Big - in fact it's Europe’s biggest country diverse and largely undiscovered, Ukraine is one of Europe’s last genuine travel frontiers. A poor nation rich in colourful tradition, warm-hearted people and off-the-map experiences. Despite their often glum reticence and initial distrust of strangers, the Euro 2012 football championships proved what travellers to the country have known for years – that Ukrainians are, when given the chance, one of Europe’s most open and hospitable nations. Break down that reserve and you’ll soon be slurping borshsch in someone’s Soviet-era kitchen, listening to a fellow train passenger’s life story or being taken on an impromptu tour of a town’s sights by the guy you asked for directions. Much social interaction takes place around Ukraine’s hearty food, always brought out in belt-stretching quantities.