Update: Travel To Cuba Restrictions

A bubblegum pink vintage car is parked on a side street in Havana, Cuba. The Cuban flag is flying behind it.

Dear American Travellers, A few weeks ago we wrote a blog post alerting you to new Cuba travel restrictions Americans would likely face in the future. Well, the US Office of Public Affairs just released an official statement clarifying the restrictions will begin taking effect June 5, 2019.

The good news: all of Out Adventures’ upcoming gay Cuba tours are unaffected! But that’s not say travel to Cuba hasn’t gotten trickier. Read on for the most important takeaways from the announcement.

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Just The Facts: The Canadian Apology

The Great Canadian Apology

Though we reside right next to the United States, the Canadian conscience tends to be less individualistic and more concerned with keeping the peace. Many think it has to do with our awkward, introverted British roots. So while an American would never deign to apologize for something that wasn’t their fault (yes, we’re generalizing here), Canadians clamour over each other to be the most contrite. As Out Adventures prepares to lead a group of gays on a journey from Calgary to Vancouver through the Rocky Mountains, let’s look at how the Canadian apology impacts our home and native land.

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Beyond Havana: 3 Other Cuban Cities Gay Travellers Should Visit.

Cuba, Gay, Travel

The allure of Cuba is as thick as cigar musk and as strong as a double rum on the rocks. But despite the world’s fascination with the Pearl of Antilles, the average gay traveller couldn’t name a city beyond Havana. If you fall into said category, we’re here to help!

Read on for three must-see UNESCO World Heritage Cities every gay traveller should scribble into their Cuban itinerary.

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10 Reasons Americans Should Join Us in Cuba, According to this Gay Canadian

Gay, Travel, Havana, Cuba

“If it’s so difficult for Americans to get to Cuba, why bother?” I asked my new travel companion. We’d just met as part of Out Adventures’ Cultural Cuba gay tour.

“Well, it’s kind of like forbidden fruit.”

His answer hit me harder than a double Havana Club on the rocks; the allure of Cuba — despite Trump’s hardened stance on US-Cuba relations, the “sonic attacks”, the hurricanes etc. — is the mystery surrounding the flamboyant destination. The thrill of going somewhere you were told you couldn’t.

As a Canadian who’s enjoyed the splendours of Cuba countless times, here are my top ten reasons Americans should visit this unique destination — despite the hoops they need to jump through. Continue reading “10 Reasons Americans Should Join Us in Cuba, According to this Gay Canadian”

Gay Guide: Vancouver

Locally — and lovingly — it’s known as Lotusland. It’s the gateway to Whistler, and the crown jewel of British Columbia. It’s also where we wrap up our Canada: The Rockies and Vancouver tour, just in time for Pride. To help you relish your time there, we’ve put together a debrief regarding the west-coast wonder. Continue reading “Gay Guide: Vancouver”

Get to know your Rockies & Vancouver tour host: me!

by Lino DiNallo

Though best known as our *cough* humble scribe, Staff Writer Lino DiNallo (read: me) will lead his first esteemed group of homosexualists through the Rockies, Okanagan, and Vancouver (the city he calls home). Learn more about hitting the road with him in this handy Q&A. Continue reading “Get to know your Rockies & Vancouver tour host: me!”

Roaming with Rob: Toronto

In a very special edition of Roaming with Rob, our fearless leader offers his tips on how to best enjoy one of the gayest cities in the world and Out Adventures’ homebase, Toronto. We’ll spend two full days in Toronto before heading to The Hamptons of the North on our Big Gay Cottage Getaway tour this coming July.

Scroll down for all of Rob’s recommendations, including a few tips he couldn’t fit into the video

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