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Want to go to CUBA?

New Trump Policy: What you need to know

As of Friday June 16, 2017, U.S. embargo’s back (sort of)

(It’ll take a couple months to implement)

If you’ve already planned your trip to Cuba or are planning to go in the next month, the new travel restrictions will not apply to you (yet).

From US Treasury website:

How will OFAC implement the changes to the Cuba sanctions program announced by the President on June 16, 2017? Are the changes effective immediately?

  • OFAC expects to issue its regulatory amendments in the coming months.
  • The announced changes do not take effect until the new regulations are issued.

 

Obama lowered the barrier to entry to go to Cuba…Trump reversed it. President Donald Trump is just trying to reverse as much as he can in relation to Obama’s Free Trade and Tourism Policy Initiatives. There are still ways for you to go, the government just likes to complicate things. 

  1. Americans can’t head to there as “tourists” (they technically couldn’t under Obama either) – just take an official tour (Browse that link, and make sure to pick one that the government will approve.
  2. U.S. companies aren’t allowed to to work with Cuban companies in the tourism space.

So, how can you go?

  1. Family travel
  2. Humanitarian Projects
  3. Religious Activities
  4. Public Performances
  5. Official Government Business
  6. Journalism
  7. Professional Research and Meetings
  8. Export
  9. Activities of private foundations or research for educational institutes
  10. Exportation, importation or transmission of information or informational materials
  11. Support for the Cuban People
  12. Educational Activities

More details on these travel types

 

Commercial Flights and Cruise Ships are still permitted to go to Cuba.

  • Spirit, Frontier and Silver airlines deserted their U.S.-to-Cuba routes,
  • Airlines such as JetBlue and Delta are continuing their service to the island

 

Easiest way to go: Book through a tour company (Insight Cuba or Intrepid Travel)

 

Resources for you:

More details on these travel types

June 16, 2017: Details from the U.S. Treasury on travel to Cuba

US Embassy info for Americans interested in going

Legal Cuba Explained

 

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Top Emerging Travel Destinations 2015

TOP EMERGING TRAVEL DESTINATIONS 2015

After traveling to 75 countries, I wanted to share the most amazing places I have experienced that are considered to be emerging destinations.

I always complete my travels on a $50/day or less budget (including international airfare) – and want to really spread the message that others can do the same!

Following my most recent travels for 9 months across 21 countries, I decided it was time to share all my advice and tips with others to help them travel.  After helping over 100 people plan, I decided to create a startup that focuses exclusively on exposing travelers to the lost cost options and carriers you cannot find online today.  The results to date are incredible, we’ve been able to get people anywhere in the world for an average of 40% less than what they would have paid without our local knowledge and sources.  This is all being built into an online platform that you will be able to access and use to book your next international adventure.

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1. MYANMAR – ISLAND OF INWA, CLOSE TO MANDALAY

Traveling in Myanmar

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2. BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA – DERVISH HOUSE BLAGAJ NEAR MOSTAR

Traveling Europe Off the Beaten Path

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3. LAOS – ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE & TREKKING, NEAR LUANG PRABANG

Luang Prabang, Laos
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4. NAMIBIA – ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

Top 5 Safaris in Africa - DNM List

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5. CHINA – MT HUASHAN – THE INFAMOUS DEADLIEST HIKE IN THE WORLD, NEAR XIAN

Mount Huashan, China

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6. SRI LANKA – THE VIEW FROM SIGIRIYA ROCK, NEAR DAMBULLA

Northern Sri Lanka

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7. CROATIA – PLITVICE LAKES NATIONAL PARK, NEAR ZADAR

Plitvice National Park, Croatia

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8. TURKEY – CAPPADOCIA, ROCK FORMATIONS AND BALLOON RIDES, IN THE CENTER OF THE COUNTRY

Cappadocia, Turkey

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9. PORTUGAL – SINTRA, JUST OUTSIDE OF LISBON

Sintra, Portugal

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10. SLOVENIA – SMALL TOWN OF PIRAN, ON THE COAST NORTH OF CROATIA

Slovenia

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Thanks for reading and of course, feel free to share your thoughts.  There are TONS of other amazing emerging destinations, so if you want a longer list, contact me, I would be happy to provide any information you seek!

Happy travels 🙂

 

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Traveling Europe Off the Beaten Path

Europe is a wonderful travel destination for most as it is frequently traveled, very well developed and normally presents the least amount of barriers to entry.

Simply put, Europe is one of the easiest destinations for travel.

Many travelers still hesitate either because it is heavily traveled or because they fear the costs will be prohibitive. While I do understand and can attest that both circumstances can be true, I can also provide you a list of places to visit to avoid both.

Here are my favorite, somewhat off the beaten path locations in Europe:

Each city has something a little different to offer, but they all provide a feeling of authenticity and are not overwhelmingly touristy. Some of these places you could actually get lucky and be the only tourist in the town. Don’t worry, there will still be English speakers around and it is quite easy to navigate each and every one of them.

I highly recommend the Eastern Europe route as Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro are all neighboring and can easily be seen in a single trip. That region of Europe is also quite affordable, has a good mixture of nature, small cities, big cities and ruins – so you’ve got all kinds of travelers covered. I’ve personally taken several trips to this region of Europe in the past couple of years and am beginning to see them pick up as an emerging destination, so I would suggest you head there sooner rather than later 🙂

As always, best of luck on your journey!