I am also on the Cuba trip in Jan. I have never been to cuba so I can't be much help with advice, but friends who have been there before say to take a lot of bug spray, especially out in the evening. The food is also supposed to be more expensive than you would expect.
Have you been on a trip with exodus before?
I am also on this trip but have neither been on a trip to Cuba or with Exodus before. I have heard that sand flies after 4pm are a problem.
One concern is money, not keen on taking all my cash with me for safety reasons (i.e. carry it round all the time) but not sure there is an alternative due to lack of banks.
Also heard your not allowed to take internet enabled phones with you, is this true? My phone is internet enabled but will need it prior to departure and on return!
I don't think there is a lot of options regarding the money situation. I would not want to rely on trying to find a bank once we leave Havana.
I don't believe there is a problem with mobile phones. It is more of an issue with GPS equipment. Fom what I have read you are allowed to take mobile phones with GPS as long as they are for personal use. If you have more than one they may ask you to explain why. You are not allowed to take stand alone GPS devices or walkie talkies for some reason without a prior permit. If you are concerned maybe contact exodus I am sure they will know if there have been problems before.
I'm thinking about doing this trip and joining you in Jan but I'm not sure, so any comments would be welcome to help me decide. One of my friends has been there and loved it.
Hi, I'm also on this trip and really looking forward to it! A friend of mine went to Cuba a few weeks ago and she also advised that cash is definitely the best option. She didn't say anything about phones, but i can double check with her and let you know.
Are you all London based or do you have to take regional flights? I have to get the flight from Aberdeen first, but travelling down the day before to allow for any issues with snow.
Hi - I am doing the Cuba La Isla Grande leaving on the same date. No doubt will see you all at the airport as we will probably all go out on the same plane.
I've done quite a few Exodus trips and have enjoyed them all.
Hi, I found the trip notes really useful, they give you a good overview of the costs of the optional excursions and also how much you might spend on food, drinks, etc. Hope that's useful
I am coming from the Bristol area. Also travelling up the day before so I don'thave to worry about getting delayed. I managed to get a room at the Premier Inn Gatwick Royal Manor for £30.
The trip notes are a good indication of how much money you will need for basics. I was planning to take around £500, maybe a tad more just in case. I am hoping it will be possible to change it gradually though so I don't get left with a load of Cuban money at the end. Remember there is a departure tax (25) so you might want to keep that seperate so you don't spend it by accident as well as the tip for the guide (30). Thats 50 pounds already, so I think its best to take more than you plan to spend to be on the safe side.
I'm coming down from Colchester on the day of the flight weather pending.
Looking forward to it as another friend said I would enjoy it.
Money wise, I will stay with the advice in the trip notes and read up on various sources like the Rough Guide to give an indication of costs. However typically on a trip like this, I budget about £20 a day for food.
See you soon.
Your right you can't get Cuban currency outside of Cuba. Either take Sterling or Euros to change when we get there.
This will be my first trip with Exodus, getting excited now that Christmas is out of the way..:-)
I will be travelling from Glasgow the evening before and staying in a Premier Inn at the airport.
Look forward to meeting you all - don't laugh at my salsa moves!
Hi Britta, I have a table booked at the resteraunt at the hotel (probably a beefeater as its priemier inn) for 7:00 if you wanted to meet up for a quick bite to eat. Anyone else in the area is also more than welcome.
Hi Claire, that sounds good, will see you there at 7pm. Have a good trip to London.
Lovely, 4 days to go !!
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