Exploring the Island's Past, Present & Future with CNBC Wanderlust

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      Dec 28, 2023 - Jan 3, 2024
      Group size: 6 - 12
      Exploring the Island's Past, Present & Future with CNBC Wanderlust
      Caribbean

      Heart of Travel
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      101 reviews

      Dec 28, 2023 - Jan 3, 2024
      Group size: 6 - 12

      About this trip

      ****Scroll to the bottom to see the full itinerary****


      Have you ever longed to travel with other people who can relate to your experience of being Childless Not By Choice? Well now's your chance! 


      After experiencing an unforgettable group trip with Heart of Travel to Guatemala in 2022, Vanessa Swier of @both_childless_and_childfree was inspired to create such an opportunity. So, out of a love of travel and a desire to connect with other CNBC folks, CNBC Wanderlust was created. 


      CNBC Wanderlust is excited to be collaborating with Heart of Travel on this inaugural CNBC group trip and we hope you're excited to join us!!!


      Scroll down to see the full itinerary.


      Please note that while travel to the island IS legal for US citizens, using the name of the country on the trip description page can cause problems for our third-party payment processor. Therefore, we will be referring to the country as "the island" on this page and its people as "the islanders". By clicking the link above you can view a more detailed and uncensored look at our itinerary!


      The island is easily one of the most unique and interesting destinations to visit in all of Latin America, if not the world. While you may come here looking for answers, you're more than likely to return home with even more questions. The island's vibrant culture is reflected in its art, music, dance, food, drink, and overall energy. However, it's important to recognize the struggles that islanders have been facing for years, with their fate in the hands of an oppressive government and the outdated US embargo. 


      In recent years, islanders, both on and off the island, have been raising their voices and demanding change on the island. The government's response to the July 2021 protest was a direct violation of human rights as they censored citizens,  reduced access to resources such as the internet and electricity, and wrongfully imprisoned civilians for peaceful protest and personal expression. The decision to resume tours to the island was not taken lightly, but we eventually decided it was ultimately in the best interest of our local operators on the island to resume tours to the island and continue with our mission to educate people about the island.


      CNBC Wanderlust's trip gives you the opportunity to hear a variety of experiences and perspectives directly from islanders as we discuss the island's history, politics, economy, and current events, all while traveling and connecting with other CNBC folks like yourself.  All of the activities on our trip are designed to support small, privately owned businesses and individual freelancers. We will not be staying in any government-owned hotels or eating in government restaurants and we will get absolutely as much of every cent possible directly into the hands of civilians and not government-operated businesses. 


      Our island tours immediately immerse you as you settle into your "casa particular" owned and run by a local. From there you will jump into learning about the island's historic and cultural past and present while traveling throughout both urban and rural parts of the island. Our in-country host families, local guides, and drivers look forward to sharing the real island with you! 

      Frequently Asked Questions

       What does double occupancy mean?

      Double occupancy spots are for people traveling with a companion or roommate OR for someone traveling solo who is open to being paired with another solo traveler of the same gender to share a room. When you sign up for a double occupancy spot, please indicate if you are traveling with someone and if so, who, and how many beds are needed in the room (1 or 2). In the event, there is an uneven # of double occupancy sign-ups, a trip participant may end up rooming with a Tour Leader for parts of the trip or will be given the option to upgrade to a single supplement if desired.

      What does single occupancy mean?

      Single occupancy spots are for travelers who want their own room and bathroom. This applies to solo travelers who are not traveling with a roommate and do not wish to be paired with another traveler. To secure a single occupancy spot, please select the "single supplement add-on" at the time of registration. If you have any special requests for your room please let us know. 

      What are "additional nights"?

      Often times travelers desire to add on an extra night of accommodation at the beginning or end of the trip. You can book additional nights through us by adding them to your cart at the time of registration. Likewise, they can be added later if you are unsure of your plans at the time of enrollment. Note the price is per room.

      Will Heart of Travel help me book my international airfare?

      Heart of Travel does not book international airfare for trip participants nor are we responsible for changes or delays in your reservation or flight. However, we will be more than happy to research and provide information on suggested flights. Simply provide us with the airport code for any airports that work for you to fly in/out of and we will be glad to take a look! 

      I have special dietary restrictions and/or medical needs or concerns. Can you accommodate me?

      Yes! Heart of Travel has years of experience accommodating a range of dietary restrictions and preferences, even in some remote locations. Just let us know what you need and we've got your back. As for medical needs or concerns, Heart of Travel does its absolute best to accommodate all trip participants' preferences, needs, and abilities to ensure everyone stays safe and healthy and has a good time. If you have a medical condition or concern that needs to be discussed in greater detail please let us know as soon as possible so we can set up a time to chat and make sure we fully understand your needs and can prepare accordingly. 

      Cancellation & Refund Policy

      In the event, a Heart of Travel trip has not been canceled by Heart of Travel, but rather you have chosen not to join the trip for whatever reason, including COVID-19, the following policy will apply:

      • Cancellation 151 days or more before the trip start date: Fully refundable 
      • Cancellation 91 - 150 days before the trip start date: Loss of deposit, the rest of the trip payment is fully refundable. 
      • Cancellation 60 – 90 days before the trip start date: 50% Refundable 
      • Cancellation 59 or fewer days before the trip’s start date: No refunds are guaranteed, however, you could apply 70% of your payment towards a future trip to the same destination or 50% towards a Heart of Travel trip to an alternate destination. 

      *If you can’t make it on a trip but someone else can go in your place we are happy to transfer over your registration and dues paid to this person’s account. However, in some instances, there may be a domestic flight or another type of reservation with a third-party supplier that can only be transferred to a new person with a transfer fee. In this case, the new participant would be responsible for covering this fee. 

      TRIP POSTPONED OR CANCELED by Heart of Travel

      In the event, a Heart of Travel trip is not possible due to COVID-19 (be it due to border closures or because we’ve determined the trip is not in the best interest of travelers and/or employees) we will notify participants immediately of the cancellation or postponement of the trip.

      • If the trip is canceled with 75 days of notice or more, travelers will have the option to receive a full refund, join the trip on the postponed dates, or transfer the amount paid to an alternative trip. 
      • In the event, the trip is impacted less than 74 days before the start date the trip, it will not be canceled but rather postponed. This means there is no refund, however, you can receive a full 100% credit for the amount paid, good towards any other Heart of Travel trip to any destination at any time, or wait to go on your original trip at the new dates. 

      Travel Insurance

       While adventure and connection through cross-cultural experience is our passion, we understand that there are inherent risks when it comes to international travel. Here at Heart of Travel, we believe in leaving places better than you found them, and part of making an impact is partnering with companies that share our values. That’s why we recommend purchasing Insured Nomads Travel Insurance before your upcoming travels. Insured Nomads Travel Insurance believes in safe, ethical travel that minimizes harm and leaves a positive impact on local communities. 


      Travel insurance is a sustainable practice because when you purchase a plan, this ensures you have the financial means to care for yourself should you get sick or hurt while traveling. This lessens the burden you may impose on a local community’s medical resources and guarantees that each worker gets paid for their services. Travel insurance also allows you to rest easy, knowing you’ve got someone in your corner should you get sick or experience travel disruptions. Visit Insured Nomads Travel Insurance and shop their available policies here. Have any questions? Insured Nomads offers incredible customer service and will make sure to find the perfect plan for you.


      Disclaimer: Heart of Travel is a partner of Insured Nomads Travel Insurance. We offer their travel insurance plans and earn a commission for each plan sold. This does not impact your pricing in any way. Here at Heart of Travel, we are not insurance experts. Please contact Insured Nomads Travel Insurance for any questions regarding coverage, your plan, and filing a claim. Be sure to visit Insured Nomad’s website for complete coverage information. 

      Payment Plan

      Our standard payment plan involves a refundable deposit at the time of registration. The remaining balance is then divided into 2 additional installments. The trip is due in full 91 days before the departure date. If you pay with a credit/debit card you will automatically be enrolled in auto-payment and future payments will automatically be deducted from your account. 


      If you are interested in an alternative payment plan involving smaller monthly payments or custom payment dates please reach out to us at hola@theheartoftravel.org. We are happy to set up personalized payment plans and can offer interest-free payment plans for up to 12 months. 

      What’s included

      • 6 nights accommodation
        Private room + bathroom inside casa particulares
      • 16 meals
        Includes one beverage at each meal
      • In country transport
        Ground, air, water as indicated on itinerary
      • Entrance + guide fees
        For all activities included on the itinerary
      • 24/7 access + support
        Provided by bilingual Heart of Travel Tour Leader
      • CNBC Connections
        With fellow CNBC travelers and a CNBC travel host

      What’s not included

      • International airfare
        To/from the island
      • Travel Medical Insurance
        Required, usually included in flight. We will provide assistance
      • Tourist Card/Visa
        You can purchase at airport on departure day or in advance online. We will provide assistance
      • Meals not stated
        Any meals not indicated on itinerary
      • Trip insurance
        Recommended, not required
      • Tips
        To local guides

      Available Packages

      7 day / 6 night: Double Occupancy

      Per person price when booking a double occupancy spot for a 7-day / 6-night trip. 

      $2,600
      Deposit: $750
      7 day / 6 night: Single Occupancy

      Per person price when booking a single occupancy spot for a 7-day / 6-night trip.

      $3,000
      Deposit: $750

      Available options



      Itinerary

      DAY ONE, THURS Dec 28
      Welcome to the Island

      Upon arriving at the airport, one of our Program Directors will be waiting to greet you. They will then accompany you to the capital's historic center to get settled into your accommodations. You will then be given a brief orientation to the neighborhood. 


      That evening we will all enjoy a welcome dinner during which you can get to know your fellow CNBC travelers as well as your guides, while we discuss the itinerary for the following days. 


      You'll later have the option to get into the spirit of the island with cocktails and live music at one of the historic center's most iconic, privately owned, bars just steps from the Capital! Or you can head back for the night for some R&R.

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      Ho
      Heart of Travel
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      The Heart of Travel was born out of a deep-rooted love and passion for travel, art, history, food, nature, culture and adventure as well as a call to give back to the communities and people that had already provided us with so much. The travel industry has long been bombarded with double decker tour busses, beach front resorts and cruise ships, often at the expense of the local communities. As a response to this failing system, we began a boutique travel company that allows clients to explore new places in an authentic and non-touristy way, offering travelers a more intimate and unique experience all while removing the stress and hassle of researching, planning, bargain hunting, reserving and more that goes along with planning a trip or vacation.

      Reviews

      I had a wonderful trip in Cuba. I enjoyed the variety of cultural activities, the food, the learning experiences and the warmth of the Cuban people. I enjoyed seeing the rural area (Viñales) and the beach as well as the days in Havana.
      By Elizabeth M for Exploring the Islands Past, Present & Future on Feb 25, 2024
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      I had a great time on this trip to Colombia. Everything was organized so well by Heart of Travel — it was my second trip with them. They have a knack of having unique excursions and experiences in the itinerary. Being my 31st country, I was very impressed with the flow of the itinerary, including a little bit of free time so that we could enjoy our surroundings, which was important to me as a solo traveler. I also made some lifelong friends on the trip from the other travelers, as well as our impressive Heart of Travel hosts and local guides.
      By Kim B for Enchanting Pueblos & Transformed Barrios in Colombia on Feb 23, 2024
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      This is my second trip with Heart of Travel and it was absolutely perfect! The HOT hosts and the local guides, along with the planned activities and meals, made this such a memorable experience. We felt very connected to the people and culture, and did not want to leave Colombia! Thank you HOT for the memories. We cannot wait for our next trip with you!
      By Noel G for Enchanting Pueblos & Transformed Barrios in Colombia on Feb 23, 2024
      Well organised private transport from Guatemala City airport to Antigua. Easy to book, reasonable price and the driver was waiting with a name board as agreed. Recommended
      By Andrew W for Airport to Antigua: Pick-up/Drop-off on Feb 23, 2024
      HP
      I loved this trip! I greatly appreciated how our guide went above and beyond. The knowledge and expertise of all the guides we interacted with was on point. I loved working with a marine biologist to release baby sea turtles. The groups was small and friendly. I hope to see everyone again in future travels!
      By Heather P for Marine Expedition on Guatemala’s Pacific Coast on Feb 20, 2024
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      Heart of Travel is the best for magical and ethical vacations! Chelsea and her incredible team first won me over in Guatemala in 2023 as they planned a beautiful trip that allowed us to see and experience so many different places, people, and things. A helicopter ride, a volcano hike, spa day, meeting the most badass Mayan weaver!!, a once-in a lifetime sunset tour in Tikal - done. I'm still trying to get over this trip lol. They knocked it out of the park again in Cuba for NYE! Chelsea and the spectacular Paloma had us dancing multiple nights away, eating the BEST food, and seeing ALL the sights while also giving us ample opportunity to support the Cuban people and educating us on why that is so important. You will leave their trips with new memories, new friends, and possibly, some new perspectives. Do it!!!
      By Amber S on 08 Feb, 2024
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      Words can’t begin to express the way this trip impacted me! Every single person we met was so amazing, so kind, and truly opened their hearts and lives to us! Cuba, you have left an undeniable mark on my soul… Your people, your colors, your food, your history… Thank you for sharing this world with us! Cannot wait for our next trip! We love you 🥰
      By Krista L on 24 Jan, 2024
      I just returned from a two week trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos. The trip was an incredible balance of learning, discovery, and recreation. Both the local guides and the Heart of Travel coordinator, Chiva, were excellent!!! The accommodations, food, and itinerary were fantastic. I will definitely travel with Heart of Travel again.
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