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    you owe no explanation to anyone lisa.
    no forum member to my knowledge ever "judged" you or your family.
    Quote Originally Posted by Arubalisa View Post
    I will come right out and say that I have felt that I am being judged by some forum members because of our choice of visiting Aruba and staying at a resort on an all inclusive package. Please do not judge me and my family because we stay at an all inclusive until you have walked in our shoes.

    For our family traveling with an elderly parent who has difficulty walking, staying somewhere on an all inclusive package boils down simply to convenience. Difficulty walking along with physical pain for my father getting in and out of cars, this is just the way it will have to be until he dies. Once he is gone, should we continue to travel to Aruba we will then again enjoy EVERYTHING that the island has to offer.

    For now we will continue to support the island's economy as best as we can. The taxi driver we use is still taking fares, the car rental company we used last year is still in business. The gas station will happily accept our money for petrol for the rental car. Hopefully the flea markets are all still around so we can give them some more of our cash for souvenirs. We may even splurge and pay entrance to Arikok National Park again this year.

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    Oh my goodness Lisa please don't ever feel judged about staying at an All Inclusive! We stay at the Divi AI every trip to Aruba. We all like what we like! I have never felt judged on this forum. That's the problem with the written word sometimes. It just leaves too much to interpretation. Some people will never get AI. That's okay. If we all like the same place we would never get a reservation!

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    first of all, anyone who has visited Aruba as much as you can do whatever they want. We go to Aruba to do exactly nothing. My husband & I don't do half the things the people on this forum do or go to half the places people have gone to. Its our choice. We prefer to relax, go to the beach, go to casual restaurants. My hubby loves the casinos & I love to shop. That's why I never do trip reports because that's pretty much it. There isn't anything to tell but we don't care because we love doing just what we're doing. And if the beach was in front of our townhouse, we'd probably never leave the complex, lol==well, I would cause I needs me some shopping, lol.

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    Well it's 72 more days until we do our 8th stay at the Divi.
    We mostly stay on property but we do trips to Oranjestad once or twice. Don't go to the high rise area much the last few years. Too crowded.
    We travel with one of our neighbors. My bride and her stay on the beach all day while I work real hard at the Alhambra. It's what we do and it works.
    I've read reviews that the staff at Divi is stand offish. My take is, they are there to do what is needed to help you, not be your entertainment. If people visiting Aruba would be more open to engaging others, they would find how accommodating they really can be.
    Might visit the butterfly farm this year but if it's as usual, we'll never get there.

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    72 days paw paw............soometimes it seems like a lifetime.

    re: the butterfly farm. we have been there many years ago and it was ok, once.


    Quote Originally Posted by PawPaw View Post
    Well it's 72 more days until we do our 8th stay at the Divi.
    We mostly stay on property but we do trips to Oranjestad once or twice. Don't go to the high rise area much the last few years. Too crowded.
    We travel with one of our neighbors. My bride and her stay on the beach all day while I work real hard at the Alhambra. It's what we do and it works.
    I've read reviews that the staff at Divi is stand offish. My take is, they are there to do what is needed to help you, not be your entertainment. If people visiting Aruba would be more open to engaging others, they would find how accommodating they really can be.
    Might visit the butterfly farm this year but if it's as usual, we'll never get there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    72 days paw paw............soometimes it seems like a lifetime.

    re: the butterfly farm. we have been there many years ago and it was ok, once.
    I know we won't actually get to the butterfly farm. There isn't a Michael Kors store there. I know my bride pretty well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    72 days paw paw............soometimes it seems like a lifetime.

    re: the butterfly farm. we have been there many years ago and it was ok, once.
    LOL "once".

    I feel that way about most excursions... "It was okay... once..."

    Don't get me started on the fake pearl factory in Palma De Mallorca... even once was way too many times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arubalisa View Post
    I will come right out and say that I have felt that I am being judged by some forum members because of our choice of visiting Aruba and staying at a resort on an all inclusive package...

    Your choice of how to spend your Aruba vacation is yours and yours alone. No one else knows what circumstances you have to consider in making a decision. Ignore those who judge. It'll be their loss.

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    i felt the same way about the tour of the balashi place in aruba.
    my husband was enthralled.......
    me....i was whining about missing time on the beach.
    seemed to me, i was in the minority of being bored to tears.

    Quote Originally Posted by act1966 View Post
    LOL "once".

    I feel that way about most excursions... "It was okay... once..."

    Don't get me started on the fake pearl factory in Palma De Mallorca... even once was way too many times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arubalisa View Post
    I will come right out and say that I have felt that I am being judged by some forum members because of our choice of visiting Aruba and staying at a resort on an all inclusive package. Please do not judge me and my family because we stay at an all inclusive until you have walked in our shoes.

    For our family traveling with an elderly parent who has difficulty walking, staying somewhere on an all inclusive package boils down simply to convenience. Difficulty walking along with physical pain for my father getting in and out of cars, this is just the way it will have to be until he dies. Once he is gone, should we continue to travel to Aruba we will then again enjoy EVERYTHING that the island has to offer.

    For now we will continue to support the island's economy as best as we can. The taxi driver we use is still taking fares, the car rental company we used last year is still in business. The gas station will happily accept our money for petrol for the rental car. Hopefully the flea markets are all still around so we can give them some more of our cash for souvenirs. We may even splurge and pay entrance to Arikok National Park again this year.
    I frankly don't care how you or anyone chooses to spend their time and vacation in Aruba and sincerely hope that all the choices anyone makes are enjoyed. And I will not judge anyones personal choices. What's good for you might or might not be right for me! I am, however very interrested in everyones reports and experiences...... it gives me a better understanding of the options available on this wonderful hunk of earth called Aruba....!

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