It was easy enough to figure out most things once I arrived, but these tips will save you a bit of a headache… and some money!
Vanuatu has to be one of the coolest places I’ve ever been. I only went for 10 days, and try to go somewhere new whenever I can get away, but I will definitely be back. Here’s 10 reasons I think you should go too!
The airport can be an exciting and yet painfully boring place. You’re excited to get on that plane, but first you have to arrive 3 hours early and sit in a plastic seat at your gate. Maybe you booked the flights with a 14 hour overnight layover to save a few bucks… and are regretting it as you complete your 10th sudoku, check your watch, and still have 12 hours to go.
We’ve all been there. That’s why I’ve created this Boredom Busting Bingo to keep your brain from melting.
We venture out to our local neighbourhood of Villa Crespo and into Palermo to find some lunch. A bright purple building with the immediately recognizable “Friends” logo, and a yellow New York taxi has drawn a swarm of people. The line is incredibly long, and reaches to the end of the block. It must be some kind of pop up bar and I assume it’s just opened or there wouldn’t be this many people. I love Friends but like, not line-up-for-hours type love. Upon rounding the corner, we find the line spans TWO whole blocks. We round the next corner, IT’S THREE. There’s probably 500 people waiting in line to sit on a mock Central Perk couch. I am in awe. Do people not work or go to school on Thursday afternoons?
We start our day off healthy – instead of a massive plate of parrillas, we get vegetarian wraps from a hole in the wall shop on the corner near our place. I forgot what it was like to eat a vegetable!
I think we’re still jet lagged (can you be jet lagged when there’s only a one hour time difference?) from our 20 something hours of travel from Canada, because waking up before 10am is unnecessarily difficult. But waking up is, in fact, necessary, because we’re getting out of this shit hostel and moving into our Air BnB!
Today’s mission is to find a better room. We go to the subway (or, subte) and get a re-loadable tap card. I ask for two but the woman behind the glass says we can use one between us (obviously assuming we’re temporary tourists and I’m too lazy to explain that we’re planning to stay) so we just get one card and can always get another later. The card costs 90 ARS, and we can load on as much as we want.
I’ve read that taking a taxi from the airport can be a headache and will cost us almost $50 USD. I usually allow myself the luxury of a taxi from the airport no matter what it costs, but in this case I thought we should look for alternatives. Uber is controversial everywhere, but it seems especially bad in Argentina from what I’ve read, so I think we’ll skip that for now. A quick Google search back in Canada turned up www.gettransfer.com, a service allows you to submit your desired pickup/drop off locations (anywhere in the world!) and have drivers ‘bid’ on the journey.
Everything I wish I had known before I landed! Vanuatu isn’t a very popular or accessible backpacker destination, but it’s absolutely incredible and well worth the visit.