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    Travel to Aruba....the extras that are involved in planning.

    When all of us make Aruba plans, often it involves other planning over and above airline tickets and lodging.

    In our case, we have to arrange for our dog care, fish feeder and cat care.
    We also make arrangements at a satellite parking a few miles from the airport.
    We also have a hold put on our mail.

    Do any of you have other things that must be done before you head to Aruba?

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    Where do I start.

    Two daughters still living home, 26 yr old and 24 yr old, they need gas money, food money and stock the refrigerator.

    My son 21 yr old living in studio city ca, same as his sisters.

    I don't care how old they are, will always help them. All three work are great kids, never one single problem with any of them....

    Make sure dog's are not alone for long period of time.

    Also pay all my utilities, in the past calling home to be told garbage wasn't picked up, doesn't sit well with my wife.... lol

    It's all worth it, wouldn't change a thing...

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    We always stay at the airport the night before so I make that reservation early! I couldn't deal with getting up at 3:00 am!

    Months ahead I book withe the trainer for Maddy my beloved yellow lab. I know she'll have lots of furry friends to play with. The mail just gets dropped in a slot on our enclosed front porch

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    Only have to line up the house/pet sitter...... same woman every year and super dependable..! Also Monte for the transportation to and from Logan... another super dependable one....! Looking at this we are truly blessed compared to some others that have to do some serious juggling. Thanks Monte and Donna....!
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    For all of our travel anywhere we have the following list:

    Stop Mail (done online)
    Stop Newspaper (done online)
    Notify neighbor to feed/care for cat (I bribe him with Target gift cards as a thank you)
    Call taxi company day before to reserve taxi ahead of time for specific pick-up time at our house
    Set up out of office notifications on various emails and voicemails
    ~Amy~ - 35th trip to Aruba: New Years Eve 2017/2018 -- Zihuatanejo, MX: March 2018 -- Ireland: June/July 2018 --
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    our cat care lady and fish feeder is given nail salon gift certificates

    dog care is a paid position

    Quote Originally Posted by ~Amy~ View Post
    For all of our travel anywhere we have the following list:

    Stop Mail (done online)
    Stop Newspaper (done online)
    Notify neighbor to feed/care for cat (I bribe him with Target gift cards as a thank you)
    Call taxi company day before to reserve taxi ahead of time for specific pick-up time at our house
    Set up out of office notifications on various emails and voicemails

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    Where to start...

    As we are not so lucky to have a dependable dog and horse sitter, my DH stays home with them. He probably would not enjoy the heat in Aruba as he is on meds and not feeling to well many times.

    But as I take care of everything here, I make sure that:
    there is enough dog food for our four large dogs
    plenty of hay, sweet feed, carrots and apples for the horse
    some TV dinners and groceries for DH
    the house cleaned and clothes washed for him
    the pool taken care off
    the water bill paid (sometimes I pay a larger amount in advance and call them to let them know)
    make sure all cc are paid

    Then I make my lists:
    emergency numbers for the vet of the dogs and the horse
    phone numbers of friends and neighbor (in case my DH needs to call someone for help and I inform them in advance that I will be gone)
    a "to do" list for DH: check water level of pool, make sure dogs and horse have plenty of water etc.
    My "to do" list before I go (it's this one! LOL)
    My list what to pack and what to take with me on vacation. Usually, I like to start two weeks in advance to put my clothes ect in the guest bed room

    While on vacation I will call him at least once or twice a day to chat a little and make sure everything is ok.

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    like many others, stop mail and newspaper (on line)
    have excel spreadsheet and reminders on it it:
    shut water off right before we leave
    call credit card companies to advise we will be out of country
    arrange someone to snowplow our driveway if we get snow (did not do this year looks like we are safe)
    go to bank for shopping money and money for tipping our favorite staffers

    on a different note:

    get hair done
    get nails done

    so much packing and planning by the time it is time to get on the airplane I am actually looking forward to doing nothing

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    Quote Originally Posted by ricky59 View Post
    Where do I start.

    Two daughters still living home, 26 yr old and 24 yr old, they need gas money, food money and stock the refrigerator.

    My son 21 yr old living in studio city ca, same as his sisters.

    I don't care how old they are, will always help them. All three work are great kids, never one single problem with any of them....

    Make sure dog's are not alone for long period of time.

    Also pay all my utilities, in the past calling home to be told garbage wasn't picked up, doesn't sit well with my wife.... lol

    It's all worth it, wouldn't change a thing...
    Please adopt me.

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    act1966, Hear the same comment from my family members, brother in laws, etc.. LOL

    Stocking the refrigerator, don't apply just to my kids,
    their boyfriends, brother and niece. ' close, big italian family' love it!

    2 weeks in aruba, 600.00 in food, 60.00 gas cards and 150.00 cash for each one.

    Quite honestly in aruba we're REALLY over the top, tipping.
    The bleeding never ends....

    Failed to mention in june, when the kids join us in aruba, we cover the airfare, all inclusive and extra cash. lol true...

    Charity starts at home, I couldn't imagine not helping our kids.

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