Replies: 8 - Last Post: Jan 26, 2013 6:27 PM Last Post By: sayeh
Jan 18, 2013 8:34 PM
SOLO TRAVELERS!Hey guys,
Planning to indefinitely pack up and backpack towards the end of this year.. I'm 21/female traveling solo. Interested to hear from any other solo travelers/backpackers in general (especially female but guys too) on how they found traveling Cuba solo... Any tips or information that can be shared would be greatly appreciated... issues, things females should do/watch out for, budget/cost tips etc ANYTHING!
ALSO, what were your personal budgets for traveling here? Planning on staying in dorms and traveling overland. Anyone worked or volunteered or helpx to prolong their travels?
Anything info/tips or things you feel a solo female traveler will benefit from please share!
Jan 18, 2013 8:50 PM
1Well for one, the cheapest most reliable way to get around Cuba is the Viazul bus......... http://www.viazul.com/index.php
In general, violent crimes are not at all common but petty theft is the thing you need to watch out for. Nightclubs and any other crowded areas can bring a pickpocket into play. Keep your money and passport well protected at all times.
Planning on staying in dorms.....
Not exactly sure what you mean by that but casa particulars and Islazul-type hotels are the more cheaper accommodations that you will find.
Many types of folks of all ages and gender, travel solo to Cuba. With some common sense, it should be a breeze.
Jan 18, 2013 9:39 PM
2Basic budget around 70 CUC/day - 25 CUC for accommodation, then food, buts fares, other transport needs. Most people on this forum suggest 100 CUC per day to be on the safe side, so taking into account the cost of drinks, entry to music and dancing venues if that is one of your interests, I guess they are right. It is not, repeat not, cheap to travel in Cuba.
I wonder how long you are thinking of being there? You would know, having done your research, that an Australian can legally stay for a month and then extend the visa for another month. Then leave the country.
No, you won't be able to work, nor will you be able to volunteer.
Assuming you have some basic Spanish (and you have time to acquire that between now and the end of the year) you will have the time of your life in Cuba, it is well worth the effort and expense. And that will hold true even if you don't have any Spanish, but it does make life a little easier if you get the survival words under your belt.
After you've done some more research, get back to us with more specific questions if you need to, and have a great trip!
Jan 18, 2013 10:13 PM
3As a tourist you can stay in Cuba 30 + 30 days - I really doubt that there is any way round that. (So you'd have to go out and back in to stay longer.) You cannot legally work in Cuba unless you have a work visa - which is not easy.
Jan 19, 2013 1:17 AM
4Just wanted to say good luck. Can't think of any particular suggestions. It all depends on how far you want to go and how much you can spend. If you are asking about dorms . . . you better go back and review Cuba. I've been reading TT for years and nobody ever mentioned dorms. Cuba isn't cheap and the Cubans will be expecting you to pick up the tab. Keep that in mind.
Jan 21, 2013 9:39 AM
5Hey, I am actually thinking of travelling to Cuba too alone sometime in March. I am a 23/female and was wondering around when you are planning too and if you've found any good advice in terms of lodging and activities and such.
Jan 21, 2013 1:21 PM
6Hey juniet, I'm not going until the end of the year!! My email is email@example.com... Would love to hear about how your trip went/we can share info about Cuba if you like
Jan 26, 2013 3:32 PM
7If you want to travel around Cuba with a low budget then have a look at this website
where you get some really good suggestions.
Jan 26, 2013 6:27 PM
8Yes indeed - all the suggestions to wander through Cuba using whatever illegal means possible - leaving behind all your waste products....very edifying