Richard Knight

Richard Knight

Nature lover and city explorer

I've been a keen traveller ever since I was a youngster, absolutely fascinated by different cultures, and I'm lucky enough to say I've visited six of the seven continents - one day I'll get to Antarctica!

The one country I've never been to but definitely remains on my bucket list, is travelling across Russia from west to east.

My love of travelling extended into my studies too, and I read French, Spanish and Portuguese at university, before doing a post-grad course in Italian.

After graduation, over the next decade, I lived in Madrid, Valencia, Las Palmas, Lisbon, Cologne, Paris, and Nice, before returning to the UK in 2014. However, I still travel a lot and get away as much as I can to write about my experiences and the fascinating things I see wherever I go.

Cuba is the most amazing place I've ever seen, and my love for this Caribbean island goes beyond 1950s American cars and Mojitos.

Cuba is probably the most nuanced place I've ever visited and the more I write about it, the more interesting it becomes on a multitude of different levels. There are a myriad of things which bewitch me about Cuba, and I find everything, from the history, the architecture, the geography and geology, the flora and fauna, and lastly the people, truly beautiful.

In my opinion, there's no better way to see this layered island than by bicycle. It's a great way to get up close and personal with the kind and friendly "Cubanos", with whom I've forged many lasting friendships.

Lastly, music is my other great passion, so you can probably imagine that Cuba suits me well musically too! It's a country whose foot constantly taps along to the rhythm of the impossibly catchy music it produces, and I love how stoic, carefree, tragic, profound, and joyous the lyrics and melodies are.

You'll never visit Cuba just once. It's impossible not to go back again and again.

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Recent articles by Richard Knight

Cuba Direct named Cuba's leading travel agency for fifth consecutive year
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Cuba Direct named Cuba's leading travel agency for fifth consecutive year

Cuba

Cuba

Cuba Direct has been given the prestigious award of "Cuba's Leading Travel Agency" at the 28th World Travel Awards for the fifth consecutive year. Read on and find out more about this huge honour!

The Financial Times lists the best boutique hotels in Havana
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The Financial Times lists the best boutique hotels in Havana

Cuba

Cuba

An article published by the Financial Times has listed the best boutique hotels in Havana, and how they've continued to evolve from humble beginnings to the chic residences they've become. Read on and find out what are the best boutique hotels in Havana!

No Time To Die? 007 returns to Cuba and visits Santiago
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No Time To Die? 007 returns to Cuba and visits Santiago

Cuba

Cuba

When the new James Bond film was released on 30th September, it was the third time 007 had visited Cuban shores. This time Bond gets a chance to enjoy Santiago de Cuba so read on and find out more about why Bond keeps coming back to "The Pearl of the Caribbean"!

All green, Cuba to be removed from the UK's COVID travel red list
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All green, Cuba to be removed from the UK's COVID travel red list

Cuba

Cuba

In an article published by the BBC, the British government has stated that the number of countries on the UK COVID travel red list will be cut from 54 to seven. Read on and find out more about how Cuba no longer appears!

The Times publishes a list of the best hotels in Cuba
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The Times publishes a list of the best hotels in Cuba

Cuba

Cuba

Cuban travel expert Claire Boobbyer has written an article published by The Times Travel, listing the best places to stay in Cuba. Read on and find out about all the hidden gems on this paradisiacal island!

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