Author: Becky Lukovic

Updated Cuba Travel Regulations

Cuba is hot Hot HOT!  With the appearance of cruise ships this past year, travel to Cuba has been easier than ever.  However, travel to Cuba is a fluid thing with requirements changing year to year.  As of November 9th, the rules have changed a bit again.  This time, travelers must travel with a tour group for a people-to-people program.  Independent travel to Cuba for people-to-people programs are no longer allowed. Below are the specific details according to ASTA: Prohibition on Individual People-to-People Travel: Going forward, Americans traveling under the educational “people-to-people” license will have to do so as part of a licensed tour group, as was the case before last year. In the case of an individual people-to-people trip where the traveler has “already completed at least one travel-related transaction (such as purchasing a flight or reserving accommodation)” prior to the President’s June 16 announcement, such travel will be authorized. No Transactions with Companies Controlled by Cuban Military: Americans will now be prohibited from engaging in direct financial transactions with entities and sub-entities identified by the State Department on the Cuba Restricted List (published November 9th). The list, which includes a number of hotels in Havana and elsewhere on the island, will be maintained by the State Department and “periodically updated as necessary.” However, any travel-related transaction in place prior to the State Department’s listing of any entity or...

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Athens – City of Athena

Way way back in they day–like waaay back in the day, Athens needed a patron God or Goddess.  Poseidon and Athena both thought they were up to the task. They played a match of skill and wisdom atop the Acropolis in front of the first king of Athens, Cecrops (half man-half snake—eeew), to see who would be awarded key of the city.  Poseidon was up first.  He sauntered over and struck a rock hard enough to bring forth water.  The water geysered up in a grand display…but the water was salty and unusable for humans (something the god of...

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Travel Lessons Learned from My Trip to Greece

Travel, like many things in life, is fluid—ever changing.  No matter how many times I travel internationally, I find that the things I am used to doing—my finely tuned system—works well…until it doesn’t.  At Bella Travel, we are always learning, always perfecting, always traveling (much to The Man’s chagrin at times…).  Like you, we have travel AHA! moments and face-palm situations…and sometimes things just happen.  Here are my travel lessons and random thoughts from my last trip to Greece as recorded in my travel journal.    Showering in a rain shower situation takes skill….and I usually end up with...

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What’s in My Bag?? Packing for Greece

I leave for Greece, tomorrow and decided to share what’s in my bag.  Watch my video for pro tips for international travel.  I’m trying out a few new things this go round–compression socks to keep my feet from swelling, steamer to keep me looking fabulous, and a larger power bank.  In my Facebook Live video, I explain what is in my carry-on bag (and why) and tools I never travel without.  What do I wear?  How do I pack bottles of wine? What to do with swelling feet? Be sure to follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for pretty photos and expert tips while I am traveling.  I’ll be meeting with Hoteliers, tour guides, and destination management companies during my visit to lovely Greece–AND eating some fabulous meals! What’s In My Bag? Packing for Greece Becky Lukovic is an international luxury travel specialist in Johns Creek, Georgia.  She advocates packing light so there is more room for wine!!   Want to bring home more wine than just a bottle or two?  Check out my post on my favorite wine bag, the Vin Garde...

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2017 Hurricane Season–Caribbean Update

Like many of you, I had plans in the Caribbean this fall and like many of you, I am anxiously awaiting new news regarding the post hurricane island situations.  My heart goes out to the people in the midst of the devastation!!! Not only are their homes damaged or destroyed, many also have to face the prospect of their livelihood destroyed as well. Here is the most recent Caribbean Island Update after this crazy, crazy hurricane season (which is not quite over, yet)…. Not Impacted Aruba, Bonaire, Bermuda, Barbados, Curacao, Grand Cayman, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis...

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