2018 Guide to Havana’s Best Nightlife, Art Scene, Restaurants, & More

I first began traveling to Cuba in late 2015. Like many others, I’d been intrigued by the elusive island for years. Upon finally stepping foot on Cuban soil, I was captivated. The island embraced me with open arms and squeezed me tightly. Two months later, I was back. I had to see more. I “hitchhiked” from…

Quick Summary of What’s Happening in Myanmar: Who Are The Rohingya? And More

Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is a country of 55 million people, uniquely situated between India, Bangladesh, Laos, China, and Thailand. Due to its unique location, this captivating country is home to various ethnicities, religions, and languages. Although not-so-well-known, Myanmar has recently been frequenting the front pages due to what experts have determined to be…

Ten Common Misconceptions About Me, A Dominican American Abroad

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“I wish I had your perfect life.” An Instagram user sent me this message recently. It isn’t the first time someone has sent me some variation of that message this week. These, coupled with the growing accumulation of other questions and comments from readers and Instagram followers has motivated me to finally clear up a few…

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…

7 Days in Morocco Highlights: Marrakech, Ouarzazate, Zagora & Sahara Desert

Traveling through Morocco was a journey of pure enchantment. Morocco was red, alive, spicy, French, Spanish, Arabic, and bursting in rich history and deep culture. The Moroccans were gregarious people, especially when they found out we were Americans. It was refreshingly nice to hear “Welcome to our country” with a friendly smile — a rarity…

Costa Rica’s Best Hidden Gems & Unique Places to Visit

Costa Rica is a mélange of soaring mountains, volcanoes, beaches, jungles, waterfalls, hot springs– you name it. Every corner of Costa Rica’s diverse topography is beaming with natural treasures and hidden gems. There is something for everyone. For this New Yorker, it is a lush respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. A…

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…