Dear Travel Diary (part 2),
In 3 weeks, I will be on my way to one happy island and ready to pack my bags already. Seriously, it has taken everything in me to not whip my bag out and start rolling my clothes up. This trip cannot come soon enough and the countdown has officially started. (T minus 21 days!)
Over the next few weeks, I am covering everything from research to bookings I have done and sharing this information weekly on my site. In sharing this information, I hope it helps someone who is getting close to preparing for a trip or for someone who absolutely hates the thought of preparing. Last week I touched on topics of airline flights, finding a place to stay, and looking into what may be required to enter the country or state.
To see last week's blog, follow me to Dear Travel Diary part 1 to read all about it.
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Ready? Let's go!
4. Now we get into the fun things! After knowing what all I need to have documentation wise, I start to research what fun activities I can find at this destination. This is more true when going somewhere near the ocean as I am a water person 100%. Something about how open the ocean looks and the sound of the crashing waves just take over my body and resets my soul. But anywho, back to the topic...
To start my search, I turn to Trip Advisor just to see what comes up at first glance. This site is good for finding fun activities including water sports, shopping, and historic sites, and much more! I have found many deals using this site and haven't had one bad experience. (Please don't let this be what jinks me.) Please make sure you read the reviews!
When I did my first glance into Aruba on Trip Advisor, I found a company in Aruba that offers bob snorkeling!!! (Insert me jumping up and down in pure excitement acting like I just got the best gift of my life.) This has been on my bucket list for years and something that most people don't know about which may be why I don't see it offered in many places. I first heard of it by watching The Bucket List Family and started doing research from the moment they tried theirs out. And let me say that these things are expensive!
One last thing I want to call out is to set a budget for these fun activities and stay within it. This site has a range of activities which means prices will range as well and while everything looks super fun, you don't want to leave broke and return in debt.
After giving that site a good scroll, I turn to good ole' Pinterest. Pinterest is a good site for finding just about anything. You can find where to find get the best local food to what outfits to wear when traveling. (This is actually my go-to place when trying to figure out what to wear.) On Pinterest, you can create a folder where you save specific articles/findings into that folder to help you get organized. Honestly, this feature is a lifesaver for me!
I have already found a few seafood restaurants in Aruba that I want to check out and they seem to have pretty good reviews when doing a quick Google search. These restaurants are saved in my Aruba folder which also includes guides to the art side of Aruba, what to know before traveling to Aruba, how to do Aruba on a budget and so much more. This is something I highly recommend to prepare to help understand how much money you need to savefor basic items like snacks and drinks.
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