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    How has the Internet changed your Aruba stay

    Wondering how the impact of the Internet has changed peoples stay in Aruba.

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    Rarely use it on the island but have a huge appetite for reviews, research and trip reports.... which all mold my island choices. My first research into Aruba was all done with print material, much of it older. The internet is in real time with current photos, opinions and reviews.

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    Years ago we would go to a travel agent to book our flight and hotel which was done all together. Travel agents really did not give us too many different options as far as flights go. Now it is nice to be able to book my room and flights on line myself. It is a good way to purchase separately and watch the flight prices and choose which flight, airport, time, price etc. works best for us even pick our own seats and book it. I also check in on line myself the day before and print my boarding passes. I too enjoy learning about the different hotels we have not stayed at, looking at pictures taken by vacationers and hearing their vacation stories.

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    Great topic john!

    I will not comment on research..social networking...digital marketing, but will just comment on how it affects Paul and I while in Aruba.

    Internet access gives us real time contact with our loved ones at home and on island.
    It gives us quick access on menus, activities etc.
    It provides quick access on phone numbers and email to contact restaurants etc for reservations.

    The downside.....
    and there IS a downside at least, that affects me.

    ex: in the years before readily availble wifi on the beaches and poolside, and tablets, iphones, smart phone, ipads etc...
    I would read LOTS while on the beach. BOOKS !
    Sometimes i would have my cd walkman and listen to audiobooks.
    Sometimes (way back) a walkman cassette player and listen to audiobooks on cassette.
    Sometimes, a hardcover or paperback book.

    I would be totally immersed in a good book, typically Stuart Woods, Nora Roberst, JD Robb, Barbara Delinsky, Stephen King.
    ...............

    But, in the recent years with readily availble internet, I am reading or listening to books much less on the beach or poolside.

    I am scanning this forum, texting, facetiming, browsing thru amazon or ebay, reading the Bosoton Globe, NY Times and the Lakeland Ledger.

    Silly and ridiculous. Totally not necessary and I should get back to reading either a paperback, or on my ipad or 6+ iPhone audiobooks.

    What is just as ridiculous is the amount of electronics that we bring in our carry ons.

    Both of us bring our laptops. we have no good reason as to why we bring them.
    along with that included are the chargers/power cords, a power strip (which we leave now in AUA) my iPhone, his iPad,
    his cell phone, both iPads, sun shields for iPads, and their charging cords.

    Oftentimes we are in power cord/power strip/device hell.

    We have made a committment to each other that we would cut down our devices and usage on our next trip in May.






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    Wondering how the impact of the Internet has changed peoples stay in Aruba.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    Great topic john!

    I will not comment on research..social networking...digital marketing, but will just comment on how it affects Paul and I while in Aruba.

    Internet access gives us real time contact with our loved ones at home and on island.
    It gives us quick access on menus, activities etc.
    It provides quick access on phone numbers and email to contact restaurants etc for reservations.

    The downside.....
    and there IS a downside at least, that affects me.

    ex: in the years before readily availble wifi on the beaches and poolside, and tablets, iphones, smart phone, ipads etc...
    I would read LOTS while on the beach. BOOKS !
    Sometimes i would have my cd walkman and listen to audiobooks.
    Sometimes (way back) a walkman cassette player and listen to audiobooks on cassette.
    Sometimes, a hardcover or paperback book.

    I would be totally immersed in a good book, typically Stuart Woods, Nora Roberst, JD Robb, Barbara Delinsky, Stephen King.
    ...............

    But, in the recent years with readily availble internet, I am reading or listening to books much less on the beach or poolside.

    I am scanning this forum, texting, facetiming, browsing thru amazon or ebay, reading the Bosoton Globe, NY Times and the Lakeland Ledger.

    Silly and ridiculous. Totally not necessary and I should get back to reading either a paperback, or on my ipad or 6+ iPhone audiobooks.

    What is just as ridiculous is the amount of electronics that we bring in our carry ons.

    Both of us bring our laptops. we have no good reason as to why we bring them.
    along with that included are the chargers/power cords, a power strip (which we leave now in AUA) my iPhone, his iPad,
    his cell phone, both iPads, sun shields for iPads, and their charging cords.

    Oftentimes we are in power cord/power strip/device hell.

    We have made a committment to each other that we would cut down our devices and usage on our next trip in May.

    Interesting response from you Andrea. When I was thinking about this topic I was wondering if the Internet has had more of a positive or a negative effect on vacationers and their families. It sort of bothers me when I go to a restaurant and see families and all are on their PDAs and there is virtually no conversation. ( Good part here is that there are no teenage arguments happening either!!!) Before Internet we would hear them talking of their "adventures" of the day.

    I think that while here in Aruba the Internet has benefitted us all. As we all know, the local papers are scarce on news, both local and international. Additionally, prior to widespread Internet usage here, it was difficult to learn of local events and things happening. The Internet has changed that a lot.

    I guess the Internet can be a double edged sword.

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    For planning travel, I used to call a concierge to make dinner reservations. No longer do this, make reservations myself.

    I used to take the "Menu Book" home with me to plan dining for next trip; now I look for menus on line.

    I used to wonder what was going on in Aruba with respect to closures, new places, new construction...now there are fewer surprises.

    Reserving my timeshares is now so much easier.

    Buying/selling timeshares simple now.

    Easier to deal with withdrawal now that I can remain in contact with the island.

    THE VERY MOST IMPORTANT THING......I have developed so many Aruba friends.....including many on this site.....and it makes me feel so much closer to the island.

    I feel comfortable taking longer visits since I can work 1/2 hour a day and feel totally up to date and in touch.

    I HATE HATE HATE the use of any electronic devices at a restaurant. It's atrocious to be on line when you're supposed to be enjoying dinner and each other's company. Hate hate hate. See it all over the place.....would like to find a restaurant that prohibits their use....or has a no texting zone.
    Please contact via e-mail at arubarennowner@gmail.com



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    the only electronics we bring are one tablet, a kindle and my phone that is shut off until we land back in Newark so I can call and say "we landed, pick us up". I never take the tablet/Ipad to the beach, only use it to check emails in the morning and afternoon. I may do the skype thing though. the kindle i use tons on the beach.

    but as far as booking our flight, townhouse, car, etc---it is a great tool.

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    Our preference is to disconnect. We want Aruba to truly be down time. There are no IPads or laptops. This trip, however, I had my iPhone and really appreciated being able to book the Cyber Monday sale (Internet only) for our next trip. While we were at the Divi the phone remained off. When we moved over to the Radisson for the last few days of the trip I used the free wifi to update my trip reports and email family.

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    hate hate too.....electronic devices at the dinner table home or restaurant.
    not allowed in our family

    (with the exception of an occasional photo taken of a beautiful presentation of a meal)

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    I use a laptop to research restaurants, and to book flights and rental car. While on the island, I may use it to show a restaurant menu to friends so they can decide if they want to go. Once or twice a day, I check in on my email and keep an eye on the weather at home as we approach the end of our stay. Sometimes, I don't even buy the internet access and just visit our timeshare's lobby to use the free wifi.

    No electronics ever at a restaurant or any other time you are in the company of friends.

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