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

The Travel list their ten reasons why you'll fall in love with Cuba
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The Travel list their ten reasons why you'll fall in love with Cuba

Cuba

Cuba

Online travel news hub The Travel has published an article listing ten sure-fire reasons why you'll fall in love with Cuba, the "Pearl of the Caribbean". Read on and find out why!

Cuba scraps its negative PCR requirement to enter the country
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Cuba scraps its negative PCR requirement to enter the country

Cuba

Cuba

The Cuban government has got rid of the requirement that travellers coming into the island must show a negative PCR and a vaccination certificate. Read on and find out more!

New LGBTQ+ hotels opening up in Cuba point to a new era
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New LGBTQ+ hotels opening up in Cuba point to a new era

Cuba

Cuba

Skift has published an article detailing how Cuba, the "Pearl of the Caribbean", is looking towards a totally inclusive future, thanks to two new LBGTQ+ hotels being opened. Read on and find out more about this happy news!

Lonely Planet publishes a guide about transport in Havana
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Lonely Planet publishes a guide about transport in Havana

Cuba

Cuba

The travel experts at Lonely Planet have published a guide about how to get around Havana as it isn't always as simple as you may think. Read on and find out more!

The Cuban Painted Snail scoops the coveted award of Mollusc of the Year 2022
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The Cuban Painted Snail scoops the coveted award of Mollusc of the Year 2022

Cuba

Cuba

A number of online news sources have published the news that Polymita Picta, or the Cuban Painted Snail, has won the prize of Mollusc of the Year 2022. Read on and find out how!

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