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Hello.
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Today we are going to talk about Cuba
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because of all of my videos about my travels to Cuba
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I have gotten so many questions.
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The best thing that I could do is just make a video addressing
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some of the more common questions that I get
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and hopefully I can provide you with some answers.
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So here are some tips for traveling to Cuba.
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Money, this is one of the biggest questions
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The biggest?
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That’s weird.
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This is one of the most common questions that I get, which is
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how much money should I bring?
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My answer to this question is anywhere between eight hundred US dollars
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to fifteen hundred dollars per week.
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The thing about Cuba is that over there they don’t have Apple pay
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they don’t have credit cards
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they don’t have any of these digital commodities to pay with
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so you have to bring cash
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and that is very important
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because I’ve actually found a couple people who have gone to Cuba
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and had no knowledge of this
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and had only brought a very small amount.
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So, you have to budget the money that you are going to take to Cuba
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and take it with you.
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Don’t rely on your credit cards
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because you’re not going to have access to it.
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The 800 to 1500 dollar range that I just gave
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is pretty much on the low end
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if you’re staying in Casaparticulares
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or in Airbnbs
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and not if you are staying at hotels
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that would probably be more in the $1,500 range or more.
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But you can find pretty cheap accommodations for as low as maybe $30 a night.
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Staying in a hotel is obviously going to be a whole lot more expensive
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and of course this is also taking into consideration the food that you eat
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some places you can get very cheap food
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and in others, like if you go to the more fancy, Paladares
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then that is more gourmet food
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and you are going to be spending a little bit of money, more money.
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But over all the money that you’re going to want to bring
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is anywhere between 800 to $1,500 per week
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if you would like a little bit more information about budgeting
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then you should definitely check out my friend’s video, potato jet
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he made a video all about budgeting
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and documented his expenses while he was staying in Havana
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so you should definitely check that out, I’ll put a link in the description
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if that’s something that you are interested in.
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Speaking of accommodations
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I get asked this question a lot which is
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Are Casaparticulares reliable? Are they safe?
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Is it okay to stay there
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and although I did not stay at Casaparticular when I went to Cuba
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I stayed at an Airbnb.
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I do have a lot of friends
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and people that I know who have stayed at these Casaparticulares
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and they are extremely safe
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and they are extremely reliable.
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You do have to remember that these are people who live in Cuba
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and are giving up a part of their home for you to stay in
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and when you do that you have to realize
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that they are going out of their way to provide you
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with the best accommodation that they can
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with the limited resources available.
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So if the breakfast is not the breakfast
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that you are usually accustomed to when staying at a hotel
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or even a motel
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please keep that in mind
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and try not to complain
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because most of the time these people do not have a lot of resources
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and they just want you to be the most comfortable
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and have the best possible time
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while you are staying at their home.
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How to get around Cuba?
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A lot of people have asked me if the public transportation is okay to use
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and I did not use the public transportation at all
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and the reason is because I have heard and I have witnessed
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that the public transportation is not reliable.
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The public transportation like the buses do not really follow a strict schedule
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so even though you think that you are going to go get a bus at a specific time and day
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that bus might not be there
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or her might appear two hours later
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and the thing about the buses
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is that you actually have to reserve your spot for buying a ticket the day before
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and it’s just it’s very complicated.
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Definitely research that, plan that.
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That would not be my recommendation for getting around in Cuba.
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I would say that the best way to get around in Cuba
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is to look for a private driver.
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This is something that you can actually look for using Trip Advisor
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and what you should do is find a private driver
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and coordinate with that driver how much it’s going to cost you
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how many hours a day you’re going to need him
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how many days you’re going to need the driver
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and just be sure that you have that all planned out before your trip.
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Getting a driver is probably the most affordable
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and the most reliable way to get around Cuba
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and these drivers even for a little bit more money
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are able to take you to different towns
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if you plan it accordingly
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and it’s just probably the best way to go around Cuba.
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On that note I would not recommend for you to rent a car
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because the roads most of the roads on Cuba are not paved
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and have a lot of holes
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and there’s not a lot of up keep going on there
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even if you are a very experienced driver
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I would say that it might be dangerous
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it might be difficult for you to get around.
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If you aren’t familiar with the area
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you might not know that any specific path is actually a road
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because like I said there are a lot of unpaved roads.
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It’s best to just get a private driver
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and have someone who knows exactly how to get around.
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Is it safe in Cuba?
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The answer is 100% yes.
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You can really go around town and not have any issues really.
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The only thing that I have heard of
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and I have not have had an experience with this
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but a few of my friends have mentioned
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that they have experienced pick pocketing while in Cuba.
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That isn’t something that I witnessed
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but I have heard it a few times
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and even from one of my friends who got pickpocketed.
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He said that the pickpocketer was very awkward
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and like apologized afterwards
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because he caught him like grabbing his phone, I think it was.
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Of course with any place
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I would recommend to not go down
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any road that you are unfamiliar with
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or any dark alleys or anything that looks suspicious.
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Always be on alert wherever you are traveling
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especially as a foreigner
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and if you don’t know the language you might make yourself a target.
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For the most part Cuba is very safe and people are extremely friendly and kind
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and I find that they’re super hospitable and will go out of their way
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to make you feel welcomed on the island.
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Sometimes when you are a tourist in a new city
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and foreigner
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you can be a victim of scams
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and getting knocked off
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and I can say for a fact
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that this is something that is not common at all in Cuba
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I have not witnessed it
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I have not experienced it
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none of my friends or people that I know have experienced it
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it’s just not something that people will do.
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Honestly I think that’s something that you really don’t need to worry about.
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Like with any other country
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if you are going to get a tour or something
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it’s always good to try to negotiate
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and for the most part you might get you know a better deal
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and don’t be afraid to negotiate.
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The Cuban people are very nice
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and I’m sure that you will come to an agreement for a price
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and will not be a ripoff.
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Those are all of the tips that I have for you today.
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Let me know in the comments below
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if you have any other questions about traveling to Cuba
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or anywhere else in the world that you’ve seen me go to.
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I would be more than happy to answer those questions.
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I hope that you enjoyed this video
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and if you would like to see more about Cuba
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then definitely check out my Cuba playlist
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the link in the description
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and if you just want to know the top five things that you should do in Cuba
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then the link to that video will also be in the description below.
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