The other day my Mom and I were talking about our travel bucket lists. She has been so many different places – from a sunny trip to Rio de Janiero to a month-long adventure across China. But she did much of her traveling in a very different time; when the worst thing that could happen was a stolen wallet and you had to have money wired from your folks. The chance of serious danger or injury in many of her favorite and most daring destinations were nil. But as I’ve really started my travels, she has always been very nervous about where I’ve talked about going, such as Istanbul, India and different areas of Africa.
However on Sunday, she had a different tune to sing.
“After what’s been going on here I’m becoming more adventurous,” she said as we were walking downtown, “no where can be worse than here.”
Obviously she is exaggerating. We live in a very nice area of Massachusetts where our biggest complaint is how late the family down the street allows their kids to play basketball in their yard. What she means is with the current political climate in the U.S., it’s time to stop being afraid.
Now she isn’t exactly planning a trip to Syria, but she has mentioned her dream of going to Cuba, a place I have wanted to visit since Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (don’t judge, the dancing and a young Diego Luna were very enticing in the early 2000s). So today we started planning our dream family trip to Cuba.
And it seems like it isn’t a minute too soon. Not a half an hour after our discussion did I get an email from Travel + Leisure, urging travelers to get to Cuba while you can because the current White House administration is considering ending President Obama’s deal that allows travel to our southern neighbor. The announcement is supposed to be made today regarding the agreement.
Now, I don’t like to get political here, but I am already sick and tired of what is going on in Washington. So on top of the right wing threatening my reproductive rights, our freedom of speech and access to health care, now we’re being told where we can and cannot visit. It’s all getting so ridiculous!
But back to my real reason for writing: traveling to Cuba. I am turning to all of you who have been. What are the sights to see? What’s the best way to get around? I totally want to rent one of those amazing vintage cars – preferably in cherry red. Are airbnbs a safe bet? What’s the wifi situation? What do we watch out for? Any and all advice will be gratefully accepted!