Friday, August 21, 2015

Traveling to Cuba (and feeling less guilty about it)

Many Cuban Americans who grew up in South Florida remember hearing their parents and grandparents rhapsodize about Cuba. How the water was bluer, the sand softer, the mangoes sweeter.

Some of these Cuban Americans have dreamed of visiting the island but they felt conflicted about it. They didn't want to upset their families who may have worked in labor camps to flee the communist government. And they don't want to appear to be supporting the system by spending money there as a tourist.

So for Cuban-Americans or American travelers in general who want to travel to the island nation but not feel bad about it, how do you go about this?

I wrote a guide, a list of travel tips to Cuba for my paper, the Sun Sentinel. There are things one can do that can directly benefit the everyday Cuban workers and entrepreneurs.