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Diane Andrews Dec 17, 2014 at 07:44 PM

I am so excited about the news from President Obama but want to take the trip before Cuba becomes too commercial, as I expect it will once things change. My biggest concern is the walking and standing for long periods with bad feet and knees. Any suggestions from anyone who has been?
Marcus Nevarez Dec 18, 2014 at 01:41 AM

This tour is rated Active and you're expected to walk up to 2 miles. You might consider a 4 wheel walker.
Kira Dirlik Dec 18, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Someone in our group had a simple cane that had a seat on it. Whenever we stopped for talks, etc, he was sitting. If he sees this, maybe he could give some more details on it.

Jan Wolfe Dec 17, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Did you see this news today?
"In an effort to boost the nascent Cuban private sector, the President will also allow expanded commercial sales and exports of goods and services to Cuba, particularly building materials for entrepreneurs and private residences, and allow greater business training, as well as permit greater communications hardware and services to go to the island.

Other announced changes permit U.S. and Cuban banks to build relationships and travelers to use credit and debit cards. U.S. travelers will be allowed to import up to $400 worth of goods from Cuba, including $100 in alcohol and tobacco -- even Cuban cigars. Remittances by Americans to their families back in Cuba will also be increased to approximately $2,000 per quarter"
Linda Milligan Dec 17, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Does this improvement/change mean we will be able to use our credit or debit cards on the January 6 trip?
Rena Sonshine Dec 17, 2014 at 01:20 PM

Perhaps, but I don't expect that the change will happen that quickly. The building that was the US interest is currently occupied, so it's conceivable we would oust that (Swiss maybe?) country and reclaim the property. I'm hopeful for April when I plan to go.

Lorna Gerry Dec 15, 2014 at 05:02 PM

I can't say what is "best", but when I spoke with someone at Road Scholar before my trip I was told the following: "In general, the following are always needed and appreciated: Summer weight clothing, pens, pencils, toothpaste, deodorant, batteries, small tools, fabric, sewing, knitting and crocheting supplies, latex gloves, adult diapers, English-Spanish Dictionaries, classic and modern literature in English, current newspapers and magazines, USB thumb drives, children’s toys, coloring books, markers, colored pencils, music stands, guitar strings, art supplies." I chose things that didn't weight too much or take up too much space in my suitcase which were cute socks for toddlers and young children, scrunchies for little girls pony tails, toothbrushes, dental floss, travel sized toothpaste and some pens. I know you will have a fabulous trip. I would say that my time there was even more than fabulous! The trip was everything that Road Scholar says it is and much, much more.

Lynn Sides Dec 15, 2014 at 04:08 PM

I am going on this trip in January. Any suggestions for the best items to bring for the donations.
Cindy Jennings Dec 15, 2014 at 06:20 PM

Are you on the Jan 27th trip?

Cindy Jennings Dec 13, 2014 at 09:04 AM

I'm thinking about what others have said re: music CDs and how many they purchased. Can anyone tell me how much the CDs cost?
Lorna Gerry Dec 13, 2014 at 09:46 AM

I bought several for 10 cuc's each, which is just a little over $10 US. The income from the CD's helps support the musicians. They make wonderful mementos of the trip.

Velvet Dallesandro Dec 12, 2014 at 04:00 PM

Hello friends, I was just wondering how many travelers are usually on this itinerary?
Lorna Gerry Dec 12, 2014 at 04:25 PM

I just returned from Cuba on December 10. We had 23 very congenial travelers on our trip. It was the trip of a lifetime. Do it!
Velvet Dallesandro Dec 12, 2014 at 04:32 PM

Thanks, I'm booked for March 3rd and really looking forward to it!
Kira Dirlik Dec 12, 2014 at 04:46 PM

We had 24 on the Nov. 4 trip. I thought that would be a lot, but it was perfect.
Jean Dec 13, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Jean Dec 13, 2014 at 11:46 AM

I spoke with RS about this & was told that they schedule no more than 24 per trip. This particular program is categorized under "small groups." It's so popular that they have 2-3 trips per each time slot. Can't wait!

Rena Sonshine Dec 10, 2014 at 03:01 PM

Trip Cancellation insurance: has anyone found an alternative to the Berkeley/RS policy? InsureMyTrip can't cover Cuba.
Kira Dirlik Dec 10, 2014 at 03:43 PM

I just got the Amer. Airlines $21 insurance. And AAA evac. etc. insurance for $26. per year.
Rena Sonshine Dec 10, 2014 at 05:38 PM

I was under the impression that Allianz did not cover a trip including Cuba. Is that just for the home/Miami portion? Road Scholar covers medical and the usuals in the provided policy.
Rena Sonshine Dec 10, 2014 at 06:20 PM

I stand corrected. The $21 covers the plane fare if I cancel, gives up to $150 to rebook plane fare if necessary for covered reason, but doesn't cover any program expenses. It does have a $50K evacuation provision and some travel delay or baggage delay (max $500).

Premium Email Subscriber Dec 09, 2014 at 04:50 PM

I am going on the April 4 trip. Its my first on Roads Scholar. All suggestions are welcome
Jan Wolfe Dec 10, 2014 at 11:59 PM

Scroll down through the discussion board. There are lots and lots of great tips. You're going to love this trip!
Jan Wolfe Dec 11, 2014 at 12:09 AM

A post of mine from a few months back: "I went on this fabulous trip in April! It is a life changer, and you will fall in love with the Cuban people. Next time I will pack more donations and simply pay the over 44 pounds charge. These people have so very little, and everything helps. Even if people might have the money to purchase items, those items often aren't available - for example, toothpaste was in short supply in April. Some things not listed in the materials which would be helpful would be latex gloves, sheet music (the adult choir in Cienfuegos would like some religious music by Mendelsohn or Verdi), guitar strings, dance attire, feminine hygiene products. The english bookstore Cuba Libro has a facebook page, so you might be able to ask if they have specific requests. Don't forget your own toilet paper, alcohol or alcohol wipes, facial wipes, extra Ziploc bags, hand sanitizer, and your flexibility cap. Also, an extension cord comes in handy. You might also want to do a few extra squats before you go - many toilets don't have seats - but don't worry because any inconveniences will pale in comparison to the enormous joy you will experience in Cuba"

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