Amanda | LVV Travel

Amanda is an Aussie backpacker who loves adventure, waterfalls and everything outdoors. Together with her husband, Daniel, they have been travelling the world for over two years and run LVV Travel. They share travel and backpacking guides and aim to help backpackers travel adventurously and sustainably.

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  1. ansh997x
    22 Oct 2017 @ 9:10 pm

    These pics transferred me to the place. I always imagined Cuba as one of those places they show in noir movies.

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  2. Traveling Dreads
    11 Nov 2016 @ 11:10 am

    I’m glad you got your page up again. I really enjoyed this post about Cuba, a place I’ve always wanted to go. Some very valuable information! I’ll definitely heed your warnings when I plan my trip there. Thanks! And great pics!!

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  3. worldinsidemypocket
    10 Nov 2016 @ 8:48 pm

    Really love all these tips, actually really specific and helpful over than some pretty vague lists that you see. Haha, I know what you mean about the people always asking for money (thought not to that extent ahha, can i have a photo… now pay for it… whaaat?) Sounds like a crazy and beautiful country.

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  4. Diana Chen
    10 Nov 2016 @ 3:21 pm

    Pinned this for future reference. Great tips – I’m really hoping to visit Cuba next summer. It’s always been an out of reach place for Americans until recently, and I’d love to visit before it gets oversaturated with American tourists. Thanks for the tips about the casa particulars – I will probably go that route instead of hotels, so those are great things to know. If I only have 4-5 days there total, which places would you recommend visiting? Thanks!

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    • La Vida Viva Travel
      10 Nov 2016 @ 9:34 pm

      Hi Diana, thanks! I’d suggest just going to Havana and Viñales. Viñales is a super small town where you can do a tour on horseback (we paid 12CUC) through the tobacco plantations, coffee farms and sugar cane fields. It’s a great way to see the countryside and learn about the production side of cigars and coffee (free samples too). I think this is a nice mix of city and country. There’s also a hop on/hop off bus tour that drives around the area for 5CUC. Definitely stay in a casa, it’s a great experience and much cheaper than hotels.

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  5. carlywayward
    10 Nov 2016 @ 3:05 pm

    I want to go to Cuba so badly! Especially since Trump was elected, I’m very concerned that he’s going to mess up the tentative thing we’ve got going with Cuba!! This was a great article!

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    • La Vida Viva Travel
      10 Nov 2016 @ 9:30 pm

      I don’t think you have to worry so much 🙂 If you fly through Mexico, you just pick up a visa at the airport and won’t have any issues coming in and out of Cuba. I was surprised with the amount of tourists from the US in Cuba because of how taboo it’s made out to be.

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  6. Flo @ Yoga, Wine & Travel
    10 Nov 2016 @ 2:08 pm

    I am absolutely DYING to visit Cuba so thank you for sharing these super practical and helpful tips! Which places in Cuba would you recommend visiting and in which order?

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    • La Vida Viva Travel
      10 Nov 2016 @ 9:28 pm

      It really depends on how much time you have and what you’re interested in doing. You’re flying into Havana so of course, that’s a must. Some people say that you can spend over a week here and though I agree, I like branching out to at least one other place. Personally, my fave was Trinidad – it has a mixture of city, beach and nature activities. If you have under a week, I’d go to Havana and then Viñales. If you have over a week, then I’d suggest Havana, Viñales then Trinidad before heading back to Havana for your flight home. This because there is a bus that goes from Viñales to Trinidad but not the other way around. Hope that helps!

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  7. The Travel Captain
    10 Nov 2016 @ 9:39 am

    Great tips for Cuba, especially about conversions and getting penalized with USD. so useful as its a high priority on the bucket list. P.S. your photos are awesome.

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  8. Jess
    10 Nov 2016 @ 9:20 am

    I love Cuba, I was there back in 2007 and it was the beginning of 7 months overseas and my first solo travel adventure. As a naive 21 year old I booked a tour and so glad I did. It’s one of the few organised multi-day tours I’ve ever done but looking at what you’ve just written and what I saw when I was there I’m so glad I did. Definitely a destination for some advance planning!

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  9. Hrakaridi
    10 Nov 2016 @ 9:14 am

    Perfect tips! Thanks for sharing! i love your pictures. Cuba is on my bucket list… i save these travel tips for sure 🙂

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  10. thischicafrican
    10 Nov 2016 @ 9:07 am

    I love your pictures. Thanks for the heads up on bringing cash. I don’t know about not trying to fit too much into my schedule. I really need to work on this. We’re going to Cuba mid next year and this post just came in the right time.

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    • La Vida Viva Travel
      10 Nov 2016 @ 9:19 pm

      Thank you and glad it helped! Things just happen at a slower pace there so you’ll enjoy yourself more if you embrace the pace and go slow 😉

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  11. Claire
    10 Nov 2016 @ 12:53 am

    I totally agree with this, I just got back from a trip to Cuba and really didn’t enjoy it as much as I’d hoped! I found it expensive (except the food) and quite stressful. But it is still a beautiful country, and I think if I went back I’d be much more prepared! Great tips for the first timer 🙂

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    • La Vida Viva Travel
      10 Nov 2016 @ 9:18 pm

      Totally second you on the stressful part and being more prepared…waaaay more prepared for next time!

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