We receive quite a few emails from our readers, but I was surprised to open an email from a reader who lives in Kazakhstan and invited us to visit. I had actually forgotten about this until I saw a news article the other day regarding tourist visas to Kazakhstan, which have been historically very difficult to obtain.
Kazakhstan is the 9th largest country in the world...
Kazakhstan has initiated a one year program geared towards increasing tourism. So it figured out who it's ten largest trading partners are, and offered them visa-free entry for 15 days between July 15, 2014 and July 15, 2015.
No, Canadians don't qualify.
But Americans do!
We could still visit, but we would still have to jump through the hoops to get a visa, and pay the associated fees. One of the very few countries in the world where Canadians need a visa and Americans don't!
My email contact says that the people are friendly towards foreigners and that there is a lot to see and do near his home city of Almaty. He says his family lives about 40 minutes outside of the city.
So I looked up the city of Almaty.
Wow, what a place!
You would think it would be expensive to get to a place like this, and typically it is. But since this visa free deal came out, the airfare sales have come out too. This morning, I see a return trip from Washington to Almaty on Delta for only $796 taxes included!
Unfortunately, I can't see us going there in the near future. I even looked up to see what a ticket costs from Seoul when we're there, but it's pretty expensive and it doesn't make sense.
Oh well, we'll just add it to the list!
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