My Cuba story was published on The Billfold. Have a gander. I have no idea what that means.
In late 2014, President Obama relaxed restrictions on Americans looking to travel to Cuba. The new rules said, in short, that you should feel free to fly to Cuba if your reason for travel fits one of 12 categories: journalism, education, religious activities, and so on. But if you want to go for a different reason, you would just say you’re going for one of the 12 approved reasons, because the government doesn’t really care enough to check.
However, there are few commercial flights from the United States to Cuba. Charter flights are available, but those are thousands of dollars and sound like something you should take if you’re over 70 or seeking to find yourself after a divorce.
I happen to live in south San Diego, just 10 minutes from Tijuana, Mexico, where you can find any vice imaginable and also daily connecting flights to Havana. My wife and I took the trip to Cuba in early March, for journalism, I guess, although I was tempted to check the “other” box on the travel affidavit and write in, “We’re long overdue for a honeymoon, and a roundtrip ticket to Havana was only $442.” (Read the rest at The Billfold.)
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