for anything higher it is
like luxury. Like a $40 apartment is luxurious. These are really nice apartments. Big spacious and great locations. Yeah. Both in we went to Kyiv and Lviv. And both times we were able to find like apartments
we were very happy with. Um, both under $30 dollars. So excellent value. And the next thing you’ll find really inexpensive
and great value in Ukraine is dining out because we were able to go and have like great meals
usually between like $5 to $10 US dollars. Yeah. And when you’re looking at $10 US dollars
per person that is usually several courses paired with wine and dessert. Wine, dessert and sharing appetizers. Things like that. And also you can find a bit more budget meals. You can definitely have cheap bites for under
$5 dollars. For under 5 US dollars like sometimes like
3 or 4 dollars. So yeah there is excellent value dining out
and it was just so fun. It was a great experience getting to do that
frequently because of the prices. Yes, and another thing that is really cheap
transportation. Probably the cheapest transportation we’ve
used so far. Yeah. I think you mentioned it was the equivalent
of 0.20 US cents. It was $0.20 at the time we visited I remember
it being 5 in local prices which was 20 US cents at the time. Yeah. Yeah, taking the metro was a whole experience. We’ll talk about that a bit later. Yeah. And the last thing we found to be great value
was shopping for groceries. And we’d get like chocolate, wine, fresh produce,
meats but we didn’t actually eat at home as much as we do in other countries. Yeah, because restaurants were so cheap so
we were like yeah we’re going to splurge. Yeah, exactly. So we had lots of really good meals. So reason number 2 we found Ukraine to be
super underrated. And we especially noticed this in the lack
of travelers. Yep. Like we would be visiting some of the main
attractions and like looking around it was just mostly local or domestic travelers but
you don’t see a lot of foreigners. Yeah, you don’t see like these big tour buses
and then all of these people piling out. Not at all. There weren’t massive lines to go to places. It was just I found that really refreshing
because in some cities in Europe it has gotten to the point where it is overwhelming to visit. Yeah. Because there is just so much going on but
we found there is this really underrated aspect of being in Ukraine (Україна). So the 3rd point is we want to talk about
safety and we both felt very safe in both Kiev (Київ) and Lviv. We were going around with our cameras out,
we also didn’t at anytime like we were in danger doing that. We also found that just by like I was jogging
at night for instance in Kyiv (Київ) and I had no issues whatsoever. Nobody hassled us. No. There was zero hassle factor. Now moving on to point number 4 let’s talk
about friendliness because we kind of thought we were going to have a bit of a language
barrier and maybe it would be really hard to communicate and people were going to be
like really harsh and stern but honestly we had a really positive experience. Yeah, it was positive right from the beginning. We’ll start with our Airbnb hosts. Both she was so nice. Both of them were fantastic. Oh yeah and the other guy too. He came to pick us up at the train station. Yeah, like I’ve never had a host come and
get you and like welcome you. They were very friendly in both places. Yeah. For instance in Kiev I remember our host printed
out our train tickets for us last minute and like you were saying in Lviv we got picked
up at the train station and we also got dropped off at the airport and that has never happened
anywhere else we’ve stayed around the world. That was cool. We found locals were really going above and
beyond ot make us feel welcome and that also extended to restaurants as we started to revisit
some of our favorite places. I remember there was one place in Kiev (Київ)
we went to O’Panas in the park nearby our house. Oh yeah, several times. Yeah, the staff got to know us and everyone
was very friendly and like every time we went there we felt even more welcome and we found
that um compared to other parts of Europe maybe not as much English is spoken by the
average person but even people who couldn’t speak English well we found there was lots
of friendly gestures. Lots of smiling. Lots of smiling and your tip was to learn. Oh yeah, so as a tip I would recommend learning
to read the Cyrillic alphabet. Like that is going to help you out a lot. Just being able to kind of like sound out
the food names like names of words. Yeah, exactly. Um and you did a better job of that than I
did so. Yeah, well I mean like we had been traveling
in Kyrgyzstan and we’ve been to Bulgaria. Yep. So like it just comes in handy. It is a good skill to have. Yeah, that is a really good travel tip for
Ukraine. Definitely. Okay part number 5 guys is the local food
scene. And if you’ve been watching our channel for
any length of time we ate a lot. Yeah, you know we ate a lot and you know we
are always going to talk about food wherever we go. So we ate some really delicious things one
of my favorite things was Ukrainian dumplings called Varenyky (Вареники). Oh, those were so good. We ate those like all of the time. Yeah. And then when we went out to Lviv I really
enjoyed a dish called Banosh (Банош) which basically it kind of like had polenta
cornmeal mix with bacon and sheep goats cheese. Sheep’s cheese. And oh that was so good and hearty. And which ones did you like? Um, we had Deruny (деруни) I believe
it is like it was stacks of potato pancakes. They were just like and sometimes we would
just get the plain pancakes but other times we would get it with like this creamy mushroom
sauce and chicken. Ooh my goodness that was so good. So good. And we also had quite a bit of Borscht (борщ)
and that is kind of a classic. Yeah, so those are 4 things you can try and
there is lots of great traditional Ukrainian restaurants. Um, we went to a lot of them. I remember in Kyiv (Київ) we really liked
O’Panas, we really liked Pervak and then we went to Sevel Piggies in Lviv. So yeah they were all really good. Yeah, and the food is very hearty and filling. So bring your appetite and maybe skip breakfast. Haha. And speaking of food number 6 let’s talk about
the International Food Scene because there is some of that going on. So while we were in Kiev we had quite a bit
of Georgian food that is really popular. Oh, that was delicious. We found a place called Mama Manana. Oh. You know what? That is vying for maybe even our favorite
restaurant that we ate at in the whole country. It was so good. So good. It was all so good. We also had great Korean food. Yep. We ate sushi. We didn’t show this in Lviv but we found a
place a little Italian place that was doing like wood oven fire pizzas. Yeah. They were delicious too. Yeah. And then there was also like little pop up
restaurants. Oh yeah. So like you would have these little like minivans
that would open up and there would be a little coffee shop or a little cocktail bar. And they would usually park in the parks or
like near intersections and you could just go and order your coffee in the morning. So that was kind of cool. Yeah, so it was just like great great food
scene in Ukraine and that was one of the reasons we loved travel in Ukraine so much. There was good food. Haha. So number 7 let’s talk about transportation
because it is pretty cool especially in Kyiv (Киев) we rode the metro a lot to get
around like right from day 1 and not only was it cheap but the stations were so grand
so you’d go like underground and you’d have these like massive arches and yeah they had
like chandaliers and these cool things. It was an experience. And the trains tended to be quite rustic and
they were rattlers. They were shakers. And yeah I we kind of I don’t know for some
reason we have this weird thing about enjoying that kind of stuff. And the other cool part is that it has the
deepest metro station in the world. Yes. So that would be Arsenalna. Yeah. Five minute ride isn’t it? Yeah, it takes five minutes. Five minutes and you have to ride down two
separate escalators. It is a five minute ride and they are very
fast moving escalators. So you can imagine how deep that is going. Yeah, so that was cool. And so the other cool the other part I wanted
to mention about transportation too is we found it really easy to get from the airport
to the city center. We just took a bus and then we transferred
on the metro in Kiev (Київ). And then the other thing that was great was
that we took the train from Kyiv to Lviv and it was awesome. Like the train was very comfortable, it left
on time. In fact it even arrived five minutes earlier
than scheduled. Ooh. Which is always a nice thing. That tends to be rare anywhere you take trains. And I remember it was very affordable so we
actually upgraded to first class. That is right. Yeah, that is right. I think our tickets if I remember correctly
were 500 local which is about $20 dollars. So yeah, it was very affordable and that was
like for a five or six hour ride if I remember correctly. So yeah transportation was a big bonus of
traveling in Ukraine (Україна). So number 8 let’s talk about architecture
and I feel like that is reason enough to visit Ukraine. Honestly going into it I was kind of expecting
super drab Soviet looking architecture and you do get a few buildings like that but honestly
like most of the streets were stunning. Yeah. Like let’s talk about Kiev (Киев) first. Like some of the streets in that city looked
straight out of Paris. Like everything was so ornate and elaborate. I was thinking of Paris or Buenos Aires like
really nice balconies and you were also impressed by the colors as well. Yeah, so a lot of the buildings were painted
these bright colors like you had teals and blues and yellows and I just thought it added
like a really nice profile of colors especially on a gray day. Yeah, I agree with you and it was interesting
to see how some buildings were being maintained better than others it just gave it some variety
while we were walking around. Yeah. And you know what? We actually noticed quite a bit of restoration
work taking place. Yep. In some of the you know older more historic
buildings. So yeah the architecture ended up being one
of the more underrated features of visiting Ukraine for us. Yeah. So number 9 let’s talk about churches because
I feel like this is the main attraction in most cities. Well, we only did Kiev and Lviv (Львів)
but we saw a lot of churches. Um, and monasteries and cathedrals. Um, just speaking personally I’ll just interject
here I mean if you’ve been traveling in Europe for a while you can actually get fatigued
from visiting churches because it is just one after the other some of them look similar
between city to city. But the churches and monasteries and cathedrals
in Ukraine were quite impressive. Yeah, they were very different. First of all you’ve got that classic onion-dome
like on top of the churches. A lot of them were gold so like you can see
them shimmering off in the distance. Also like just like a lot of the buildings
in the city we found that the churches were very colorful. Sometimes as impressive as they were from
the outside it was like once you went in they were even more impressive inside. Like they were so ornate and it was a whole
experience especially some of the more Orthodox ones like for you you would be covering up. Yeah as a women you do have to cover up and
like kind of wear a scarf over your head so something to keep in mind. And yeah, I should mention that these are
active places of worship so often times we’d be going in but people would be praying and
worshiping so you kind of have to be mindful of that and like trying not to encroach. In Lviv (Львів) we kept every church
that we visited there was a wedding going on. Yeah. We were kind of like wedding crashers in Lviv. We were being very discreet trying to film
but it was fascinating. And in Lviv you have many different types
of churches. Yeah, we visited Armenian churches, Jesuit
churches, Bernardine churches. So yeah, lots of churches to choose from for
sure. So we certainly had our fill in Ukraine (Україна). Haha. So for number 10 we want to talk about the
diversity of places in Ukraine. Yep. And I know we’re probably not the best people
to talk about this since we only visited two destinations but we’ve had so many different
suggestions in the comments like in all of the videos we’ve been making and we’ve actually
been researching these places. So there is a lot of nature. Um, the one place that kept coming up was
Odessa. You guys have got to go to Odessa. Yeah. So there is just there is a lot of places
that we didn’t get to even explore within the country that make us want to go back and
revisit again because we had such a good experience in Kyiv and Lviv (Львів). Yeah. And yeah, it was just an awesome experience
for us so it makes us want to go back to Ukraine and to experience a whole lot more. So if any of you have tips and suggestions
of like some places that you think would be great to visit, maybe some underrated places
in the country please let us know in the comments below because I think this will really help
others. So that is a wrap for this video and those
are our 10 reasons to visit Ukraine we hope you were able to inspire you guys a little
bit to add a new country to your bucket-list. Yeah, exactly this is a place we really enjoyed
and we hope these travel tips to Ukraine (Україна) really helped you out. And if you have any other tips you’d like
to share please leave those below in the comments. And yeah, we just had a great time in Ukraine. We can’t express that enough. So just go out there and visit. Alright, bye. Tata.

100 thoughts on “10 Reasons to Visit Ukraine Travel Tips

  1. Hi.. I am Aneel from pakistan. . I want to visit Ukraine very soon. Please suggest me the registered travel tour agencies in Ukraine .. who help to get visa from Pakistan. .And If we want to stay longer on 1 month visit visa .. Do u tell me how it is possible .. Thanks for this lovely videos and tell all the facts about Ukraine. . I love to visit and wish to be there by the Grace of God.. Godbless you both.. takecare . I am waiting for your reply. .

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  4. what idiot write in translation Україна (росія) – Ukraine (ruSSia)??? Are you two stupid small-english bitch? Fuck you

  5. I have been to Kviv and other locations, I like what you have done a great job. I love Opana's
    the meals are so cheap.

    I would add that using Uber as the app works and you do not need to speak the language which is nice.

    Someone below said the Women are beautiful and Its a place for men from the West. I did not know when I came and they are amazing compared to US.

    Remember the avg wage in Kviv is sub $300 USD a Month.

    The hosts Air BnB are really good, I will add that I felt safer at 1 AM then in any other European
    city. Walking is a local past time. It reminds me of Prague 20 years ago.

    If you need medical attention use Citi Doctor, and if you get a chance go to the Carpathians


  6. Odessa is a fun city.Go in the summer and visit arcadia and with all the nightclubs itaki and ibiza rock and restaurants on the black sea. They are open very late and they are open to the stars and all are within walking distance of each other. Swimming at arcadia is also fun. And you can also visit and take the tour of the catacombs it was well worth the money. You go underground and go back in time and learn their history. Also see a opera at the odessa opera house. It is a very beautiful building outside and inside. It was so great to see and learn different culture. Learn some russian with help alot but people in odessa speak some english and english menu's are available on derabaskaya st and surrounding area.

  7. Ukraine is the geographical center of Europe. European culture emerged, in fact, from the territory of Ukraine. There were already CITIES in c. 5200 to 3500 BC, there were houses with 2 and 3 floors! The first arable land in Europe and agriculture appeared on the territory of Ukraine! No wonder Ukraine is called a "European bread basket."

  8. Hiii, gyus, where are you from? Canadians? I'm Ukrainian , my wife is American, we live in south dakota, USA, planning to go visit my family someday, thanks for your video , you lighted her mind up now she is not so scared no more;)

  9. Ahaha, this is a very normal thing in Lviv – I also always feel like a wedding crusher there =) It's so nice that you enjoyed Ukraine – I'm from Kyiv myself, but I don't really live there for about 5 years, so your video makes me quite nostalgic =)

  10. Why do YouTube subtitles show that Ukraine it is Russia? Ukraine is not Russia! It is completely other country

  11. Guys, you've been in my country!!! Yeah!!! I'm impresed soooooooo much! YOU BOTH ARE AWESOME! And I really glad that you have a good impression of Ukraine!

  12. Hello, thank you for sharing your experience. I never have been in Europe, and I am thinking travel next year. Could you tell me how much money did you spent in Ukranie? Please.

  13. Hello, watched your video and to be honest I was very happy that people from other countries visited my home city. Ukraine is always open for everyone and I believe it is really interesting experience for everybody. I moved to US 3 years ago and miss my home very much, aspasialy food 😉

  14. Visit Tchernihiv. It has been restored in 2017 , so Tchernihiv district was a capital of Ukrainian Republic (Hetmanat) in 17 century. And 1 kg of a cottage cheese ( pure one ) costs at around 1 -1.2 eur. Natural honey, excellent steaks.

  15. Ukrainians were very brutal during WWII, inhuman treatment to kids and people. Chopping heads, legs , pulling bodies apart with horses, pulling eyes out with knife, burning kids alive. Much worse tortures than Nazi army. Visit? No thank you.

  16. Guys, you are wonderful! I watched a lot of your videos, and got a lot of positive! Visit Odessa in the summer! It's a beautiful city!
    Greetings from Kyiv !!!

  17. How long do you recommend going to Ukraine ? I’m looking at going to Lviv and Kiev (and maybe Odessa?) but not sure how long to go.

  18. Thank you guy so much I go to Ukraine in July you guys inspired me to visit my friend there for a few weeks!

  19. Suggestion: I would suggest 2 places in Western Ukraine:
    Kamyanets-Podilsky and Khotyn fortresses (old historic sites) – can be easily done in 2-3 days: really nice middle-aged styling and panoramic views, cuisine etc.
    You can get a hotel or airbnb room just near Kamynets-Podilsky fortress and travel to Khotyn fortress from there on tourist bus and right from there you can travel to Chernivtsi.

    Also, really glad to hear you liked Kyiv – you're welcome !

  20. Hey guys! It was a pleasure to hear such a positive feedback about your Ukrainian adventures 🙂 There is this local site about Ukrainian attractions – http://ukrainer.net/en/ maybe it could be useful for you, to get inspired for your future visits. Cheers!

  21. You should go to Chernivtsi i reccomend to visit castels in Khotyn and Kamenet's, and the national university

  22. Great video. Ukraine is a country a lot of visitors always love coming back for more. Ukraine has more to offer than this and so we will like to introduce you to a channel you can watch an up-to-date sights and sounds of the street of Kiev (Kyiv). https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuLNq7kWiN_KaIgS_moEItQ/featured?view_as=subscriber. Follow this link above to see latest videos of Ukraine as a country. Cheers!

  23. Ukraine is a terrible country. I've been around the world, and I gotta say it's the only country that I consider to be a shithole. People are never smiling, rarely welcoming, never talking (even between each other), so rude, they rarely say "hello" totally xenophobic, grumpy… I've been in Kiev in summer, there is no tourists, and the buildings are mostly dark and ugly. Just a shithole. If you enjoy meeting people and if you are open minded, this middle age country isn't for you.
    If you are interested in women : they are not more beautiful than in the rest of Europe, and they are absolutely narrow minded.

  24. You should visit Ukrainians Carpathian mountains, you can feel our true culture there and see even more of country's nature. I highly recommend it. As Ukrainian I really love visiting Carpathian mountains cuz there's a lot of Ukrainian culture there and the feeling of that is amazing ❤

  25. Thank you for a great review! Ukraine is also a great place for active sports, such as rock climbing or caving. This is very affordable and you do not need any experience to do that. You just need to join an organised trip and you'll get all the equipment and training by professionals. For instance the price for 2 day rock climbing trip near Kiev including everything and even food would be less than 50 eur! These activities are usually practiced only by locals cause foreigners don't usually know about them. I've taken a couchsurfer with me once on such a trip and he was super happy)) I would be happy to help anyone, who's interested

  26. Guys, you should visit Chernivtsi. It’s a bit like Lviv, still even more quite and underestamated, though very beautiful

  27. Please come to Poltava – it's the heart of Ukraine, and it's spiritual capital. We also have tasty traditional meal – poltavski galushki, and special kind of borshch. If you will be in Poltava – you can write me, I'll show you everything)

  28. +1 Like from Ukraine:)
    Places for traveling: Odessa, of course, although Kharkiv. I've never been in Dnipro, but people say, it's a nice city too. But the main yo've seen – Kyiv and Lviv. There are some tourist routs with great nature in Carpatian mountains. And don't go to towns and willages – it's a hole.
    №11 Reason – very strong and cheep (8 dollars for gramm) ganja)
    Thanks for this nice video, i like, that you enjoy our country!)
    Сала Україні!

  29. For a 70 UAH MacDonald meal, one can get 7 milk chocolate bars or 2 bottles of beer in a supermarket. So that meal was expensive.

  30. I've noticed one thing about Canadians vs. Americans is that they tend to be more positive and kind giving their feedback and way more polite in general. Thank you guys for the video, and I'm glad you enjoyed your visit here.

  31. Like your blog guys! You are awesome! As a canadiens you are very polite, positive and very respectful. And thank you for your good words about Ukraine and ukrainians.

  32. For Ukraine, we can barely live there. For hometowners, its expensive because what we get paid is not a lot and pensioners get paid only 50$ a month

  33. Going in July and can't wait
    How long would you recommend days wise spending in Kiev and Lviv if I only have a week?

  34. I ran into a couple from Ukraine while hiking at a local park and talked with them for several minutes. They were so friendly that I wanted to learn more about Ukraine. This is a great introductory video.

  35. if suggestion is still needed, i can recomend several places.
    for summer trip Odessa is best choise
    for tons of historical buildings its definetely Chernihiv
    if you wanna see nice east european architecture – Chernivtsy, Ivano-Frankivsk, Mukachevo, Vinnitsya
    for mix of soviet and east-european architecture – Kharkiv (Donetsk was also nice until war)
    also there are a lot of perfect looking small towns
    also it would be easy to find nice food in every city i mentioned above

  36. Приїжайте в Карпати. Зустрінемо гостинно і все покажемо

  37. You must visit Sofiivka, its park in Uman. One of the most beautiful places in Ukraine with intresting history.

  38. Hi! Good video! But I see in the russian subtitles "Ukraine(Russia)" all the video (1:13, 3:58 for example). Ukraine is not Russia. And we have war with them.

  39. We are also Canadian and planning a trip to Ukraine this year. Thanks so much for the tips, they have been really useful in our planning. I'm really excited for our trip

  40. You're always welcome and you should come to Kyiv at spring time, when chestnuts are blooming. And also visit Chernivtsi and Ivano-Frankivsk, you'll definitely like it!

  41. I've been there last year and I'm going again next month . I've been to kiev and Odessa . I love peoples there and foods drinks it was awesome .

  42. Really enjoyed your apartment reviews, thanks guys. So sorry, have so many questions as I want to visit soon (1) were there any language issues (2) how did you get around with place names being in Cyrillic text (3) was Uber easy to use there?

  43. Why is Russia translated in brackets? This seems to be another completely country and has only a direct relation to Ukraine, so to speak, historical ties, like many European countries that are geographically close

  44. Ukraine is the best country in the world not just because I was born there, it’s because the people are friendly, the stuff are cheap, the nature is beautiful, the culture is great and the food is really good. You guys should really visit the country. Go to Ivano-Frankivsk because it’s the most prettiest city there and I was born there.

  45. I have been there years 2017, 18, 19 and retire April 2020. I plan to stay till my passport time allotment ends, 90 days this summer. Kharkiv surprised me. I dig that town..A lot. Kyiv is beautiful and the people I've met and keep in contact with are superb. It's such an awesome amazing place, just a matter of time before the tour buses show up. Glory to Ukraine!

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