8 Things You Should Know Before Traveling to Cuba

Cuba has, without a doubt, become one of the world’s hottest tourist destinations over the last few years. The formerly isolated country is slowly opening up to Americans, and the resulting boost in the tourism industry is encouraging travelers from around the world to experience the fascinating Caribbean island for themselves. In many ways, Cuba remains a world of its own, a stark contrast from most places you’ve ever traveled. Prepare yourself for a trip by reviewing these eight must-knows.

Trinidad, Cuba

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2015: The Travel Year in Review

Another year in the books already! Just a few days into 2016, I’m going to make a bold prediction: this will be one of the best years of my life, on account of a big travel announcement I’ll save for an upcoming post. That said, 2015 was also quite the year. Though it didn’t take me to as many destinations as other years have (see my recaps of 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014), I marked my second anniversary of moving to Australia and continued exploring the country and beyond. Here are my travel highlights from 2015.

Trinidad, Cuba

Wrapping up 2015 in Trinidad, Cuba

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Can Americans Travel to Cuba Freely and Directly Now?

Thrilled beyond belief to be heading to Cuba in T-minus 34 days, I’ve been sharing the news with just about everyone I talk to. More often than not, I get the same reaction: “Oh, right, Americans can now travel there without any restrictions!” While it is true that U.S.-Cuba relations are changing rapidly these days, it is a misconception that Cuba is completely open to American tourists now. So, what is the deal currently? Can all U.S. citizens travel to Cuba? And how can Americans get there? After months of researching this trip, I have your answers!

Trinidad, Cuba

Fellow Americans, have no fear! You can travel here! (photo credit)

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Home Sweet Home + The Travel Plan I’ve Been Dreaming of All My Life

November is already here, believe it or not, which means that NaNoWriMo is under way, and I’m challenging myself to draft a post per day for my NaNoWriMo Travel Blogging Challenge. I look forward to reminiscing about past trips and finessing my blogging skills, and stay tuned as those posts are published over the next few months. But before I get deep into the challenge, I’m taking a look back on my trip home last month as well as sharing a very exciting announcement about where I’m headed next.

Griffith Observatory view of Los Angeles

Overlooking my hometown of Los Angeles from Griffith Observatory

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