Traveling solo can be difficult anywhere in the world, but Cuba presents a specific set of challenges.If you strike out on your own without an organized tour group, you’ll have to get used to the Cuban system. One of the most emblematic parts of the Cuban travel experience is the casa particular, a kind of bed and breakfast where you stay with Cuban families in their spare rooms.
You will be able to spot these houses by the blue signs displayed outside, which read arrendador divisa. This means they are approved for foreign guests. Other houses have orange signs, and they are for Cubans only. You can get in trouble if you stay in one as a foreigner.
Prices depend on location and the standard of facilities on offer. You can expect to pay upwards of $40 per night for a well-appointed room in Havana, but as little as $5 for a more basic place to stay in provincial towns.
You can negotiate the price on arrival, and make sure to order your breakfast the night before should you want it. Many house owners will put on a great morning spread for around $5.
If you want to get to know Cuban people, homestays are a far better option than state-run hotels. Staying in casas makes for a more personal experience, and there are plenty of them to choose from.
One of Georgia’s greatest cultural gifts might be coming to an end. The Redneck Games, which began in 1996, have seen a dip in attendance in recent years. A lack of sponsors means many of us might never know the joys of “bug zapping by spitball” unless an influx of travelers can help revive the event.
Dining is an art, and now that applies to both on the ground and at 35,000 feet thanks to Hainan Airlines’ “Hai Chef” Inflight Artistic Chinese cuisine series, a collaboration with Dong Zhenxiang, a Chinese culinary master also known as Dadong.
Make sure your next getaway is both good for you and for the environment with a stay at one of these hotels.
I arrived in Dallas on a cloudy afternoon and, luckily, traffic was light as I drove my rental car into the city in just less than 30 minutes. The Hotel Joule was built in the 1920s in the Neo-Gothic style and is a city landmark in the heart of the business district.
While your first inclination might be panic when you map out the various appointments and meetings on your upcoming business trip, relax. Trust us, a rental car has you covered.