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Pavel Demin

Hello everyone!

My name is Pavel Demin, I am a traveler, photographer and author of dozens of tourist routes. In 2019, I created a personal travel project "Sight Hiker" (literally "seeker of sights") to share with you the beauty and inspiration from the places I saw! Today I organize trips and photo tours to many of Russian regions.  

 

The life of a student taught me how to save my savings, but I could not contain my desire to see the world. In recent years, I have visited about 40 regions of Russia, as well as more than 25 countries in Europe and Asia. My trips took place in a variety of conditions: from urban jungles to rural landscapes, from freezing mountains to hot deserts, from the comfort of 5 * hotels to cozy overnight stays in a camping tent. During my travels I realized that I love safety and comfort during the trip, so now I try to visit every place without risks to myself and my comfort. At the same time, I became convinced that I do not like standard and hackneyed tourist routes, and therefore my path always lies off the beaten track. Self-assembled and carefully calibrated in advance, a survey route through the region opens up new incredible places, often hidden from the eyes of most tourists. Each such trip is filled with history, religion, culture, beautiful nature and local life, with the help of which you can fully see and feel each region. It's a journey  not for the sake of "tick", but for a full immersion in the region.

I do not regret a single day spent on the journey - it is what filled my life with meaning and made me a happy person!  Traveling beyond familiar places, filling life with impressions and expanding the boundaries of the world, a person goes beyond the usual rhythm in order to feel the drive of discovery and a sea of impressions, and ultimately to know oneself better.  and the world around. That's what travel is for, right?  My dream and goal is to travel all over Russia and introduce everyone to its wonderful regions.

I invite you to make a trip to one of the regions of vast Russia by yourself or with me. I am convinced that this will change your ideas about Russia and show how beautiful this country is!

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Sight Hiker

Translation from English:

sight - place, object, interesting place

sight - real place you can see

sight - look, the ability not only to watch, but to "see"

Translation from English:

hiker - traveler

hiker - walking tourist

hiker - active person reaching the goal

What does "Sight Hiker" mean to me? This is not just a phrase, but an idea, a deep concept of active sightseeing trips to remote places . From the very beginning of my trips, I was not interested in hyped locations - I liked to move around little-known corners in search of special sights hidden from the eyes in order to capture their beauty and special flavor. For me, "site-hiker" is  an active tourist who travels across countries and regions in search of unique places and "experience of a pioneer", in order to then share his impressions with others. And for the experience to be holistic - you need to try to cover as many places as possible in one trip!

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Nature, history, culture, religion and everyday life - I am interested in every detail of the life of the locals in order to truly get to know the region. It's not enough for me just to visit beautiful places - I want to see them at the best time of the year and day, fully enjoy them and realize the significance for the people living there. After all, people are what make a typical place so special! I love to discover the Russian hinterland and make the regions of Russia closer!

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My travels break stereotypes and change people!

Traveling around Russia is often stopped by stereotypes that I want to break: from high prices and poor service to problems with  security and lack of knowledge about the region. Do you think that the most beautiful landscapes are very far away and expensive to get to? Do you think that it is impossible to visit many places in one trip? Is it dangerous and inhospitable in some regions, and is it impossible to fully immerse yourself in the local culture during a short trip? Or maybe there is nothing to watch in Russia at all? Having got acquainted with my travels, you will learn about such places that will open a great country from a new side! One that you want to be proud of and sincerely love.  

How is this possible?

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Route . I work with logistics of any complexity, because I want to visit every corner of Russia and make it accessible to everyone.

Transport . I use not only personal, but also public transport to get the most out of the atmosphere of the region.

Stories . I want not only to see the place, but also to tell the world about it. I love sharing information, photos and stories about Russia with everyone!

Places . I am looking for interesting, beautiful and unusual places, hidden from the eyes of most tourists.

Way . Each of my journeys is a journey that changes a person. My dream is that each participant of the trip will fall in love with the place he has visited, and that it will make his life better and more pleasant!

Impressions . Thanks to immersion in the nature, culture and history of the region, the participants of the trip acquire strong emotions and impressions that remain with them for a long time.

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My dream is to make Russia closer to everyone!

Russia will be able to surprise even the most sophisticated traveler. Everything you can imagine is here: luxurious palaces and abandoned estates, ancient shrines and tourist Meccas, wildlife and well-groomed park ensembles. Knowing about the most beautiful, unusual and little-known places, I suggest that all participants of my trips fully immerse themselves in the region - and this changes the impression of it forever.

In our travels, everyone discovers Russia from a new and unexpected side, whether it be the steppe expanses of Kalmykia , the salt mines of Astrakhan , the mountain serpentines of the Caucasus or the architectural masterpieces of the Lipetsk region . On each trip, we do not just get acquainted with the region - we immerse ourselves in its culture, history and religion, rest our soul and body in the most picturesque places of nature and acquire unique impressions that will remain with us for a lifetime. The unique feeling of drive and surprise during the trip fills us with energy, which gives us the strength to move forward! From our trips, we bring more than just photos - we bring vivid emotions, memories and impressions of places you want to return to!

Each such trip is literally a "little life" that each participant lives. Here everyone has their own role and their area of responsibility, no one is left idle. Why is that? It's simple - we do not like to provide services; we make team trips in which there is a leader and participants, where everyone is a conscious adult and everyone is included in the process. Our trips often take place in new places, and therefore involve the possibility of leaving the comfort zone and require the readiness for adventure.

During the trip, we make a sightseeing tour of the region, which means that we are often outside the cities. Moving by car, public transport and on our own, we organize short hikes to enjoy nature, visit old estates and abandoned temples to get acquainted with history, communicate with local residents to understand local traditions and customs; we experience all the peculiarities of life in the region from our own experience. We do not interfere in the course of life of the place, but we strive to enjoy its landscapes and originality to the maximum, for which we came here. We are open to new things, do not impose our values and strive to get to know the region without a closed "tourist halo" and an aura of comfort. Everything is as it is, everything is real!

 

Although each of us has our own tastes and passions, during the trip we become a single team, learn to trust and rely on each other, and also gain a lot of common experiences. During the journey, we become friends, enjoy the world around us and learn something new about ourselves. A unique experience, strong emotions and a lot of breathtaking landscapes change us for the better, so after each trip we return home a little different, better people. If this is what you want, then we invite you to join one of our trips. We promise: this experience will change your ideas about traditional tourism and travel, and will also strengthen your love for the unique and beautiful Russia! 

Learn more about the incredible beauty and originality of the regions of Russia in detailed guides - and go on your own journey to those parts!