From Austin to Cuba at our Austin Westgate store!

From One Star State to Another

August 3rd at 7 pm    Austin Westgate Store

Travel restrictions to Cuba have been eased. While it’s still not possible to visit the island solely for the beaches, food, music and cars, with planning, you’ll be able to experience them first-hand. Hostelling International’s Ryan Stimmel and Dan Siefken will tell you how to plan your Cuban adventure in their presentation “Austin to Cuba: From One Star State to Another,” at our Austin Westgate store on August 3rd at 7 pm.

From Austin to Cuba at our Austin Westgate store!

After more than 55 years of limited exposure, restrictions are slowly (or not so slowly) beginning to lift and Americans are increasingly fascinated by the prospect of traveling to this tropical island. While travel is still limited, many are choosing to explore Cuba before it becomes overrun by tourists. This session, hosted by experts in responsible travel to Cuba, will introduce you to the basics of navigating this new travel opportunity, including legal requirements, logistical barriers, must-visit sites, packing like a professional traveler and other necessities for making your trip come to life. Stimmel and Siefken keep cultural, social and environmental sustainability and responsibility at the forefront of the conversation. Bring your questions, doubts and ideas concerning traveling to Cuba!

Ryan Stimmel

Ryan Stimmel was born and raised in the suburbs of North Texas. It took time and effort for this responsible travel expert to become aware of the wider world. Since then, adventure travel and eco-tourism have become pivotal parts of his life. Formally educated in sociology, history and philosophy, Ryan is passionate about the cultures and communities in the developing world and confident in his ability to connect one adventurous spirit to another. He brings years of experience in the travel industry in Latin America, as well as non-profit and small business start-up experience to his already extensive background. Ryan is a co-founder of Southern Star Travel and has led many trips to Cuba.

Dan Siefken

Dan Siefken was raised on a farm in Southern Michigan and is no stranger to the outdoors. Michigan, known for some of the countries most beautiful lakes, rivers, forests and hiking trails, instilled in Dan an endless drive for adventure. After having lived throughout Latin America and Europe and having worked in the non-profit and higher education sectors, Dan recognizes the need for healthy and responsible travel that introduces the traveler to the host country in an honest, collaborative and non-consumptive way. His passion for responsibility has led Dan to engage travelers and students alike in their pursuit of healthy international travel, including over ten years of travel to Cuba. Dan is a co-founder Southern Star Travel and a program coordinator for Study Abroad at UT Austin.

We hope you’ll join us for this timely presentation on travel in Cuba and take the first steps on a great adventure!