Photo Friday: Sunset in Havana Vieja
Havana Vieja, or Old Havana, is indicative of many old European cities: Seemingly endless edifices of Neoclassical architecture line narrow, cobblestone-laden streets. This part of the city constantly bustles with a mix of tourists (definitely the most touristic section of Havana) and locals selling their wares.
Tourism has tremendous potential in Cuba if conducted in a sustainable and responsible manner. On average, only 5% of tourism dollars actually stay in a given community. But you can boost that number by choosing where and how you spend your time and money: staying in casa particulares (b&b’s), using collectivos instead of large coach buses, eating at smaller restaurants, choosing your souvenirs carefully, and more.
I learned a lot about how to travel more sustainably taking the Travel Better certification through Sustainable Travel International. The registration fee is $25, but you can waive that using the “iTravelBetter” coupon code. Although, that money goes to a good cause, so why not support it with your dollar! The course takes about half an hour and when you’re done you get access to a bunch of benefits like travel discounts and access to a private Travel Better Club facebook group. Also, you get a snazzy certificate that you can print out and put on your wall or your mom’s fridge! 🙂
*note: I’m not compensated for supporting the Travel Better Club program, I just think it’s an awesome resource.