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    Traveling to Aruba w/out family, friends

    Some recent postings that I have been reading have been about singles or couples going to Aruba for the first time without their kids, or grandkids or extended family or friends.


    It might be because of the times (covid) that are dictating "couple or single only travel".

    We have not traveled with companions to Aruba since 2016.
    Those companions are now solely cruisers, which if fine.

    Another travel companion is now in his late 80s and has given up travel
    However, an Ireland trip is in the works for the 3 of us for early Fall if the stars align.

    Our son and DIL and family have traveled with us, but not since 2016.

    So, we are used to being "childless and or unaccompanied by friends " in Aruba.
    In all honesty it is kind of nice............we can be slugs, we only answer to ourselves and we do not have to cater to anyone else except ourselves.
    (sounds selfish, but it is what it is). No more dinner choosing disagreements.

    Are you a single or a couple that sometimes goes to Aruba with travel companions or friends or family?

    Is it the covid situation that is keeping your travel companions from not traveling?

    Do you like traveling with only your spouse, partner or by yourself..............minus any travel companions?
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    We usually go to Aruba by ourselves. Sometimes our adult daughter joins us for a week. We enjoy her company. One year our son and daughter came BUT, NEVER again with both kids at the same time. We were so glad when they left. All they did was bicker. They are both welcome to join us, just not together. Many years ago, we invited friends for a week and had a great time with them, but at the same time we felt they were tied to our hips.
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    We've had friends accompany us but not in the past couple of years. We've also brought the family.. siblings, kids, their friends and grandson. But we really enjoy just being by ourselves. Meals are easily decided, trips around the island are unrushed and we don't have to worry about anyone but ourselves. You're right it is selfish, but we're at the time in our life where being selfish is okay. Our friends that traveled with us are exploring new destinations.

    I surprised everyone at Christmas with the news that Pam and I would be taking my daughter and her boyfriend, my son and his fiancé and my grandson to Aruba next year if things are back to normal. First class airfare, a three bedroom unit at Surf Club, the whole enchilada. (My daughter thinks her boyfriend is going to propose during their time there). Now that would make the trip really special.

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    We stay at Costa linda and try to take a different couple with us every year. This trip our 23 and 20 year old daughters will be joining us. Id be a half hr away if it wasnt for my 23 year old teacher having to work today .lol So we are leaving tomorrow morning and coming home friday.. Hopefully my fall trip will be 2 weeks and 2 different couples.
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    It’s been years since we have traveled with anyone else. We did have a trip planned with my sister-in-law and her husband. We were reserved at the Renaissance Ocean Suites for last November but you know, 2020!!

    There are things that I miss about traveling with others but we still enjoy our couples only trips.

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    Our first trip to Aruba was with our teen aged boys. Since then we travel to Aruba alone. Our older one and gf go on their own, too. Since we had the condo we have told friends if they come to Aruba we will be their guides and do whatever they want, but they can't stay in the condo with us as Stu works out of the second bedroom. We had a place at the shore near us and I felt used by friends and family-they wanted to stay but forget it is not a hotel and restaurant. If they want resort living, then they can go to resort. I actually had one of hubby's cousins say to me that since she could not afford a vacation so she figured she'd stay with us and I could do everything so she could have a vacation.






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    We usually travel by ourselves... sometimes my son will treat us so we tag along with him
    I like being with me.. only answering to me, just making me happy.. (Lou too lol)
    Cruised with my sister and her husband 8 nights... never again. She wants to do a "sister" trip to
    Aruba.. no way.
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    We go to Aruba most of the time by ourselves. Once traveled with my sister and her husband, who is NOT a beach person, and he was somewhat miserable for the 5 days they were there. Nothing made him happy. Not the beach, not doing a tour of the island with our rental car just the two of them, not the casino, not the price of restaurants. Needless to say we have not invited him since. We have had other friends come and had a great time...everyone had their own accommodations. One year when our sons were still in college they stayed with us when we rented a 2 bedroom at Playa Linda where we own. That was great! A few years ago we splurged and brought the whole family with us for the 4th of July: two sons, DIL's, and 4 grands. It was the best trip ever!!! The kids are all teachers and not off during the weeks we own so have little opportunity to come with us, plus, it is expensive for them. But when our kids came with us as adults with their kids, they now get the "One Happy Island" experience. Otherwise during our yearly trips we have plenty of friends who are there with us every year, so we have built in company when we want it. One of my favorite parts of our Aruba experience. We SO missed it this year!
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    back in the late 90s we traveled to Aruba with our then BFFs.
    it was a rude awakening.
    to begin with as we were on the plane there was turbulence and our son's drink (sprite) spilled a bit onto our friends' laps.
    one of them turned to Kevin and said, well we were going to take you to a shop to buy a souvenir, that trip is now cancelled due to the spill. WTH?!!!

    then still on the plane, my friend passed me an envelope and told me to put $500 into the envelope and she'd be the banker and with each couple contributing the $ it would be for food, booze and entertainment. She wanted us to put in $1000 actually as we had Kevin and his friend.
    I said no way are we pooling money. we were still in the air and I wished I had a parachute .

    then once there, we went to a timeshare presentation all together and the salesman asked if any of us understood how timeshare works.
    we all said no, but then I said to my friends.....dont you own at XYZ and know how it works?
    the poop hit the fan at that point as apparently they did not want the timeshare person to know that they were already owners at another place.
    shame on me for asking a question.
    I swore never ever again that I would ever leave the country with them. It took 15 more year to break free of these people.

    Can you imagine wanting to pool $$$$ ?

    in the mid 2000s we brought Paul's brother and wife with us.
    We each had our own units at LaCabana (our 2 timeshares and we gifted them airmiles)
    He, the brother loved every minute.
    She, not so much...........she was hot, it was windy, the sea was too salty, the sand was too deep, the casinos too smoky, the restaurants were expensive but the most outrageous comment from her was................."all those foreigners!" (the Arubans ) It was all I could do not to slap her silly.


    there are some people who should not travel outside their own neighborhood.
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    We have had a couple great days meeting friends in Aruba who were on a cruise. We've met a couple who was cruising solo and got to be the first to celebrate their engagement in person, we actually added a day to our trip to be able to meet them. And we met my dad and a small group he was cruising with. We also had a couple of friends meet us during a stay at the Radisson for about half of our trip, again a great time. It was fun to share a place that means so much to us with friends and family. I think the key is to talk about expectations ahead of time and to have some time together and some time just as a couple.
    The best trip is the next trip. Anxiously waiting to book something.
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