Recently, I had the pleasure of traveling to Aruba for 7 days and had quite a few eye-opening experiences that I wanted to share with you! Biba Dushi is a popular phrase you’ll hear while you’re in Aruba, and it simply means “Living a sweet life.” I couldn’t agree more. The island is full of very friendly, helpful, and joyful people that speak five languages by the time they graduate from high school. It is not only a beautiful island, but a very safe one to travel to. While I was there we went everywhere by foot or taxi, and not once did I feel unsafe. The food and the views were exceptional and staff was no different.
While traveling, we had to go through customs for the island and USA and this was probably the worst part of the trip. It takes 3 hours to get through the airport when leaving- so first tip, make sure you give yourself plenty of travel time the day you leave. I recommend comfortable shoes and clothes, because you will be standing for a very long time waiting in line. Don’t make the mistake of bringing any liquids back in your carry on, even if they are sealed, because they will take it. We lost a few gifts to this mistake!
Another tip is your cellphone. Make sure you get an international plan while you’re away. I was told by my carrier that I could use my phone if I was connected to WiFi and my cellular data was off. I followed their advice and accrued over $100 in charges from my phone roaming, etc. Don’t make the same mistake. Just get the plan, because it’s less expensive! I recommend also bringing an external charger any time you travel, this has saved me more times that I can tell you. The first time I traveled alone somewhere, my phone died, and I ended up in a not-so-great situation!
Take a Camera
From visiting Aruba, I fell in love with photography, I absolutely want to take a class and get a nice camera in the future. (I have included some of my shots from this trip.) I honestly couldn’t get enough of it. The views never grew old. Every morning, I would get up around 7:30 AM and work out on the beach by jogging while the island was pretty asleep. This is when I got some of my best shots, and I also got some much-needed me-time that helped rejuvenate me. I read a book that wasn’t about my career for the first time in a long time, and it was wonderful.
Focus on You
While I was away, I was able to focus on my thoughts, goals, and future. It helped me to find myself again and reignite that passion inside of me. I was ready to jump back in when I got home from my trip and hit the ground running. This was exciting for me, because sometimes you lose your focus or have set backs. It’s important to take time for yourself; put the energy and focus back on you to refuel. And that is one of my final tips. Take time for you!
Aruba Dining and Shopping
If you ever get the pleasure of visiting Aruba- Pinchos was my favorite restaurant. It was on the water, and the sunset was breathtaking. I went parasailing and was able to see sea turtles. The views were amazing as well. If you can, take a morning excursion to the natural pool in the National Park Arikok. And lastly, go into town and experience the local shops. You wont regret it!