Three weeks in Argentina? Not envious. At all. 😉 Robin writes:
I had a question about apartment rental. We are planning a big trip in November with an almost 4 year old and 18 month old (at that time) to Argentina. The idea is to pick 3 cities and spend a week in each city. I thought our best bet would be to rent an apartment for the week, so we could have a kitchen for meals and a separate bedroom so don’t all have to go to sleep at the same time. However, I have no idea how to go about finding an apartment one can rent for just a week. Any idea where to begin my search? Thank you!
Robin, I think your plan to spend a week in each city AND do so in an apartment is very wise. It’s always fun to feel like you have your own home base in a strange city, and the ability to cook and store foods that suit the whole family eliminates so much of the stress and expense you can face having to eat out at unfamiliar places (with jet-lagged children). Renting a vacation apartment for a week – or less – in Argentina can be fairly straightforward as long as you know where you want to stay and can plan far enough in advance to get the best places for the best rates. Time is on your side!
One place I often begin a search for vacation rentals is at VRBO.com (vacation rentals by owner). Sometimes you can get better rates booking directly with the owners rather than management agencies they may also use, and sometimes you’ll get extra perks from the owner, depending on the property. Do check the customer reviews (when available) to make sure there are no complaints to be wary of – and to seek out comments from other families with young kids who may have stayed there as well. You can begin your search for Argentina vacation apartment rentals there.
TripAdvisor.com also has a vacation rental reviews section now, already with 1,942 vacation rentals listed in Argentina. I always like to read recent customer reviews on TripAdvisor.com to see what we might be getting into with a hotel or other accommodations, but it is also a good source for finding available vacation rental properties now as well.
Some of the free-range Rivolis in my clan have also had a good experience doing a home exchange in Argentina. If the idea interests you, check out HomeExchange.com to learn more about the process.
Also, be sure to check out these “insider tips” for travelers visiting Buenos Aires with young children from a local mom in the know (the newest in my Moms Around the World) series. She can also equip you with the baby gear you might need during your stay in Buenos Aires. 😉
More Argentina travel tips, dear readers?
If you have a recommended resource or Argentina travel tip for Robin or other readers arriving at this post, please share in a comment below. I’ll be posting more here later this week.
Shelly Rivoli, author of the award-winning Travels with Baby guidebooks
* I should add here that I have not personally stayed in the apartment shown above and can’t vouch for its suitability for all families or travelers, nor have I received compensation for plugging it here. I just thought it looked like an interesting option to share.