I'm with you act! My husband would freak. He has a difficult time flying. In fact, the first 25 years we were married he refused to fly! I wouldn't want to go back to that!!
i do not fly well, i hate it and i am very nervous.
that being said, if my only affordable option was a flight with a stop over/change of planes, i would do it and we have done it.
many of our forum members are not blessed with being on a route that offers a non stop option.
it poses issues especially in the winter when storms are causing havoc with delays and cancellations.
aruba, worth a stop of 2 if necessary.
getting there the quickest and most painless way possible is my goal.
having a stop makes the travel day(s) that much longer
I always chuckle when I read posts where people swear that they would never take a connecting flight. For myself and a lot of others, that is our only option to get to Aruba and most places. It is such a way of life around here that most people don't give it a second thought. It generally isn't any problem. You just book flights with ample time to get to your next gate. Usually, we have enough time to grab a bite and then go to the next gate and relax until time to board. Out of all of the times that we have flown over the many years, we've only run into problems a couple of times. Don't get me wrong, we'd MUCH rather have direct flights, but if it comes down to going on connecting flights or staying home, we'll take the connections.
I am not a good flyer by any means, but I booked flights with a stop. The finances require it. Booking 5 flights, if the price difference is $350 (as it was this year) That totals $1750 in savings!!
I try to book flights with the shortest lay over possible so we get to Aruba quicker!
Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ
Jay - if you decide on La Cabana for your Feb. trip, start looking at their rental board where owners put their units up for rent. www.lacabanabrc.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?16-FOR-RENT .
Important is to get the name, address and phone # of the person renting their unit and confirm this information with the resort. Also, with the resort make sure the renter is paid up with their current maintenance fee. Also, check-out their timeshare calendar that it corresponds with the week your are renting. It's been done many times that people arrive the wrong week. www.lacabanabrc.com/readBlob.do?id=2746
La Cabana has Thurs, Fri, Sat & Sun check-in's. Units with a Sat or Sun check-in have the best view (pool/ocean). Thurs and Fri check-in's are Garden view units. Depending on the location of the Garden units and floor # (3rd & 4th floor), these units may have a partial ocean view. The 1 bedroom units are A & C units. B units between A&C units are studio units. There are also 1 bedroom Deluxe and 2 bedroom units. Video's of units: www.lacabanabrc.com/accommodations
La Cabana is no Ritz. But it is a comfortable, fun, family resort. The arcade is nothing to write home about. Just a small room in the passageway between the Lobby and pool area. The kid's activity room is across from the arcade. My grandson was too young at the time to take part in the kid's activities. Last time he was there he was 3 when they only take kid's 4+.
If you want to have date night with your wife, I'm sure they can recommend a sitter. Once on Karaoke night I asked Kathy that run's the kid's program why she was still there with a couple of kids. She said she was babysitting. She would be someone I would trust as she has been at La Cabana for many years.
Thanks Liz. I did use the rental board and that is where I got the women's contact info. I have already emailed LaCabana to ask to verify the owner/info just incase we move forward. I am a little nervous renting from someone I don't know. I won't do anything prior to seeing the complex first hand. I will also take a look and evaluate my finances after our trip, maybe I will actually win enough to pay for the next trip, probably not, lol. Love your idea about the babysitter, we have one currently that was referred to us. I met her last trip and she was very nice, I hope it goes well next month when she is watching my twerp a bit.