Havana was amazing. A very vibrant atmosphere to fulfill all of your adventure needs. But there are quite a few things that need to be considered. While doing research for my trip, I found it extremely difficult to find specific information. Once you got passed the fluff of the gazillion blogs out there, I was starting to realize the lack of important “need to know” information available. Basically, I REALLY had to dig to find it. Hopefully, me posting what all I found out will make it easier for you.
There’s always this child-like fascination with “forbidden” things. Why is it bad? Why can’t we go? Some of the questions I found myself asking about Cuba since 5th grade social studies. It’s been drilled into our heads that Cuba was a no- go zone. I used to always wonder why, aside from the politics behind it of course. It usually makes something that much more interesting when you tell people its taboo. Which is why I jumped at the chance of buying a ticket to Havana. I had been preparing for this the last few years or so, ever since it was announced that Obama was considering easing the limitations on visiting. I was ready for yet another adventure.The preparation for such a trip was more work than I had ever done for any other trip (more on that in a later post) but it was totally worth it.
Such a world apart from Cancun, and a 30 minute ferry ride. Isla Mujeres or Woman Island, is a teeny, tiny stretch of land in the state of Quintana Roo. It boasts gorgeous sapphire blue seas from the south end of the island, with the calm turquoise waters to the north. Its charm is old-world like, very rustic. The locals are extremely pleasant and you’ll find a handful of ex-pats taking up residence within the neighborhoods. The preferred mode of transportation is by scooter. For exploring, most rent a golf cart. I chose to explore by foot (which I don’t recommend if you are staying at opposite ends of the island. Staying in the middle allowed me to break it up). It was a cloudy day when I arrived, which made it that much more calm and serene.
I enjoyed my slow walk into town, taking in the sights and the light, misty rain.
And then the skies cleared up, and I got to take in the spectacular views of Punta Sur.
You can literally explore the entire island in an hour by golf cart. For that reason, I would definitely recommend a stay here if you intend to do absolutely nothing. Call me crazy, but I kind of liked the fact that it was a dreary day for most of the time I was there. It helped wrap up and wind down a super busy and exhilarating trip. Just the kind of calm I needed to prepare myself for the reality that awaited me at home.
I love, LOVE to travel. The majority of my trips have been in the states, with my first out of the country experience being to Turks and Caicos last summer. It’s addicting. I get the urge about every 3 months. I love the idea of immersing myself into different cultures. The best thing about traveling for me is doing it solo. Yes. Most of the time I travel alone.
The thought of doing things on my own time, without worrying about catering to someone else’ s preferences, is so very liberating. I love to take the roads less traveled. As an introvert by nature, I typically stray away from touristy places. I know what you’re thinking, and none of the places pictured were bustling with tourists when I went. Timing is EVERYTHING (and off-season traveling is WAY cheaper). I like quiet and relaxing. I can go to a bar and party at home. Adding that to my list of things to do would totally defeat the purpose of a vacation, in my opinion. I couldn’t really afford to do the typical road trips and Spring Break excursions that most undergrads did in college ( I worked 2 jobs and took 18 hours every semester). So I have been exploring my adventurous side for the last 3 or 4 years because I can afford to do it now.
The really great thing about traveling is you never know who you may meet. I made some really cool business connections while in Turks and Caicos, danced with a Swedish man and made friends with a model from Chicago by way of Somalia. Good times and many more still to be had.