Millionaire Teacher Counts Americans in Cuba

If you’re an American without family in Cuba, then the only way you can legally visit Castro’s old haunts is to beg your way through Havana.

It’s an American law, not a Cuban one. 

Americans aren’t allowed to spend money in Cuba, so any intrepid law-abiding travellers from the U.S. have to fly there from a non U.S. country and beg for food and accommodation.  Most of the world’s major tourist areas have their share of panhandlers, but when I leave for Cuba tomorrow evening, I don’t expect any of those pan-handlers (if I see any at all) to be American.  Some things just aren’t worth the hassle.

Are you an American who has visited Cuba?  

Leave a comment (anonymously, of course) and give me your side of the story.  If you were breaking U.S. law, then why?  And can people who don’t agree with a law choose to break it just because they don’t agree with it?  If you’re a non-American, did you see any Americans (of non Cuban descent) on Cuban soil? 

On an unrelated front:

The 3rd print run of my book, Millionaire Teacher, was completed in New Jersey yesterday.  On the 15th of December, the fourth print run will be completed.  The first two print runs were done in Singapore. Unfortunately, the book has sold out on Amazon USA and Amazon Canada. Their supplies should be replenished soon. You can still order the book through Amazon, and it shouldn’t take long to arrive. 

But before doing that, you might want to check out the blogger, My Own Advisor, who is giving away a free copy. 

The first rule of my book, after all, spins around the theme of frugality.

Why pay for a book that you might be able to win?

Andrew Hallam

I’m a financial columnist for Canada’s national paper, The Globe and Mail, as well as for AssetBuilder, a financial service firm based in Texas. I’m also the author of Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School and Millionaire Expat: How To Build Wealth Living Overseas. My mission is to educate, motivate and inspire people on basic retirement planning and best practices for investing, using evidence-based strategies. I'm happy to comment on your questions.

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2 Responses

  1. Ha, your post made me laugh Andrew!

    Well deserved success from the book!!!

    And yes folks, it's true, I DO have a copy to giveaway!!!

    Chat soon Andrew,


  2. eric darwin says:

    I visited Cuba only once; it reminded me way to much of East Germany and why the 'eastern bloc' was such an economic basket case. Disfunction abounded. And yes, there were lots of Americans there. Some were from Minnieappolis area, who go up to Winnipeg to catch flights to Cuba for cheap holidays. They all said the cubans don't stamp passports, so there is no record. The hotel also had American govt employees vacationing there. Apparently there is a daily flight from Florida every night to Cuba to service American (Diplomatic??) staff residing on the Island.

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