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There are so many reasons to travel to Aruba in 2020. Sandy beaches, epic weather, incredible restaurants… but now they’ve created a special vacation package designed for travelers looking to escape the toxic political landscape. If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed (my anxiety is at an all-time high!), you might want to check out Aruba’s “Election Disconnection” travel experience. It sounds pretty awesome!
According to a recent survey by the American Psychological Association (APA), a whopping 56% of adults in this country indicated that the upcoming 2020 presidential election is a significant stressor. This vacation package allows guests to swap politics for paradise with a tailored, transformative detox-retreat just in time to flee the United States for a few days next November. Sign us up! Aside from that, I’ve put together this Aruba travel guide to help you with your Caribbean vacation planning!
Why You Need to Escape to Aruba
If more than half of us are feeling the stress of the upcoming election, it makes sense that we’d want to take a break from it all. One Happy Island of Aruba has come up with the highly curated “Election Disconnection” travel package to help visitors shake off their political fatigue.
“As everyone copes with stress differently, we wanted to create a first-of-its-kind respite for visitors to disconnect from the politically-fueled stress ahead of the election,” says Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes, CEO of the Aruba Tourism Authority. “No matter which political party you belong to, the One Happy Island of Aruba, with our endless sunshine and warm locals, will offer a welcome reprieve.”
I’ve never been to Aruba, but it’s been on my radar for a while. After learning about the Election Disconnection package, I’d really love to visit. It’s located outside the hurricane belt, making it a fantastic, sunny destination.
Aruba has been ranked on Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2020 list in large part because of the island’s ambitious sustainability efforts. Additionally, they’ve been working hard to revitalize San Nicolas, the cultural district. With its pristine turquoise waters, rugged desert-like terrain and diverse history, there’s something for everyone in Aruba.
Foodie traveler? You’ll love the booming culinary scene that includes more than 300 restaurants with many located right on the waterfront. That must be absolutely beautiful, especially at night! Really, Aruba sounds like a beautiful place, so it’s no wonder it’s one of the most visited Caribbean nations!
Aruba’s Election Disconnection Vacation Package
Okay, so what exactly is the “Election Disconnection” package in Aruba? It’s a digital-free experience equipped with lock boxes for smart devices and no WiFi access. The luxury, off-the-grid properties will provide guests a chance to truly unplug from the noise and find their inner peace. This sounds incredible!
Each “Election Disconnection” guest will receive a custom itinerary of activities intended to help them decompress — and no two itineraries are the same! How do they create such a personalized experience? By having everyone complete a simple questionnaire upon booking. You’ll rank your specific stress symptoms, and based on your answers, the island’s wellness experts will build your unique happiness journey.
Still too vague? Here are some examples of what your package may include:
- Face the Elation: Adrenaline-filled activities like scuba diving or kite surfing along Aruba’s aquamarine waters to boost endorphins.
- Puppy Pundit Hour: An anxiety-reducing 60 minutes with furry four-legged friends, where the only opinion that matters is whether to scratch their ears or rub their bellies.
- The California Caucus: Guided meditation session in the “California” Sand Dunes for a tranquil moment of peace.
- Secret Pool-ling Place: A sunrise swim in the hidden natural crystal-blue pools located on the rugged shores of Arikok National Park.
I’m allergic to dogs, so I think I’d skip the Puppy Pundit Hour, but the California Caucus and Secret Pool-ling Place sound like heaven to me. This is such a unique and cool idea, and I love the funny names for the activities. Super creative!
Plan Your Aruba Vacation
Ready to book your Aruba getaway? The exclusive “Election Disconnection” trips will only take place next year in October, so you can return to the U.S. relaxed and ready to cast your vote on November 3, 2020. I’m really not looking forward to the potential volatility we can expect next fall, so this sounds like a dream come true to me!
If you register now via VoteAruba.com will receive priority access to reserve your spot when bookings go live on March 2, 2020 — just before the next major political milestone, Super Tuesday. Limited spots are available, so don’t wait too long to get booked!
Aruba Visa Requirements
Some countries require visitors to apply for specific visas, but Aruba is not one of them. They do have rules for travelers, though. You must have:
- a valid U.S. passport for the duration of your trip
- a return or onward ticket
- proof of sufficient funds to cover your stay, including accommodation and food expenses
- a completed Embarkation and Disembarkation Card (ED-Card)
- Visitors from select countries will be required to provide proof of vaccination against yellow fever.
Planning to stay more than 30 days? You’ll have to check out Aruba’s extension of stay upon entry requirements. If you’re looking for work and residence permits, contact the Directorate of Alien Integration, Policy and Admission (DIMAS).
Aruba Travel Warnings
Concerned about safety in Aruba? I’m not going to avoid this topic, because it comes up with my fellow travelers all the time. I’ll be honest that I’ve even had to do some research to become better informed. Without naming any names or getting specific, due to a high-profile tragedy, some people think that Aruba is dangerous. As a result, I’ve encountered people who say that they will never visit — but is that fair?
Currently, there are no safety warnings or advisories for travelers and the U.S. Department of State recommends exercising a normal level of caution while visiting. The most common crimes against tourists is theft, so don’t leave your valuables unattended in public areas or in unsecured hotel rooms and rental homes. As is the case while visiting any foreign country, it’s also a good idea to keep a copy of your U.S. passport in a secure location in case the original is lost or stolen.
While Aruba is generally considered safe, it’s always a good idea to get travel insurance. Josh and I met while working at a travel insurance agency, and we can’t even tell you how many times we assisted travelers who were grateful for the coverage. If you’re interested in a quote, click here!
Best Time to Travel to Aruba
Not available in October 2020? You can visit Aruba any time! Check flight prices, search for hotels in Aruba, or just pick up a great guide book from Lonely Planet. It’s never too early to start doing some research. This sounds so cheesy, but just the idea of planning a vacation to the Caribbean fills me with so much excitement!
If you’re looking for the best time to visit Aruba, here are some things to keep in mind:
- Weather: The temperature hovers around 82°F (28°C) year round.
- High season: Expect crowds and higher hotel prices from mid-December until mid-April.
- Low season: To avoid the crowds, visit from mid-April until mid-December.
- September: It feels hotter during this month because the trade winds die down. The good news is that, if you don’t mind the heat, there are special travel deals during this time!
- Rain: Aruba is outside of the hurricane belt but might get very small amounts of rain between October and January.
- Events: Definitely keep Aruba’s robust events calendar in mind while you’re planning your visit. For example, Carnival is filled with festivities, big parades, music, dancing and contests, and takes place between January and March!
- Official holidays: Shops and restaurants will be closed. Click here for a list of official holidays in Aruba.
- Weekends: The airport is more crowded from Friday to Sunday, so keep that in mind when you book your flight!
Overall, Aruba sounds like the perfect place for a caribbean getaway. Again, if you’re looking for information on the “Election Disconnection” vacation package, be sure to visit VoteAruba.com to register and learn more. If you end up booking a trip, save room for me in your suitcase. Happy (politics free) travels!