What does an Aruba vacation cost? Travel tips and a breakdown of costs

We have made your mouth a little watery in the last few weeks with our reports about Aruba and the many pictures of the dream beaches on the small Caribbean island, we admit that. Guilty as charged. The fact is that Aruba is not exactly a cheap travel destination and many people immediately think of a real luxury vacation when they think of Aruba, which they can never afford anyway and immediately discard the thought of an Aruba vacation because of the costs.

MÖP! Sorry, we have to slide in between. Aruba doesn’t have to be expensive! Well, Aruba will probably no longer be a travel destination for backpackers, but you can experience one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean for a normal amount of money (we think).

When we started with BEFOREWEDIE.DE , we decided from the start that it shouldn’t just be about our travel adventures , our road trips or our weakness for dream beaches , but that we also want to talk openly about the costs of our trips. Because the question of costs is definitely the one that we are asked most often – if people dare. We honestly don’t see any reasonable reason not to talk about the money. After all, that interests you and it helps immensely when planning your trip if there is empirical data that you can use as a guide.

Therefore, we would like to explain the costs of an Aruba vacation to you: What expenses should one expect? Where and how can you save money in Aruba? We would like to shed light on the darkness and provide you with a detailed breakdown of our expenses and some tips for your trip to Aruba.

The Cost of an Aruba Vacation: A Detailed List of Costs

Cost of flights

It gets a little more complicated right at the beginning: Anyone who has ever looked for flights from Germany to Aruba will know that the price for them is around € 600-800. That was too expensive for us. So we used a trick: We flew from Amsterdam to the Caribbean . You have to know that the so-called Dutch Antilles exist (or existed until 2010) in the Caribbean – a group of islands that are Dutch overseas territory. In addition to St. Maarten, this also includes the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao) and these islands are basically served from Amsterdam at the prices of a domestic flight. Jackpot!

Since we only need a good 4 hours by car to Amsterdam, we used this option and did a little island hopping through the Caribbean: We flew from Amsterdam to St. Maarten, from St. Maarten to Aruba and from Aruba back to Amsterdam .

The total prices are based on 2 people.

  • Amsterdam – St.Maarten – Aruba – Amsterdam (with TUIfly NL, booked via Skyscanner * ): 996.78 euros
  • St. Maarten – Aruba (with InselAir, now insolvent): 356.48 euros
  • Baggage booked at TUIfly: 60 euros

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Total price of the flights: 1413.26 euros

Now we went to Amsterdam by car and had to park it there near the airport for almost 2 weeks. You don’t believe it, but it’s super cheap! The entire area around Amsterdam Airport is full of car parks and hotels that offer long-term parking for little money. The costs of getting to Amsterdam are:

  • Parking fee for a car: 45.48 euros
  • Fuel costs for the journey: approx. 100 euros

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Total price of flight costs: 1558.74 euros

BUT: That’s the total cost for St. Maarten AND Aruba, for 2 people. Since we have booked the flights except for the feeder from St Maarten to Aruba on one ticket, we divide the total costs by 2 to find the price per destination.

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Total flight costs for Aruba: 779.37 euros

Airfare to Aruba per person: 389.69 euros

As you can see, a flight from Amsterdam to the Dutch Caribbean islands is still several hundred euros cheaper than from Germany, even with travel, fuel costs and parking fees.

Accommodations & Hotels in Aruba

Hotel prices in Aruba are tough. Especially at Palm Beach , the tourist center of Aruba, you can find prices beyond good and bad. This is where the big luxury hotels are located and depending on the season you can pay four digits per night (!) For a normal room. Uh … no. It’s cheaper, we thought. We had 3 different accommodations in Aruba for 7 nights . Sounds complicated, but it actually wasn’t. We are used to a completely different frequency from our road trips anyway, so we rarely spend more than one night anywhere.

In practice it looked like this: On the first evening we arrived very late and therefore took the cheapest  AirBnB in Aruba * that we could find. The next day we moved to the Renaissance Hotel * because that was the prerequisite for going to the famous Flamingo Beach in Aruba (which, embarrassingly, was the real reason for our trip to Aruba for YOLO reasons). We spent the other 4 nights in a self-catering apartment that couldn’t have been better (look at the pictures, a super modern, large apartment!).

  • 1 night AirBnB: 43 euros
  • 2 nights Renaissance Hotel: 437.23 euros – view hotel here *
  • 4 nights apartment: 220.55 euros – view apartment here *

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Total cost of accommodations in Aruba: 700.78 euros

Cost of accommodation in Aruba per person: 350.39 euros

We have to mention that the lovely apartment in the pictures was an upgrade. We had actually booked an uglier one for 55 euros a night. The apartment in which we ultimately lived and which you can see in the pictures would have cost around 75 euros / night.

Aruba Renaissance Hotel

Car rental in Aruba

There is not much potential for savings in rental cars in Aruba, unfortunately they are quite expensive. We looked for bicycles or a scooter rental relatively extensively in advance because we wanted a car for a max. We found the 30km long island a bit exaggerated for the entire period, but we didn’t find an alternative. Aruba is very much influenced by American tourism and Americans drive a car. The Dutch cycling culture somehow did not catch on in Aruba and a scooter would actually have been more expensive than a car.

Aruba Snuba Diving excursion

Each of us paid almost 1200 euros for a week in Aruba . For some, this is certainly not a stick-out, we are aware of that. But realistically this is probably more in the lower price range for an Aruba vacation. This is most likely due to the fact that we were off season in Aruba: The main travel time for Aruba is in the winter months, when prices explode. We were in Aruba in June, and that should have helped us.

In terms of the weather, it doesn’t matter when you travel to Aruba, there is sunshine all year round, because the island is outside the hurricane belt. The fact that the main travel season is concentrated in the winter months is simply due to the fact that Americans like to take their entire annual vacation (usually a measly 2 weeks) over Christmas and then go into the warm. During these 2 weeks, the entire holiday budget of the year is cut out, which in turn explains the hotel prices, which for us Europeans seem absurd.

The cost of an Aruba vacation could be reduced even further by foregoing excursions and Flamingo Beach and skipping the rental car. In Aruba, the Arubus is also good for getting around as long as you want to stay in the touristy areas. The expenses for meals could also be reduced even further by consistently catering for yourself in your apartment (we didn’t do that, we had a lot of bang at Wendy’s, Taco Bell and Cinnabon… hr. We were also three times “right” ”Eat in the restaurant).

We think: We didn’t pay too much for such an extremely beautiful island in the middle of the Caribbean (Caribbean! That’s not around the corner). Aruba is not cheap, of course, but our expenses are far from expensive.

Palm Beach Aruba: Between dream beach and luxury hotel hell

The Palm Beach on Aruba offers the absolute contrast to the less touristy Baby Beach on the southeast tip of the island, which we have already told you a little about. Palm Beach is THE beach in Aruba and is located in the middle of Aruba’s tourist hotspot. Basically nothing bad to say about it, because it is without a doubt one of the most beautiful beaches in Aruba. However, there is one thing that tarnishes the paradisiacal image of the dream beach a little….

Palm Beach Aruba: A Dream in Aquamarine

Like all the other wonderful beaches in Aruba, Palm Beach is located on the south side of the Caribbean island, northwest of the capital Oranjestad. With a good 3km it is the longest beach in Aruba and it is beautiful: The water is shimmering in aquamarine, the sand is soft and white. The water is relatively shallow and there is hardly any current, everything is perfect. Just wow!

Katrin on Palm Beach, Aruba

The Palm Beach and the luxury hotels

There is only one thing that at least bothered us insanely and that we do not want to hide from you: The Palm Beach is built over with hotels. And with really big hotels. Even if Oranjestad is the capital of Aruba , the tourist center of Aruba is located on Palm Beach. Numerous luxury hotels have settled here, which have simply placed themselves on the beach without any gaps, there is not even a beach promenade. Over the years, a parallel world emerged on Palm Beach, almost a place of its own consisting only of hotels, shopping malls, fast food chains and casinos. A kind of Disneyland for American tourists that actually reminded us of Las Vegas.

You may or may not like that. We think something like that has no place on such a small, fantastically beautiful island.

Luxury hotels on Palm Beach

But the child has already fallen into the well, it is as it is. The only consolation in the matter: Palm Beach is still open to the public. The big luxury hotels would actually like to have their closed private beaches here, but fortunately the Aruba government does not play along. As far as we know, only the small Boardwalk Hotel * has managed to take a small stretch of beach in the north of Palm Beach as a private beach. We sincerely hope that it will stay that way in the future and that Palm Beach will continue to be open to the public.

Incidentally, because of these huge luxury hotel complexes, Aruba has a reputation for being particularly expensive and exclusive. And yes, if you want to live on Palm Beach, you have to have a bulging wallet: the rooms here cost several hundred euros per night, even in the simplest variant. In the high season around Christmas the prices soar that you can pay a four-digit amount per night for a room. The landlord of our apartment (we lived much cheaper 😉) told us that the whole thing is even assuming such absurd proportions that the beautiful and rich of this world not only rent the suites of the hotels or entire floors in the high season, but just the whole hotel. After all, you want to have some peace and quiet. Crazy Shit.

Is the Palm Beach suitable for children?

Yes, without restriction! The large number of tourists means that Palm Beach is quite crowded compared to other beaches in Aruba . It’s great for kids, of course, as they have a bunch of other kids to play with. The water falls flat, is very calm and (as far as we have seen it) there are no stones or nasty sea urchins in the water.

Aruba Palm Beach

How can you get to Palm Beach?

This is in contrast to Baby Beach not hard at all, because the Arubus controls with the lines 10, 10A and 10B several stations at the level of Palm Beach on.

Alternatively, you can also come here by car : If you come from the south, you can park the car for free right where Palm Beach begins . In the middle it gets a bit complicated, because as I said everything from the hotels is built up like Disneyland, so that you can no longer go to the beach, unless you cross the huge hotel complexes.

By the way, north of Palm Beach it quickly becomes quieter, here you will find, for example, the beaches Boca Catalina or Arashi Beach , which are particularly suitable for snorkeling. In the south of Palm Beach you will find Eagle Beach with its famous Divi-Divi-Trees, one of the most beautiful beaches in the whole Caribbean .

Palm Beach Aruba: Excursions and Water Sports

Since Palm Beach is the secret center of Aruba, there is a huge range of all kinds of excursions and water sports. Although ‘sport’ may not be the right term because it is all clearly designed for American tourism. Sport also includes jet skiing , the banana boat and lots of boat excursions where drinking rather than snorkeling and diving is more important 😉 The largest provider of excursions (and probably the only one, we did a lot on site anyway Difficult to find another) is De Palm Tours , by the way .

At the height of the Riu Palace Hotel (which can be seen in the pictures here) is the De Palm Pier. All excursions start from here. If you want to book any excursion, you can just stop by here. However, it may be that everything is booked out spontaneously and you have to wait 1-2 days for your trip. Jet skis etc. are always available spontaneously.

De Palm Pier

Palm Beach Aruba: Our conclusion

Palm Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Aruba with its expanse, powdered sugar sand and calm turquoise blue water. Unfortunately, the luxury hotels and the many tourists associated with them ruin the idyll a bit. To find a little peace, you have to move towards the edge. However, we found it still absolutely bearable in the middle of Palm Beach, you definitely don’t lie here like the oil sardines! Surprisingly, most American tourists stay in their hotels and hang out by the hotel pool with loud music (these weird people, I don’t get it …), so that the beach remains relatively empty.

If you like a minimum of hustle and bustle and like to have a cocktail in one of the beach bars in between, then you’ve come to the right place!

Bathing with flamingos: This is only possible on Flamingo Beach in Aruba

If there is one thing the small island of Aruba in the southern Caribbean is known for, it is the pictures of pink flamingos stalking across the white powdered sugar beach in the turquoise blue sea with palm trees in the background. We admit it: It was precisely these images that lured us to Aruba . We tourists. But let’s be honest: How can you please not jump on Flamingo Beach in Aruba? There are flamingos! At the beach! With touch. IN. OF THE. CARIBBEAN. Wah!

The other beaches on Aruba such as Baby Beach or the famous Eagle Beach are of course also incredibly beautiful, but flamingos on the beach – that’s a blast.

When a picture of the flamingos first appeared on my Instagram feed a few years ago, I immediately began to research with shining eyes where in the world this paradisiacal place was. Unfortunately, it quickly became clear: Shit, I can never afford that. The Caribbean , a private beach, a lonely island … that is impossible. And so I buried the dream of a flamingo beach somewhere far back in my head. Of course, I could never really forget him.

It took a couple of years and finally a degree, but in the summer of 2016 I actually fulfilled my dream! YOLO and so 😉 I naturally forced Christian to come along and also enjoy our adventure with the flamingos, so we scraped together our last pennies and flew in the tourist bomber to the pink birds in Aruba.

Rational people without hearts may argue that flamingos could have been had cheaper in the zoo. But would, would have bicycle chain – go away, you funny people! That’s not what this is about! There are flamingos, on the beach, in the Caribbean. Nuff said.

Sea view off Renaissance Island

Flamingo Beach Aruba: Private Renaissance Island

Who is still there: Aloha! 🙂 I’ll tell you where to find the flamingos in Aruba and how to get there. There is actually still a lot of uncertainty and many think that flamingos walk around every beach in Aruba . I have to disappoint you, it’s not that simple. The flamingos on Aruba can be found on exactly one beach , namely Flamingo Beach on Renaissance Island .

What is this Renaissance Island now? Renaissance Island is a small private island off the coast of Aruba, which in addition to Flamingo Beach also has Iguana Beach. This private island belongs to the Renaissance Hotel Aruba * . The hotel makes the island available to its guests free of charge and takes you every 15 minutes by speedboat directly from the hotel to the dream beach on the private island. Yaaass!

Renaissance Island Flamingo Beach

Do you have to be a guest in the hotel to be able to go to the private island to Flamingo Beach?

No. You don’t have to be a guest of the hotel to be able to go to Renaissance Island and hang out on the beach with the flamingos. There are basically two options:

1. You are a guest of the Renaissance Hotel * , a room is available from just under € 200 / night , depending on the travel time . That’s not a snapper, we also know that. But the use of the Flamingo Beach and the transport with the water taxi are included in the price and the hotel itself is also great. We save ourselves a review at this point, because our photos have just become too crappy and we have absolutely nothing to complain about. The hotel can be booked without hesitation.

2. If you are not a guest of the hotel , you can visit the island for a fee of around $ 90 per person per day . Unfortunately, there is very little information about this day pass, not even on the hotel’s website . We don’t know why that is, probably because the hotel would rather have its rooms full.

We decided on option 1 and treated ourselves to two nights. The fact that it turned out to be two nights was mainly due to the lack of clarity as to when exactly you can use Flamingo Beach. When you are a guest, that’s clear … but when are you a guest? Once you’ve checked in? Or as soon as you have come to the hotel and have already deposited your suitcase and announced that you want to go to the flamingos, even if the check-in is not yet possible? You can see that we wanted to get the best out of our visit to Flamingo Beach 😉 And because according to the hotel, check-in should only be possible in the afternoon and we didn’t want to take the risk of only being able to spend 2-3 hours at Flamingo Beach, we booked two nights.

If you are also asking yourself this question, the answer is: You can take the water taxi to Flamingo Beach as soon as you have your room card . This is used as an admission card and is registered when boarding the speedboat. Fortunately, we were able to check in in the morning and thus had two full days at Flamingo Beach! For the foxes among you: On the day of the checkout, you can no longer transfer to the private island for free, because you hand in the card when you check out (unless you forget … ahem. We didn’t dare to mess around with it, otherwise it would be maybe embarrassing. Only we happily continued to use the hotel parking lot with the forgotten room card).

If you happen to have your own boat (who doesn’t have one), it is also possible to moor it unnoticed on the private island and enjoy Flamingo Beach for free .

Aruba’s highlight: off to the flamingos!

Now butter with the fish (and flamingos): How is it now on the private island with the pink birds? In a nutshell: Awwwwww !!

After you have crossed over by boat, a perfectly dressed up private island awaits you. You enter the island via wooden walkways, get free towels and make your way to the beach with the flamingos.

Renaissance Island Aruba

The island has a total of two beaches to offer, one is the slightly larger Iguana Beach, where children are allowed to mischief and the Flamingo Beach, which is only for adults. Incidentally, the iguanas adhere to the guidelines very little and hang around the whole island, at the Iguana Beach intended for them we did not discover a single one of these revolutionaries.

On the short path to Flamingo Beach you cross the mangroves and rivers of the island over small bridges. There I discovered my first boxfish and was thrilled to see this spherical, colorfully spotted fish … I didn’t even know where to look first! Iguanas, flamingos, funny fish… .uuuiiii! (sorry, I’m 5 years old again, I can’t do anything!)

After I watched all the fish extensively and slowly calmed down, the flamingos had to believe in it. Pictures, please! The flamingos are used to the tourists and strut around unimpressed between the loungers. At the moment 6 of them are stationed there (i.e. flamingos, not loungers, although some of them donate from time to time and the number fluctuates temporarily).

Flamingos on Reniassance Island

 

Feeding is highly appreciated, which is why there is also a machine at Flamingo Beach where you can pull food for a few cents. The flamingos are totally into it and more or less carefully fetch the food out of your hands (and out of your trouser pocket, if you have stashed something there) and you can take photos with them in peace. But woe betide you want to stroke her, then your hand will be hacked straight away!

Flamingo feeding

Flamingo Beach Aruba

The iguanas, by the way, are just as brutal, they also like to be fed and sometimes touched. But beware! You can bite hard and the tail is like a whip! I wasn’t careful when I was feeding and suddenly three iguanas pounded around my banana and got a bite in the process. The bite was not deep, but since iguanas are scavengers, something like this is not entirely harmless due to the risk of tetanus (and of course I was not vaccinated, would have been too easy).

Iguanas in Aruba

Since Renaissance Island is a mangrove island, snorkeling is also worthwhile here. There isn’t really much going on underwater, but in the small, shallow rivers of the island the fish cavort between the arms of the mangroves. The boxfish in particular like shallow, warm water very much and are not afraid of snorkelers. But don’t touch! Boxfish are related to puffer fish and release a poison when they are stressed (which probably only triggers a skin reaction in humans, but unfortunately the cute fish sometimes die themselves from their poison).

You can already see: There is a lot going on at Flamingo Beach in Aruba and we have jumped death several times. If you don’t want to live as dangerous as we do, you can just throw yourself in the hammock with a cocktail and watch others risk their lives or spend hours shooting the perfect Instagram selfie. Everything is possible at Flamingo Beach! 😉

The 10 best fear of flying tips

Do you panic and stress at the thought of an airplane? You don’t want to miss out on traveling despite your fear of flying? Then the following 10 tips for fear of flying are guaranteed to help you enjoy your future flights and discover the world completely relaxed.

1. Good time management

The first of our fear of flying tips is good time management. Even if you don’t suffer from aviophobia, when you find yourself arriving at the airport quite late, it will definitely make you nervous, right? You should therefore plan enough time for the drive to the airport. If there is a lot of traffic or if you are stuck in a traffic jam, you know that you still have enough time. Bear in mind that there can often be waiting times at the airport for check-in or security checks. If you are lucky and you don’t have to queue or wait for the journey or on site, you can stroll through the various shops at the gates in a relaxed manner. Pass the time there and maybe you will even find a little something or two,

2. Seat reservation

Knowing that you can decide for yourself where to sit on the plane is a very pleasant feeling. It is therefore particularly advisable to reserve the seat of your choice in advance. While this can come with additional costs, it is definitely worth it. Because the early reservation of a seat gives you a feeling of security.

1. Good time management

The first of our fear of flying tips is good time management. Even if you don’t suffer from aviophobia, when you find yourself arriving at the airport quite late, it will definitely make you nervous, right? You should therefore plan enough time for the drive to the airport. If there is a lot of traffic or if you are stuck in a traffic jam, you know that you still have enough time. Bear in mind that there can often be waiting times at the airport for check-in or security checks. If you are lucky and you don’t have to queue or wait for the journey or on site, you can stroll through the various shops at the gates in a relaxed manner. Pass the time there and maybe you will even find a little something or two,

2. Seat reservation

Knowing that you can decide for yourself where to sit on the plane is a very pleasant feeling. It is therefore particularly advisable to reserve the seat of your choice in advance. While this can come with additional costs, it is definitely worth it. Because the early reservation of a seat gives you a feeling of security.

Fear of flying tips

Another tip against fear of flying:

Since you feel less turbulence in the front part of the aircraft, it is particularly advisable to reserve a seat in this area. If you also suffer from a fear of space or heights, then you should choose an aisle seat. You are guaranteed more leg and movement freedom at doors and emergency exits.

3. Exchange with the crew

Inform the crew on board about your fear of flying. Since these are trained flight attendants, they know how to handle situations in an emergency. Knowing that you are in the best of hands, you can lean back and relax during your flight and enjoy the time until landing.

4. Entertainment to pass the time

Any kind of entertainment not only helps you to be distracted from your fear of flying, but also makes the time on board fly by. On long-haul flights you will usually be entertained with a varied entertainment program. You are spoiled for choice and can watch blockbusters or classic films. Not in the mood for movies? Then you can also distract yourself with different styles of music or games.

5. Read books and magazines

There is no entertainment program on your aircraft or you just don’t feel like it? No problem either. Since you planned enough time to get to the airport, you could stroll comfortably through the many shops. Perhaps you have discovered an exciting book or magazine there that you have wanted to read for a long time. Then on the plane is the perfect time for it. Otherwise, it is also advisable to take a book or magazine with you from home.

6. Music and audio books

Music is known to help you relax. Download some songs from your favorite artist onto your mobile phone or tablet and relax. Audiobooks are a good option for both long and short flights, in order to distract yourself and immerse yourself completely in another world.

7. Selected meals and drinks

Make sure you don’t get on the plane on an empty stomach. Because a feeling of hunger usually worsens the queasy feeling in the stomach. You should also avoid caffeinated drinks and alcohol. This only increases your nervousness. Soothing teas and fruit, on the other hand, are the perfect combination to enjoy your flight in a deeply relaxed manner.

8. Relaxation exercises

Targeted exercises can also help your overall relaxation. Try to sit up straight with both legs firmly on the floor. Pay attention to deep breaths and try to exhale long and consciously. A simple exercise that helps you relax works as follows:

As you inhale, pull your shoulders back and stay in this position for about 5 seconds. Lower your shoulders back down and slowly exhale. After a few repetitions, you will already feel improvements and be more relaxed.

9. Conversations with other passengers

Good and exciting conversations are another suitable way to distract yourself from your fear of flying. Find conversations with your seat neighbors or other passengers and exchange ideas.

10. Help from a professional

Fear of flying tips

If you would like additional professional help to combat your fear of flying, then there are different options. Fear of flying seminars and fear of flying coaching in Bern and St. Gallen-Altenrhein help you to overcome your worries and fears and to travel carefree in the future.

With our 10 best fear of flying tips, nothing stands in the way of your trip. With a few tricks and good preparation, you will be flying completely relaxed from now on. what are you waiting for? Explore the world stress-free and carefree.

Staying healthy while traveling: Here’s how

Are you planning an adventure trip to Colombia, would you like to go island hopping in the Philippines or experience the wilderness of Madagascar up close? Comprehensive preparation is essential so that everything runs smoothly on your dream trip and you travel healthily. We have an overview for you with the most important tips.

Travel vaccinations

As a first step, find out whether you need additional vaccinations for the trip, whether it is possible to take prophylaxis and which high-risk diseases can occur. If you need vaccinations, it is important to find out early, because the waiting times for some vaccines are longer than for others. Vaccinations required for South Africa, for example, can be very different from vaccinations for Bali. A list of the common travel vaccinations and an overview of the most dangerous tropical diseases.

The local health system

Check out how exactly the local health system works and which contact points you can consult with your travel insurance company in an emergency. If you have not yet taken out travel insurance, we will be happy to help you choose and book the travel insurance you want.

In addition to classics such as headache pills, diarrhea medication or fever reducers, you should find out as much as possible about which medicine you absolutely need to be supplied with. Don’t forget to pack sunscreen and mosquito repellent spray or cold protection cream and appropriate lip care. You can also prepare yourself at home with a vitamin / carotenoid preparation from the pharmacy / drugstore that protects your skin from the sun from the inside, in addition to sun cream. The intake should begin 2-3 weeks before sun exposure.

Tips on how to travel healthily

The biggest hurdle to a healthy stay lies in eating and drinking. The famous rule of thumb applies here: Cook it, boil it, peel it or leave it. When a dish is cooked, there is a much lower risk of hidden bacteria. Basically it is just important that you keep your eyes open and, if possible, look closely at how your food is being prepared. Street food stands are very tempting, but pose a greater risk of illness. If you still want to eat there, it is best to orient yourself by where the locals buy their food.

It is just as important to keep an eye on the choice of drinking water. In Europe it is usually safe to drink tap water. In many other places around the world, however, you should be careful with what you fill your water bottle with. If you don’t want to buy water bottles from the supermarket, you can use a water filter, for example, or boil the water beforehand. Then you are on the safe side. Also watch out for water ice and fruit juices. Both are often prepared with tap water. The same goes for salad. It is better to ask beforehand whether it has been washed off with tap water.

Support of the intestinal flora through BIOTICS-D

If you would like to actively support your body before and during the trip and want the change in food or difficult hygiene conditions at your travel destination to be as gentle as possible on your body, then you are optimally equipped with Burgerstein BIOTICS-D .

The dietary supplement contains a mixture of physiological bacterial cultures and vitamin B2 and thus supports the intestinal flora and the maintenance of the intestinal mucosa. BIOTICS-D is suitable for the whole family and does not need to be refrigerated.

What else to look out for

But even if you are not lying flat with the flu or handcuffed to the bathroom, you may experience symptoms of weakness during your trip that you should investigate. It is very important that you always make sure you get enough sleep and drink plenty of water throughout the day. This automatically makes you feel fit and energetic. If you find yourself feeling stressed and uncomfortable, take a day off. A trip means a big change for the head and body. Despite the adventure trip, you definitely deserve one or the other break. Of course, it is also very important that you wash your hands regularly to prevent infection with pathogens. Better once too much than once too little.

Our top tip:Use your trip for a digital detox and just leave your phone, tablet and co at home. So your body and mind can take a deep breath and recover from everyday stress!

Follow-up care after return – is it even necessary?

The aftercare you need after your stay abroad depends heavily on how the trip went. Usually, if you haven’t had any health complications, there are only minor considerations to consider. Especially after long-distance and adventure trips, we recommend planning one to two days after your return to give your body some rest. If you suffer from jet lag, the following principle applies: Make sure you try to keep yourself awake until you would normally go to bed in the respective country and slowly get used to the new time. This way you don’t mess up your rhythm as much as possible. You should also be careful with extreme dietary changes. For example, if you re-enter Switzerland from an Asian country,

When do you need to see a doctor in Switzerland?

If you have any health problems during your trip, it is very important to visit your family doctor directly in Switzerland and have follow-up care carried out. This is the only way to ensure that you are in top shape again and that you can get started in everyday life. Depending on whether you have visited a tropical country, you may even have to report to the tropical doctor. A comprehensive investigation will be carried out there. Malaria, for example, can still occur for up to a year after returning home. So if you have traveled to a risk region and develop a fever in the following year, malaria is still a possible pathogen.

Do you have specific questions about a travel destination or would you like more information on healthy travel? Our travel advisors will be happy to help you.

Cruise with children

Are you looking for a cruise for the whole family? Then you have come to the right place at Globetrotter. Children are part of our everyday life and it is the same when traveling. A cruise with children is a popular option as a family to discover the world and still somehow feel at home.

Experience countries like Spain and Norway together with your family, relax on the white beaches of the Seychelles or go for a city tour in Oslo or Barcelona. The advantage of a cruise with children is obvious. The hotel travels with you and you don’t have to worry about food or the leisure program. In addition, you save yourself the hassle of packing your suitcase when you change location every day. Depending on your taste and preferences, you can choose from a wide range of destinations and types of ship. Anyone who longs for all-round care and relaxation will get their money’s worth on family-themed ships with babysitters, children’s cooking, kids club and many more.

Houseboat – the «motorhome» on the water

But a trip on a houseboat through Sweden or France is also a great experience for the little ones. In private and alone as a family, you can comfortably cruise from canal to canal and can jump into the water whenever you want and enjoy the nature around you. And you don’t have to do without comfort in the boats equipped with heating, shower and refrigerator.

Children help plan

Knowing your family well is important in deciding which cruise with children is right for you. What do mom and dad want and what do the children want? Small children are usually satisfied with the presence of their parents and may have fewer demands. With older children, however, you should also pay attention to the traveler’s wishes and choose the travel destination together as a family. Then nothing stands in the way of a successful cruise with children!

On the oceans

Let yourself and your family be carried over the seas of this world with windy ease and experience impressive views and an exciting time on the ship. Children quickly become enthusiastic about ships of all kinds, which entice with many adventures and promise mysterious experiences. There is something to discover everywhere while you set sail as a family with bags and bags. This type of travel is not only suitable for Europe, but also for a trip to the Caribbean or Asia. Every child loves beaches and with the necessary openness, exotic dishes and foreign customs are no obstacle.

pack & work for temporary digital nomads

Both feet in the water, the sound of the sea, slowly you see the sun going down. Does that sound like a life you want? Yes, but what about the job? Pack & work offers an answer to this. Simply take your work with you and become a temporary digital nomad. We’ll explain how to do it.

Combining travel and work – what can that look like?

Traveling and working with pack & work is not an internship or volunteer work. You continue to work in your profession and with the corresponding payment abroad. The pack & work programs are basically suitable for all professions, some of which can be carried out from home. Select a metropolis from the ever-increasing range or combine several destinations with one another. Whichever program you choose, the work from a coworking space enables you to continue working for your employer regardless of location. At the same time, you will visit a language school and perfect your language skills. The intensity of the course is of course subject to the workload and the time available. With all this you don’t have to give up your current life – no,

Sounds tempting? Yes, of course, but there are still a few details to consider. That is why we have put together a checklist for you.

visa

Digital nomads are moving in an area that the previous visa regulations often do not specifically take into account. From a purely legal point of view, it would be possible in Canada, for example, to work as a digital nomad with a standard tourist visa, as long as one does not compete with the local job market. In Australia, however, it looks very different. At the border control, all officers usually become curious if you state the main reason for the trip as “work”. Even with good foreign language skills, this can quickly lead to an increased pulse. Pack & work takes care of these hurdles with in-depth clarifications and in cooperation with embassies, local authorities and immigration lawyers.

Swiss taxes

In Switzerland there is a so-called “mechanic clause”, which states that assignments of less than 183 days per year have no impact on tax liability. According to this, digital nomads from Switzerland only have to pay taxes in Switzerland as long as they work abroad for a maximum of 183 days.

The dear social security

Social security is a sensitive and neglected topic. In principle, employees are subject to social security contributions where they work. However, employees who are only abroad for a certain period of time have the option of remaining in the Swiss social security system. There are different regulations with Switzerland depending on the country. To do this, the employer usually has to submit an application for a so-called posting certificate to the Federal Social Insurance Office. If you don’t want to do additional work for your employer, you can get help from pack & work. As part of the programs, pack & work makes such applications on behalf of the employer via its own trustee account and monitors the entire process.

Health and accident insurance

These insurances must also be clarified individually. In most cases, additional insurance must be taken out, especially in countries with high treatment costs such as the USA. Before traveling, it is therefore essential to find out about the conditions in the desired work country. It should also be noted that not all countries have the same standard of health care. Medicines that are needed at home may not be available in the destination country. All of this must be thought of before the trip.

Employment Law

Anyone who wants to work as a digital nomad and is also employed by a Swiss company should regulate this case explicitly. The normal employment contract is in most cases insufficient. pack & work gives the participants a template for a suitable appendix to the existing employment contract, which was drawn up in cooperation with a specialist in labor law.

Collaboration in virtual space

If you continue to work in a team abroad, the collaboration in the virtual space must be well organized. But this also applies when two teams work together in different locations within Switzerland and is a topic that will become increasingly important in the future. You and your employer must ensure that the work equipment is used correctly and communication must be maintained extremely carefully. Research has shown that around two-thirds of experienced managers have difficulty leading a virtual team. The greatest challenge is communication, which requires simple and clear rules.

Are you ready to continue your work from home? An easy way to test this is to stay home for a while and work from there. What are the difficulties? Can you concentrate well? Does the agreement with the colleagues work? You can answer all of these questions in the comfort of your own home before you decide to go abroad.

Location-independent jobs – the modern dream of traveling

If you choose to work abroad, you will want to travel too. What is better than a location-independent job to see the world? Get to know our globe. Various types of travel are suitable for this – boat trips, train trips, private excursions by plane, exciting safaris or week-long treks – all of this and much more is possible!

Baby Beach Aruba – Holy Shit!

Didn’t we think of a better title? No. Because there are places in this world that you don’t have to say much more about. Baby Beach in Aruba is one such place. Just: Holy Shit, it’s nice here. And we were there. Fuck, yeah! A piece of paradise? Yeah

To be honest, it’s not just Baby Beach that silences us in awe, but basically all of the wonderful beaches on Aruba and somehow the whole island. Rumor has it that Aruba actually has the most beautiful beaches in the entire Caribbean. Both Palm Beach and Eagle Beach have received multiple awards, and Eagle Beach is even considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Anyone who knows us a bit knows that we have an absolute soft spot for dream beachesthis world and in Aruba we have (at least for the time being 😉) found our personal paradise. We would like to share a piece of it with you and gradually introduce you to Aruba’s beaches over the next few weeks and provide you with lots of information (and pictures!). Baby Beach in the very southeast of the Caribbean island kicks off .

Baby Beach Aruba: powdered sugar beach and bright turquoise water

The beaches on Aruba all have one thing in common: fluffy, shimmering white sand and crystal clear, turquoise water. Baby Beach in the southeast of the island is a bit off the beaten track and is therefore relatively safe from most package holidaymakers and day tourists who come to Aruba on the big cruise ships. In general, comparatively few tourists get lost here, as it will be difficult to reach Baby Beach without a car.

The beach got its name because it is very popular with (local) families with children, because the water is extremely shallow and you can still stand waist-deep in the water hundreds of meters from the beach. The crescent-shaped lagoon is well protected from the current and is great for snorkeling. You won’t find a real snorkeling paradise here, simply because the lagoon is very shallow, but there are some funny, colorful fish. Boxfish in particular seem to like shallow water a lot, and we’ve discovered a lot of them!

Baby Beach Aruba

 

Although Baby Beach is said to be so popular with families, only a few families (and few people in total) were present, so you don’t have to worry about getting into conditions that could also be found at the pool of a Mallorcan family hotel. Baby Beach in Aruba is calm and uncrowded.

The only downer: the postcard idyll is a little disturbed by the oil refinery in the background. But don’t worry, the refinery has been shut down since 2012, it neither smells funny nor is you secretly poisoned. It’s really just the image that’s being disturbed a bit. But with a view towards the sea that shouldn’t really matter, at least it was for us. The white sand, the turquoise blue sea … we found the beach really magical!

Aruba's beaches |  Baby beach

Is the Baby Beach suitable for children?

Yes and no. To be honest, we were surprised that Baby Beach is explicitly described as particularly suitable for children. We would not subscribe to that 100%, because in the water there are sometimes rugged stones and real ‘fields’ of large stones, on which you can injure yourself while snorkeling thanks to the current. There are funny fish on the rocks, which is why snorkeling is really fun here, but there are also some sea urchins that you would rather not encounter. The current is generally limited, but the further you are from the beach, the stronger it gets. As a brief explanation: Aruba basically has two faces. The south side has wonderful powdered sugar beachesand hardly any current, the north side of Aruba is rugged, rocky and has no beaches. The current on the north side is very strong! Now Baby Beach is exactly on the southeastern tip of the island, once around the corner, the north side of Aruba begins. Therefore, the current at Baby Beach should not be underestimated. It’s great for children right on the water, but you shouldn’t underestimate the risk of injury from the stones and the current.

Otherwise, there is also a small beach bar and loungers with umbrellas at Baby Beach, which can most likely be used for a fee (which we didn’t do, beach loungers are stupid and sand is cool).

Aruba Baby Beach

How do you get to Baby Beach?

Even if the network of public transport in Aruba is comparatively well developed, going to Baby Beach will be difficult. The Arubus , Aruba’s bus route, does not run directly between Aruba’s center and Baby Beach. It works somehow, but it takes a long time and you have to change trains a few times. You can try muddling through here . But it is much easier with a rental car. Since Aruba is very small, the journey is quick and you can park for free near the beach.

Tourism in crisis: A massive wave of bankruptcies threatens

The travel industry almost wrote off the disaster year 2020. Now it’s about surviving the corona crisis and the coming year. What chances do travel agencies and tour operators still have?

Travel warnings, insecure vacationers, business standstill and anger about reimbursement of customer money: The tourism industry is experiencing an unprecedented crisis . The industry has largely written off the current year of the Corona crisis. “The year 2021 will be the year of the decision,” said Ingo Burmester, head of Central Europe at DER Touristik.

The industry, which was shaken by the bankruptcy of Thomas Cook a year ago, does not expect a quick return to its old strength. “There will only be a radical recovery in demand when a corona vaccine is available. Until then, we have to stabilize the industry so that a massive wave of bankruptcies is avoided,” said Burmester.

When will cruises boom again?

Tourism expert Torsten Kirstges from Jade University in Wilhelmshaven is confident that people’s travel habits will “normalize a little again in the coming year. In two or three years at the latest, cruises will boom again, and long-distance trips will be made again and caught up.” He assumes that travel behavior will not fundamentally change in the medium term.

But how many tour operators and travel agencies will survive by then? The companies not only lost revenue during the crisis. You will also need to repay money for canceled trips, unless customers rebook or accept a voucher. In addition, there is the annoyance of customers because there were delays in the refund of down payments, especially at the beginning of the Corona crisis.

Rebookings instead of new bookings

“What is happening in the travel industry now has almost epic dimensions compared to all crises”, reported Ralf Hieke, managing director of the Strier travel agency. Ingo Lies, founder and head of the company Chamäleon, who specializes in sustainable travel, currently invests 10,000 euros per day from “our reserves” into the company. “This year is largely over. Now it’s mainly about 2021. We currently have more bookings for the coming year than at the same time in 2019 for 2020, but it is mainly about rebooking,” Lies reported.

The DER Touristik Manager Burmester sees it similarly: “The demand in 2021 will be lower due to a lack of advance bookings. The current bookings are mainly due to rebooking.” He estimates that around 20 percent of tourism companies are currently at great risk of insolvency. “By 2021 the number will increase to 50 percent.”

After all: the interest in traveling next summer seems to be there. According to the latest data from Travel Data + Analytics (TDA), the 2021 summer season already accounted for 21 percent of booking sales in July. “The desire to travel is there this year and will also be there next year,” says Tui-Cruises -Chief Wybcke Meier confident. “We already have a lot of bookings in the system. Whether all the planned travel routes will be feasible depends of course on what is going on at the time.”

Bookings for the coming winter season

Tui Cruises is currently on the move with three ships. “We hope to be on the road again with all seven ships by spring at the latest, with a little less occupancy, in order to continue our health concepts and thus give our customers comfort and the greatest possible safety,” said Meier.

According to Travel Data + Analytics, bookings for the coming winter season have remained weak recently. Many travel destinations, especially long-distance trips, are currently not yet plannable due to travel warnings. The industry accuses politicians of having contributed massively to the uncertainty of vacationers. “The Foreign Office no longer decides on travel warnings alone. One ministry softens the other’s statements. That unsettles customers,” criticized Hieke.

There is little understanding for the statements by Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) that the federal government will not bring stranded holidaymakers back again. “That was absurd,” said Kristges. “The organizers are obliged to do so. Those who are no longer brought back are the individual travelers.” Burmester also emphasizes: “The package tour is the safest form of travel with insolvency protection and the repatriation of guests by the organizer in the event of a crisis.” 

Hurtigruten suspends all expedition trips until the end of the year

The global spread of the coronavirus  and government measures such as border closings are hugely restricting personal mobility and thus travel. The Federal Foreign Office has also issued a travel warning for tourist trips because of the pandemic. Here you will regularly find the latest news on the subject of the corona crisis and travel.

Hurtigruten suspends all expedition trips until the end of the year

Due to the increasing number of corona infections in Europe, North and South America, the decision was made to suspend all expedition cruises until the end of December, Hurtigruten said in a stock exchange announcement on Thursday. The aim is to resume operations in January 2021.

"Roald Amundsen" from Hurtigruten

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According to Hurtigruten boss Daniel Skjeldam, several cruises to Antarctica, which were originally supposed to start from October to December, are affected by the move. Hurtigruten was one of the first shipping companies to offer cruises again at the end of June, including with the new “MS Fridtjof Nansen” from Hamburg .

However, Hurtigruten was in distress due to an outbreak with more than 70 corona infections on the cruise ship “MS Roald Amundsen” . To this end, the shipping company presented an independent investigation report late on Thursday afternoon, from which it emerged that several mistakes were made during the eruption. Among other things, the suspicion of infection was not investigated, and the quarantine rules were not properly followed.

+++ Free corona tests for vacationers from non-risk areas are ending +++

The options for free corona tests for all those returning to Germany will be limited at the end of the holiday season. Travelers who do not come from a risk area with high numbers of infections will no longer be entitled to free tests from this Tuesday. Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) said on Monday: “For the vacation time, it was important to test all travelers for the corona virus. With a view to autumn and winter, we are now concentrating the tests more on the domestic market.”

The federal government regularly determines which countries are considered risk areas for German holidaymakers – they are listed on the website of the federally owned Robert Koch Institute (RKI). The federal and state governments agreed on the changes to the tests at the end of August. “For those arriving from risk areas, the test obligation and the requirement of quarantine until negative test results continue to apply for the time being,” said Spahn. Tests for them remain free for the time being. The quarantine rules for returnees from risk areas should be changed after a decision by the federal and state governments – if possible by October 1st. The obligation to quarantine for 14 days should therefore be waived at the earliest with a test from the fifth day after return.

+++ From spring 2021, all seven Tui ships are to run again +++

After the slow start, the cruise operator Tui Cruises wants to offer trips on all ships in its fleet again from spring. “We hope to be on the road again with all seven ships by spring 2021 at the latest, with a little less occupancy and the right health concepts,” said company boss Wybcke Meier of the newspaper “Welt am Sonntag”.

Departure from the port of Hamburg: The "Aida Perla" left her berth in August after a week-long stay in the Hanseatic city

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Far from a return to normal: The difficult restart of the cruise industry

After cruises came to a standstill due to the corona pandemic, Tui Cruises had almost the entire fleet parked in the North Sea. Since the end of June this year, the company has been offering trips to the North and Baltic Seas again. This weekend another ship in Greece is supposed to take on guests again. Tui operates the ships “Mein Schiff” with the numbers one to six and the “Mein Schiff Herz”. “As far as finances are concerned, we have done our homework and will therefore survive this phase with fewer ships and less capacity utilization,” said Meier. Around 60 percent of all employees are still on short-time work.

+++ Day tourists can visit Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania again +++

From this weekend on, day tourists can come back to Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Because of the corona pandemic, most of the guests from the surrounding federal states have not been welcome since mid-March. Such trips were considered illegal and could be fined up to 2000 euros.

Holidays with side effects: air travel at cheap prices in the middle of the corona crisis?  That is doubly wrong!

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Air travel at cheap prices in the middle of the corona crisis? That is doubly wrong!

It is estimated that companies in the country are losing three to five million euros in turnover per day due to a lack of day tourists. From the point of view of the state government, the restrictions were an effective tool to slow down the spread of the corona virus. “Thousands of day tourists were already in the country,” said the President of Dehoga Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Lars Schwarz. Therefore, the withdrawal of the ban was a long overdue step that the hospitality industry has long been calling for.

+++ Foreign Office warns against traveling to all of Spain +++

Due to the corona pandemic, the Federal Foreign Office has now also issued a travel warning for the Canary Islands, which are popular with German holidaymakers. The federal government is now warning against “unnecessary, tourist” trips to all parts of Spain. “Spain was and is severely affected by COVID-19,” the Federal Foreign Office explains the decision on the website . In the Canaries, the islands of Gran Canaria and Tenerife are particularly affected.

So far, the Foreign Office had already warned against traveling to mainland Spain and the Balearic Islands with the popular holiday island of Mallorca. Now this also applies to the Canaries. Returnees must take a free corona test and go into quarantine until the result is negative.

As the Federal Foreign Office also announced, the regions of Cantabria, Castile and Léon, La Rioja, Navarra, the Basque Country, the capital region of Madrid and the capital of the Balearic Islands, Palma de Mallorca, are currently affected by the virus. There are therefore strict exit restrictions throughout the country. Discos and night bars are completely closed, restaurants are open until 1 a.m. at the latest.

+++ Hamburg fish market should open in October, but only at noon instead of early in the morning +++

The Hamburg fish market was closed for five months due to the Corona crisis – now the traditional market is set to reopen in October. This is at least a concept that the Altona district has developed together with the health authority. Fish, fruit and vegetables should no longer be sold early in the morning as usual, but instead on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The fish market in Hamburg Altona with Aale-Dieter

Since mid-March, tourists and Hamburg residents have had to do without the 300-year-old Hamburg fish market due to the corona pandemic. Around 120 market stalls are usually set up there. Many night owls went straight to the fish market after an evening in the neighborhood. This possibility should no longer exist because the authority feared that the corona rules among the partygoers would not always be observed.

The new protection concept provides for a maximum of 500 visitors and 60 dealers. The site is to be fenced off with separate entrances and exits and a one-way system. At the start, 20 security guards should regulate the entry and ensure that the distance rules are observed.

+++ Almost 200 passengers have to be in quarantine after their vacation flight +++

After a flight from a Greek island to Great Britain, all approximately 200 passengers and crew members were sent to a two-week quarantine. 16 guests of the holiday plane have already tested positive, reported the BBC. According to British health experts, seven of them were most likely already contagious on board.

On the flight from the island of Zakynthos to Cardiff (Wales) on August 25, a number of passengers are said to have ignored the corona protective measures. Many would not have worn masks as prescribed; the crew hardly intervened, it was said. The machine was full of “selfish Cov-idiots”, said a woman of the BBC, alluding to the disease Covid-19. The allegations will be followed up closely, the broadcaster quoted a spokesman for the travel company Tui. Many young British people in Greece have a reputation for being partying and drinking a lot of alcohol.

+++ Record of new infections: Canaries tremble for special corona position +++

A new record of new infections has been registered in the Canary Islands. The regional health authorities reported 338 new cases within 24 hours on Thursday evening. That’s the highest number since the pandemic broke out in March. The Atlantic islands belonging to Spain must now fear losing their special position and, like the whole country – including the Balearic Islands – being put on the list of risk areas by Germany.

 The associated travel warning would give the already badly ailing tourism industry, which contributes around 35 percent of regional income, the “death knell”, as the media warned on Friday. The central criterion for classification as a risk area is in which states or regions there have been more than 50 newly infected people per 100,000 inhabitants in the past seven days. In the Canaries there are already 79.69. The islands off the west coast of Africa are now in a worse position than many Spanish regions, for which the Foreign Office’s travel warning has been in effect since mid-August. In the Balearic Islands with the Germans’ favorite island, Mallorca, this number is 79.52.


+++ Cunard shipping company cancels all cruises until the end of March 2021 +++

The British Cunard shipping company has informed the customers of its three cruise ships long-term: The “Queen Elizabeth” will then be idle up to and including March 25, 2021, for the flagship “Queen Mary 2” all voyages are suspended up to and including April 18, 2021, and the “Queen Victoria” will only resume service after May 16, 2021.

“In view of the current recommendations of the Foreign Office and the Foreign Ministry of the United Kingdom as well as the great complexity that the global cruise operation brings with it during the Covid-19 pandemic, the traditional shipping company Cunard is extending the operating break beyond November 2020,” said one on Tuesday published press release. The 180-year-old traditional shipping company, which is now part of the Carnival Corporation, the largest cruise company in the world, is the first large company in the industry to clearly communicate a one-year forced break due to the corona pandemic.

+++ Due to missing ticket refunds: Lufthansa and Ryanair lose in court +++

Since many airlines do not reimburse tickets after requests for payment, the Flightright portal filed lawsuits in the spring. The first judgments have now been passed on the proceedings against Lufthansa and Ryanair. There are now more than 20 judgments against Lufthansa, e.g. B. before the AG Erding (Az. 15 C 2780/20). The judgments are so-called acknowledgment judgments. This means that the airline did not defend itself on the matter and recognized the claims.

On the beach of El Arenal in Mallorca

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Ryanair defended itself in a number of proceedings and argued in court that their declaration of intent to pay at some point in the future was sufficient and therefore no