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    I am usually ready to come back after a week and a half or so. I would say a week is a good time frame at the minimum.

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    Be careful with going two weeks, we started doing that some years ago and now we go three weeks past few years

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    Quote Originally Posted by EricaLovesAruba! View Post
    I am usually ready to come back after a week and a half or so. I would say a week is a good time frame at the minimum.
    Do you get bored? Homesick? Too much sun?

    I start to miss my dog at the 12th day mark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ace2063 View Post
    I alway travel to Aruba for 1 week. Once I had the priveledge to travel to Aruba for 2 weeks. I exchanged 2 time share weeks to the Divi Dutch and they were nice enough to to put me up at the Divi Golf Village in the same villa for 2 weeks back to back. I'm thinking with airfare being so expensive, stress at work, I might be better off going for 2 weeks back to back. Especially since I have some timeshare weeks in Orlando that have been accumilating.

    What are your thoughts, preference, 1 or 2 weeks?
    If you need the relaxation and the recovery from stressful work, then I would say 2 weeks are better. It takes days for the body and mind to finally turn off all the stress and start relaxing. The expensive airfare and the time lost while traveling is another point.

    On the other hand, it wil be a long waiting time till your next vacation. My thoughts to this: IF you can manage to get the desired relaxation within one week, I would possibly consider, going twice per year, one week each if your work does not allow for more vacation time. You could enjoy every minute while on Aruba, choose if you want some relaxing and lazy days or go for some exciting excursions like with Bully in between which always gives the feeling to have experienced a lot.

    On my first vacation to Aruba I could only go for one week. But it was wonderful as I had met new friends and so many new experiences. I also had a rental car (which I always do) and explored the entire island. One friend, who had gone to Aruba already more than 14 times, three or four weeks each, told me that I had seem more of Aruba than she had during all her visits!

    I guess it comes down to it what works best for you.

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    We left Boston and came down years ago on a Saturday and stayed at the Marriott for the week.Then after that the next year rented at Costa Linda for week two and after that one week was not good enought.

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    simple answer; NO

    The longest we've been able to swing is 10 days. I too have a hard time winding down. I'm a go, go, go type person. I'm constantly up and down off the beach chair the first few days until I unwind.

    I also keep quiet to those who want to go for a long weekend or a 5 day trip. However, I almost considered it since I will be low on vacation time from work come end of this year AND I found a $432 RT in Oct. on SW AND we have enough IHG points for 5 nights at Hol Inn......


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    Quote Originally Posted by AUA1989 View Post
    simple answer; NO

    The longest we've been able to swing is 10 days. I too have a hard time winding down. I'm a go, go, go type person. I'm constantly up and down off the beach chair the first few days until I unwind.

    I also keep quiet to those who want to go for a long weekend or a 5 day trip. However, I almost considered it since I will be low on vacation time from work come end of this year AND I found a $432 RT in Oct. on SW AND we have enough IHG points for 5 nights at Hol Inn......

    We try to book around long weekends to use less days off. This year we will be there for 11 days, only using 5 days of vacation around Thanksgiving. UnfortunatelY airfare is higher this way, but it's still 11 days. We did the same last year around the Veterans Day holiday.
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    This leads to another question. Does vacation time depend on where you live? I've heard, but never researched, that U.S. workers' get the least vacation time compared to those in UK and Europe. I believe most employers in the U.S. might offer 1 or 2 weeks paid vacation time to new full-time employees (and often that doesn't start until you've given them a year of your life). Some may offer an additional 5 days of sick time, but many do not allow use of sick time for vacation. More vacation time is given after a certain number of years of service.

    I've heard that in the UK there is a government mandated 28 days, which includes the 8 public holidays. Can anyone verify? I don't know about sick time.

    So, if I had 4 weeks of vacation, I would definitely take more than a week for Aruba. And, imagine how much time we could spend if I incorporated vacation around holiday like Tracey mentioned.

    Personally, I think I'm lucky as my employer offers 18 "benefit" days to be used for sick time, family illness, vacation (however those are what you get day 1 of employment and they never increase; I've been with them 23 years and haven't been granted any additional benefit days). We can take them a day at a time or lump the days together as we see fit.

    If we were in Aruba for 2 weeks (or more) we would definitely have to change our eating habits. On a 7 day trip, we budget to mostly eat out because there are so many great places, we couldn't possibly leave any of them off our list. However, on a 14 day trip, I think we'd go broke eating out every night.

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    It definitely varies by your employer in the US. We are very lucky to both have about 4 weeks of vacation per year with separate time alloted for sick days. We use them for lots of long weekends in the summer. We typically take two 1 week long vacations a year. I wish both could always be in Aruba but, our budget for eating out, bars and casino's just doesn't allow for it.
    To add to this topic, for those that do go for 2 weeks or longer, have you changed your dining habits?
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    Everyone's situation will vary. Your decision will be effected by financial reasons - how many R/T airfares are you willing/can afford to pay in a year. At around $1000+ R/T per couple, it's a real consideration. Available vacation time is another important factor unless you're retired. Do you want to spend all your vacation time on one trip or one vacation spot? You have to decide for yourself. I hope we have helped.

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