5 challenges you’ll face in Havana, Cuba and how to overcome them

5 challenges you’ll face in Havana, Cuba and how to overcome them

If you've never visited before, some aspects of culture Havana, Cuba will surprise you at first. Here are five challenge you're sure to experience after arrival. 1. Feeling terrified your taxi will run someone over Taxis are the main mode of transportation around Havana and the rest of Cuba as well. We read that the driving was crazy before we arrived, so we were somewhat prepared for that. Drivers used their car horns on a wide range of occasions—equally when they were happy and when they were upset—at other taxi drivers, at pedestrians, and at their friends. If you are out walking in areas like Old Havana (Habana Vieja) where the streets are very narrow and used both as a road and sidewalk, and hear a horn, it's best to move to the side as quickly as possible.

Accessing the internet in Cuba: A how-to guide

To access the internet in Cuba, you' need to buy a wifi card. They only be used in wifi zones—usually public squares. You can also access wifi in most hotel lobbies (though these should be avoided if you're an American on the "Supporting the Cuban People" visa). You'll know you've found a wifi zone when you see a bunch of people with their heads bowed down toward their smartphones. Everyone—local and tourists alike—must access the internet this way. Locals do not have data plans on their smartphones.

Casas Particulares in Cuba: The three types

Casas Particulares in Cuba: The three types

The casas particulares system in Cuba is actually pretty simple. It's basically an Airbnb, plus homecooked meals (if you choose). You can stay in accommodations where you have a whole apartment to yourself, where you stay in the room of a home with a host family, or where you stay alone in a private room [...]

How to pick your next travel destination

How to pick your next travel destination

With cheap airfare to destinations all over the world, choosing a travel destination is harder than ever. You really can go almost anywhere (which is a great problem to have) but then where should you start?

The truth is, a quiz really can't tell you where you should go. And neither can your friends and family.

I really, truly believe that, deep down, you know exactly where you want to go. And in this post, my goal is to help you realize exactly where that is.

42 ways to live minimally and save money so you can travel more

42 ways to live minimally and save money so you can travel more

There are lots of ways you can save money both while you're traveling and while you're home. You just have to know where to look. As you would probably expect, saving money means giving a lot of things up. But, as lots of experienced travelers know, it's also really liberating. What's so cool to me is that many of these tips for saving money to travel coincide with minimalism and eco-friendliness—life practices many of us travelers also truly, deeply value.