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Airbnb and Couchsurfing are two services often used to find accommodation hosted by locals. Airbnb accommodation is paid and varies from mansions to hay bales. By specifying "Shared room" or "Private room" in your search, you can often find rooms, mattresses, etc. in apartments or houses occupied by locals. The degree of interaction with your host depends ...


Given that you're going at a time of year where the high temperature is below freezing, you can expect some ice. However your route in Lithuania follows primarily "main roads" and should be well maintained if the Lithuania road administration is to be trusted. Where I'd be cautious is once you're into Latvia, where the fatality rate for driving collisions ...


There is a plan to get the higher speed train between Riga and Tartu Russian. Currently though there is a way to use the train to get from Riga to Tartu but it involves 2 different legs: Riga -> Valga and Valga -> Tartu. And from what I can see it's a lot slower then a bus.


A simple Google search uncovered the official website of the Latvian ministry of foreign affairs which states that US citizens can enter Latvia without needing a visa for a maximum stay of 90 days out of a 180-day period: Countries whose citizens may enter Latvia without a visa Stay of up to 90 days in any 180-day period  [...] United States of ...

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