5 things to know before going to Goa

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Goa is one of the most visited holiday spots in India. It’s a wonderful mixture of sandy beaches, happening nightlife and quaint Portuguese influenced architecture make it a favourite among both local as well and international visitors. According to a study, more than 80% of people who visited Goa went back many times again or would like to visit the place again. However, first-time visitors tend to overlook certain things or are not aware of certain rules and regulations before heading to Goa. While Goa is certainly a fun destination, there are a few things you need to know before you head there to have a trouble-free and good experience.

Here are 5 useful things you should know before going to Goa:

1) Booking a hotel: There are many hotels in Goa and some claim to offer excellent views of the sea. But, you need to be careful since many people have booked a hotel on the basis of the pictures posted on the internet and have been shocked by the reality when they arrived there. It is always better to experience Goa while staying in one of the reputed hotel chains that have properties here, like the Taj Group of Hotels and Resorts. There are many excellent 5-star hotels in South Goa that you can choose from.

2) Carrying documents: It is necessary to keep important documents like your passport, driving license and other id proofs on hand all the time. Keep them safe as sometimes the markets or beaches could get crowded and chaotic. It will be better to carry your documents in a water-proof bag.

3) Money matters: It is not advisable to carry a large amount of cash while travelling in Goa. You also need to be careful when you exchange foreign currency as well. With a large number of tourists flocking to the destination, the black market is particularly notorious here. It is advised to carry plastic money or travellers cheques. Many hotels and cafes don’t have a service charge and expect tips instead. So carry small bills for tips and transportation costs.

4) Food concerns: There are many well-known restaurants and cafes in Goa that you shouldn’t miss out on. They are picturesque, offer great seafood and fresh strong coffee! But if you want to taste authentic Goan street food, you need to be careful with where you eat. Always ensure the place is clean and hygienic. Opt for bottled water and check the seal before you take a sip. If you have a sensitive stomach, make sure you don’t experiment too much with spicy dishes. Most restaurants can customise the dish according to your preferences.

5) Shopping: You will find a lot of quaint shops selling a variety of handicrafts, colourful Goan dresses and beaded jewellery. But most of these places are overpriced. Make sure you bargain before buying something in one of Goa’s colourful markets and bazaars. In all probability, the shopkeeper would be willing to sell the item at half the price he asked for initially!

Goa is the perfect place to forget your worries and enjoy a tropical holiday with endless parties and great food. However, remain cautious at all times, especially when it comes to accepting drinks from strangers. These helpful tips will ensure that you have a wonderful and safe trip while in Goa. 

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