If you’re making plans to visit Antigua and Barbuda, put COVID-19 test on your to-do-list.
Other Caribbean nations are also considering “virus-free” certificates as health and tourism ministers weigh the return of stranded nationals and tourists.
Vivienne Okafor is a travel content creator, content strategist and coach. She is a Nigerian-American, a healthcare consultant and an avid traveler. Vivienne loves to explore a variety of destinations and to share all of her travel tips on her blog. In this interview she shares what it’s like to be a travel blogger, what travel will look like post Covid-19 Pandemic and a lot more.
Cuba has some of the best food in the world. A unique blend of African, Spanish, and Caribbean influences. The cuisine of Cuba reflects the island’s rich and dynamic history.
French colonists over from Haiti and enslaved Africans brought their own culinary influences. On an island offering ultra-fresh seafood and sweet fruits straight from the vine, the diverse people of Cuba created flavors all their own.
Let’s dive into Cuban cuisine! Here are the dishes you MUST eat in Cuba.
Arroz con pollo
Chicken and rice is the most common staple in a Cuban household. This one pot dish is similar to Spanish paella. There are many variations of arroz con pollo, but the basics include rice, quartered chicken leg or thighs cooked with sofrito, Bijol seasoning, chicken broth, and beer. Peas and roasted red peppers are also traditionally mixed in.
Considered the national dish of Cuba, ropa vieja literally translates to “old clothes” and comes from Spain. The dish is made with shredded beef that’s slow cooked in a tomato-based sauce with onions, bell peppers, garlic, and cooking wine. It is always served over white rice and accompanied by maduros (sweet plantains) or tostones (fried pressed plantains). A similar dish with a twist is vaca frita, or fried cow, which is a flank steak marinated in mojo and then fried with garlic and salt.
This simple dish is another Cuban classic that’s a perfect weekday meal. It’s ground beef that’s browned with garlic, onions, bell peppers, oregano, bay leaf, and salt. Then, the beef is simmered over low heat with tomato sauce, cooking wine, olives, and raisins. White rice is mixed in once all the flavors combine. The dish comes from Spain, and the name comes from the word picar, which means to chop or mince.
A stew that’s made with a little bit of everything, ajiaco is a recognizable and well-loved Cuban dish. Cooks often throw together what they have on hand to make ajiaco, but common ingredients include corn, sweet potato, malanga, plantains, beef or pork, tomato paste, garlic, onion, and lemon juice
A pastelito is a baked puff pastry filled with something sweet or savory or both. Traditional Cuban fillings include guava and cream cheese, sweet cheese, or ground meat. Like croquetas, pastelitos are usually eaten for breakfast, but can also be a snack
Arroz con lech
Rice pudding, or “rice with milk” is another popular Latin American dessert. But in Cuba, again, evaporated and condensed milk is used, making it a sweeter and richer dish. Lime peel and other traditional ingredients like rice, vanilla, and cinnamon complete a proper Cuban arroz con leche.
By the time March rolls around, most people are ready for their first vacation of the year. You’ve recovered, both financially, and emotionally from the holidays and the weather is finally starting to pick back up. in short, the Ancestors trying to tell you its time to #TreatYoself
March is often the cheapest time to travel numerous destinations all over the world. Airlines and hotels are starting to feel the post-holiday hit and they’re looking to entice people to visit just before the spring break and summer wave of travellers begin.
From France, Guyana, and even Egypt, here are the best places to travel to this March for less than $350 round-trip!
San Juan, Puerto Rico For As Low As $92 Round-Trip
If you’re looking to round up some of your friends for a quick getaway, then San Juan is the perfect destination as there are plenty of
There are round-trip flights to San Juan from the United States for as low as $95. To no surprise, most of these flights under $100 round-trip leave out of Florida.
But one deal you don’t see too often is Philadelphia to San Juan for less than $100 round-trip. Spirit Airlines and Frontier have round-trip flights to San Juan for just $92 round-trip. Use March 10 through March 17 as your travel dates in Skyscanner.
Other Deals To San Juan
Port Au Prince, Haiti For As Low As $180 Round-Trip
There are various flights leaving the United States to Port Au Prince for less than $350 round-trip, including Los Angeles, Dallas, Charlotte, Miami, and Minneapolis, according to Skyscanner.
The cheapest flights leave Fort Lauderdale on March 11 and return March 18 on Spirit Airlines for just $180 round-trip.
Cairo, Egypt For $320 Round-Trip
For this deal, you have to be in New York City. Serbia Airlines have round-trip flights for $320 from March 7 through March 19.
There’s a layover in Serbia’s capital city Belgrade according to Skyscanner.
Georgetown, Guyana For $342 Round-Trip
Located in South America, bordering Brazil and Venezuela is the beautiful country Guyana. We found a rare deal to Georgetown for just $342 round-trip from Florida, according to Skyscanner. There’s a long layover in Panama City but it’s worth the rare deal.
From Fort Lauderdale, use March 18 through March 26 as your travel dates.
From Miami, flights to Guyana are the same price. The only difference is the dates. Use March 17 through March 24 as your travel dates.
Source: Travel Noire
Why Barbados, you ask? Barbados is an eastern Caribbean island outside of the Atlantic hurricane belt (major plus if you’re planning a Caribbean getaway during these months).
The British settled here in the early 1600’s. Although the country has gained independence 50 some years ago, much of its customs are British! Afternoon tea? Yes! Add the many white sandy beaches and rich culture, Barbados is the perfect holiday getaway.
So here is our handy list of my favourite things to do in Barbados that will be super useful for your trip planning
Would you dare swim in natural pool overlooking the edge of one of the world’s most powerful waterfalls? Our team did and lived to tell the story, and it was one of the most surreal, thrilling, exhilarating, and terrifying experiences we have ever had. We can guarantee swimming in the devils pool will be one of the most exhilarating experiences you have ever done.
In this post We’ll put your mind at ease and by the end you’ll be ready to take a leap of faith and explore the Devils pool.
Fear of flying is one of the biggest things that holds people back from seeing the world. Fun fact: Researchers estimate that about 25% of people experience some sort of anxiety when it comes to air travel, while 10% have an actual phobia of flying. The good news? You don’t have to let these fears prevent you from pursuing your desire to study abroad or to travel the world
Ready to take on the world? Check out these tips for conquering your fear of flying because nothing should stand between you and travelling the world this year especially to the Motherland .
- Don’t hide the fear
Many adults feel self-conscious about their fears of boarding an aircraft. This leads to them trying to pretend that everything is okay, but it often makes things worse.
For fearful flyers, it’s usually better to have a support system that understands your fears. You don’t want to go through a whole flight scared and alone. Tell your flight attendant as you’re boarding, and you will likely have an easier flight because you know the crew will be on your side.
- Remember that turbulence is just a bump in the road
Don’t spiral toward fear if you feel a little turbulence during your flight. It’s completely normal for your plane to hit a rough spot, just like your car on bumpy roads.
Simply let your body move with the rhythm of the aircraft, and try not to fight it, as this may make you feel more powerless and afraid.
Once you’ve taken the steps you need to feel comfortable getting on a plane, Skyscanner can help you find the cheapest flights , hotels and car hire.
What tips would you add to the list? Share in the comments!