You don’t need a lot of money to have a memorable time in Goa! Yes, it is more expensive than most tourist destinations in the country, but with the right hacks, you can ensure your budget gets you more than you bargained for:
- Book your ticket in advance – As someone who’s travelled by air to Goa for as low as Rs. 1800, I can bet that booking in advance will save you a lot of money, especially if you intend visiting during the year end. Trains like the Konkan Kanya and Tejas Express are comfortable overnight journeys at less than half the cost of an air ticket.
- Book Airbnbs – Find an airbnb that accommodates you and your family/friends at a reasonable cost. A functional kitchenette plays a vital role in how much you save. Preparing a quick breakfast, coffee, mid-day snack or home-cooked meal will go a long way in stretching your budget, allowing you to sample more elaborate Goan meals at restaurants, worry-free.
- Rent your own vehicle – Goa’s strong taxi union has a monopolistic grip on transport, which is why you won’t find cost-effective ubers and olas here. The most effective way to see the state is by renting your own bike at the cost of Rs. 300- Rs. 1000 a day, depending on the season and type of bike. Riding down palm-lined roads and exploring little villages won’t cost you an arm and a leg.
- Don’t book packages – Rather, go through what different packages offer, pick what interests you and make your own travel plans after doing your own research. Find out when a monument is open for the public, the closed days etc.
- Stay in South Goa – If you aren’t hell-bent on partying, take in the laid-back vibe of South Goa. It’s quieter, has less tourists and is significantly cheaper than the Northern beach belt.
- Travel during off-season – You’ll be surprised at how much cheaper Goa is in the monsoons – from transport, to accommodation, there’s opportunity to save everywhere! While many shacks may be shut, the beauty of the state will wow you. Ideal for slow travellers!
- Eat a good Goan Fish Thali – Skip expensive restaurants and go to local joints for a massive, tasty local thali at a fraction of the cost. A home-cooked breakfast and early lunch comprising of a fish thali (rice, curry, fish, vegetables side + seafood side) will have you stuffed until evening.
- Keep your eyes open for the right party to attend – Many party spots offer ladies night discounts, weekday happy hours and more. You’ll even find lesser known, but great parties in smaller, less crowded clubs. Facebook is a great source of information like this.
- Buy your own alcohol – It is no secret that alcohol in Goa is cheap. Why pay more at clubs and restaurants? Buy your own booze and carry it around. Remember to avoid drinking and driving and littering when you’re done!
- Do free things – Yes, the beaches are fun! But there’s a lot of sightseeing you could do for free. Marvel at the gorgeous architecture of Mae De Deus church or drive through Fontainhas to look at the beautiful Goan houses for the right price – free!
- Download Dubl’up – Dubl’up offers Buy 1 Get 1 Free offers on everything – from hotel stays, food and dining, salons and spas, gyms and leisure activities. Purchase a Holiday Package that is valid for a week, or a yearly package and avail of hundreds of offers that let you save every step of the way!
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