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The world is my oyster

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For a larger than life attitude to life, here I blog about all things daring, adventurous and unique. I am naturally drawn to experiencing life to the fullest everywhere I go, absorbing as much as I can from other cultures and blending into local traditions and customs.

From donning a carnival costume and joining tropical carnival marches to motorbiking off the beaten path in Vietnam or searching for pirate treasures in the Caribbean, I take every opportunity to soak up as much as I can from any destination I visit.

So, if you're interested in learning about my adventures and rare finds, follow my blog and draw some inspiration from my exciting experiences during my many travels around the globe. You'll find that wherever I go, there's no time for boredom in my itinerary.


Claire Boobbyer's Been There Done That

  • Fishing for the once-in-a-waning-moon appearance of the 'teti' fish in Baracoa with local fishermen
  • Spending Holy Week with Maya idol Maximon in the town of Santiago Atitlan in Guatemala
  • Searching for treasure off the pirate coast of the Isle of Youth - famous for sheltering plundering buccaneers
  • Motorbiking off the beaten track in Ha Giang province in northern Vietnam
  • Learning to become a cigar roller in Pinar del Rio
  • Slow boating all the way from northern Laos down the Nam Ou river to Luang Prabang

Recent articles in The world is my oyster

  • 21 Oct 2017
  • Travel Advice
  • Claire Boobbyer
A walk in the past

Following in the footsteps of Che Guevara in Cuba

To mark the 50th anniversary of the death of revolutionary leader Che Guevara, we take you back in time through some of his life's most defining moments in Cuba; the island he conquered alongside the now diseased Cuban commander-in-chief Fidel Castro. In fact, you'll see how meeting the Cuban rebel forever changed the course of his life and led him to the Cuban places you'll read all about on this post. Keep scrolling down to follow in Che's Cuban footsteps.
  • 27 Sep 2017
  • Travel Story
  • Claire Boobbyer
Practical advice

New Cuban and European luxury in the heart of the Cuban capital

As exquisitely elegant as its polished exterior façade, the interiors of Havana's newest luxury boutique hotel are as impressive as can be expected of the Kempinski brand. The first of its kind not only in Cuba but in all of the Americas; the new Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana is the city's most refined lodging option for discerning guests. I got to sample its sophisticated décor and stylish facilities during a recent stay, which confirmed my suspicion that this is Havana's chicest hotel yet.
  • 24 Aug 2017
  • Travel Story
  • Claire Boobbyer
Practical advice

Cocktails and cabanas on the beach in Cuba at new seaside resort

As we lolled about in the shallow water looking out on to a horizon of infinite blue, it was hard to get up and go. There was nothing pressing, really, just more sunbathing, drinking cocktails, and unwinding at Cuba's most famous beach spot.
  • 30 Aug 2016
  • Travel Story
  • Claire Boobbyer
There is another world out there

Hopping aboard the Hershey train in Cuba!

One of the least explored off the beaten track experiences in western Cuba, riding the Hershey train all the way from Havana to Matanzas, was sitting atop my bucket list of Cuban adventures. Here I unveil the secrets to venturing through this part of the island like locals do, with no other tourist in sight. Read on to find out more about my captivating three-hour Hershey train ride, the places to stop at and wander around, the must-do attractions worthy of getting off to see, and what lies at the end of the journey. This time I did it right and proper, I rode the whole 52 miles of track to Matanzas and back, discovering a rare, raw side of Cuba few are privileged to get to know upclose and personal.
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