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    solo travel

    Hello All,

    Merry Xmas,

    Anybody every take a trip to Aruba solo? We have 3 trips planned this year to Aruba but since I have 4 free nights I am thinking about going by myself in April, my wife cant go then.... Any experience as a solo traveler, what did you think? I think I may be a bit lonely during the day but fine each night at the casino...

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    Hello A4E,

    I have been solo to Aruba four times as we have large dogs and it's difficult to find a good dog sitter. So, DH took care of our fur babies.

    From my experience: I never feel lonely while traveling. There is just too much to see and explore. I love taking photos and when I'm by myself, my focus on my environment is very intense. I company, my focus is more on the person (DH, friend ect) I'm with.

    I also noticed, when traveling solo, many people just start talking to me, people I meet in a store or a restaurant etc.
    I think when traveling in company, others do not want to disturb or interrupt. But as a solo person, many like to start a conversation. Not only in Aruba, but wherever I travel.

    As it's only 4 nights, I think you will be fine. And it might even be a new, pleasant experience.

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    ... and, if you really feel lonely, there is always the forum! Talk to us!

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    Thanks for the post. I am very social so I need to think this thru a bit. I am not sure how it could be bad....and 4 nights with nobody asking me to do anything cant be bad either, lmao. I know many people on the island that I see in the evenings...and without my son running around I am sure I wont be up at 7am either, lol.

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    Out of my four trips to Aruba, I've done two with my aunt and her family and two on my own, with a third solo trip in the early planning stages for September/October of 2016. I've found that when travelling on my own I get to determine what the plans are going to be for the day or evening, if I change my mind on a planned activity there is no one to get angry or upset because I choose to change my plans. Being a bit of an introvert travelling solo makes me push myself to step out of my comfort zone and strike up conversations with people around me, or in some cases they start the conversation and it gets rolling from there. On my last trip having my right ankle wrapped up in a bandage and limping around La Cabana was enough of a conversation generator. That and trying to speak Papiamento and French pops out. Solo travelling is all good, no stress, no worries and on a place like Aruba a good time waiting to be had.

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    well said!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by vallond View Post
    Out of my four trips to Aruba, I've done two with my aunt and her family and two on my own, with a third solo trip in the early planning stages for September/October of 2016. I've found that when travelling on my own I get to determine what the plans are going to be for the day or evening, if I change my mind on a planned activity there is no one to get angry or upset because I choose to change my plans. Being a bit of an introvert travelling solo makes me push myself to step out of my comfort zone and strike up conversations with people around me, or in some cases they start the conversation and it gets rolling from there. On my last trip having my right ankle wrapped up in a bandage and limping around La Cabana was enough of a conversation generator. That and trying to speak Papiamento and French pops out. Solo travelling is all good, no stress, no worries and on a place like Aruba a good time waiting to be had.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aruba4ever View Post
    Hello All,

    Merry Xmas,

    Anybody every take a trip to Aruba solo? We have 3 trips planned this year to Aruba but since I have 4 free nights I am thinking about going by myself in April, my wife cant go then.... Any experience as a solo traveler, what did you think? I think I may be a bit lonely during the day but fine each night at the casino...
    I've traveled to Aruba a few times on my own (and have traveled to other destinations solo as well). I wasn't sure how I'd like it but it's actually very relaxing. During the day I usually hang out at the beach and catch up on my reading and go for beach walks. When I'm bored with myself I hang out at the beach bar for a drink or two, maybe lunch and chat with whoever might be around (bartenders, tourists, locals). I have local friends on the island (Dutch and Aruban) so I usually meet up with a friend for dinner. Sometimes I'll dine alone but I'll usually go to a place where I can eat at the bar and talk with the bartenders or owners. Other times during the day if I'm bored with the beach I'll just hop in the rental car and go for a drive - just sightsee and/or look for new areas of the island I haven't explored yet. I can always find something to do wherever I go.
    ~Amy~ - 35th trip to Aruba: New Years Eve 2017/2018 -- Zihuatanejo, MX: March 2018 -- Ireland: June/July 2018 -- 36th trip to Aruba: Sept. 2018




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    Thanks again, Happy New Year.

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