Author Archives: Isabelle

The Trump Administration’s Changes to Cuba Travel

A lot of folks have been asking me my opinion on the legal changes to Cuba travel announced in June 2017, by President Trump. I’d been quiet about it for many reasons: 1) I’ve been busy traveling throughout Central Asia since the announcement; 2) The changes were still pending official implementation by the Treasury and Commerce…

Eating Healthy in Cuba, the Country of Scarcity

In Cuba, the country of scarcity, healthy eating takes a back seat in the country’s long list of priorities. Lovers of healthy eating or those with nutritional requirements headed for Cuba may face some hurdles. But with preparation and knowledge, it is possible to eat nutritiously in Cuba. Whether you’re moving long-term or touring for a short period, I will…

Celebrating the Thai New Year – Why I Loved and Hated Songkran

“Make sure you buy the biggest and baddest water gun!” my friend Brian gushed. He’s lived in Thailand for years and was graciously preparing me with tons of travel tips. It turned out I was coincidentally arriving in Chiang Mai the week of Songkran- Thailand’s New Year festival. I didn’t know what it entailed nor…

Morocco Highlights: Marrakech, Ouarzazate, Zagora & Sahara Desert

Morocco was an enchantment. It was red, alive, exotic, spicy, French, Arabic, and bursting in rich history and culture. The Moroccans were gregarious to us each time they found out we were American. It was refreshingly nice to hear “Welcome to our country” with a friendly smile. From the moment we stepped off the plane,…

Costa Rica’s Best Hidden Gems & Places to Visit

Costa Rica is a mélange of soaring mountains, volcanoes, beaches, jungles, waterfalls, hot springs and exotic wildlife. Every corner of Costa Rica’s diverse topography is filled with treasures and hidden gems. There is always something for everyone. As for me? It is a lush respite from my New York City life. A way to re-connect…

Cuban Class System: Who is Rich in Cuba?

Fidel Castro’s vision for post-revolution Cuba was an independent nation without classism. He preached for a Cuba where everyone has access to education, healthcare, and basic necessities. These intentions enthralled some folks, while others (most of the affluent class) fearfully fled in massive waves. While Castro did succeed in some aspects–Cuba has one of the highest literacy rates…

Ten Things to Know Before Traveling to Vietnam

Peaceful, bustling, and utterly enchanting, Vietnam is a special country uniquely influenced by its recent history. Today, it is left with the remnants of a special fusion: ageless border disputes between it’s neighboring countries and struggles to overcome French colonization well into the 20th century followed by two decades of war and invasion by the United States. Learning at least…