The Ultimate List Of Things To Do In Havana Before It Changes Forever

It is possible to walk between all of the places of interest in Havana, but do you really want to be walking 22 km a day in the midday Caribbean sun?  I would definitely recommend the open top bus tour instead.  This is the first place that I have ever used these tourist busses but in Havana it is the best way to explore.  However, do not just sit on the bus, get off and explore each stop to understand the real Havana.  There are local busses but you need to use local currency (CUP) and it is difficult to work out the routes if you are not fluent in Spanish. Continue reading “The Ultimate List Of Things To Do In Havana Before It Changes Forever”

An Epic Guide To The Ultimate Night Out In: Havana, Cuba

As the birthplace of salsa, it is no surprise that cuban beats pulsate from most bars in Habana Vieja late into the night, attracting phenomenal dancers who will leave you spellbound as you watch them in wonder whilst sipping on your mojito or cuba libre.  Some bars cater more to those who want to just drink and listen, but the music will remain fairly similar.

International acts (albeit often with Cuban or latin american heritage) are more likely to be found in Vedado.  Jazz musicians, in particular, attract big crowds and locals will pay several months salary to see the very best play here. Continue reading “An Epic Guide To The Ultimate Night Out In: Havana, Cuba”

The Insider’s Guide To Accommodation In: Havana, Cuba

Forget the large overpriced hotels, these are often run by the government and are soulless in comparison to the smaller casa particulares.  These family run places are full of Cuban love and the owners have all the best and up to date information on where to eat and what events or gigs are on nearby.  Casas are usually similar to European bed and breakfasts, but can be anything from private apartments used as holiday rentals or a room in a family house. Continue reading “The Insider’s Guide To Accommodation In: Havana, Cuba”

The Best Restaurants In: Havana, Cuba

Traditional Cuban food is simple local ingredients that are cooked fresh with a (usually) light spicing.  It is safe to say that Cuban cuisine has not made it as one of the world’s favourites, but that doesn’t mean that it is not delicious.  Despite this, there is a new food revolution starting in the capital city that is raising traditional dishes to gastronomic levels as Cuban chefs are being trained internationally and returning home to create something special. Continue reading “The Best Restaurants In: Havana, Cuba”

13 Travel Resources You Need To Plan Your Next Adventure

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The Base Trip

This website is just genius.  It pulls together all the information that you could hope to find out about your travel destination in one handy page.  Visa requirements, currency, living costs, crime rates, vaccinations and of the most important thing if you are British; the weather!  This makes planning a trip very easy.  If that wasn’t enough, users can add their own tips or experiences so you can read real life advice from previous travellers.  Ideal!

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6 Things You Need To Know To Make Friends At A Hostel

You have finally braved booking your first solo trip, you made it to the flight on time, found a taxi to take you to your hostel and claimed a bunk in 10 bed mixed dorm.  What now?  

Well lets face it, one of the benefits of travelling solo is that you get to do whatever you want.  No one to demand that you spend the day by the side of the pool when you are longing to go hiking, or want to eat in McDonalds because it is a place they recognise when you want to tuck into the best local street food.  Perfect.  The truth is of course, that it is always great to share life’s experiences and it is easy to feel lonely and isolated when you have been out exploring by yourself all day.  So, how do you go about making friends on holiday? Continue reading “6 Things You Need To Know To Make Friends At A Hostel”

The Ultimate Instagram Tour Of Bristol

The ultimate Instagram tour of Bristol

If you are addicted to Instagram, make the most of your visit to Bristol by following the ultimate Instagram tour of the city to ensure you have loads of great snaps to fill your Instagram feed.

Start with an early morning swim at the Lido, not only will the water in this open aired pool wake you up but will leave you ravenous for one of the on site restaurants beautiful breakfasts.  If you have more time on your hands, come here in the evening for a swim, dinner and cocktails by the pool.

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