In preparation for our trip to Argentina, we had to plan for a few necessities prior to our departure. Planning in advance for these necessary items can help you save money and time for your next international trip.
Visa and Custom obligations
Better to know in advance if your future trip destination requires any visa or any other requirements depending of your length of stay or your activities.
For American citizen, the US Department of State website has an exhaustive list of the countries and the travel requirements per countries as well as some other important facts about health and safety. For some of the South American countries, although there is no visa required for stays shorter than 90 days, US citizen should be aware of reciprocity fees that are required prior to traveling. This means paying the required fee on the travel website of the country of destination website prior to traveling. For Argentina and as of this date, the fees to enter the country is $160 for US citizen, and it is valid for 10 years.
For French citizen, you will find similar information on the French Government website. French citizen don’t need any visa nor need to fulfill any fees to enter Argentina for stays shorter than 90 days.
Lucky us 🙂
Additionally, vaccinations might be required or recommended depending on where you are planning to travel to. The CDC offers an extensive list of resources to help you with your travel planning.
For Argentina, we got our shots for Typhoid and Hepatitis A. We were already up to date on essential shots such as DPT and Hepatitis B.
The Typhoid shot will cover us for three years. We will need to redo the Hepatitis A shot in about 6 months to be covered for 10 years.
We are also planning on making ourselves “pharmacy” ready. This means putting together a first-aid kit that includes: bandages, antiseptic, mosquitoes repellent, pain relievers, stomach aids, anti-inflammatory amongst others.
The final item we need to complete in this category is to finalize our medical coverage while abroad. We have looked at several travel insurance options that are well explained on BootsnAll website. Based on other bloggers recommendations and our own needs, we are looking to get coverage through World Nomads.
To plan for your plane tickets, you might want to try different tools and see which one is more beneficial for your travel.
In the past, we have used several tools that have been quite useful to help us save money and also navigate complex itineraries. Here is a review of a few of them.
To navigate complex itineraries including departing and returning from different cities or otherwise called open jaw ticket, we use Google Ita Software. By entering two airport codes in the returning box, we can preview flights and pricing. However, to book the flight, we use either the airline website or Kayak.
Another tool we have used in the past to book complex itineraries and to save on expensive ticket options is flightfox. It is not free and you need to pay a fee of $49 p.p to book your trip. However, flightfox guarantee you to match you best price minus the fees. Flightfox has saved us about $1200 in airfare so far on round trip from Los Angeles to Paris.
For this trip to Argentina, we found our best option by using the Google Ita Software and then booking directly our ticket via the website of the airline.
Beyond pricing, lodging is often a choice based on the length of stay, the type of accommodation and the services needed. We found that Booking.com and Airbnb are two good option to book either hotels or rent people’s place.
For our first destination in Buenos Aires, we decided to rent a shared house. We looked at several options though none of those could beat Airbnb pricing for short and medium length stay.
We were interested to stay with Portenos (Buenos Aires inhabitants) and thought it would be a good way to make progress with our Spanish, as well as to navigate the city and get local recommendations for our day to day living.
Are you planning for any international trips? Please let us know if we are missing any information you would like to see or if you would like to know more about other necessities for travelling. Share you comments below and…Savor the Adventure!
Claire is a culinary explorer, digital nomad and engineer brain behind Authentic Food Quest. Together with her partner, Rosemary, they created Authentic Food Quest to help people find the best local food on their travels. For over 5 years they have eaten their way through South America, Southeast Asia, Europe, and North America while sharing the best local food experiences on their website. Authentic Food Quest has been featured on top publications such as Huffington Post, Business Insider, and Honest Cooking. Claire and Rosemary are also authors of Authentic Food Quest Argentina and Authentic Food Quest Peru, available on Amazon.