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    Traveling to AUA solo

    We have members who visit Aruba by themselves.

    There are many reasons.......... None of the reasons are my business.

    I have to say upfront that I ENVY those that are comfortable enough in their own skin to do this!

    Tell us why you like traveling to AUA alone.

    Full disclosure..............I am a wimp.
    2x I had to fly by myself from MA to FL, once for a funeral and once for a Pool Operators Certification class that I was teaching
    I was a mess and hated every moment of travel

    I have a very dear friend who travels alone ALWAYS. She is brave. She is really brave............has been to lots of Olympic Games worldwide, visited Europe and China on her own and many other places in the USA.
    She will be visiting Aruba in October and I am excited for her.

    I am interested in knowing and I believe that the readers here might be encouraged to know the ease of Aruba travel for a man or woman traveling alone.

    I know that those that travel to Aruba may be alone but are never lonely while there.
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    While I have yet to travel to Aruba alone, I would have no problem doing so. I’ve taken a few trips solo, having gone to Ireland, San Antonio and to San Diego solo and totally enjoyed myself.

    For me I would think Aruba would be great for a solo traveler. The Arubans are a friendly bunch and they want you to have a good time. I feel safe in Aruba and feel comfortable walking from the resort to a restaurant, or casino on my own. There’s something to be said for doing whatever you feel like while on vacation and not have to check with someone first to plan.

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    Been going to Aruba annually by myself since 2011. We bought a timeshare in 1999 and hubby went with me each year through 2010.

    He doesn't enjoy flying, the sun, beach or a few other things, but airfare was affordable enough to justify him staying in the room glued to ESPN while I lounged at the pool and beach. In 2010, it rained and stormed almost the entire week. It was a bizarre rarity. Everything flooded. Satellite was out most of the time so no TV. We don't gamble or shop much and he said he didn't want to go back. I was ok with that since airfare was starting to go up and I didn't want to pay for the flight since he would be in the room watching TV.

    Since we had been going the same week for 10 years, I had made friends with the week 38 crew so I knew once I got to Aruba, I wouldn't be alone if I didn't want to be. I had flown alone before for work, and I knew the routine of flying to Aruba and was comfortable with that. When I check in, I always tell them hubby is flying in tomorrow. I don't want them or others around me to hear I'm alone. This way I also get two towel cards. I have never not felt safe on the island. Of course, be vigilant and use common sense. Many of the excursions and tours often have room for one more, so I can luck out with last minute reservations.

    As for venturing out alone in general, I had to learn at a young age to do things alone. It wasn't easy, but I did it and now I am glad I did. I can go to a restaurant, a movie, travel... and not give a second thought. Hubby is a real homebody and even around town I do most things by myself. I think dining was the hardest for me, but I had a magazine with me once when I was on lunch break when working at a mall. I kind of felt that since I was reading while I ate, it looked like I wanted to be alone - as opposed to feeling like I have no friends and everyone is staring. So for years I always made sure to have a book, newspaper or something to read if I was dining alone. My security blanket, I guess. Now people can just use their phone.

    It's not for everyone, and there are times when I wish I could share an experience with someone. But I go to concerts and museums and exhibits that none of my friends want to go to, so I'll go alone before I'll miss out. I must have weird taste Some things I actually now prefer to do alone (some concerts, movies).

    The only thing I try not to do alone is drive in a big city. It's a little easier now that GPS is a thing, but my fear of city driving is real and big.
    ​Laura from NH/Divi Village

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    Quote Originally Posted by pegmeister View Post
    there’s something to be said for doing whatever you feel like while on vacation and not have to check with someone first to plan.
    ^^^^this!!!!
    ​Laura from NH/Divi Village

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laura in NH View Post
    ^^^^this!!!!
    I know, right! Tom is not a beach goer and has only been in the water once or twice in all our trips. We spend the morning at the beach and then go to lunch and the casino. I would prefer to spend the whole day on the beach.

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    Paul would prefer to sleep in the lounge on the beach, and after snoozing for hours says" how about skipping happy hour and let's take a nap instead"

    Quote Originally Posted by Pegmeister View Post
    I know, right! Tom is not a beach goer and has only been in the water once or twice in all our trips. We spend the morning at the beach and then go to lunch and the casino. I would prefer to spend the whole day on the beach.
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    I'll write about my adventures travelling solo but am out of steam for today!
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    Laura, what a great story of confidence. You made a great point about going to Aruba certain weeks when others go. My neighbor owns at Playa Linda and will only go to Aruba those 2 weeks. She is a widow and up in age but always feels comfortable with the friends she’s made who go the same week. I agree for me going to a restaurant alone would be a challenge but love your idea of being occupied with a magazine or now our phones! I would probably go to dinner early like Lisa does.

    Quote Originally Posted by Laura in NH View Post
    Been going to Aruba annually by myself since 2011. We bought a timeshare in 1999 and hubby went with me each year through 2010.

    He doesn't enjoy flying, the sun, beach or a few other things, but airfare was affordable enough to justify him staying in the room glued to ESPN while I lounged at the pool and beach. In 2010, it rained and stormed almost the entire week. It was a bizarre rarity. Everything flooded. Satellite was out most of the time so no TV. We don't gamble or shop much and he said he didn't want to go back. I was ok with that since airfare was starting to go up and I didn't want to pay for the flight since he would be in the room watching TV.

    Since we had been going the same week for 10 years, I had made friends with the week 38 crew so I knew once I got to Aruba, I wouldn't be alone if I didn't want to be. I had flown alone before for work, and I knew the routine of flying to Aruba and was comfortable with that. When I check in, I always tell them hubby is flying in tomorrow. I don't want them or others around me to hear I'm alone. This way I also get two towel cards. I have never not felt safe on the island. Of course, be vigilant and use common sense. Many of the excursions and tours often have room for one more, so I can luck out with last minute reservations.

    As for venturing out alone in general, I had to learn at a young age to do things alone. It wasn't easy, but I did it and now I am glad I did. I can go to a restaurant, a movie, travel... and not give a second thought. Hubby is a real homebody and even around town I do most things by myself. I think dining was the hardest for me, but I had a magazine with me once when I was on lunch break when working at a mall. I kind of felt that since I was reading while I ate, it looked like I wanted to be alone - as opposed to feeling like I have no friends and everyone is staring. So for years I always made sure to have a book, newspaper or something to read if I was dining alone. My security blanket, I guess. Now people can just use their phone.

    It's not for everyone, and there are times when I wish I could share an experience with someone. But I go to concerts and museums and exhibits that none of my friends want to go to, so I'll go alone before I'll miss out. I must have weird taste Some things I actually now prefer to do alone (some concerts, movies).

    The only thing I try not to do alone is drive in a big city. It's a little easier now that GPS is a thing, but my fear of city driving is real and big.
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    Traveling solo also is not only women.
    There are more than a handful of me who travel on their own as well.
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    My Aruba trip in October will be the first time I will travel alone there and I'm looking forward to it. Aruba is safe and friendly, I don't have problems with talking to people, etc. but I'm cautious and smart about it for sure. I usually travel to Aruba with my guy friend but he can't make it this trip - we've traveled a lot together over the years. Previously, I've also traveled a lot to Cancun by myself, there I stayed on the resorts mostly and did my thing, not a problem at all. I've been divorced for many years so I'm use to doing my own thing when I want and what I want. Flying solo doesn't bother me either, I love to fly I just don't like all the issues with flying these days. I have my Aruba trip planned pretty much, will be easy and relaxing. I've already seen the island and experienced most things so this vacation will be beach, pool, cocktails, repeat. I do want to meet up with Andrea and her hubs (phrogg108) they will be there during the time I'm there so we plan to meet up for some cocktails.
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