Your vacation time may still be a few months away but it’s never too early to pin down a destination. If you book early enough, you can find a fab spot and save some moula. But where to go? It has to fit within your budget, but more importantly it has to sound and look really, really cool. No one will want to look at a Facebook album from the Smokies. They WILL, however, want to see and compliment you profusely on a stellar worldly location. So take a look at South America, specifically Argentina – once the most expensive country down yonder but now quite budget friendly. It’s also an amazing local that’s sure to impress the coworkers – and none of them will suspect the lean costs associated with this amazing pick.
While there are dozens of fabulous options in Argentina, Buenos Aires will give you a lot of bang for your buck. It’s a beautiful European-like city with stunning scenery, amazing food and wine, awesome shopping, exciting nightlife – but also a spot where you can get by on $30 to $40 a day. You’ve got two initial options to stretch your dollar: go the package route or build your own adventure. Scout out the cheapest airfare and book a room at the Art Hotel in Recoleta (start at $95) or one of the seven NH Hotels (start at about $100 night).
It is also the perfect destination for the younger set, with dinner typically served at 10 p.m. and tango halls and music clubs getting started after midnight. Don’t arrive any earlier than that – take our word that nightclub doormen will look at you funny if you arrive before 2 a.m.! There’s so much other goodness to fill up those nights – catch a theatre show performance (tickets start around $20) and savor tasty treats along Buenos Aires’s answer to Broadway, Avenida Corrientes.
Hop-on, hop-off around town on one of the new double-decker, open-top buses which costs only $13 per person (buenosairesbus.com). Save money during the day by taking in the inexpensive, but no less stunning, sights. Stare at grand architecture all around you, relax on the waterfront in the Reserva Ecologica Costanera Sur, check out the visually impressive graffiti on Pasaje San Lorenzo, and people watch in Plaza Dorrego, the city’s second oldest colonial square.
So get to planning and pack your bags, bucko. It’s time to make everyone else jealous and jet off to the exotic.
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