EP27: Aruba Curt’s Pre-vacation Podcast September 2015

Today’s episode of One Happy Podcast is my pre-vacation episode. What that means is the majority of the show will be me talking about my upcoming trip to Aruba. I am scheduled to fly out tomorrow morning at 7ish and will be on island until September 14th. So if you want to know what I will be up to on this upcoming trip this is the episode for you. If you couldn’t care less what I’ll be up to but want to hear a little Aruba talk this is also the episode for you.

On this episode we start with the night before vacation and what that typically means for us. After that I take you through my morning as well as what we plan on doing upon our landing in Aruba. If you have ever been curious about renting a vacation home I talk a bit about some of the items you’ll want to stock up on upon arrival. This time around it seems like I have a pretty large list of restaurants I want to visit, so I’ll be talking about that and also how I plan on spending my days and nights in Aruba. Towards the end Maggie joins me to talk a bit about what she’s looking forward to doing on this trip to Aruba.

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EP26: The Team Behind Aruba Trip Tips

This week on One Happy Podcast I am being joined by Bill Mora and Christina Canzoneri the team behind Aruba Trip Tips. If you aren’t familiar with Aruba Trip Tips, well you should be as it’s another great information resource focused on helping visitors get the most out of their visit to the island. Jam packed with tips and information Aruba Trip Tips was created to lessen or maybe even eliminate the learning curve it takes for visitors to get their bearings so they can start enjoying Aruba as quickly as possible.

In this episode we learn all about how the island inspired the creation of Aruba Trip Tips starting from Bill’s first visit to the island with his father up until his current visits with his wife. We also learn how he introduced his longtime friend and business associate Christina to the island which captivated her as well. The Trip Tips team goes through it all when they fell in love with Aruba, things they enjoy on the island and also the always popular “Eye of the Hurricane” where we pick their brains to find out how they do Aruba.

Throughout the interview you will not only learn about the current features of Aruba Trip Tips but you will also hear about what the team has in store for the future. If that isn’t enough Bill and Christina tell you all about the sister site Aruba Festivals where you can go to find out all about the ever growing number of festivals taking place on One Happy Island. If you are planning to visit Aruba and want to be as prepared as possible for your upcoming trip Aruba Trip Tips should be bookmarked to your browser. Don’t believe me? Check out this latest episode of One Happy Podcast to find out why?

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EP25: Charlene Richardson Thinks of Aruba as Her Second Home

On today’s episode of One Happy Podcast I am being joined by long time Aruba visitor Charlene Richardson who has been traveling to the island of Aruba since 1997. Since then Charlene has developed a relationship with the island that has made it feel like a second home. In fact, eventually Charlene plans on retiring in Aruba, but until then she settles for visiting 3 times per year.
In this episode Charlene shares with us how she has come to fall in love with the island as well as how her tastes in accommodations have changed over the years. Since Charlene stays on Aruba for multiple weeks she is in the unique position to enjoy her stay at the Aruba Marriott as a timeshare owner while also staying at various other resorts around the island.

Of course as someone who has been visiting the island for 18 years she has developed a love for certain Aruba restaurants. That isn’t to say she always dines at the same places each trip as Charlene prides herself on visiting different establishments each visit. Now as a result of having developed a friendship with fellow New Englander turned permanent Aruba resident Cheryl Talcof (Episode 19) her exposure to the entire island has to offer has increased exponentially.

Throughout this interview you will get to know Charlene and the island of Aruba through Charlene’s experiences on the island. If you are looking to get an idea of what activities and restaurants Aruba has to offer you really should carve out a half hour of your time to give this episode a listen.

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EP24:Family Friends and Food in Aruba with Diana Brown

Joining me today on One Happy Podcast is Diana Brown. Diana is an Aruba-phile that was first introduced to the island many years ago as a result of her Grandmother being a long time timeshare owner. Although her relationship with the island started off rocky, over the years it has progressed to the point where Aruba has become like a second home to her. These days she makes the trip from California to the Caribbean more often than she does to her native New York.
Some of you may know Diana from a few of the Aruba Facebook groups where she can be seen dispensing information on a variety of topics. Anyone who makes 3 trips each year to Aruba is bound to have picked up a load of information along the way and she is always very generous in sharing. This interview is just one more instance of her giving back to the Aruba vacationer’s community.

Over the course of this interview Diana and I talk about everything from best practices to use when renting a villa to who has the best Sangria on the island. Of course the highlight of the episode is the eye of the hurricane where I hit Diana with a series of questions and we find out a ton of information. Will she be able to weather the storm?

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EP23: Aruba 30 years in the Making with Marcia and Ray Frost

Joining me for this week’s episode of One Happy Podcast are Marcia and Ray Frost. Marcia and Ray have been married for 35 years and have been in love with Aruba since they got married back in 1980… but they have only been visiting Aruba for 5 years. You may be asking, how can that be, but it really is a demonstration of the power of Aruba.
Since celebrating their 30th anniversary in Aruba in 2010, Marcia and Ray have been back 3 more times, most recently just about 2 weeks ago. During their 4 trips they have stayed at many different properties ranging from all-inclusive to off the beaten part bed and breakfast. They have been all over the island and seen many places most tourists never visit. In short Marcia and Ray have quite a story. Luckily they were kind enough to spend an hour with me discussing their various adventures in Aruba.

If you are the sort of traveler that enjoys discovering new experiences while on vacation you will really enjoy this episode. If you aren’t that sort of traveler the good news is Ray and Marcia have such fun loving attitudes that you will have a ball just listening to them tell their Aruba stories.

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EP22: The Undersea World of Sue Basler

This episode of One Happy Podcast, Aruba’s Officially Unofficial Podcast features Sue Basler. An avid scuba diver and golfer, Sue first discovered Aruba in 2004 and immediately fell in love. On that trip to Aruba, Sue and her husband purchased a timeshare from a fellow diver at the Renaissance Ocean Suites. Since 2006 they have been returning to paradise annually, staying 3 weeks at a time.
Those of you interested in getting off the Palm Beach strip and enjoying other parts of Aruba will love hearing about Oranjestad, the capital city of Aruba. Being that the Renaissance is located in the downtown area Sue points out some of the highlights that so many visitors of Aruba fail to experience.

If you are a diver or aspire to be a diver you will gain additional value from this episode. In addition being an Aruba diver for more than a decade, Sue also dives all over the world. Here she discusses what makes diving in Aruba so different and special compared to other dive sites.

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EP21:Aruba Ray Brings Comedy Back to Aruba

Joining me this week on One Happy Podcast is comedian Aruba Ray Ellin. Some of you may remember Ray from his first appearance on episode 7 “Aruba Ray Ellin Brings Comedy to One Happy Island”. During that show we learned all about how Ray discovered and subsequently fell in love with Aruba.

On this episode Ray is back to discuss his comedy show which is taking place June 9th through July 9th in the Amsterdam Ballroom at the Marriott Stellaris Casino. During this half hour episode we talk about the comedians coming down this time around as well Ray’s take on a couple of about excursions and restaurants.

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EP20: Andrea James Goes Bananas in Aruba

Joining me on this 20th episode of One Happy Podcast the Officially Unofficial Podcast of the Island of Aruba is a guest many of you are already familiar with, Andrea James. Andrea was a guest on episode number 2 of the show and there she shared the story of how she fell in love with Aruba. Well, Andrea is just back from a trip she took in May and is here to share that little adventure with the rest of us.
Normally Andrea stays at one of the resorts on the island but this time she switched things up by staying someplace off the beaten path, Banana Apartments. Over the course of this episode Andrea tells us all about Bananas, a couple of different restaurants and a few activities she and her husband Paul enjoyed during their two week stay.

Andrea has 35 years of experience visiting Aruba and being able to tap into a bit of the knowledge she has accumulated over the years is definitely a treat. The first episode with Andrea got great feedback and I am positive you all will enjoy this one just as much, if not more.

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EP19: Relocating to Aruba With Cheryl Talcof

Joining me for this 19th episode of One Happy Podcast is Cheryl Talcof. Having first visited Aruba in 1972 Cheryl had visited the island for 40 years right up until the time she decided to make a permanent move. Now she lives there year round and is here to tell us about about what it’s like for a North American living on Aruba.

Throughout this episode Cheryl takes us on a journey that begins with her visiting a little known piece of rock in the Caribbean all the way through her permanent move to the island. Over the course of this interview you gain an insight into Aruba that not many tourists will ever know.

Sure we have all dreamt of making the move from our normal lives to a dream life in paradise but Cheryl actually did it. If this is a dream that you have had you will definitely want to listen to this episode to see if moving is something you truly want to pursue further. If you have already decided that relocating is something you WILL be doing in the future then you definitely will want to hear everything Cheryl has to say about life in Aruba.

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EP18: Aruba Marriott, Music, Wildlife and Dutch Pancakes with Lori and Chloe Donlan

Joining me on this 18th episode of One Happy Podcast are two phenomenal guests, Lori Donlan and her very talented 8 year old daughter Chloe. Lori first visited Aruba in 2004 and since then has been back 7 times, 2 of them with Chloe.

Even though Chloe is only 8 she has traveled pretty extensively but absolutely loves Aruba, so much that she actually wrote a song about Aruba. Chloe and Lori are animal lovers and have visited many of the different animal centered attractions of Aruba and we’ll hear all about that. In addition we hear about the Aruba Marriot Surf Club and their kids club program that gets extremely high marks from 8 year old Chloe.

If you travel or are planning to travel to Aruba with small children, this is an episode of One Happy Podcast that simply don’t want to miss.

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