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Monday, January 10, 2011

Creative travelling to keep costs low - Why not go by bike?

I'm sure there must be a term used for this time of year. Winter is setting in and we are dreaming of getting away from the cold up here in the dirty north. From Canada, Cuba clearly offers the best prices to get away from home, as shown in my last post - 508 bucks for a trip for two to Veradero, Cuba.

The downside to going to Cuba this time of year is the weather could be hit or miss. I looked at the weather this week and it hovers around 22 degrees during the best of times. That's not exactly the ideal beach weather, but it's perfect biking weather.

As a guy who does not own a car, prefers biking over driving, and takes the occasional long distance biking trip, I got to thinking. Why not bike around Cuba?

This couple wrote a book about it: Wallace & Barbara Smith.  After reading their site I bought their book on Amazon. Should  be an interesting read.

Guidebook authors Craig & Kathy Copeland had the same idea and posted this article in Calgary Herald a couple years ago. "The Canadian Embassy claims that about 500,000 Canadians visit Cuba each year. It's not true. Oh, the number's accurate, but the statement's not. Because very few of those Canadians actually visit Cuba...It might be a vacation from Canada, but it hardly qualifies as "visiting Cuba.""

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