Are you not tired of viewing a dozen stories of people enjoying in Goa? If yes, then it’s time to get your travel journal out, plan your trip, book your tickets and fly away.
Easier said than done, I know.
But ask yourself, how many times have you planned for your Goa trip? Be honest.
In your head, like a zillion times. With your friends, a hundred times. That plan went to your parents, a few times. And succeeded, never?
Not this time. Turn around your story, read this blog till the end, I bet you’d want to book your tickets right away!!
A plan for your pre-planning phase.
- Read a lot of blogs
- Follow travel bloggers and pages, see where they go, @theglocaljournal @curlytales @goadarling @wahhgoa
- Do your research, know what all places you’d want to go
- And be ready with your list
Traveling to Goa after the Pandemic
Pandemic or no pandemic, nothing can change the Goa vibes. The moment you step in Goa, you’ll feel humidity first and then the party vibes. Being a responsible citizen, remember to not get lost completely and take necessary precautions, wear your mask, carry your sanitizer, try to avoid a lot of contacts.
Apart from this, Goa is all yours, just like it was before. Nothing has changed. As of today, nothing is shut. Beaches, shacks, clubs, casinos, cafes, restaurants, everything is wide open to welcome you into its arms.
Now, if you’re a party person, North Goa is your jam. But if you’re there for a calm vacation, wanting quieter beaches, South Goa will steal your heart.
Remember, don’t try to cover both North and South in a 4-5 day trip. You’ll need longer to explore its true beauty.
The smart move to enjoy your Goa Trip without hassle is to
– book your flights in advance (because you do want to go and not cancel this time, right?)
– book your stay at a good location beforehand
– rent your car/scooter/bikes on the first day for the entire duration
– prepare your itinerary so that you know what all places you want to cover
– carry your sunscreen always
– pack lightly, leave space for shopping
Now here are 5 places you MUST visit in Goa –
Honestly, there’s so much to do in Goa and a list can’t suffix all the great places but here are my Top 5 from the trip.
Because, Duh. You’ll visit Goa but not the beaches, that’s true betrayal.
So few quieter beaches are Ashwem, Mandrem, Morjim.
Anjuna, Baga, Calangute are the best to feel the party vibes.
Goa has a few of the best cafes and clubbing experiences. You’ll find cafes with old Portuguese to modern hippie vibes too.
Best Clubs –
Las Olas – Baga Beach
Cafe LPK – Candolim
Tito’s Lane – Baga Beach
Titlie – Vagator Beach
SinQ – Morjim Beach
Club Cabana – Arpora
Best Cafes –
Artjuna, Purple Martini, Eva’s Cafe – Anjuna Beach
Olive, Antares – Vagator
Thalassa – Siolim
Garden of Dreams – Arambol
Brittos – Baga
Royal Enfield garage & cafe – Baga
Note: These places are mostly in North Goa.
3. Dil Chahta Hai Fort
Chapora Fort has quite a view and if you’re a Bollywood fanatic like me, you’d love the filmy vibes there too. It’s near Vagator Beach
4. A day in Panjim
Panjim is the capital of Goa and quite beautiful. Remember the colorful streets we see over the internet, it’s called Fountainhas and is in Panjim. Mostly the Casinos are in Panjim too. Even if you know nothing about Casinos, it’s worth going for the first time experience, unlimited food and drinks. 😉
5. Offbeat waterfalls
You must have heard of Dhudhsagar waterfalls, it truly is a pleasure for your eyes. There’s one more, Harvalem Waterfall that you’ll absolutely love.
So this was a brief list of things you can do in Goa. But don’t stick to this. If you’re traveling with your friends, remember to have the best time of your life, say yes to impromptu plans. If you want, spare one night for just talking in your room. Visit the beach at 4 AM and laugh at your past, roam in & around the never sleeping lanes, grab a coffee or a beer, feel good, live life. The unplanned moments are the ones you’ll remember the most.
Take necessary precautions, rest aside, have THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE.
And don’t forget to post your amazing pictures on the gram. Do it for the sake of remembering that one GOA Trip that actually happened.