Please excuse my absence, I’ve been a wee bit busier than expected as of late, buuuuut I want to share some amazing news about a a trip I have been planning. TPC is going to Cuba!!!
Yes, that’s right, another travel bucket list item is in the process of being checked off and with a bonus. Not only am I going, but I’ve been given the opportunity to work with a travel agent and make it a group trip.
The trip to Cuba is two-fold with regard to purpose/intention
- First, I have wanted to visit Cuba for a while; to immerse myself in a culture full of beauty, culture, classic cars, and much more. Last year, two amazing women I follow; CurliNiki & Mr.Kate went to Cuba, this was all while constantly downloading ideas to my business coach about things I wanted to accomplish after reading Big Magic to include a trip to Cuba. I was so excited and immediately came up with the notion that this should be some type of group Influencer Trip and to be honest, I had already had in mind at least 5 people for this trip.
- Second, the inspiration for another project I’m working on (slowly but surely) is creating awesome retreats and trips with purpose for veterans. Cuba is just the beginning; let me tell you, it has been an interesting, time consuming, and exciting process. Especially since I’m on one side of the world and everyone else I need to communicate with is on another. The planning and educational process of it all is what I need to put in perspective what I’m looking to do in the future for my beloved community.
How is this trip possible:
Here’s the deal, Cuba is not open for Americans to just up and go visit, in other words, you have to have a reason to be there other than wanting to frolic on the beaches and party. After doing some research, I found the following links from The Department of State and The U.S. Embassy in Cuba to be extremely helpful in understanding how U.S. Citizens can travel to Cuba. Below are the 12 categories your travel must fall under:
- Family visits
- Official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizations
- Journalistic activity
- Professional research and professional meetings
- Educational activities
- Religious activities
- Public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions, and exhibitions
- Support for the Cuban people
- Humanitarian projects
- Activities of private foundations or research or educational institutes
- Exportation, importation, or transmission of information or informational materials
- Certain authorized export transactions.
With all of that to look into, I started researching companies that provide people-to-people type tours/activities. I found three well recognized companies with a history of approved American travel; InsightCuba, Locally Sourced Cuba, and Discover Cuba all have programs and trips that are approved under the required categories.
This was a lot of information to take in, so a friend put me in contact with a travel agent they knew and the two of us have been working on this since December.
I have also envisioned reaching out to a few Social Media Influencers in Cuba to have a day of exchange as well.
I’m not one in the habit of sharing specific vacation timeframes, but I will tell you, it’ll be nice and warm when we go. We’re still looking for a few interested parties who’d like to seize the opportunity of visiting Cuba; experiencing the culture, the people, and of course willing to write about their experience. If you think you might be interested and would like more information, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll give you the full skinny on the trip (dates, cost, itinerary). I’ll have more to share the closer we get, introducing the group and of course or experiences once we hit the ground.
If you have already been afforded the opportunity to visit Cuba and have insight or advice, comment below or head over to the TPC Facebook page and let’s have a chat.
Take care and be safe out there.