In the July issue of Houstonia, currently on newsstands, our own founding editor took advantage of an inexpensive flight deal to Moscow to finally experience Russia for himself—though he admittedly left the complicated, complex Soviet nation with mixed feelings. This week, you now have the opportunity to form a few mixed feelings of your own thanks to Singapore Airlines.
The carrier is offering non-stop flights from Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport to Moscow's Domodedovo International Airport for $499. Flight dates are available from September through October, which isn't exactly peak tourist season (that's April and May), but it just means good hotel rates will be easier to find.
Even cheaper than a hotel: booking a room—or an entire home—on Airbnb. Yes, Airbnb operates in Russia too, where $30 a night will get you solid accommodations in the city center itself, and for about $400 less than you'd pay to stay at the Ritz-Carlton near the Kremlin. But hey, you're saving a lot on those airline tickets, so maybe you want to splurge.
Whether you're splurging or saving, the first weekend in September is an ideal time to visit the Russian capital, when the city fetes itself with its annual Moscow Day. The two-day festival is free and includes everything from musical performances and street vendors to food kiosks and fireworks. If you're more of an arts buff, late September hosts two of the city's most important cultural events: Art Moscow and the annual Moscow Bienniale. And if you're simply a fan of chilly weather and vodka, October is as good a time to go as any.