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 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.

Arroz con pollo

Ropa vieja

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.

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Typical cuban dishes you must try while in Cuba

Picadillo

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.

Typical cuban dishes you must try while in Cuba

Ajiaco

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

Ajiaco

Pastelitos

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

Guava bars

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.

Rice pudding

 

 

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.

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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.Cheapest places to travel to in march 2020

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.

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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.Cheapest places to travel to in march 2020

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.

  • Keep in mind that your fears are valid

Being afraid of airplanes is very common, and that’s because it is a valid fear.

Many people are nervous about boarding a large metal machine that travels at high speeds through the sky, so don’t feel embarrassed about your fears.

You’ll find that it’s a lot easier to overcome this fear once you have accepted that you need help.

If you are someone who suffers from flight anxiety, these six tips may help you to overcome your fears so you can start traveling around the world without fear of flying.

  •  Booking the seats on the wing

If the idea of turbulence terrifies you, grab a seat on the wing on the plane. It’s said to be the most stable part of the plane and you’ll feel the turbulence a lot less than in the back.

  • Tune In

Listen to music. It will help filter out the plane noises you may find anxiety-producing. You can also try noise cancelling headphones for the moments all devices are to be turned off.

  • Remember you’re not alone.

Flying fears are common. You’re not crazy, you’re not a coward, you’re not a lesser traveler, and you’re not stupid. You are awesome. Keep traveling, and keep kicking flight anxiety’s butt.

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  • Keep distracted

To force yourself to not think about gory details of the possibility of flights failing, keep yourself distracted with puzzles, apps on your phone, or by talking to your flight neighbors.

You’ll find that it’s a lot easier to keep yourself from panic attacks when you’re playing candy crush or learning more about a stranger’s life. If you let your seat partner know ahead of time that you’re afraid of flying, they may even go out of their way to try to distract you during some of the more scary parts of airplane travel.

 

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!

 

Chefchaouen, arguably one of the prettiest towns in Morocco. Featured all over Instagram, the artsy blue-washed village feels as if you’ve been transported into a new world the minute you arrive.

Nicknamed “The Blue Pearl,” the village was founded in 1471 by Jews and Moors who were fleeing from Spain. There are many different theories as to why it’s blue. Some say it was painted by the Jews who settled there after escaping Europe in the 1930s, while others say it keeps the mosquitos away.

Did You Know Roughly 60 percent of Bermudians have African ancestry; many are descendants of enslaved persons from the West Indies and West Africa brought here during the 18th Century.

Not too long ago, Bermuda tourism officials announced an ambitious goal of doubling the number of black travelers to the island by 2025.

The announcement by tourism officials was publicized after a report revealed that African-American spent nearly $63 billion on tourism in 2018.

Throughout history, Africa has been poorly understood by Europe, and today the continent  is still subjected to a plethora of misconceptions from outside onlookers, particularly the private media.

Below, we take on some of the most prolific Africa misconceptions, from poverty and aid, to ancient history and apartheid.

  • It is Always Hot in Africa

Yes, the Sahara Desert is in Africa and it makes up about one-third of Africa’s landmass. This fact leads many people to think that the majority of Africa is sweltering hot and vast, open land of emptiness. The truth, however, is that deserts aren’t necessarily hot all the time and much of Africa is not a desert.

The northern part of Africa where the Sahara is located is called Northern Africa, and everything south of that is known as Sub-Saharan Africa.

Here are a few facts about Africa’s climate:

  •  It Snows in Africa. There are ski resorts in Morocco and quite a few other African countries. Africa’s high elevations experience snowfall, even those locations close to the equator. Locations in South Africa experience below-freezing temperatures throughout the winter.
  •  The Largest Vegetation Zone in Africa is Savanna. People commonly mistake Africa as one gigantic desert. The truth is that Africa contains deserts, rainforests, mountains and savannas. A savanna is a grassy plain with only a few trees, and it’s often found in tropical and subtropical regions. Many people accurately describe the African savanna as rolling grassland dotted with trees.
  • The Temperature Variation is Vast. Africa is large, therefore it’s difficult to make any generalizations about the continent as a whole. There are, of course, changes in seasons and many different countries with different elevations. This makes it difficult to provide an average temperature. Asking for an average temperature in Africa would be like asking for the average temperature for North America and half of South America, combined.
  • Africa is a country

One of the most common misconceptions is that Africa is one large country. Africa is a continent made up of 54 countries, with each country different from the other in terms of political, social and economic structures. For instance, in political spheres, some African countries have heads of states who are kings. The monarchies of Africa include Morocco, Lesotho, and Swaziland. Some African governments are headed by a Prime Minister while others by a President. The 54 countries are all diverse and unique in their own way, and it is a miscue to think of them as one large country.

  • Africans Speak African

If you have travelled overseas from the continent, there is a likelihood that you have met someone who has asked you to teach them to speak ‘African.’ The continent is a stronghold for diversity, and with this comes thousands of different languages spoken within it. It is estimated that there are over 2,000 languages spoken in Africa, with some countries like Nigeria having over 200 languages spoken by different ethnic groups. However, it is important to note that there are some languages that are spoken across many countries; for instance, Swahili in East Africa, Zulu in Southern Africa, among others, but this does not translate to ‘African’ language.

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  • All Africans Live in Huts

There is a common misconception that all African people live in grass-thatched huts made of mud and dung. It is true that mud huts are one of the most common forms of housing in rural areas on the continent, but it would not be fair for us not to mention the rapidly growing urban centers throughout the continent. Many African nations are going through economic growth, which is leading enormous growth in cities with brick and stone houses, clean tap water, internet connectivity, and electricity, as well as other basic necessities that are accessible to residents in some of the world’s best cities. The skyline of most African cities is nothing short of beautifully architecturally designed skyscrapers that have become a source of pride for their home countries.

  • It is Unsafe to Visit Africa

Negative associations and common misconceptions about Africa lead many people to falsely believe that all of Africa is unsafe to visit. Though there are parts of Africa that may not be recommended for foreigners to travel, that is not reflective of the continent as a whole.

Global news tends to focus on the negative, so many people around the world only hear of the wars, disease, and poverty that the continent has experienced. The news rarely covers anything about the emerging middle class in Africa countries or the beautiful locations on the continent.

Of course, if you were to visit Africa you would likely avoid certain locations, but there are plenty of perfectly safe locations to visit. The following places in Africa are popular for tourism:

  • Morocco. There are pristine beaches, opportunities for trekking the magnificent landscape, plenty of history, and festivals to be discovered in a Moroccan adventure.
  • South Africa. Cape Town and South Africa are continually named on must-see travel lists due to their rich culture, wildlife and beautiful landscapes.
  •  Senegal. Popular Senegal attractions include Goree Island, Dakar and Pink Lake. The Casamance Region is also popular for dolphin watching and visiting remote beaches.
  • Ghana. With its rich history and diverse wildlife, Ghana is a well-travelled destination for tourists. The locals are known for being some of the friendliest in the world.
  • Tanzania. A view of breathtaking Mount Kilimanjaro is enough to attract most people to Tanzania. But if that’s not enough, there’s also the Serengeti, multicultural food and welcoming locals.

It’s always recommended to take customary precautions when visiting a country that is foreign to you, such as enrolling in a smart traveler program, determining where your embassy is before traveling and getting your immunizations.

  • Lack of Technology

One of the most common ways of slighting or insulting an African on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook is by someone who has never been to the continent retorting, ‘I didn’t know they have internet in Africa,’ or ‘I didn’t know Africans use computers.’ This is derived from the common misconception that has been advanced for decades that the continent lags behind in technological advancement, or worse, that there is no availability of technology on the continent. When it comes to technology, Africa has almost everything the rest of the world does.  Although we may be slightly behind, technology is fast growing on the continent. For instance, Africa is the fastest region when it comes to mobile growth. It is estimated that over 67% of the population on the continent have mobile phones, and 27% have a device that can access the internet. Simply put, 27% of the total population of Africa have mini computers at their disposal! Africa is not only thriving on mobile technology and internet, but also other forms of technology that contributed immensely to the day-to-day life on the continent.

  • All Africans are Dark Skinned

A common stereotype is that all Africans are dark skinned. This is not true. We do have different skin pigments and different shades of black for the different tribes and different regions around the continent. It is also important to note that there are also immigrants from other continents who have come to Africa many generations ago, and their descendants have settled on the continent ever since. A good example is South Africa, which is also called the Rainbow Nation because of the diversity it is known for when it comes to matters of skin color.

Future Development of Africa

Africa is a continent with much to offer the rest of the world, and its entrepreneurial youth are determined to make an impact on society – on both local and global levels. Six of the 10 fastest-growing economies are located in Africa, a fact that serves as a testament to its ambition and potential for further development.

There are also many small, microfinance projects in the works, which help those suffering in poverty learn skills needed to earn a better living. The middle class is ambitious and working toward bridging economic gaps. In fact, 23 of African’s countries are now middle-income level.

Is Africa developing? Yes, it is without a doubt developing. It is happening faster in countries such as Rwanda or Cote D’Ivoire, and happening slower in other countries, such as Somalia. African countries are also maintaining relationships with non-African countries, specifically China. Such relationships are helping many African countries execute large infrastructure projects such as roads and dams.

As African countries continue to develop and work with other countries around the world, it’s vital to understand cultural differences. Here are a few tips to consider:

  • Remember that Africa is a vast, culturally diverse continent. Standard greetings – and of course languages – will be different depending on the area. Learn an appropriate greeting before conducting business.
  •  Research cultural norms and expectations before you visit Africa or conduct business communications with someone from Africa. There isn’t one right way to interact with someone from Africa. Be sure to do your research so you present yourself in a professional and respectful manner.
  •  Know appropriate business card etiquette. In South Africa, standard business card etiquette is appropriate. The general rules apply – treat the card with respect, tuck it away, preferably not in a pocket, and add a comment to it if necessary.
  • Understand that business is driven by relationships. Generally speaking, business relationships in Africa are driven by relationships more so than transactions – just another reason to communicate well.

 

 

 

 

Why Visit Tanzania? It is a country of natural splendour, astounding wildlife, seductive beaches, charming ancient towns, archaeological sites and geological wonders.

Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, rises from lush, grassy plains and towers over the land. Its snow-capped peak is a sight to behold. Climbing Kilimanjaro is surprisingly easy and standing on the roof of Africa is a life-changing experience. The ideal bush and beach destination, visitors can witness the mighty herds of the Great Migration thundering across the Serengeti plains and end their unforgettable safari with a serene beach holiday on Zanzibar, the intoxicatingly beautiful and exotic Spice Island.

Tulum is one of the hottest destinations right now… and rightly so! It’s easy to get to and is bursting with things see, delicious food to sample, and unique places to stay. Located on Mexico’s beautiful Yucatán Peninsula, Tulum really is a wonderful place to vacation.

In this blog post, we will be sharing everything you need to know for planning a trip to Tulum, including where to stay and eat, what to see and photograph and how to get around.

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Tulum, Mexico