How to Save Money on Russian Travel
Using the local public transportation system is extremely cost effective when you need to move from one part of the city to another. The major cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg have extensive metro systems that only charge one low rate for travel of any distance. Other cities may have limited rail systems. Most all cities have an effective bus system that is very inexpensive although not necessarily very comfortable.
When it comes to ground transportation it is usually a trade off between expense and comfort. The more you are willing to pay the quicker or more comfortably you can get to your destination. You may find that private taxis are not as expensive as your home town so if you let your Russian speaking companion negotiate the rate and you will be able to enjoy the direct ride of a taxi more affordably.
One of the major benefits of having an apartment is the fact that you can cook your own meals and save on the expense of dining out for every meal. Keep this in balance with the realization that you are in a foreign country . . . you shouldn’t miss out on the opportunities to experience the local food. Think of your ‘Dinning In’ as an opportunity for convenience and practicality. For example you may want to eat your breakfast at home before venturing out into the city where you can enjoy lunch and dinner in the local restaurants.
Consider dining in as an event in your courtship with your lady. You may want to cook a meal for her is you are so inclined and she may want to cook a meal for you. Having a kitchen will make this possible and practical. If you do plan to cook or bake a special receipt for your lady you should consider bringing with you any special ingredients and utensils necessary for the preparation. Unfortunately the quality and quantity of what tools will be available for you in the kitchen may be a mystery until you get there. Don’t expect more than the basics.
You may think it odd that I suggest you cook for your lady. Let me suggest to you that any woman would love to be pampered by a man. Such an experience may be foreign to your Russian lady so you can make a big impression if you are able to do something like this. It need not be elaborate if you are not comfortable in the kitchen. Think of a simple but tasty dessert you can make while you are there and offer it with hot tea. This simple gesture could increase your success if done with sincerity.
You can purchase all your food once you get to Russia. It will cost about the same as you are used to. If you have personal favorites that you can’t live without then you should consider bringing it with you if you can. Consider brining enough easy to pack food to take care of your needs for a day or two until you get yourself organized in your new location.