If you are heading to Georgia (Caucasus) this winter, what are you feeling like? Any expectations? How about new, but ancient traditions and new environment?
As I know, some people just go there, because there are easy visa regulations for more than 90 nationalities, as well as affordable tickets and short flights (which is true at least for Kyiv, Minsk, Moscow, Dubai, Istanbul, Doha, Berlin, Munich, Dortmund, Milan, Larnaca, Sofia, Warsaw, Katowice, Budapest, Vilnius, Riga... well, the list is quite okay). Not many people are really well informed about Georgia yet, so curiosity is the main driver.
But do you know that Georgians celebrate Christmas on the 7th of January because of the different religious calendar, and the New Year is more important for them? As for me, it's a nice opportunity to make your winter holidays extra long and double so fun. If you celebrate Christmas on the 24-25th of December with your family, you can go to Georgia for the New Year and feel the festive spirit again! But in a totally different way.
I've been celebrating New Year in Batumi since 2013. To be precise, I met 2014 and 2015 there, and it was more than enjoyable. You know, this city is located on the sea coast and its climate is subtropical, so basically you are not freezing too much, you are next to the sea, and the snowy mountains are in a half an hour drive. Half an hour, if you want to touch the snow, make couple of pictures and come back, and around 2.5 hours, if you want to ski...