travel planning testimonials

EscapingNY helped me plan my own solo trip to Cuba, providing great tips for staying within my budget, and narrowing down the worthwhile places to visit based on my interests. As a result, I felt a lot more confident traveling alone and had a successful trip because of it. I recommend EscapingNY to anyone needing a trustworthy guide outside of a travel book.
— marissa s., Professional vagabond musician (detroit, michigan)
EscapingNY organized a fantastic itinerary for our family of 5 that included excellent lodgings, meals, and activities. We had so much fun in Cuba! Knowing that a professional was handling all the details and checking in with us and our hosts and drivers throughout the trip allowed for a more relaxed trip and gave us piece of mind as parents.
We had an amazing time in Egypt. It’s not often that you look forward to a trip so much and it actually lives up to its expectations like this did. It was the trip of a lifetime. Thank you.
— Josh s., New york city
Many people love to travel but few are actually good at it. Cassandra is one of these rare specimens that can pull it together wherever she’s at. With a sense of adventure and also a keen idea of how to relax, she is capable of maneuvering in many situations. Cassandra is also completely bilingual in Spanish and English, which means she can help you achieve a truly unique experience - not just the touristy stuff. With her help, I was able to make the most of a week-long escapade to Cuba and I hope to be able to travel with her soon.
— megan frye, editor of savoteur (Mexico city)
EscapingNY planned a week-long getaway to Cuba for three friends and myself. It helped so much knowing exactly where we were going and that we were getting there with trusted people. All the casa owners were wonderful and our taxi driver gave us a fantastic experience, full of information about each area we visited. He was also very protective of us and made sure we were well fed, safe, and well taken care of. He really looked out for us like a dad, and we were so sad to say goodbye to him!
EscapingNY provided an extremely useful, very personalized service, matching us with a documentary film maker who served as an air traffic controller with an opinion. Cassandra is very knowledgeable about every place she travels to, so even when she isn’t accompanying you, she can guide you to see and do just what you want you do. She made this a very interesting travel experience and her recommendations for accommodations found us in very nice places with people she personally had vetted. You can’t go wrong with EscapingNY!
— meryl m. tuckahoe, ny

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group trip testimonials

I joined EscapingNY group trips to both Mexico and Cuba, which offered in-depth, authentic experiences. I’d highly recommend EscapingNY to anyone interested in really getting to know a country.
This trip was my first trip as a solo traveler and yet I wasn’t actually alone. The group was so much fun and I met some wonderful people that I hope to keep in touch with! It really was one of the best trips I’ve ever taken!
The Day of the Dead tour was a really unique and unforgettable experience. Our group wanted to do as many things as possible and EscapingNY was able to accommodate our on-the-ground requests. It didn’t feel like a typical tour at all. Instead, it felt like traveling with a friend whose in-depth local knowledge allowed for a much richer and more engaging way to experience the country.
— jasmine L., new york city
I joined a 10-day trip and had an excellent time. We went on a flamingo-watching boat ride in a nature preserve, jumped off waterfalls in the jungle, cycled through Old Havana, visited several beautiful beaches, and went salsa dancing in a hot nightclub built inside a cave. I had limited expectations of Cuba because I don’t speak Spanish and I’d never traveled to a “non-westernized” country. My expectations were absolutely exceeded.
— Amy M., New York City
This was literally the best trip of my life. (Mexico)
— Megan T., Florida
It was the trip of a lifetime with amazing food, people and places. The perfect tour for people who hate tours and want to have an authentic experience. (Mexico)
— Chris D., Florida
I joined one of EscapingNY’s 10-day group tours and had an absolutely amazing time and I can’t say enough good things about the trip. I so much enjoyed meeting a variety of Cubans from different walks of life to learn about their daily life and culture.
— Susan V., Los Angeles, California
Zip lining and scuba diving in Cuba were great, We would not have done this many activities if we had gone on our own. Thanks!
— Mei C., New York City