Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

50 top packing tips

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Confused about baggage rules? Or just hopelessly disorganised at packing? Maggie O'Sullivan helps get you started

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Seating Assignments on Delta

A hint if you fly Delta...

What is the easiest way to obtain your favorite preference of seat when booking your flight? Note your preference in your profile.
"Advance seat selection
Advance seat selection is not available with Basic Economy fares. Seat assignments will be auto-assigned for Basic Economy fare holders during check in."
Seat Selection
With the online interactive seat map, you can confirm your seat in three mouse clicks. In some cases, seat assignments are made automatically based upon your preference for a window or aisle seat, noted in your profile.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

To Avoid Long Lines & Promote More Efficiency Airport Introduces Automated Passport Control (APC)

For US bound passengers

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ORANJESTAD, Aruba – 8 di december 2014:
Aruba Airport Authority N.V. proudly introduces a new system to check passports at Aeropuerto Internacional Reina Beatrix. The computers, known as “Automated Passport Contol Kiosks” (APC kiosks) have already been installed and are being put into service this week. Among invitees, the minister of tourism, together with Aruba Airport Authority N.V. presented this new service to passengers and the entire community. As such, of the more than 300 international airports across the U.S.A. Aruba is the 27th that has APC kiosks to process passengers by means of these automated systems. Aruba is the only airport in the Caribbean to have APC Kiosks.

Delta Redefines Cabin, Upgrades Premium Economy Options

Delta One, First Class and Delta Comfort+ Offer Premium Experiences; Main Cabin and Basic Economy Offer Options For All Customers

ATLANTA, Dec. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) is redefining the products it offers customers to further distinguish the choices available to them. Delta will offer best-in-class options for each of its customer segments with innovative multi-cabin experiences. Customers will have five products to choose from, including Delta One, First Class and Delta Comfort+ which offer premium amenities. Main Cabin and Basic Economy service will offer value options with Delta's high standards of service.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Cyber Monday Special Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives

Cyber Monday with savings of 50% off!

For 24-hours only on Monday, December 1st, you can reserve your spot with savings of 50% off, using code CYBER14. Inventory is limited so don't wait... Book online at diviaruba.com or tamarijnaruba.com or call 1-800-554-2008 (9am-5pm EST).

50 Ways to Entertain a Kid on an Airplane

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Link: 50 Ways to Entertain a Kid on an Airplane

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Aruba Motorcycle Tours is a new adventure to the beautiful island Aruba

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October 9th, 2014- Aruba Motorcycle Tours is a new adventure to the beautiful island Aruba. The owners Arjen Hof and Lucienne Hof-Kalis have been living on Aruba with their kids for more then 15 years. Arjen started working on Harley Davidsons when he was just 17 years old and well known on the island for being THE HARLEY-DOCTOR. After working for the local Harley dealer for…

13 years he spread his wings and started his own shop in 2011 “ THE BIKE CLINIC”.

They felt Aruba was still missing something and that something was a GOOD HARLEY TOUR. Lucienne worked in restaurants all her life , she worked at Salt’n Pepper for more then 11 years being one of the familiar faces on the day-time crew. She decided it was time to call it quits in January of this year . Now she’s working with her husband realizing their dream. And it’s time to introduce to you their perfect new adventure so….

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Beware of This Hot Vacation Rental Scam

If you rent from VRBO, you need to read this. This is a documented scam involving VRBO for which they are not taking responsibility or are able to explain.

Link: Beware of This Hot Vacation Rental Scam

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort obtained their EarthCheck Master Achievement Award

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EAGLE BEACH, ARUBA November 15th, 2014– Recently the Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort has obtained the Master achievement Award for Earth Check representing 15 years of continuous certification with EarthCheck.

Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort received their first EarthCheck Certification in 2000 and is currently the first hotel in Aruba and second in the entire Caribbean obtaining the Earthcheck Master Achievement Award. Obtaining the Earthcheck Master Achievement Award requires commitment from the entire personnel to achieve better results in terms of sustainability each year.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino offers FREE Wifi access throughout the resort

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ORANJESTAD, ARUBA November 6th, 2014- Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino is now offering FREE Wifi throughout the resort to all guests. In December all remodeling on Renaissance Ocean Suites will be concluded. The newly renovated resort features Blue Bar, Papagayo Restaurant on the Renaissance Island, LG Smith’s Steak & Chophouse and Renaissance Marina & Renaissance Ocean Suites rooms. In the meanwhile, Renaissance Resort introduces free Wifi to all guests. Wifi access is very important, it allows the guests to be in contact with their families and loved ones and gives them the opportunity to share pictures and visit social websites.

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Divi Aruba Beach Tennis Open 2014

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The transformation of Eagle Beach has started: next week the heat is on!

ARUBA November 15th, 2014 – A major transformation is occurring at Eagle Beach these day: on the site of the upcoming Divi Aruba Beach Tennis Open some fifty powerful men are hammering, towing, building and hauling things. By the end of this weekend a stunning stadium court will be ready for registration in all categories of the event, which has grown explosively into the largest sporting event on the island. 1100 Players (950 adults and 150 juniors) will be crowding the 30 courts, each and every one intent on showing his or her best moves, greatest bikinis or latest outfits. A veritable village will be built, housing the food court, the bar and the tents selling clothes and gear. The action on the Amstel Bright Stadium court will be jaw-dropping, but do not forget to take a look on the other courts, where you will see players from 25 countries playing their hearts out on all levels of proficiency.

Monday, November 10, 2014

How Sneeze Particles Travel Inside An Airplane



Simulation technology shows why you should sit very far behind a sick passenger. Researchers at the FAA Center of Excellence at Purdue University, created this simulation of a sneezing passenger using ANSYS to study the mechanics of pathogen travel in airplane cabins. Read more at the ANSYS Blog: http://bit.ly/1x4ibqy

Friday, November 7, 2014

What to do when your flight is canceled

Remembering last winter's horrible snow storms throughout the U.S. and the thousands of flight cancellations, here is an article with a few suggestions on what to do, when to do it, and how to do it.

What to do when your flight is canceled

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Caribbean Island Of Aruba & Nikon, Inc. Announce #1happysnap Partnership

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ORANJESTAD, Aruba, Nov. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Avid picture takers and travelers are just #1happysnap away from the vacation of a lifetime – thanks to a new partnership between the One happy island of Aruba and Nikon, Inc.

The brands co-launched a social media contest today (Nov. 3), encouraging fans to share their happiest pictures on Instagram and Twitter for the chance to win a 3 night / 4 day trip for two to the Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort. Winners will also receive photography equipment for their trip, including the Nikon 1 AW1 – the world's first shock-proof and water-proof interchangeable lens camera.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

New Luxurious Bahia Principe Hotel to Open on Aruba in 2016

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October 27th, 2014- The Palma de Mallorca-based company’s new hotel is expected to open its doors in the summer of 2016, and will comply with the chain’s highest standards of luxury and exclusivity under the Luxury Bahia Principe Don Pablo Collection brand.

The Luxury Bahia Principe Baby Beach Don Pablo Collection will have 950 rooms, the majority of which will be Junior Suites (908), and the rest Suites (42).

The facilities will include the Pueblo Príncipe leisure complex, a theatre, a casino, several speciality restaurants, a gym, a spa, sports courts, and more. The plans also include designing specialised spaces and services for specific segments such as weddings, groups, corporate incentive trips and families.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Introduction of Automated Passport Control kiosks at Aruba Airport

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Will Make Traveling to the USA faster and easier!

ORANJESTAD – Aruba Airport Authority N.V. (AAA) is proud to announce the purchase of Automated Passport Control (APC) kiosks for the U.S. pre-clearance facility at Aeropuerto Internacional Reina Beatrix. Provided by Vancouver Airport Authority, BorderXpress, these APC kiosks will dramatically improve the customs clearance process for U.S. bound passengers beginning in December 2014.

With the introduction of Automated Passport Control kiosks at Aruba Airport, the waiting times for US bound passenger can be reduced significantly compared to the typical CBP primary inspection process, lowering operating costs and improving the customs experience for US bound travelers. In Aruba, BorderXpress APC kiosks will be available to all U.S .passport holders and U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR), Canadian passport holders and all Visa Waiver travelers with Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) from 38 countries not requiring U.S. entry visas, including the Netherlands, Australia, Japan, Germany and the United Kingdom.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

AT&T Introduces Its Best-Ever Value for International Travel

DALLAS, Oct. 13, 2014 Planning a trip abroad? Don’t forget your Passport. AT&T1 today announced the AT&T Passport packages, its best-ever value for international travel. For use in over 150 countries, AT&T Passport delivers unlimited messaging plus affordable rates for calling and a data allowance, all in one convenient package. When using the AT&T Passport app, 2 customers can also enjoy unlimited Wi-Fi access at participating hotspots in select countries, including the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan and Mexico.

Designed for international travel from one to 30 days, AT&T Passport packages can be added to your domestic postpaid plan. They carry a convenient one-time charge, are valid for 30 days and expire automatically.  There’s nothing to cancel once you’re back home from your trip.  When it’s time for your next adventure abroad, simply visit myAT&T or call 800-335-INTL (4685) to add another 30-day, one-time-charge package.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Matt Boland Joins Divi Resorts as Regional Executive Chef Aruba’s Top Chef Heads to Divi

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September 25th, 2014- Matt Boland Joins Divi Resorts as Regional Executive Chef – Matt Boland, a veteran and culinary star of the Aruba hospitality industry, has joined Divi Resorts as regional executive chef. Boland is in charge of food and beverage operations for the company’s more than twenty restaurants at its properties in Aruba, Barbados, Bonaire, St. Croix and St. Maarten. Boland is the first to hold this new position for Divi Resorts, and he is tasked with creating new menus, conceptualizing future restaurant ideas and unifying standards of culinary excellence. He also will be expanding “pureocean,” Divi’s proprietary restaurant brand, in key locations. He reports to Marco Galaverna, president and chief operating officer of Divi Resorts.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

New Year's Eve at the Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort

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If you will be on the island of Aruba for New Year's Eve 2014 here is a fun way to spend the entire evening. Our family attended last year and had a wonderful time and look forward to repeating it again.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Chikungunya in the Caribbean

There have been 3 reported cases of chikungunya in Aruba. Take the same precautions as you would for other mosquitos and use an insect repellant with DEET.

Link: Chikungunya in the Caribbean

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A Great Way to Experience the Hyatt Regency Aruba Without Staying There

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resortforaday.com day pass-- $199 for 4 people

"What’s Included:

Your own private 'Room For a Day' at the resort for up to 4 guests
Three-level pool with slide and waterfalls
Use of poolside chairs and lounges
Use of beach, beach chairs and lounges
Tennis
Basketball
Children's playground
Kids Club
24-hour Stay Fit™ fitness center
Complimentary internet
Wheelchair accessible"

Friday, September 26, 2014

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

RIU Hotels will open the luxury hotel in Aruba

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September 3rd, 2014- Coinciding with the start of high season in the Caribbean, on the 11th of October RIU Hotels & Resorts will open its second hotel on the stunning island of Aruba: the luxury Riu Palace Antillas. This new resort, located next to the Riu Palace Aruba right on Palm Beach, will be the first on the whole island exclusively for over 18s to offer an all inclusive 24-hour service.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Traveler Reviews Reap Awards for the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives

TRAVELER REVIEWS PRAISING THE DIVI & TAMARIJN ARUBA ALL INCLUSIVES RESULT IN AWARDS FROM TRIPADVISOR, MLT VACATIONS, HOLIDAYCHECK, APPLE VACATIONS AND ZOOVER

Leading Travel Companies Continue to Recognize the Sister Properties for Excellence

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ORANJESTAD, ARUBA – (September 10, 2014) Continuing their winning streak over recent years, the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives have once again received distinctions of excellence from top travel companies including TripAdvisor®, MLT VacationsSM, HolidayCheck, Apple Vacations® and Zoover.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

9-11

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From 9-11 & A Heavy Heart Once Again now there is a follow up on the families

9/11 remembered as victims' children join Wall Street

Ten years after the World Trade Center horror, Howard Lutnick, chief executive of Cantor Fitzgerald, reveals to James Quinn how the company fought its way back from the disaster, all while looking out for the families of colleagues who died.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Super Food’s Jack Bult receives the first Donkey Calendar 2015

Aruba BoundThe first Donkey Calendar 2015 was officially handed over to Jack Bult, the well-known super power behind Super Food last week. Shoppers witnessed the event with interest last Saturday morning.

The supermarket as well as its director are friends of many charities on Aruba; one of these is the Donkey Sanctuary. From day one Super Food has been a faithful advertiser on the calendar and it has allowed the Donkey Foundation to sell the calendar inside the store.

Twelve sponsors pay for the production of the calendar, which allows all proceeds to go towards the Donkey Sanctuary. The money is much-needed to be able to continue taking care of the more than 130 donkeys that find a home at the sanctuary. A great group of volunteers takes care of the animals; they also help raising funds. The 2015 edition of the Donkey Calendar is an example of their hard work.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Introducing NEW Two Bedroom Oceanfront Suites at Divi Aruba

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Divi Aruba All Inclusive now offers Two Bedroom Oceanfront Suites with panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea and just steps from the mile-long white sand beach.

Each Oceanfront Suite offers a panoramic view of the Caribbean Sea, is just steps from the mile-long white sand beach and includes:

  • Master bedroom with king bed and en-suite bath with Jacuzzi; 
  • Second bedroom with double/double bedding and separate bathroom (some en-suite with Jacuzzi)
  • 42" Flatscreen TV in bedrooms and living area
  • Living room fully furnished with sofa, chairs and sliding door to terrace or balcony overlooking the ocean
  • Air-conditioning, hair dryer, iron/ironing board, mini refrigerator, alarm clock radio, telephone
  • Accommodates maximum of 5 persons (including up to 2 children)

Divi Aruba’s new Two Bedroom Oceanfront Suites are exclusively available at diviaruba.com or by calling the US Reservations Office at 1-800-554-2008. Availability is limited.

For more information and photos of Divi Aruba’s new suites, please visit diviaruba.com/oceanfront-suites

Friday, August 22, 2014

A Beginner's Scuba Dive in Aruba

What might you see if you take a Discover Scuba course in Aruba? This video was filmed on the World War II wreck of the Pedernales, a popular spot for Aruba dive shops to take beginner divers.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Flying Home From Aruba With Local Brew

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Some beers in Aruba, like locally brewed Balashi or Amstel Bright only found in Aruba, Bonaire or Curacao and make a unique souvenir to bring home to remind yourself of your sunny Aruba vacation. Though Balashi can be found in cans, Amstel Bright is only sold in bottles. So the dilemma is getting the bottles home in one piece.

First off we are fortunate in that a few years back we invested in light weight hard sided luggage. You can read about our lightweight luggage purchase here.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Case for the Purple Suitcase

Keri Anderson makes "The Case for the Purple Suitcase"

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I have written before about our distinctive orange luggage at Lightweight Luggage and Lightweight Luggage Update

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives Launch Sweepstakes

"Reel in Anglers" **Sweepstakes Prize Includes a 5-Night Stay for Up to Four at the Tamarijn Aruba and Entry to Compete in the Presidential Challenge Billfish Tournament**

ORANJESTAD, ARUBA – (July 21, 2014) – To grow the brand awareness already established for the properties, the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives are today launching a sweepstakes for individuals who love to fish to enter to win a stay at the Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive and entry into the 4th Annual Presidential Challenge Chivas Regal Aruba Caribbean Cup billfish tournament scheduled to take place from October 16-19, 2014. Timed to coincide with the height of marlin season in Aruba, anglers will have a good chance to catch a “Grand Slam” of blue marlin, white marlin and sailfish all in one day.
“Conducting an online sweepstakes is one of the ways in which we are keeping our brand fresh, visible, and in line with the digital trend in today’s highly competitive marketplace,” said Aracely Sansone, Vice President of Marketing for the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives. “By enticing individuals with the chance to win both an all-inclusive stay at the Tamarijn Aruba as well as tournament fishing for some of the world’s most highly prized sport fish, we hope to expand the appeal of the sweepstakes beyond our standard travel audience to reach new potential guests who enjoy fishing, competitions and other types of outdoor sporting activities that Aruba offers.”

Friday, August 1, 2014

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Friday Fish Market

Gilligan's Restaurant at the Radisson Aruba is now offering fresh fish on Fridays nights 6 pm - 9 pm

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Aruba's Carubbian Festival

Here is a great way to explore Aruba's culture and Carnival all year 'round.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Best Time To Book A Plane Ticket

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Yet another new study, on when is the best time to book your flight?

The number of days for some common international destinations:

The Caribbean: 101 days before your flight
Europe: 151 days before your flight
Asia: 129 days before your flight
Mexico: 89 days before your flight
Latin America: 80 days before your flight

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Parents Traveling with Children to Aruba

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Transportation Security Administration (TSA) tips for parents traveling with their children.

General Screening Information

Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT)

Traveling With Baby Formula, Breast Milk, And Other Liquids For Infants And Small Children

Children with Medical Conditions, Mobility Aids or Disabilities

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

What Not to Pack

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If you want to travel light, it’s not merely what you pack that matters — it’s what you don’t pack.

What Not to Pack: NY Times

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Eagle Beach Or Palm Beach? All Inclusive Or Not ?

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Should you travel to Aruba and stay in an all inclusive resort?

After deciding on Aruba for your vacation, should you choose a resort on Eagle Beach or Palm Beach?

For your Aruba vacation should you choose a hotel resort on Palm Beach or Eagle Beach?

This article will help you decide on how to have the perfect Aruba vacation. Aruba All Inclusive Or Not-- Aruba's Eagle Beach Or Palm Beach?

Friday, June 13, 2014

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Family Escape Package at the Holiday Inn Resort Aruba

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Family Escape Package

Other than beautiful beaches, fantastic accommodations and friendly service we also have this sensational package for the whole family!

  • Breakfast for 2 Adults Daily at Corals Restaurant
  • 10% Discount on Food & Beverage
  • Late Check Out
  • Kids Kit for children under 12
  • Free Self Parking
  • Up to 4 Kids Eat Free B/L/D * - a $75.00 Value
  • Free WiFi, In-room Coffee and Free mini-fridge
  • 4 Nights Minimum

Monday, May 26, 2014

Aruba Romantic Escape Package

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Perfect for a honeymoon, surprise trip or special vacation

Whether planning a “once-in-a-lifetime” honeymoon with your loved one or a well-deserved get-away from your hectic everyday lives, the romantic escape has you in mind…

The beautiful surroundings and renovated property of Aruba's Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa will be a wonderful backdrop for you and your sweetie to experience the true nature of love. On Aruba's tranquil island paradise, you’ll treasure tailor-made moments and a truly unforgettable escape.

Your Romantic Escape Package includes:

Friday, May 23, 2014

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino Proudly Launch Mobile Check-In & Checkout

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Marriott Rewards members can now check-in and checkout online at the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino with Marriott’s Mobile app. On May 6th, the Marriott mobile check-in and checkout feature was launched internationally at the Marriott Resorts.

MAY 8, 2014- Aruba Marriott’s first guests using the mobile check-in were honeymooners the Bryson’s. Welcomed by management with a glass of champagne, front desk agent Shireen checked the couple in. “It was very easy and quick to make use of Marriott Mobile check in,” said Mr. Bryson smiling.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Enters Travel Insurance Business

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Low-Cost Flight Protection Ready to Protect Hundreds of Millions of Travelers From Record Delays and Cancellations Costing Air Travelers $2.5 Billion Annually

May 19, 2014- Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection, part of Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance, today unveiled AirCare™, the first product in its new travel-insurance line designed for travelers, travel agencies, tour operators and travel suppliers.

AirCare™ is the first low-cost fixed-benefit flight protection coverage available up to one hour before flight departure.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Unique Adventures in Aruba

Emmy award-winning TV host and correspondent Karen Schaler presents unique adventures in Aruba such as the rugged, beautiful wild side of Aruba that many people never experience but should.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Is Your Luggage Too Heavy?

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On our recent trip my Dad said to me, "You know my suitcase feels so heavy even though I did not bring a lot of clothes." I asked him if he weighed the bag with his hand held scale and he said yes, he was just under the 50 pound limit.

It reminded me of a suitcase my father-in-law gave us years ago. Now I am not talking far enough back to luggage of the 60's but more typical of luggage we see today. We discarded the the "hand me down" suitcase right after we received. It was beautiful, heavy duty and just downright HEAVY. The suitcase on its own, empty weighed just shy of 20 pounds!!!

On my "to do" list is to weigh all of my Dad's luggage and discard the heavy old ones. On our last trip to Aruba, the suitcase he had brought with him ended up going in the trash. The zipper on it broke. Thankfully La Linda Department store in Oranjestad sells a wide variety of luggage.

Luggage nowadays is much more lightweight. We ended up purchasing three sets of new lightweight hard sided luggage. If you shop around, even for name brands, there are always deals waiting to be found!

Monday, May 12, 2014

HG Completes Major Renovation on Holiday Inn Resort® Property in Aruba

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MIAMI May 08, 2014--(BUSINESS WIRE)--InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) (LON:IHG), (NYSE:IHG) (ADRs), announces the completion of a significant renovation of the Holiday Inn Resort Aruba - Beach Resort and Casino, one of the island’s landmark resorts. The hotel is located on Palm Beach, known by visitors as the finest beach on the island, offering guests one of the most beautiful views in the Caribbean.

Friday, May 9, 2014

How to Actually Get Some Sleep on a Plane

Unless entirely exhausted I am rarely able to sleep on a plane. These are some good suggestions.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Are There Hurricanes in Aruba?

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Are you beginning to start thinking about your summer vacation? Here is a discussion on Hurricane climatology of the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba

Are There Hurricanes in Aruba?

Monday, May 5, 2014

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives Debut Suite of Mobile Sites

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Suite Includes Two New Mobile Micro-Sites Plus Redesigned Primary Mobile Sites for the Properties

ORANJESTAD, ARUBA – (April 22, 2014) – Just over a year from the properties’ launch of their redesigned websites and new family and wedding/honeymoon micro-sites, the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives continue to refresh their digital presence with the addition of two new mobile micro-sites targeting these two key niche markets plus a refurbishment of the properties’ existing mobile websites.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Aruba Renaissance Resort Private Island

In Aruba, the Renaissance's private island is one of only two truly private islands (the other is De Palm Island). Make sure you watch this in 3D.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

How the Air Fare Game Works

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I have heard people say they think airlines set airfares by throwing darts at target prices on a wall. It is actually much more complicated than that.

"Every airline employs a cadre of fare revenue managers. These are the folks who adjust airfares throughout the day, depending on route, season, demand, supply and other factors. They're a notoriously tight-lipped bunch, but, on condition of anonymity, we got one to explain how the fare game works."

Confessions of an Airline Revenue Manager

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Traveling to Aruba With Prescription Medication

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Do yourself the favor of avoiding lots of aggravation and pack your prescription medications in your carry on. It may be more convenient to pack them in your luggage, but what would you do if you end up in Aruba without your luggage and thus no medicine? Most people do not travel with written copies of their prescriptions.

I learned this lesson the hard way. Not wanting to lug a carry on, I packed my meds in my suitcase. The suitcase did not make it to my destination, thus I had NO medication.

Fortunately I was only traveling domestically and the luggage was delivered to my accommodations about 7 hours after my arrival.

My tips for traveling with medication.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Aruba's Top Foodie Finds

Emmy award-winning TV correspondent and host Karen Schaler shares some of the Caribbean island of Aruba's impressive culinary foodie finds from romantic restaurants on the beach to casual local favorites

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Aruba Weather Q & A

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Q. Is Aruba windy?
A. This can be true at especially windy times of the year such as June, but mostly depends on where you stay since all hotels are on the leeward side of the island and the hotel buildings for the most part block you on the beach from the wind coming across the island. Average wind speed in June is 20 m.p.h. and in October and November it is only 13 m.p.h.

Q. Are there hurricanes in Aruba?

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Waiter would welcome family and friends

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We would like to introduce Waiter to you, one of the donkeys that has found a home at the Aruba Donkey Sanctuary. Named after the Kellner family (kelner in Dutch translates into waiter), who was instrumental in catching this donkey. Unfortunately this kind animal has a broken leg and the future will tell whether he can still be operated. When a donkey has had a broken leg for too long, the bone grows back crookedly. And because nobody knows how long Waiter has been limping along before coming to the Sanctuary, x-rays will tell us what needs to be done to be able to give this donkey a good life within a protected environment. Until then the volunteers give him extra attention and treats and he is lapping it up!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Dive Adventure: Aruba

Aruba hosts a fleet of 8 underwater shipwrecks and an array of diving sites.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Santa is welcoming friends and family members

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We would like to introduce Santa to you, one of the donkeys that has found a home at the Aruba Donkey Sanctuary. It took us a long while before we could capture this beautiful animal: our volunteers tried to catch him 80 times in 2.5 years’ time. No such luck. And there was a reason to catch Santa, as he had been in an accident and was limping along on a broken front leg. Finally the volunteers were able to lure him into a garden and take him to the Donkey Sanctuary. The future will tell whether the vet will be able to do something about his leg, as the fracture has more or less healed already, of course. But Santa is in little or no pain and is having the time of his life among his donkey colleagues and friends.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Why Return to Aruba Year After Year?

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After having traveled to Aruba over 20 times now, people ask why we return to Aruba year after year. "Why do you go back to the same old thing?", "Why not try something new?", "Where is your sense of adventure?"

For us it is difficult to go elsewhere, after having traveled all over the Caribbean, Aruba is an island which pretty much fits the bill for what we are looking for. Ever been rained out on a week long Caribbean vacation? I have, first week of January 1971. That is how well I remember it. AND it was my parents, not myself, who were paying the big $$$ to sit in a hotel room and watch kiddie cartoons in Spanish and play cards. This past Christmas while our family was lounging on the beach in Aruba families elsewhere in the Caribbean were losing their homes to flooding and some people even lost their lives in mudslides. Torrential rains as the result of a slow moving low pressure system brought torrential rains to the Eastern Caribbean.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

2015 Delta SkyMiles Award Charts


Delta has released details on SkyMiles redemptions.

For awards booked on or after January 1, 2015 Delta will offer a new program offering five levels of rewards.

For economy from the US to the Caribbean, round-trip, the new levels are-
Level 1 (former Saver)- 35,000 miles
Level 2 (New level)- 45,000 miles
Level 3 (former Standard)- 55,000 miles
Level 4 (New level)- 65,000 miles
Level 5 (former Peak)- 75,000 miles

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For Business/First from the US to the Caribbean award levels are-
Level 1- 60,000
Level 2- 75,000
Level 3- 95,000
Level 4- 110,000
Level 5- 125,000

Click on the chart above for Delta's full Award chart.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

See Quality Tours Aruba Private Island Tours

See Quality Tours Aruba are a small "mom & pop" operation offering private tours with hotel pick up, cold water, soft drinks and fresh fruit. Full day tours include lunch!

Ninja is on the look-out for friends and family members

Aruba Bound
We would like to introduce Ninja to you, one of the donkeys that has found a home at the Aruba Donkey Sanctuary. Ninja was captured at Rooi Master and taken to the sanctuary in a trailer. He is a good-looking 20-year-old white donkey, who is nice and quiet. He has a grey spot on top of his buttocks and he’s always in the company of his friend Aramis. Both are shy and modest, but they don’t need to worry: they are well-respected by the rest of the herd.

This beautiful donkey has been provided with a chip, just like all the other donkeys. On the chip is information about the donkey and its medical history. The donkeys at the sanctuary have a lot of friends with whom they can play all day long. And they love living there: they are well-cared for, they are fed and watered and when they are sick the vet is called. Yes, they are expensive customers for the sanctuary.