So where to go....
From my earlier plans, I knew airfare to Europe, Africa or Asia was fairly high. Usually when I priced it, they ran anywhere from 1200 to 2000 dollars. I eventually found ways to bring that price down. We will talk about that later. The Caribbean was more easily in reach. Lots of islands could be reached with a flight in the 500 dollar or less range. Plus there was a new island, just coming into play for the casual visitor. Cuba.
Now full disclosure, at the time of this writing, Cuba is still not open to American tourists for the most part. Obama made great strides, and after the death of Fidel Castro, the walls fell quickly. Obama's second term came to an end, and Hillary Clinton, the candidate most likely to follow in his path lost the election. Republicans, and indeed most democrats have never been too eager to normalize relations with Cuba. Old grudges die hard.
But Cuba was my goal, in spite of, and because of the uncertainty of Trump's plans for Cuba. There's a way in now, but who knows how long that will last. At the present Trump seems to have higher priorities than Cuba. Honestly it's probably a good thing. There is currently a bill in Congress to drop all travel restrictions to Cuba, but I don't have much hope it will pass.
But there is an opening now, and I plan to exploit it if possible. More on that next post.
So Cuba is my goal. Flights are reasonable from my home base on the Alabama Gulf Coast. I can fly out of either Pensacola, Florida or Mobile, Alabama. Pensacola is usually cheaper but it does vary. By booking a few months in advance, I hope to snag a flight under 500 dollars. That's my goal anyway, and I think it's reasonable.
To be continued in “Legally getting to Cuba”