One Happy Podcast

Episode 86 of One Happy Podcast is one in which we tackle the subject of renting a vacation home in Aruba.  As you already know I’m a bit of a veteran when it comes to vacation rentals, but to make certain I got the absolute best info for you guys I went out to get professional help.  So, I reached out to Liz Ginocchio of myarubadreamvilla.com to provide her expertise in Aruba vacation rentals.

 

Although private vacation rentals have been around forever, with the explosion of AirBnB over the last few years, they are finally coming to the forefront.  People are seeing the value and personalization that comes along when you decide to explore what’s out there and they are getting curious.  Anytime I am asked where I stay (and answer “in a private home”) it kicks off a conversation about what it’s like renting a home in Aruba.  Those questions and conversations were the inspiration for this episode of the show.

 

My Aruba Dream Villa is one of the top property management and vacation rental agencies on the island.  During this interview, we talk to Liz about not only her rental agency but about renting in general.  This episode isn’t about trying to sway anyone’s opinion as to which is the better vacation option. Episode 86 is all about providing information so you as the consumer are informed about all of your options.  

On this episode of One Happy Podcast, you will:

  • Discover why private rentals have amenities that can sometimes trump resorts
  • Learn what to look for in a rental
  • Find out the process for going from window shopping to booking
  • Hear why owning your very own Aruba vacation rental could be a great business decision
  • Find out how to get great deals on rentals
  • Learn about an exclusive concierge service renters can use

 

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Direct download: EP86_-_The_Ins_and_Outs_of_Aruba_Vacation_Rentals_with_Liz_Ginocchio.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:20pm EST

Joining me for  Episode 85 of One Happy Podcast is long time Aruba visitor Donna Dubrink.  How long has Donna been visiting Aruba?  She has been visiting for 24 years and still loves the island just as much as she did the first time.

 

Recently Donna was in Aruba staying at her beloved Playa Linda Timeshare and was nice enough to stop by to talk about it.  Now, just because Donna stays at a resort on a prime location on Palm Beach don’t think she only stays around the resort.  Donna is an explorer at heart.  This love for exploration has led her to discover countless nooks and crannies around the island.

 

So, on this episode of the show Donna takes us back 24 years to when she first stepped off the plane onto the tarmac of the airport.  Over that time she has experienced many different accommodations but the Playa Linda is home, and also the place where her most recent trip is centered.   We talk about that trip and how someone who has been visiting Aruba for more than 2 decades still finds a way to enjoy the island and discover new aspects of it.


On this episode of One Happy Podcast, you will:

  • Learn when to get a good photo of the most photographed trees in the Caribbean
  • Find out about the best spot on the island to watch the sunset with a bottle of wine
  • Hear what makes the Tranquillo different from other snorkel excursions
  • Learn what is drift snorkeling
  • Hear about Donna's favorite place to snorkel from the beach
  • Find out which restaurant would Donna recommend to a best friend who has never been to Aruba
  • Discover what water sports activity sounds like a freight train
  • Find out Donna's “goto” for 2 for 1 pina colada's

 

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Direct download: EP85_-_Exploring_Aruba_with_Donna_Dubrink.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:42pm EST

Joining me on Episode 84 of One Happy Podcast is Michelle Kalina.  Michelle is a yoga instructor, health and wellness coach and a fellow Aruba lover.  Last month Michelle had the unique opportunity of teaching a sunset yoga class at the Aruba Renaissance, a class that some of you may have had the opportunity of participating in.  

 

I intended to reach out to Michelle prior to the class taking place, but there just was not enough time.  However, after hearing just how awesome it was, I decided to reach out after the fact to see if Michelle would be willing to come on the show… she was.

 

So, this interview is Michelle Kalina sharing her Aruba story.  The main focus of this episode was the trip she and her family just returned from.  We talk about the Marriott where they stayed,  some of the activities they experienced and many of the restaurants they enjoyed on their vacation.  

 

What I really love about this episode is not only does it feature an awesome Aruba story, but also has an underlying theme.  This was a very active and fitness-focused vacation with the highlight being Michelle’s sunset yoga class.  I don’t know about you guys, but for me, when on vacation it’s sometimes hard to maintain any semblance of restraint.  Hearing the Aruba story of someone who lives such a healthy lifestyle not only provides inspiration but also gives me ideas on what I can incorporate into my next vacation.  Hopefully my interview with Michelle Kalina of Michelle K Yoga on episode 84 of One Happy Podcast resonates with you in a similar fashion.

 

On this episode of One Happy Podcast, you will:

  • Hear why you should never worry about the weather report in Aruba
  • Get Michelle’s take on the Renaissance Island experience
  • Discover how Yemanja makes it easy for those with dietary restrictions to determine what fits their needs.
  • Find out about the palapa procurement procedures at the Marriott Ocean Club
  • Get tips from Michelle K about how to eat healthy on a vacation in Aruba
  • Find out the deeper more spiritual meaning to the rock formations tourists refer to as “wishing rocks”

 

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Direct download: EP84_-_Michelle_K_Yoga_in_Aruba.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:35pm EST

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