Tag Archives: Cuba

Two Travel Links To Help You Explore The World

My recent post on travel to Cuba has made me aware of the great interest that retired people, and people of all ages, have in exploring the world. I also think the idea of travel to Cuba, after the decades-long estrangement of the U.S. and Cuba, is an unexpected and breathtaking prospect.

One of the ways a blog can serve readers is by supplying links to other sites on the Web, particularly other blogs that contain valuable information. The blogosphere has grown into a vast storehouse of content — valuable information, stories, and art of all kinds. However, blogs can be difficult to access in this ocean of information.

Search engines, invaluable as they are for indexing the Web, are really of little practical use in unearthing information hidden in countless obscure and unsung blogs. As a practical matter, most researchers and casual users are limited to the first page or two of results turned up by a search engine. Most of the time, information on small blogs remains buried many pages deep, like needles in a giant haystack of thousands of search engine offerings.

Returning to the subject of travel, here is a directory of travel blogs designed particularly for travelers of a certain age: “The 29 Best Baby Boomer Travel Blogs for 2015.”  The directory was compiled by  “The Volunteer Traveler,” which is a uniquely important source on “volunteer vacations.”

Also, because my recent post on Cuba was so well received, here’s another link. It’s a heartfelt love letter to Cuba, with many artistic and expressive photographs of the people, architecture, and cars of Cuba. You can find it on Ms Elena Levon’s travel blog. Your ordinary travel writing and photography, this is not.

Colorful Cuba On My Travel List, Because I’ve Already Seen Florida

Via Budget Travel Magazine

Via Budget Travel Magazine

This is NOT going to be a travel blog, not by any stretch of the imagination.

But traveling is among the favorite pastimes of retired folks who can afford to, so I might mention travel from time to time. Personally, my budget doesn’t allow for much travel. But if I ever get the opportunity, I’d be happy to visit Cuba. It’s close and it’s colorful. It would be worth the visit simply to gawk at those vintage U.S. cars on the streets of Havana. I’m delighted that the U.S. and Cuba are normalizing relations, just in time for retiring Baby Boomers.

I spent two weeks in Florida in June, and that will be my traveling for 2015. For a souvenir, today’s mail brought me friendly correspondence from the nice folks at the Florida Department of Transportation, who politely thanked me for visiting Florida. They enclosed a bill for an unpaid toll on the Florida highways. It’s only $7.08.

I remember my bemusement when I bumbled onto a Florida toll road and was greeted by a sign announcing that no cash was accepted. I was wondering when the law was going to catch up with me. Turns out, they simply take a photo of your license plate and bill you by mail. That explains the high unemployment rate among former highway toll collectors. It takes a long time to retrain a toll collector to be a brain surgeon or a rocket scientist, you know.

If I had the resources to travel, there’s many places in the U.S. that I’d want to see, before I get on a boat to Cuba. The Grand Canyon comes to mind. Maine in the summer. I’ve been to Canada three times. But I’ve never been to California, can you believe it? I’d like to see the Rocky Mountains before I die. And for some reason the Great Plains states fascinate me. All that flat farmland, and endless sky, stretching across most of the continent, in both the U.S. and Canada. All that land, and hardly any people, by East or West Coast standards.

I wonder if they have toll roads in Cuba.