Hi, everyone ❤ It’s me again, after a terribly busy month. And being that it’s the one year anniversary of when I traveled to Aruba, I thought I would share some photos of the trip on here with you.

I remember we left at 5:30 am to fly there, and it was kind of miserable, for obvious reasons (5:30 is not an acceptable time to be awake, uh-uh).

But once we got there, our exhaustion was SO worth it.

We stayed at the Riu Palace, and it was by far the most beautiful hotel I’ve ever been.

I dream about going back, just so I can walk around and feel like a queen again for a week and a half ❤

Speaking of walking around, here is me doing a “bunch” of stuff around the resort:

Yes, that’s a lot of shadow shots. But it captures the vibe of me being active, no?

Here are some angry mirror pictures:

/a failed mirror pic cause I got caught.

And here is my lovely sister and mom ❤

Now you may have noticed, but I’ll say it anyway: The one downfall of this place is that there wasn’t much to do at the resort. Their activities were a little cheesy and very few and far between, which left the only thing to do being laying around/swimming/drinking/eating. And as fun as that is, it’s not enough fun to last you more than a week (or less if you’re me). By the end of the trip, I was very anxious to get home and start doing things again, which gave this resort major minus points in my book.

For example, take a look at the drinking:

All six of us on that trip drank at least three drinks a day. Cause there was literally nothing else to do. They weren’t strong drinks, but still. Not good.

However, I will note that there was a lovely little shopping plaza right across the street that was fun to visit at night:

And I’m just remembering now that I bought something there and have no idea where it is/what it was. I feel like it was jewelry. Now I’m a little sad…

But moving on, here are some pictures of the gorgeous nature on this island. If you’re going to come to Aruba, it should be to see the landscapes. Because they are just phenomenal.

Absolutely gorgeous. The nature was my favorite part of this trip, and I would take a walk every single day just so I could see as much of it as possible.

And finally, we need to talk about the food.

It was NOT that good.

Granted, in resorts like this, especially on an island, the food is never that phenomenal. They have to get a lot of stuff shipped in, it’s expensive, and they end up cutting corners to make it work. The best food was at the Italian restaurant and the breakfast buffet. The room service was also pretty balling. But everything else was below average. So if you’re a foodie and can’t stand a sub-par meal, definitely don’t stay here. You won’t survive.

And that is about all I have to say for Aruba. Will I ever go back? Maybe one day. It was certainly a beautiful place, and this was a gorgeous resort. However, there are other places in the world that I like much better than here and thus would choose to travel back there many times before returning to this happy, little island. I do recommend going asap if you’ve never been there before, though. It’s worth it at least once in your life, especially if you love nature.

Thanks so much for reading. Let me know if you’ve been to Aruba in the comments below. I’m always curious about other people’s experiences.

Until next time ❤