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1. Posted by evadiva (Budding Member 30 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Ok, so, yeah, going to argentina soooon...less than 2 months away! ive been educated as i go along trying to get my stuff together for this adventure...ive got a backpack, ive got clothes, ive contacted people to couchsurf, im being picked up at the airport by my friend...budget is in place (these two months are me working 2 jobs!)
a couple of the hostel threads have been assuring in that sept-nov i wont have too much trouble just arriving at hostels and not making a reservation...(ive also made lists of hostel options in a lot of different places w/ contact info + i have the lonely planet argentina guide)
then when it comes to where im gonna be and what im going to do...basically i have the big places in mind...a few national parks then the some major cities...and in between i assume ill wing it. i started by thinking that ill do the whole country counterclockwise starting in BA...then i thought just the nothern half (no further south that Neuquen)....but now im thinking i may be limiting myself. im packing thermal wear, a fleece sweater, and a rain proof layer/vest...(i dont really want to bulk my backpack with puffy outerwear) ... could i get further south with just these types of clothes in november and no camping gear? i plan on coming back and doing a quality stay in patagonia, full of trekking should i just wait until then?
overall, can i get some advice as to whether or not i am thinking right about this trip? im in the stage of excitment one minute and fear of imminent death the next. i need assurance!!

2. Posted by i c e (Full Member 326 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

WOW! interesting, no wonder you're traveling alone! Just Kidding, LOL!
From the research I've done you should be fine. The really cold months are June and July, by November you should be well into spring! REMEMBER your not going into an abandon waste land. People live and function in Argentina. If it's too cold I'm sure there will be a place you can buy a coat. Heck, I hear the people are so friendly they might actually give you one.
I have always thought, go with less, wing it, worst comes to worst you have a crazy experience! That's what life's all about. People never go any where or do any thing because there afraid they might not have what they need, You know?
Be excited, Don't stress it! You can only do soo much research before you say enough is enough.
I don't think imminent death is around your next corner. LOL


3. Posted by evadiva (Budding Member 30 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

haha, yeah i know it's not an abandoned wasteland..i HAVE been there before..lots of people. and malls.....but im keepn this trip fo the if i was a have to buy something like like quality outerwear it'd be easy to find but hella more expensive...
thanks for the assurance though, i need that mantra to describe my current mindset about backpacking "jump into the dark!"
also, question, should i invest the 25 bucks to get an international student ID?? will that get me discounts in hostels, tours, or anything??
what about a mini hostels membership??

4. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

both are a waste of money, if you ask me. Do bring your regular student ID, though; it never hurts having it along.

As to wasting money, I might have asked before, but why on earth do you plan to fly domestically from A to B? Argentina has THE most comfortable/reliable long-distance bus system I have ever seen.

5. Posted by evadiva (Budding Member 30 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

haha, there definately will be no flying domestically...hahaha, ill barely have enough money to eat let alone take planes (an exxaggeration)...sorry if you misunderstood, but i agree about the bus system :)

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 9, 2008, at 9:37 AM by evadiva ]