Cuba has been on the top top top of my list for travels for as long as I can remember. There’s so many drawing factors – the time travel-y feel as the country is basically frozen in the 1960s, the stunning landscapes, the kind hearted, wonderful locals… and the mojitos, obvs. 😉
There’s an amazing company called Surf Yoga Beer based out of New York, created by Mantas Zvintas, that specializes in fitness retreats around the world – but they’re not your usual kind of detox/yoga/massage/juice cleanse kind of retreat (which are great in their own way). SYB focuses on adventuring and truly living to the absolute fullest on these retreats, combining daily fitness with massive amounts of daytime exploring and incredible nights out drinking and dancing. I mean, damn, our days were jam packed and we all slept probably only 4 hours a night but it was the best long weekend in Cuba I could imagine! I’ve been on the email list for a long time, but my schedule hadn’t allowed me to take any retreats with SYB… until I got the email about Cuba for end of March. I booked it the moment I saw it. #noragrets
Traveling to Cuba for us Americans only became possible on direct flights very recently, and I had been considering just going on my own because I had been dying to go for so long. It was such a relief at the time to get the email about the SYB trip to Cuba, because I wasn’t completely sold on doing it alone. I love solo travel but sometimes I prefer being with a group/guide – not on a slow, guided tour that drives me a little crazy, but a group adventure and/or a learning experience.
Going forward though, now that I’ve been, I would totally go back to Cuba on my own. Seriously the people are some of the loveliest locals ever, and even though there’s hardly any wifi capability, it is totally do-able on your own! But going for the first time with such an awesome group of people – and now all new NYC friends – was an unforgettable experience 🙂 So! Lets get to it… Read More »