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    Unwinding/Decompressing - Settling In

    In another thread there were some mentions of it taking a while to unwind once arriving in aruba.

    that is one of the things that paul and i have always had issues with.
    it seems to take us quite a bit of time to unwind, slow down and breathe.

    typically it takes us about a day and a half before we settle in and are in our slow and relaxed mode.
    for us, hitting the beach and jumping into the ocean really seems to hasten the process of settling in....as does
    a nice dinner then putting our feet up.

    how about you? how long does it take for you and what helps make it easier?


    i envy those that can arrive, and make a 180 turn into their "aruba state of mind."

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    I think we begin to unwind as soon as they shut the door on the plane. By the time we land in Aruba we are in full vacation mode. Our biggest problem is getting back into work mode when we return.

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    It takes Rob and I about 2 days to unwind. Arriving, unpacking and grocery store shopping seem to add to the craziness of arriving, that's why you have to stay longer than a week!

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    It's bad enough that we leave for Aruba in the worst part of winter, cold and stressed with the snow. Then we have to deal with the whole travel day stuff. Getting up in the middle of the night, driving to the airport shuttle, standing in line, TSA, boarding, flying, cramped, crowded, noisy. Landing, baggage, rental car, check in, unpack. Finally, grab a drink and go say hello to your friends. Exhausted. Need a nap. Something easy for dinner. Early bed time. What a day!

    The next day it's off to Ling's. Stock the fridge outdoors. Sit and relax.

    I'd say about the third day we are IN Aruba and mellow. This is why a two week stay is better than two one week stays for us.

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    Once we're checked in... have had that first dip in the ocean and our welcome toast together... the reality is there. We're on vacation and relaxed and will enjoy every minute of it.

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    Never really completely relaxed as I stay in touch with the hubby who takes care of the fur kids at home. Worrying that they are ok. That's the reason why I usually only go one week to Aruba.

    In former times, when I was single, working and living in Germany, it was the norm to go at least three or sometimes even four weeks on vacation (they have six weeks paid vacation a year over there!). I would usually unwind as soon as I hit the road or approached the airport. Then I would "dive into another world" while on vacation that I could not even remember the zip code from the town I lived! LOL

    The hardest part was always coming back and going to work again, sitting in an office. It took me weeks.

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    Pretty much in vacation mode once we step foot on the resort. We drop the bags, stop at the buffet for a bite and hang out at the beach a bit before going back to unpack. What I think helps us the most is staying overnight at the airport the night before. It pretty much eliminates the airport stress. We get up in the morning and grab the shuttle to the terminal, takes about 5 minutes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WaltVB View Post
    I think we begin to unwind as soon as they shut the door on the plane. By the time we land in Aruba we are in full vacation mode. Our biggest problem is getting back into work mode when we return.
    Oh yeah.... the getting back to work thing really stinks....!

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    It takes me 2 days to stop reaching for my cell phone which is usually permanently attached to my hand, except on vacation. On our last couple trips we have come up with a routine that helps us wind down. Day 1, we drop our bags and hit our favorite happy hours to get a little liquid relaxation. Our first full day we don't make any plans, it's a beach day. It actually works in our favor that I'm usually go go go that first morning so I get our palapa, unpack, drag Jon to the grocery store, then sit on the beach all day. I'm usually up and down and my mind is still going full speed most of the day trying to make plans with Mr. We'll See. Usually by mid day the 2nd day, I start to calm down and settle in to a more go with the flow attitude. I think our upcoming trip will be harder because we have a hotel change on day 3, and we are staying at 2 new places for us. Im sure my anxiety caused by the unknown will be in full swing.
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    Three days.

    The first day is a write off - travel, airports and then scramble to get to Lings, to the villa and unpack. The first face plant in the pool starts the decompression period.

    The second day is still a bit edgy as my sleep isn't great worrying about work. But the 2:00 margaritas nab that one and further decompression happens. Dinner out that night - usually somewhere over-the-top - takes care of most of the angst.

    Day three is floating in the pool, pondering the question, "Why aren't we living here full-time?"

    By day four, I'm lucky if I put on shoes and socks ever again. Everything is fine and we move slower and exert ourselves by napping and blender'ing. Decompression complete.

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