Russia.... 5 months out, but research is going strong. I am toying with the idea of canceling the apartment we booked for New Year's eve, originally it was going to be 3 of us now down to 2, but low and behold, the cheaper hotels I was looking at in May/June are now sold out, booking early was a good bet, and at this point the apartment seems to be a good value, plus since Moscow is the main part of the trip for me, might as well have the nicest hotel budget there, so at this point I am keeping the reservation.
St. Petersburg Hotels: This will be the 2nd longest leg of the trip so I've begun hotel research. Just some quick browsing on expedia, nothing has jumped out at me just yet and still debating hotel or hostel. Prices look great compared to Moscow New Year's rates, so that tempts me to book soon, but we shall see what happens. Nevsky Central Hotel, cheap place, people complaining that it's a three story walk up with no amenities, aka, the budget travelers type of place! Time to check out some online forums for that one.
Part III Here