23 Jul Travel Talk: You Can Still Travel to Cuba Legally, Stopping Overtourism & More
In this week’s Travel Talk segment, we’re taking a look at how you can travel to Cuba legally, how to stop overtourism and more. Read them all below!
You Can Still Legally Travel to Cuba – Here’s How
Recent Trump administration policies — like a ban on cruise ships and the elimination of the group people-to-people visa category — have created some confusion about whether it’s okay for Americans to visit. Back in 2015, Americans began to get a taste of this diversity under President Obama, whose administration relaxed restrictions on travel to Cuba. The island swelled with American tourists and the country was named Travel + Leisure Destination of the Year. Despite political tensions and public confusion, the largest island in the Caribbean remains open for business. For more details on how to legally travel to Cuba, head to the link below.
Colombia’s Buzzing Comeback City
Last year, more than four million foreigners visited the country, up from only 1.3 million a decade ago. And while the cities of Bogota, Cartagena and Medellin top most travellers’ lists, only one in 20 visits Santiago de Cali, or Cali for short, a hot, vibrant, buzzing city of 2.7 million in the valley of the Cauca River in the country’s south. In the 1980s and 1990s, Cali was one of the most dangerous cities in the world – a hotbed of drugs, guns, bombs and violence, where power lay not with corrupt government officials but in the hands of the Rodriguez brothers, founders of the Cali Cartel, one of the most powerful crime syndicates in history. But the Rodríguez brothers are locked away in American prisons and Cali is gentrifying. Crime is still a problem, but has fallen steadily due to data-driven solutions.
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Can Overtourism be Stopped in its Tracks?
Overtourism is fast becoming one of the most hotly debated issues in the modern age of travel. Thanks to cheaper air fares, rising incomes and social media’s ability to laser focus attention on specific destinations, more travelers than ever before are descending on places that can no longer cope with their own popularity. In addition, in the past few years, the number of destinations raising the alarm over this has steadily increased. In 2018, the Oxford English Dictionary made “overtourism,” one of its words of the year. The definition is “an excessive number of visitors heading to famous locations, damaging the environment and having a detrimental impact on resident’s lives.” Head to the link below to read more.
What Rights do Airplane Passengers Have?
Every wondered what rights you have as an airline passenger? Dr. Latisha Rowe was leaving Jamaica on a flight to Miami when an American Airlines employee told her she’d have to cover up — or miss her flight. Rowe, who was wearing a strapless romper and traveling with her 8-year-old son, voiced her frustration with the airline the following day. It’s one of a series of clothing-related incidents that have sparked outrage in recent years, from the United Airlines leggings incident to the Thomas Cook Airlines crew who insisted a woman cover up her crop top. American Airlines responded to an emailed inquiry with their dress code policy, which reads: “Dress appropriately; no bare feet or offensive clothing allowed.” Read more about Dr. Rowe and your own rights as an airline passenger by clicking the link below.
Mobile Passport is the Best-Kept Secret in Air Travel
Although not new, Mobile Passport seems to be under the radar for many Americans traveling internationally. The service gives travelers access to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection express lane, getting you through to baggage claim in minutes. All you have to do is input your passport information, take a selfie and answer the questions. The service is fast, free (unless you want a premium option) and exists thanks to a guy named Hans Miller. Read more about Mobile Passport by clicking the link below.
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