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

Lonely Planet recommends the five best excursions from Havana
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Lonely Planet recommends the five best excursions from Havana

Cuba

Cuba

World-renowned travel guide book publisher Lonely Planet has published an article detailing the top 5 day trips from Havana. Curated by Travel expert and Cubaphile Diana Rita Cabrera, the list has some of the best day trips you can enjoy using Havana as a base. Read on and find out what they are!

Two Cuban beaches are among the 25 best in the world, according to TripAdvisor
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Two Cuban beaches are among the 25 best in the world, according to TripAdvisor

Cuba

Cuba

Two Cuban beaches, Varadero and Cayo Santa Maria, have been voted among the 25 best in the world, according to TripAdvisor reviews and announced in Travellers' Choice - Best of the Best awards. Read on and find out more!

Sun, sand, music, friendly locals, and vaccines! Cuba's successful new "tourist formula"
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Sun, sand, music, friendly locals, and vaccines! Cuba's successful new "tourist formula"

Cuba

Cuba

Travel writer Nicole Edenedo comments on a recent article published in Travel Weekly, that this year could see Cuba become the Number 1 tourist destination in the whole Caribbean thanks to a number of factors. Read on and find out how!

Iberostar Parque Central named as one of the hotels offering the best breakfast
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Iberostar Parque Central named as one of the hotels offering the best breakfast

Cuba

Cuba

According to mornings.co.uk, Havana is the place to be to start your day correctly, specifically the Iberostar Parque Central. This luxury hotel in Cuba's capital appears on a list of "best hotel breakfasts" around. Read on and find out more!

Cuba's calling - The Daily Mail recommends a trip to the "Pearl of the Caribbean"
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Cuba's calling - The Daily Mail recommends a trip to the "Pearl of the Caribbean"

Cuba

Cuba

An article penned by Ruaridh Nicoll at The Daily Mail was recently published recommending Cuba as the perfect holiday destination. Read on and find out why!

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