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Cienfuegos, Cuba - Flickr_Joe Ross
Cienfuegos, Cuba/Flickr/Joe Ross

Here’s a quick look at what’s new this week in cruising, and how it could impact your next trip…  More details on next year’s one-week Cuba sailings with Fathom, Carnival Corporation’s volunteer-oriented cruise line, are in. Beginning in May, the 700-passenger MV Adonia will call at Havana, Cienfuegos, and Santiago de Cuba. With... Read More

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Coco taxis, a motorbike-type taxi, is great for getting around in Havana Cuba

“Welcome to José Martí International Airport.” You’re here, finally, in Havana. The door of your plane has opened and the Caribbean humidity has wrapped you in its cloying embrace. Now what? ... Read More

Cuban currency: Convertible Peso notes and coins

Booked a flight to Cuba and figured out where to stay? It may seem like the toughest part of planning your vacation is over, but the biggest challenge is yet to come: understanding and planning how you’ll handle money. Here’s what you need to know. ... Read More

Your flight to Cuba is booked (finally)! Now the question is: Where should you stay? Travelers will find two main options: A traditional hotel or casas particulares, often described as Cuban B&Bs. Here, we break down where to find them, how to book, and more. ... Read More

Planning a Cuba Trip? Here's What You Need to Think About
Julie Schwietert Collazo

In December 2014, as all of us have heard, Presidents Obama and Castro announced a mutual agreement to work towards restoring diplomatic and trade ties following a 55-year-old U.S. embargo on Cuba. Nearly immediately after they hinted at sweeping changes in everything from the island’s Internet connectivity to, yes... Read More

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Cruise Tracker: Cuba Sailings in December & More
Flickr/Bryan Ledgard

Which cruise lines are making headlines this week? Travel journalist Donna Tunney — ShermansTravel’s cruise expert — has all the latest news. Check back every Tuesday for trends, new amenities, and money-saving ideas that help you plan a perfect vacation at sea. Dreaming of Cuba like everyone else? This December through... Read More

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Cuba Flickr Alessandro Caproni
Flickr/Alessandro Caproni

President Obama’s announcement earlier this month that the U.S. and Cuba are making efforts to normalize their relationship after decades of sanctions and travel limitations wasn’t exactly a shock. For several years, U.S. travelers have been allowed to visit Cuba with “people-to-people” cultural exchange programs that are approved by the government and... Read More

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As avid travelers, planning future trips is a pastime. But, going beyond the usual dream destinations, there are a few less likely places that we want to visit… but just not quite yet. Here are five cities we are looking forward to visiting… a few years from now: ... Read More

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For a minute, let’s remove those Cuban stereotypes – you know, Castro, communism, and Teddy Roosevelt riding through Santiago, Cuba like the mustached maven portrayed in Night at the Museum. For decades, while America upheld its embargo on Cuba, millions of tourists from Canada and western Europe have flocked to... Read More

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Hidden Tourist Attractions You'll Never See

Angkor Wat, the Grand Canyon, the Blue Lagoon: just a few of the natural and man-made wonders many of us, if we’re lucky, get to experience during a lifetime of travel. In most cases, visiting them is as easy as just showing up. But what about the countless other jaw-dropping... Read More

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Best Destinations for Car Lovers

The world’s top race car drivers, and the gamblers who love them, convene in Monaco this week for the annual Grand Prix. From May 23–26, the winding roads of Europe’s glamorous principality will be overtaken with automotive enthusiasts of every stripe. While the Grand Prix is arguably the world’s most famous Formula... Read More


A new year is marching ahead, and along with it, a growing interest in adventure travel. Fire up your wanderlust for 2013 and beyond in these destinations, which are quickly gaining a reputation as hubs for adventure across land, sea, and even air, via two wheels, a paddle, or... Read More

a classic car in Cuba

After a summer of waiting and wondering, several prominent tour operators have received their government licenses or renewals to resume travel to Cuba. Organizations that recently received the go-ahead from the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), which issues licenses for travel to Cuba, include Insight Cuba;... Read More

Cuba legal travel

Last spring, when the U.S. government eased travel restrictions to Cuba, it marked what many believed was the opening of a new frontier for travel to the island country that, for 50 years, has been all but forbidden for most Americans to visit under the longstanding trade embargo. But... Read More

Panama adventure travel hotspot

I’ve recently returned (and am still recovering) from several days in Keystone, Colorado, for the 2012 Travel Bloggers Exchange. This is the third year for this growing gathering of travel enthusiasts, from travel bloggers (such as yours truly) to tourism bureaus eager to spread the word about their destinations. Not... Read More