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Agrippina's top destinations

Florence, Italy

Barcelona, Spain

St Petersburg, Russia

Agrippina Palamarchuk

Journey host

Agrippina, our newest fabulous journey host, grew up in a small town near Tyumen, in Siberia. It’s called “Borovsky” which literally means “in the woods”. From a young age, she had felt a whole world out there was ready for her to take on, and explore. From there was born her desire to travel and make it a career.

It was very pretty but I suppose it was hard for me to appreciate the beauty, I have always wanted to explore, see more, move to other places. Meeting new people, learning about local cultures and understanding how connected everything is has become a passion. She is now putting this to work for the benefit of Art In Voyage's guests. When Agrippina is not hosting our journeys, she travels around the world as a flight attendant, making other people dream about new destinations.

One on One with Agrippina

In which city did you grow up?

I grew up in a small town near Tyumen, in Siberia. It’s called “Borovsky” which literally means “in the woods”. It was very pretty but I suppose it was hard for me to appreciate the beauty, I have always wanted to explore, see more, move to other places.

Where did you go on family vacations as a child?

Every summer since I was 3 months old my family would go to the same place - my moms country house in Tatarstan, in a village where her family lived for many generations. It was peaceful and gorgeous, surrounded by the river that looked as big as the sea. I am still friends with the girls I met there and it will always have a special place in my heart.

What was the first country you ever visited (outside of your own) and how old were you?

The first country I ever visited was Bulgaria. I was 20 years old. I worked in kids summer camps as a counselor while I was in college. It allowed me to travel more.

When did you first realize that travel meant something more to you?

I have always read a lot and as a teenager growing up in a small Siberian town I think the stories of escape and great adventure have had their pull on me.

I went to US for the first time in 2006 when I was 21 and spent the whole summer there. Immersing in a different culture like that had changed my life forever.

From that point on I wanted to travel more and farther away, experience new countries and meet new people.

When I got a job in aviation a few years back, I tried to take advantage of every chance to see a new destination or go back to the ones I already knew and loved.

5-Star Hotel or Private Villa?

Private villa, but I think either will be great with the right company!

What’s the one travel tip that you always share with all your friends/guests?

I have three. Don’t overpack, try to be present and enjoy every moment, have a plan but don’t be afraid to stray from it and get lost sometimes.

What are your top 3 cities or towns?

Florence, Barcelona and St Petersburg

What has been your most spiritual travel experience?

I think for me it’s a tie between traveling around Ireland and hiking along the Cliffs of Moher, and seeing centuries old churches and castles in the mountains of republic of Georgia.

Who will you never travel with again?

Two guys that drove during our road trip around US in 2006, could not read the map and took a lot of wrong turns. I learned how to drive pretty quickly after that. :)

What is the most stand out restaurant experience you’ve had recently?

“White Rabbit” in Moscow. Number fifteen on the list of best restaurants in the world. It was so amazing we went twice in a row. Once for the off the menu experience and the second night for the chefs tasting.

What was your biggest travel faux pas?

Making my poor mother take a walking tour around Rome and then go up to the Saint Peter’s dome only to find out half way there that she is claustrophobic (the staircase was very narrow) and afraid of heights. We laughed about it afterwards but I have learned that you must know your audience/travel partners.

New York, Milan or Hong Kong?

Hong Kong

What’s the most adventurous travel experience you’ve ever had?

The most adventurous travel experience was having a planned and booked trip to Costa Rica, arriving at the airport only to find out there is a volcano eruption and all flights there are canceled. My best friend and I sat down on the floor at the departures, worked through the list of all the flights leaving that day and three hours later flew out to Dominican Republic instead, with no hotel or reservations. It was a great week.

What’s next on your travel bucket list?

Portugal, Northern lights in Tromso, Thailand and Vietnam, Bora Bora.

What do you do to relax and unwind in your personal time?

I read, do yoga, try to make meditation a daily habit. Spend time with my friends, hike and swim.

Walking around a new city for the first time or seeing a sunset over the new landscape is always a good way to spend the day as I travel alone a lot.

Plane, train or automobile?

Plane will get me there faster and it definitely made the world smaller and more accessible. But some train rides (along the coast of Scotland or the Trans-Siberian railways for example) are too pretty to not take advantage of.

French Riviera or Swiss Alps?

Swiss Alps!

When did you know that your career would be travel related?

I went to school to be a journalist so I always knew it would involve a lot of local traveling around the state and the country. When I started applying for flight attendant jobs it felt like a right fit as well.

If you could invite 5 celebrity guests along on your next vacation, who would they be?

Five celebrity guests. Martha Stewart to enjoy food together, Tina Fey for laughs. Michelle Obama would be great to travel with, I think. Jason Mamoa and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

What home comfort do you miss the most when travelling?

A comfort of my partner being in the same bed with me. All other things can be lived with. :)

Which country makes the best coffee?

Definitely Colombia

Canon, Nikon, Sony, Hasselblad or Fuji?

Nikon

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