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Thread: Economy/Inflation/Stocks..impacting your Aruba plans?

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    Economy/Inflation/Stocks..impacting your Aruba plans?

    It's always something isn't it?

    How is the current economic situation impacting your Aruba plans?

    Right now it has no bearing on our June trip, however the Nov/Dec trip could be a non casino trip if things do not improve.
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    We’re not feeling much of an impact on our day to day although my IRA has taken a nose dive! It’s the return testing to the US that keeps us from returning to Aruba at the moment.

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    This trip we’re strictly sticking to our casino budget. We also are eating in 4 of the 14 days we’re here.
    ‘Returning home on Monday and have an appointment on Tuesday to rebalance our portfolio with our investment advisor! But, like in the casino, it’s all a craps shoot!
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    I've had the July trip paid for and money set aside for casino and expenses for a long time now. The current economy will not impact this trip..... but maybe next year. My 401k's and Patti's 403b are taking a lickin'.....
    A little nonsense now and then is relished by the best of men!
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    Well I bought a couple weeks at Costa Linda last month , figured I was going to buy 4 .. I will be holding off until market turns around . I will just rent the weeks so I don't need to put out the larger sum of money.. Im a long way from retirement so those accounts have time to bounce back. I think the cost of gas and food is the more pressing issue for 70 % of people. I fill my 3 cars once a week , it cost me $170 this week..
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    yikes
    we are retired.
    to give you an idea of our driving.........we bought our Rav 4 in late March 2021.
    we have 6100 miles on it, so we do not take very many long trips.

    in aruba, we drive more miles per day than we do here at home.

    but we do put on a few miles a day on our golf cart.

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    Well I bought a couple weeks at Costa Linda last month , figured I was going to buy 4 .. I will be holding off until market turns around . I will just rent the weeks so I don't need to put out the larger sum of money.. Im a long way from retirement so those accounts have time to bounce back. I think the cost of gas and food is the more pressing issue for 70 % of people. I fill my 3 cars once a week , it cost me $170 this week..
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    We did put our Aruba trip for Thanksgiving on hold! Will drive to the Smokey Mountains (take the two fur babies as well will save lots of $$ on that alone)
    as for the market; my 401k is taking a beating.
    Did notice a cruise line stock has gone way down, and price of sailing has dropped as well..
    Today gas as Sam's was $4.74 I am thanking my lucky stars I am not doing home health!! My son teaches ESE middle school math and is now spending almost $100 a week for gas.
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    Full steam ahead for first 2 trips which are paid for. Not sure about December's trip which I have not booked airfare for.
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    We have booked and paid for September and March trips already. Flights paid with points. We will be doing Airbnb and our TS, so we have kitchen access. I don't mind cooking part of the time in Aruba, so that is not a change for us. $ is set aside for car rental as well, at least for Sept. We are retired, so we are not looking at our retirement accounts (too painful!). We will meet with our finance guy this summer and he will tell us how next year will be......I bet there will be some belt tightening. As others have said, maybe less casino time. Still, we are lucky to be able to visit Aruba.
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    We had debated postponing our trip because of the economy, but I think we would actually lose money by not going. I went online to check ticket prices for the same time we are going this year (late October) just to see what they are and, at this rate, what we paid for two business class tickets (including taxes, fees, insurance, etc.) is darn close to the price of ONE main cabin ticket (not including taxes, fees, etc.)! Thankfully, the Airbnb we get gives us a great deal and we have some time to plan for savings, but sheesh it is hard to justify going with the economy going berserk. On the other hand, this will probably mean we won't go next year so we can try and recover a little. The only "upside" (if you want to call it that) is that everyone's 401k's/IRA's/stocks/retirements are doing the same thing... dropping like the Hindenburg... so we are all in this together. Seems to be the theme of the world over the past few years, eh?




    Pictures from our Oct 2021 trip: https://photos.app.goo.gl/ZNDCceAbJT5sECfE8

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