Cuba Research via Instagram

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Feb 2015

I love Instagram for so many different reasons. First, it’s incredibly visual. Then there’s finding a like minded group of instagrammers that you can tap into in any part of the world by using appropriate #hashtags. Are you in a foreign city on the water–looking for grilled octopus–a quick search will get you to a great restaurant. I also use it for the real time research you can collect for a new destination. Looking for updates on the ever-changing scene in this au courant   location, I found myself doing Cuba research via instagram for my trip next week.

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Cojimar, Cuba. Inspiration for Hemingway's "Old Man and the Sea" #travel #latergram #sea

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I recently connected with @kymri on instagram through my first post on Cuba about mood board inspiration. She has a great series of photos from her two trips that she has tagged #cubagram. This hashtag was a perfect start for my search as it led to many other travelers and their trip coverage. I was especially taken by this shot of Cojimar, Cuba. Inspiration for Hemingway’s “Old Man and the Sea”. My Dad has given me a list of sites to investigate-he is so curious about all things Hemingway and wishes he could stowaway on the trip.

Knowing that the internet is spotty at best and very expensive in Cuba, I was pleasantly surprised to find the  @ig_cuba community alive and full of great photos. And I will need to find these women for a photo op.

It was great to be able to search for all of the hotels I will be staying in as well as the paladars for meals. I tend to trust photos taken by visitors a little more than what you can find on official web sites.

#estudio #girl #loves_cuba

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#malecon #loves_cuba #official_cities

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Many of the shots from  @istimor illustrate the rawness that I am expecting from the country. Pastels that are rough around the edges. Everyone has told me it is photography heaven. To be honest, I am kind of looking forward to being off line while there so I can really concentrate on my skills and content and not be in such a rush to upload every evening.

#cuba #havana #havanavieja #lahabana #travel #traveling #holiday #explore #backpacker #traveldiaries

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@Romy_A gave me a great indication of what the weather is currently like. Yes, I’m looking forward to a change from the Boston snow. Just hoping we cycle through next weeks weather predictions and get to Miami without any problems.


Kim-Marie over at @LuxuryTravelMom just returned from Cuba and had a great group of shots from Havana, as well as a darn good looking mojito from the Havana Club.

Finally @natalya_tihonova has shown me like so many others have that Cubans are incredibly friendly people. It will be a good chance to step out of my comfort zone and take more portrait shots while engaging with the locals.

Cuba-what's next and travel inspiration up on the blog.

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Have we connected yet on instagram? Give me a heads up in the comments and i’ll head over to your account. Follow GreenWithRenvy + travel to Cuba with me (and a few other spots I have on the 2015 agenda.) Cuidado!

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  1. Shalagh says:

    Oh my Allison, these photos are so amazing. For you as a pro traveler, I think Instagram is such a savvy way to research I miss traveling and the picture taking opportunities. Can’t wait to see your pics. I’ll be listening to our Afro Cuban All Stars CD and thinking of warmer weather.
    Love and good travel wishes to you,
    Shalagh

    • alison says:

      Shalagh-I hope I can send a bit of Cuban warmth your way. Not sure if i’ll be live there with internet coverage being the way it is, but will certainly catch up when I get back. I’m already swaying thinking about your All Stars CD. Thanks

  2. travelFREAK says:

    These are the true colors of Cuba! This country is definitely a photographer’s delight.

  3. Such beautiful images – i look forward seeing your colourful Cuba stories soon!

  4. Aww, I love these photos & colors! I really hope to go to Cuba one day.

  5. Kymri says:

    Thank you for sharing one of my Cuba instagram photos, I’m thrilled that we connected and that I have inspired you! Cuba is truly a photography rich destination, and actually the first from which I started posting to instagram, and also the subject of one of my first IGTravelThursday posts! http://www.miraterratravel.com/2013/11/cuba-cubed-instagram-travel-thursday.html
    In return I also want to thank you for inspiring me with your beautiful blog. I look forward to re-visiting Cuba through your eyes and words!

  6. Monica Goh says:

    Good idea! To use Instagram to research for your trip! I’m gonna do that for my next trip. Or maybe even my next IGTravelThursday post! I’m so not Instagram or blog savvy though. =S How do you share the Instagram photos directly into the post? Complete with the functioning “follow” button!

  7. These are beautiful photos and I look forward to seeing your Instagram photos from Cuba as well! I also hope to visit the country soon. I’m Canadian so could have visited at any time but never got around to it. Now I feel like I should go soon before it changes too much!

  8. Yashy Murphy says:

    Looking forward to seeing your Cuban photos! Years (pre-Instagram for sure!) since I was last there but I’m always glad when a colourful Cuban pictures comes my way on IG. In the mean time i’ll drink my Havana Club rum and comb through the feeds you’ve suggested!

  9. anna parker says:

    This is a great way of doing research I have to agree – someone else has done the hard work and found those picture perfect places which means going straight to them! And normally I find ones off the beaten track, looks like you have too with that stunning ocean side place!

    • alison says:

      I’ve used instagram again and again, mostly for picture perfect locations and restaurants in unusual locations. It has not disappointed to date Anna!

  10. These are incredibly lovely photos. Enjoy your trip.

  11. Although I have an instagram account, I don’t really use it… but you’ve demonstrated why perhaps I should, Alison! 🙂

    I just find it so difficult to do justice to all these different social channels.

    Glad you were able to find inspiration for your trip… 🙂