Things I did in Buenos Aires pt. 2

Wow okay sorry, this is a post is a long time coming. Life got in the way (look for my next blog post about my exciting life updates) and I took a while to get this blog post together so apologies about that! Alright here we go on part two!

Capitol Building

I toured the Capitol Building in Buenos Aires. I make a point to try and visit every capitol building if I can. This is a free tour that is offered Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 12:30pm for the English tour, just need to show up a bit early to register for the tour. It is currently under construction so I was unable to see most of the building, but the two rooms I visited were beautifully built.

Tango Dancing Show

Something that Buenos Aires (and Argentina) is known for, is their tango. I went and saw a tango show at a place called Tango Porteno. We chose this place because they offered transportation to and from the show. They had a variety of price ranges but for just the show and an appetizer (empanada) it cost $48USD. It was a really great show and I highly recommend going to a tango show if you get the chance.

Afternoon Tea

One of the things that I was most excited about to visit was The Alvear Palace Hotel, L’Orangerie Afternoon Tea room. Afternoon tea is something that the British do and the Alvear Palace Hotel offers. I recommend making reservations if you are going during high travel season as it is very popular. I also recommend that you show up with an empty stomach as they have a variety of sandwiches and desserts that will fill you up. It cost $25USD/per person.

El Ateneo Grand Splendid Bookstore

This place was one of the places I was most excited to visit. I had read about this old theatre that had been saved and converted into a bookstore. It did not disappoint. I could’ve spent hours browsing around the bookstore (I didn’t though). There’s also a really sweet cafe on the stage that you can sit and look out at everyone. I tried to take a photo but too many people kept walking by that I didn’t get a good pic. The photo below is the best one I took from one of the stairwells.

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El Ateneo Grand Splendid Bookstore, Buenos Aires (Edited with Snapseed)

 

That’s my wrap with Buenos Aires. My next blog post will be a brief update on my life and my next travel plans. Thanks for reading and see you next post!

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Things I did in Buenos Aires pt. 1

Getting Around Argentina

Buenos Aires is a vast city that houses a lot of people. The last population consensus of 2010 stated there were 2 million people in Buenos Aires proper, but the metropolitan area around it houses up to 13 million (World Population Review). Needless to say, Buenos Aires is huge. In my previous post, I talked about how Buenos Aires is still a cash only city, and that includes their trains and taxi systems. They all rely on cash payments, wether paying the taxi driver or loading up your train card. The only exception is Uber. Uber does work in Argentina, the only caveat is they do not accept American Express. My friend was unable to order an Uber with her Delta American Express Card, but I was able to order one with my Chase Sapphire Preferred card. This is a great way to save cash, however because taxi’s are very important in Buenos Aires, the Uber drivers want you to sit in the front seat so it doesn’t look like they’re driving you around.

One thing to note- even if you choose not to use Uber, it is significantly cheaper to take an Uber to the airport than it is a taxi. A taxi cost around $60USD and an Uber cost $35USD. This is the rate from the hotel, and it was about a 50 minute drive to the airport.

San Telmo, Buenos Aires

The area I stayed in was called San Telmo. This is considered the art and historical district, as there are many art galleries and preserved buildings in the area. We stayed at the Anselmo Hilton Hotel, a boutique hotel that was purchased by Hilton. It’s a great modern hotel that doesn’t feel like it’s out of place in the area. I stayed one night in the Circus Hostel & Hotel which is a few blocks from the Anselmo Hotel. The hostel was clean and friendly. It was your basic hostel, wasn’t overly amazing but wasn’t terrible as well. I stayed in a 6 bedroom with a private bathroom and it cost me $11.33 USD for the one night, plus $2.50USD for breakfast the next day.

On Sundays, in San Telmo and steps outside from the hotel, they have host a market. The market is full of antique items, homemade goods and arts and crafts. It’s the perfect place to get souvenirs that aren’t completely touristy nor are they overpriced.

Wine Tasting

We did a wine tasting at Pain et Vin (Address: Gorriti 5132, C1414BJT CABA, Argentina) which is located in Palermo. Palermo is the hip, young area in Buenos Aires. All the clubs, night life and shopping is in Palermo. The wine tasting was fantastic and very well priced. They were very knowledgeable about their wines and had quite a range to choose from. The wine tasting, for 3 wines with bread and cheese cost us $30USD. I ended up buying 3 bottles of wine and a bottle of olive oil, and including the cost of the wine tasting, it was $70USD total. It is locally owned by a family. They even included a box with bubble wrap for flying back, and I am happy to report all the bottles made it back in one piece. *Please note they are quite busy on the weekends and a reservation is encouraged, we went during the week and it wasn’t as busy.*

I didn’t want to make this post too long to read, I kept writing and I realized it was really long! I am splitting it up and will posting more about what I did in Buenos Aires in a few days.

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Cash-Only Buenos Aires

So something that was a huge struggle for me was that Buenos Aires is still a cash heavy society.  This makes it difficult for a few reasons, one reason is because many US Banks do not carry, nor will order Argentinian Pesos for you (full disclaimer the only bank I asked was WellsFargo, but as this is a huge bank I’m assuming if they do not order Pesos for you, other banks won’t). The other reason is the struggle I faced withdrawing money from ATMS in Argentina.

So there’s a few things I learned being in a cash-only city. Hotels and Hostels obviously accept US credit cards, but most local restaurants and shops are still cash only. For those who want to immerse yourself into the culture, going to local places is important so for the first night I wasn’t able to experience Buenos Aires as much as I wanted to.

The next day, I spent most of the day hunting down ATMs where I could get cash and here’s where the issues started. It’s important to get cash before the weekend because ATMs will run out of cash on Friday evenings or early Saturday morning and won’t be replenished until Monday. Many ATM that is an Argentinian bank will not accept foreign debit cards – I tried:

  • Banco Patagonia
  • Banco Argentina
  • Banco Buenos Aires
  • Banco Citi
  • BBVA

None of these ATMs work. I don’t know why but it was extremely frustrating (I almost cried). Finally I was able to withdraw money from BBVA Frances and it was the only ATM that worked for me. Per research I did (while being stranded trying to find an ATM) HSBC ATMs will also work as well but I did not try and find their ATM so I cannot attest to this. However Argentinian ATM fees are extremely steep, they run about $10USD for ATM fees.

I kept track of my spending and I withdrew about $150 USD and that ended up being enough for my 5 days in Buenos Aires. I put my hotel on my credit card and the few tourist shops they had, I placed on my card so I was able to keep my cash for food and the train.

For those wondering how you can save money on ATM fees, I suggest using Charles Schwab Bank (for US travelers). I switched over to Charles Schwab for all my travel purchases for numerous reasons. The first was no foreign transaction fees on ATM withdrawals and purchases. The second is ATM reimbursement fees. I ended up going to the ATM three times in Argentina and racked up about $40 in ATM fees, and I got them all reimbursed. The last reason is there are no account fees. I have an account that I use only for travel so I only put money in the account when I’m about to travel so for a majority of the year the account will sit at $10 or less and I don’t get charged for having it. I love this for my travel needs and it’s pretty easy to transfer money into the bank.

Hope this helps a little and you’ll be able to avoid the same mistakes I made. Read my overview of Buenos Aires here.

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Buenos Aires Overview

So I just wrote a blog post about how I like to plan a trip but I will admit, I did very little planning for this trip. I did maybe 20 minutes of research and that was about it. I had zero expectations and honestly didn’t know what to expect. The reason I took this trip was because my friend from college had decided to backpack Patagonia and was flying out of Buenos Aires after her trip. She invited me to join her for the last end of her trip and I jumped on the chance on having an excuse to travel.

I flew out of LAX to EZE on American – this was a 12 hour flight and I came prepared with lots of ebooks, music. I made two playlists, one to get me through the flight and one to help me sleep. My sleep music tends to be classical or soft rock and it helps me sleep so I don’t hear airplane noise.

Getting from Ezezia Airport to Buenos Aires is relatively easy. You can take a taxi or you can take a bus. I chose to take the bus – it takes you from the airport to Terminal Madero and is about an hour long and cost $370 Pesos (roughly $9USD).

Once you are in Terminal Madero I recommend getting a taxi, however here’s the caveat, Buenos Aires is still cash only so if you do not have cash, Uber works in Argentina (I’ll talk more about this in my next blog post). One thing I didn’t realize was how big Buenos Aires was so when I decided to walk to my hostel, it took me about 45 minutes walking (didn’t seem that far on the map and I was clearly wrong).

I booked one night at the Circus Hostel and then stayed at the Anselmo Buenos Aires Curio Collection by Hilton for four nights. The area I stayed in was called San Telmo and I’m going to do a blog post just on how awesome San Telmo is so stay tuned!

For the most part, Argentina is really cheap – a bottle of water cost around $120 Pesos, which is roughly $2.75 USD. The food was amazing and cheap, we had dinner out every night where we ordered appetizers, a bottle of wine and our main course and it came out to be average of $45 USD for both our meals.

I flew out of EZE to Dallas since American didn’t have a return flight to LAX. That was a 13 hour flight and I was going stir crazy towards the end of the flight. Also the person next to me wanted to talk the whole flight and I was not amused (it’s one thing to chitchat for a bit, its another thing when I’m clearly trying to sleep and you’re still talking).

Overall it was a great experience, I had a blast and cannot wait to explore more of Argentina. Stay tuned for more about San Telmo, the mistakes I made on this trip and things to do when you are there.

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7 Best Travel Accessories for Backpacking

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So two years ago (I can’t believe it’s been two years already) I backpacked across Europe. This was the most terrifying and exhilarating thing I have ever done, except when I went skydiving, that was pretty awesome. Here are some of the most important things I took with me on trip.

  1. I spent a good 8 months researching the best backpack. I knew right away I wanted a front loader bag (as opposed to a traditional hiking backpack which is a top loader). I ended up purchases the Osprey Fairpoint 40 but in hindsight I wish I had purchased the Osprey Fairview 55. The reason I would make the switch is because there’s a detachable backpack on the Osprey and it would’ve made carrying my necessities a lot easier. I would’ve just been able to hook it up as one while I walked around and when I would fly, I could detach the backpack so it would make the backpack carry-on regulation. Instead I walked around with my backpack and a side purse which was fine, but was cumbersome. However, I love my backpack and it is a really well made backpack. I chose Osprey and purchased it through REI because Osprey has a great reputation and REI has a wonderful return policy.
  2. Tide Sink Packets – I left for Europe in September and was gone until December. These tide sink packets were a lifesaver. Sometimes I would make sure the hostel I booked had a washing machine, but this isn’t always the case and so I did a lot of my laundry in the hostel sink and would hang my clothes around my bed. This probably looked weird, but as soon as I introduced myself as an American I assumed everyone would forgive it.
  3. Towel – Packing a towel isn’t necessary as most hostels will provide towels for a small extra fee or the AirBnB will have one. For me, I wanted to bring my own towel. I decided to buy a microfiber fast drying towel. This towel is lightweight, takes up very little space and is indeed fast drying. I also liked having it because I would hang it up around my bed in the hostel and it created a little privacy for me. My sister’s have also used this towel for when they traveled and said it was so handy to have their own towel.
  4. Money Belt – I know a lot of people don’t use this, but I am a big believer of having a money belt. Especially because I was traveling by myself, I felt more secure knowing I was sleeping on my money and passport. I wore this everywhere I went, especially when I was in bus stations and train stations as these are some of the places that pickpocketes target. My advice is just be careful and research where you are going. When I went to Madrid, I was extra vigilant because I know many friends who have had their things stolen while they were there.
  5. PowerCube – So when I backpacked I only carried my camera and my iPhone and extra backup battery. I didn’t bring anything else with me, but I wanted to make sure all my electronics were fully charged every night. I purchased this PowerCube as it is a travel adapter and allows you to charge multiple things at once.
  6. Lock – I purchased this lock for my backpack when I checked it for my bus rides but it was also used for my locker in the hostel. While the hostel will have locks for rental, if you want to save a little money, purchase your own and bring it with you. This lock is approved by the TSA as well.
  7. Toiletry Bag – I bought this toiletry bag because I didn’t want my shampoo to explode and get all my clothes ruined. Additionally, I liked that it is small so it makes me be more efficient with what I packed. I also liked that it was clear so I could easily see my products and I didn’t have to dump it out every time to find something.

Are there any travel necesseties you think I missed? Let me know in the comments below.

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8 Favorite Layovers

Only 8 days till Christmas? That’s crazy! I’m already pretty much done with Christmas present shopping and I’ve finished wrapping all of them. I’m a really bad wrapper, I just can’t get the corners to fold down perfectly. My sister is really good at wrapping presents and making the perfect bow, it makes me slightly jealous she’s so good at it.

One thing I’m constantly asked as a flight attendant is “what is your favorite layover?” This is a hard question because it really depends on the time of year, my mood and the weather. However, there are 8 layovers that are some of my favorites no matter the time of year or the weather.

Here are my 8 favorite layovers (in no particular order).

  1. Juneau, Alaska
    • I love Juneau. Alaska is a hidden gem that I always tell my friends and family to go and see at least once in their life. I know it seems so far away, especially from the East Coast, but definitely come check out this hidden gem.
  2. Maui, Hawaii
    • Who doesn’t love a good weekend in Hawaii? I love Maui and as I have more layovers here, I fall in love even more with Hawaii. The island life helps me recharge and it actually feels like a vacation for me even if I’m only away for 24 hours.
  3. Portland, OR
    • I love Portland layovers because stay three blocks away from Powells. Powells bookstore is a readers dream. I always have to tell myself I’m only allowed to spend $25 when I’m in Powells because I can spend way too much there. Powells is the largest independent bookstore on the West Coast that has both new and used books. If you ever go to Portland, this is a must place to stop at.
  4. Boston, MA
    • I love Boston layovers because of the hotel. We stay in two different hotels and I like both of them. One of the hotels provides breakfast which I why I like that hotel. The other hotel is near Boston Commons which is central to most everything I like in Boston. If you’re ever there in the summer, go to a Boston Red Sox game because Fenway is an amazing baseball park you have to experience.
  5. Orlando, FL
    • I didn’t start flying to Orlando until April of this year, but since then I’ve been there 8 times this year. I love the warmth of Orlando and that we are so close to Disney Springs. Whenever I layover here, I walk to Disney Springs and spend hours just perusing and window shopping. It’s a fun experience for someone who doesn’t want to spend a lot of money but wants to go out and enjoy the outside.
  6. New York, NY
    • There is always so much to do and see in New York that even layover is different and fun. I have a few good friends who live in New York so if I go out there, I try to see them while also throwing in a show or two to see. The last time I was in New York I got tickets to see Late Night with Stephen Colbert. Download the 1iota app and you can get tickets to see shows for free (but often you have to plan ahead for this).
  7. Philadelphia, PA
    • I love Philadelphia for the history. The first layover I had I went and toured Independence Hall and I literally geeked out over how much history was there. I tend to get really over emotional about history and I almost cried because I was so excited.
  8. Minneapolis, MN
    • Minneapolis layovers have a special place in my heart because of all my college friends who still live there. I used to pick them up pretty regularly to see them but lately I’ve had to switch my schedule around and I haven’t made it out there are much as I would like. We stay right near the Mall of America so I always go shopping there whenever I get the chance because no sales tax is a thing I take advantage of.

What are some of your favorite places to vacation?

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11 Best Airports

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As someone who’s job is hanging out in airports, I consider myself an expert when it comes to airports. Additionally, I’ve slept on a few airport floors (this was pre-flight attendant life) and I’ve gone through many different international airports. All of this makes me (in my opinion) fully knowledgeable on what makes a good airport. However I’m only ranking the airports I’ve been to, so this excludes all of Asian and South American’s airports.  I’m basing my criteria on a few things:

  • Food options
  • Seating availability
  • Charging availability
  • Varity of shopping options

Delays, cancellations and other issues that may arise when traveling are not a factor in my decision as these are not the airports fault. My rankings are below and I explain why I gave each airport the ranking I did.

  1. Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.
    • This is by far the best international airport that I have experienced. I’ve flown through Amsterdam three times, once going through Europe and twice flying back to the United States. Each time, it has been such a breeze. Customs going into Amsterdam is easy and fast. Once you’re at the main terminal, the signage is easy to understand. Additionally, if you are like me and you’re not using cell data, they have free WiFi available and free computers to use (I believe there is a time limit on computer use). Lots of food options and duty free shopping as well. Give yourself extra time to get through security flying out of Amsterdam as they have an extra layer of screenings flying out of Amsterdam.
  2. London Heathrow
    • London Heathrow’s airport is a experience. Especially if you fly out of British Airway’s terminal 5 this is an experience. I’ve flown out of Terminal 5 twice, once in 2016 and earlier this year. The terminal is a newer terminal for Heathrow and it shows. I forget I’m in an airport as the terminal is more of a shopping and food destination then a waiting area. If you forget any last minute gifts to bring home, never fear, you’ll be able to get them here and plenty more. Seating was not an issue, surprisingly, neither were finding charging outlets. If it wasn’t so expensive to fly out of, I would fly out of Heathrow more often.
  3. Dublin Airport
    • The reason why I love the Dublin Airport is because you can now go through U.S. Customs while in Dublin. This makes traveling back to the U.S. so seamless and faster that this puts Dublin at #3 on the list for me. The airport itself is really nice and easy to navigate. The signage is good and the employees are friendly. If flying into Dublin Airport, there are various different ways to get into the city without needing to take an expensive taxi. There’s also plenty of shops and food options available in the airport.
  4. Portland (OR) International Airport
    • I love, love, love Portland’s airport. The airport is relatively small, but has all the amenities you want in an airport. If you are flying out of the airport, I recommend you stop at the Elephant Deli before security and get something to eat there. Another reason why I love Portland’s airport is their food and prices are reasonable. The City of Portland passed legislation which prevented the airport from imposing exorbitant airport taxes and all the prices had to reflect the same price of everything you could purchase in the city. Thus, the food and other items you purchase in the airport aren’t ridiculously expensive.
  5. Denver Airport
    • While I still think the Illuminati are headquartered in the Denver Airport, I’ve never actually found any evidence this might be the case. Regardless, I think the Denver airport is a really nice airport. The airport is actually really big, but the signage is really well done that it’s hard to get lost. They offer lots of great food options (hello Caribou coffee), but are a little lacking on the shopping options. However, they do have a direct train from the airport to downtown Denver which I think is an important amenity to highlight.
  6. Seattle-Tacoma Airport
    • I have to disclaimer here, I am based in Seattle which means this is the airport I fly out of every time I go to work. However, I do think it’s a really great airport (when it’s not under construction like it is right now). The airport is pretty seamless and easy to navigate. The signage is clear and the airport has stepped up their food game in order to compete with other airports. Also I’m biased so I had to throw this airport in. Also there’s some great shopping there, you can go to the SubPop Records Store in the airport and get some really cool unique things from there.
  7. Minneapolis- St.Paul Airport
    • I spent three years in Minneapolis/St. Paul so I’ve flown out of this airport quite a bit. Earlier this year I got stranded in the airport flying home from England and I ended up spending 6 hours hanging out. I know this airport pretty well now and I still think it’s one of the best airports I’ve been to. Actually bigger than it seems (I’ve run through the airport many times, I’m always winded by the time I get to the E gates from the A gates. They have some great food options and the ability to play games on iPads that are located at some of the restaurants. They also have two terminals so make sure you’re at the right terminal or meeting someone at the right terminal. My mom flew into one terminal and I flew into a different one and we spent a good twenty minutes trying to find each other before we realized we were at two different terminals (#rookiemistake). They also have a rail system that can take you into Minneapolis from the airport.
  8. D.C. Airport
    • I like this airport a lot. For a major hub airport, it is seamless and pretty easy to navigate. It doesn’t feel overwhelming or too big. I think they have really good food options as well. Going through security is easy and pretty fast. I honestly thought it was a fluke how simple and easy the D.C. airport is. I would gladly fly out of D.C. more often. My only complaint is they don’t have as much seating available as I think they could.
  9. Salzburg Airport
    • This is a really small airport which is why I liked it. It’s really easy to get to and from downtown Salzburg to the airport, it’s just a simple bus ride away. Salzburg is a really great city to visit, so if you get a chance I highly recommend it. The airport is small but it still has all the amenities that you want in an airport. The food is reasonably priced and there is plenty of seating. I ended up being at the airport for a few hours longer than anticipated because I thought it would take me longer to get to the airport than it actually did. I was able to kill plenty of time wandering through the few shops it had and it was easy to get through security.
  10. Chicago-O’Hare Airport
    • I love this airport because during the holidays I have major Home Alone nostalgia walking through the airport. Also it’s a very big airport which means there are plenty of food and shopping options. Seating near the gates can be limited which is a drawback. Signage is pretty good and it’s easy to navigate. I enjoy walking through the airport as there is a lot just to take in and they always decorate it.
  11. Keflavik Airport
    • Iceland’s Airport is a destination. With Icelandair making more of a splash in the U.S. I was excited to experience their airport. I know a lot of people don’t like the airport, but I’ve never had any issues. However, I do acknowledge that seating can be an issue in the airport if you have a long layover. All of Icelandair’s flights have a layover in the airport, and if you choose not to do the stopover, then you could be in the airport for significant periods of times. I was only in the airport two and half hours prior to my flight to England and thought the airport was fine and offered all the amenities that I would want in an airport.

Any airports you think I missed? Or you disagree with me?

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Thanksgiving in Vegas

Like many people who work in customer service, holidays and weekends are rare things for us to get off. While we can get them off, as a junior flight attendant, it’s really difficult to. I’m okay with this, as I understand it’s part of the job and I have the incentive that I get paid double time to work holidays. Last year I spent Thanksgiving flying to LAX, sitting for 8 hours in the airport and then flying to Anchorage. This year I flew to San Francisco and then Vegas. My layover was in Vegas and my friend Phil (the same Phil from Chena Hot Springs) lives in Vegas so he picked me up and showed me Vegas as he knows it.

Vegas is a really interesting place, for most of us, we imagine Vegas as this glitzy, glamorous city that we visit. It’s rarely a place we think that people actually live in. Phil hates living in Vegas and has told me repeatedly his first goal is to save up so he can move from there. Vegas from a resident point of view is so different and so fascinating. Phil took me to the Seven Magic Mountains which is an art project outside of Las Vegas. It’s about a 25-minute drive that is easy to get to, (pretty much a straight shot) from Vegas, but you’ll need a car. The Magic Mountains are 25 ft. boulders that are colorfully painted. After the Magic Mountains, we went to the Container Park which is the coolest thing I’ve been too!

The Container Park is located in Las Vegas in the Fremont area. Fremont is considered the “old original” Vegas. They have a really cool LED Canopy that does 5-minute show on the hour. I recommend you go just to walk around and to see the show! The Container Park is full of boutiques and local restaurants, but I liked the area because it was quiet and pretty low-key for Vegas. Also, all the boutiques were local shops, not chain stores like those on the Strip so I liked knowing I was supporting a local business.

I always have a good time when I’m in Vegas (sometimes too much of a good time), but this was a different and fun experience because I saw parts of Vegas I never would’ve thought to go to. It’s fun to see Vegas from Phil’s point of view, and I definitely want to see it again.

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Container Park, iPhone X

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Seven Magic Mountains, iPhone X

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I went to Chena Hot Springs

Last week I got called in to work a flight to Fairbanks, Alaska. I wasn’t particularly excited because the flight back from Fairbanks was at 1am in the morning which meant I would land in Seattle at 6am which is peak rush-hour time. I was excited though because my friend Phil was also working on the flight and I hadn’t seen him since December of last year.

Normally when I’m in Fairbanks in the winter, I hibernate and stay in my hotel room (but honestly I do this 90% of the time). However, Phil has a friend in Fairbanks who was going to pick him up and take him to Chena Hot Springs. Phil invited me along and I willingly said yes (sorry Laura I crashed your reunion with Phil, but thanks for being gracious about it).

Chena Hot Springs is about an hour drive from Fairbanks and is a single lane road for most of the way. Renting a car in Fairbanks in the winter starts at $26.00 according to Kayak.com. I advise renting an SUV with AWD as this will make the drive easier and safer. Make sure to also pack a full water bottle as hot springs will dehydrate you. It costs $15.00/person for an entrance fee, and if you want to use their lockers you will need 2 quarters for each locker. They also provide towels for an extra $3.00.

The Hotsprings is really enjoyable and relaxing. If you want to go when it is not overly crowded, I recommend going during the day. However, the coolest thing is to go to the Hotsprings during the night when the Northern Lights are out, but this happens to also be the busiest and most crowded time. I really want to do this and will probably try and make it out there at night at some point. We arrived around 12:30pm and sat in the hot springs for about an hour and a half and it was relatively empty. There’s also an Ice Museum next to the Hot Springs that you can visit. I didn’t have time to go, but I probably will go if I get the chance.

After going to Chena Hot Springs, I got interested in how it was created so I did a little research and I found it quite fascinating. It was founded in 1905 by two gold mining brothers who were in search of a way to ease the pain of rheumatism. It officially opened in 1911 and has been opened there ever since. If you want more information about the history of the Hot Springs or about planning a trip there, check out their website here.

This was my first time going to a hot spring and I highly recommend it to anyone who hasn’t been or who wants to experience Fairbanks and the Chena Hot Springs. It’s now my goal to visit a hot spring on every continent.

Have you been to a hot spring? Any hot springs recommendations? I’m planning on going to Laird Hot Spring in 2019.

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