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Should you go to Cuba now? Here are the issues affecting your decision

Cuba has been in life’s crosshairs of late after a hurricane, a U.S. State Department warning and the discussion of renewed restrictions, leaving travelers confused. To these three issues dogging the island nation, we may need to add a fourth that also may prove a deterrent to travel. Here’s a look at how recent events might affect your Cuba plans.

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Horton the elephant joins Dr. Seuss-themed activities aboard Carnival cruises

Everyone's favorite elephant is teaming up with Carnival Cruise Line to promote kindness, compassion and generosity among young cruisers.

Horton, the star of the Dr. Seuss book and subsequent film “Horton Hears a Who!,” will lead a series of educational shipboard activities designed to help build character.

The project is the result of a collaboration between Carnival and Dr.

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Paddle, meditate, volunteer with kids, repeat. Feel good and do good on wellness retreat in Mexico

Feel good while doing good works on a vacation in LaPaz, Mexico, where a wellness and fitness program is being combined with volunteering in the local community.

The spring tour, organized by yoga instructor Michelle Gierst and activist Juli Schulz, includes a four-night stay at Costa Baja Resort & Spa, plus stand-up paddling, daily yoga and mediation classes.

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From yuck to yummy, reactions from a panel of li hing mui treat tasting
Kauai's Limahuli Garden & Preserve showcases the ancient Polynesians' 'botanical tool kits'

For all of Hawaii’s natural wonders, enjoying a forest here in its native state isn’t easy. You can endure a strenuous hike in the mountains — or you could drive past Hanalei Bay on the North Shore of Kauai to a parcel of magnificent terrain presided over by the lush twin peaks of Makana Mountain.

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Keep your costs down, fun factor up on Oahu

Hawaii has certain allures, but low prices aren’t necessarily among them. With these insider tips to Oahu, though, you can have a Champagne experience at sparkling-cider prices.

Rent a car only if you think you will need it

If you’re planning to have most of your fun in Waikiki, for example, there’s no need to rent a car: Just walk or call a ride-sharing service.

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