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Tips For Travelling in Havana, Cuba…

November 17, 2016

This year the destination dejour is Cuba and having my friend Shailyn from Earthuncovered a regular visitor and advocate of the beautiful, contradictory and patience testing country it was on my list too.  I have returned from two weeks wandering along the set tourist path; Havana, Vinales, Trinidad and Varadero staying in hotels, airbnb, casa’s and all inclusive resorts.  We tried nearly every type of transport possible; government taxis, classic cars in various states of repair, local taxis we weren’t meant to be able to get in (it was an accident and we overpaid!), tourist buses, coco’s (modified mopeds) and bicycles.  Havana is a bustling city, reminding me of Phuket in Thailand with a little less hassling from locals, plenty of hit and miss food locations, Cubans out on the street gossiping at all hours, repairing their furniture or watching the world go by.

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Top Eleven Tips For Travelling In Cuba…

November 15, 2016

Have a large bottle of water for when you arrive in Cuba.  Unless you are heading straight from the airport to a hotel in Havana or an all-inclusive resort in Varadero you are going to be stuck for drinking water.  Make your life a little easier and take this off your immediate to do list of changing currency, negotiating taxis, finding a casa, keeping your eyes open in a new country etc.  If you are arriving late at night there won’t be any stores open to sell you water or food, being prepared helps.

Bring everything you might need for your trip.  Oh yes I mean everything.  Cuba is a country of limited resources and what they do have is not always the best quality as they are restricted to what other countries will sell them.  Plasters for a blister, birthday candles for a cake for your friend, tampons just in case, a sewing kit for when your dress breaks.  These are all examples of things I needed and could not find handy but fortunately other tourists were able to help or I made do with my new Cuban attitude!

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