Depending on the health of your wallet, you may face an important question about how to spend excess cash: do you want an experience that will translate into amazing memories or do you want a piece of art from an art gallery or dealer at home.
Richard E. Jaffe, retail analyst at the investment firm Stifel Nicolaus, observed: “whether it’s going to a festival or sharing a car ride or going to a new city,” it’s becoming more about the experience. “The religion of consumption has proven to be unfulfilling,” he said. “The ‘pile it high and watch it fly’ mentality at department stores no longer works.”
A trip to Cuba is among the most sought after destinations in the world today. Beyond the lure of Cuba’s forbidden fruit quality, the island nation possess a variety of superlatives that are only now being discovered and developed. In architecture, Havana is home to the largest collection of remaining colonial-era architecture in the world. It’s pristine coastline is 40% longer than Florida’s and, as the largest island in the Caribbean, there is a wide variety of terrain. Art, cigars and music complete the mosaic-like quality that can only be summed up as “authentic.”
Starting with the purchase decision, here is one example of what $10,000 can do for you in terms of fine art:
Alternatively, here are all the things you might do in Cuba on the same budget for an entire week:
Finally, after all you’ve seen and experienced, your budget would allow the purchase of art from a local Cuban artist like this.