Category Archives: CULTURE

Announcing Sun & Stilettos Trips: Custom-Crafted Cultural Tours to the Caribbean

If you are on my mailing list, you’ve already received this thrilling piece of news.

 

I am excited to announce the first Sun & Stilettos custom-crafted, cultural trip to the Caribbean: Discovering The Dominican Republic, March 4-11, 2017. When I first sent a newsletter update yesterday, there were 10 spots available on this women-only tour kicking off in six months. Now there are 9!

 

Registration now continues on a first-come, first-served basis–don’t miss out on your spot, and consider this ultimate cultural adventure you can take with a friend or family member.

 

This dream of creating my own custom-crafted, culture trips to my favorite region in the world–the Caribbean–was born in 2009, while I was in Jamaica working remotely with a creative coach. She was the first to have the vision for me and planted the seed. Seven years later, I feel 100% confident in my niche–showing others the kind of Caribbean few get to see or know how to find, from my years of living, working, and traveling in the region. And putting your travel dollars where it counts, as much as possible.


 

I hope you enjoy the new website for Sun & Stilettos Trips. Read about how my tours differ from other offerings to the Caribbean. You’ll also find all the details about the first trip to the Dominican Republic, from the draft itinerary to pricing and how to register and save your spot.

 

And to thank you for your support, here’s the offer for my blog readers and social media friends:  the next 4 people who sign up for the trip (with a deposit) will receive $50 discount and a free copy of my brand new Moon Dominican Republic travel guidebook, releasing in November 2016.

 

Please feel free share the above flyer/image and the SunandStilettosTrips website with your circles, and thanks in advance for your support.  Be sure to check out the itinerary on this trip to the Dominican Republic–it’s going to be a really great time!

 

Sunset on Havana’s Malecon & Cuba Notes

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I’ve just returned from an 11-day trip to Cuba. Like most, I’ve wanted to visit that country for as long as I remember–and when the opportunity and window of time presented themselves this month, I leaped. I visited Havana, Trinidad, Vinales, Santa Clara, and Cienfuegos.

This trip was not for a work assignment. It was for my overall knowledge of the Caribbean–it was a missing piece of the puzzle–and to get insight into a tourism hotspot neighboring the DR, that is about to receive a large and steady influx of Americans starting in September.

In sum, Cuba was not anything I expected. I went through a range of about 100 emotions in 11 days, from happiness to sadness, laughter, frustration, and compassion, to name a few. But more importantly, I learned a lot of history during my visit, and a lot about the way of life, thanks to my local guide. It’s a difficult place to grasp even a little, because it’s hard to infiltrate the local life–I imagine it takes longer than most places. I certainly knew I wouldn’t come remotely close in just 11 days. But it was worth the visit, to see and experience it for myself.

In the coming weeks, I’ll share stories and photos from my cultural trip–which I took with an educational tour company.

For now, you can read the first of my Cuba Notes here–a series of short episodes from my trip–about my first night in Havana. Stay tuned for the next piece.

Hasta pronto!