How to relax cheaply in GOA?
Why goa Goa is one of the 28 states of India, the smallest in area and the most popular among tourists. This corner on a huge map of the country is unique in that on a relatively small territory there are more than 45 magnificent beaches! Dozens of hotels and restaurants, the cultural heritage of the Portuguese and the relaxed atmosphere of a leisurely life create a unique “cocktail” that intoxicates travelers from the very first day of their stay in Goa.
The best time to travel. So, the decision to vacation in Goa is made! Now it is time to decide when to take the trip. Since the climate on the west coast of India is subject to monsoon changes in weather conditions, the year is divided into dry and wet season. It is much nicer to rest in the dry season, which lasts from late October to mid April. But the prices for accommodation at this time significantly increase, especially for the New Year holidays. In order not to overpay for holidays and get good weather, you need to go at the beginning of the season or in February-March. During these periods, not only hotel room prices will delight, but also the expanse of beaches, since the main influx of tourists by the end of January passes.
Save on tickets. Undoubtedly, air tickets will be the most expensive part of traveling to India. But Goa is worth it! The cost of tickets depends on the season and on the day of the week when the flight takes place. It is most beneficial to use the services of low-cost companies. Such airline companies do not include huge baggage, which the tourist may not have, food and other services. It is safe to say that for an unassuming economical tourist, such an economical offer is an ideal option. When booking a ticket, you can save not only on food. For example, flights on weekdays are cheaper than on weekends. Buying round-trip tickets saves up to 30% of the total price of tickets. Early booking guarantees the tourist not only the availability of tickets, but also saves about 5% of the amount allocated for flights. For the coming season, airfare to Goa ranges from $ 650 to $ 800.
When planning a trip, it is important to decide not only when to go to India, but also for what period. If time and budget allow, it is more profitable to relax in Goa for at least a month. In this case, self-purchase of tickets and booking a hotel will fully justify the time spent and save a decent amount of money. In the case when the vacation time is not more than 10 days, it is more profitable to contact a travel agency and buy a ready-made tour. Of course, a “package” trip will not give tourists the whole flavor and unique charm of Goa, but part of the family budget in this case will remain untouched.
Another important point of travel planning is the choice of accommodation. As in many countries of Southeast Asia, in India, tourists during their holidays can live not only in hotels or hostels, but also in full-fledged apartments or houses rented in advance or upon arrival in the country. It should be noted that fear and a negative attitude to all types of housing, except for hotels, are carefully formulated, first of all, by managers of travel agencies. After all, they need to somehow earn a living. They convince tourists that hotel accommodation is safer and cheaper, but such cure is far from reality. Here are a few reasons not to favor hotels:
– Most of the hotels that travel agencies offer cannot boast a high level of comfort and service. Often, a tourist can independently find an option that is much better and more convenient;
– hotel prices are overstated, sometimes several times. For the price of a double room in a 3-4 * hotel, you can easily rent a whole house near the beach!
– The bulk of the hotels are located in the south of the state, while the main events, events and entertainment, shops and restaurants are in the north. A tourist living in a hotel has to choose between the sluggish and boring life of southern Goa and the considerable costs of traveling to the north of the state, where you can arrange shopping and see the real life of the state.
The process of finding housing upon arrival recalls how our compatriots rented rooms on the Black Sea coast from their grandmothers. No need to be afraid of this. The Indians are very helpful and friendly, many know English and Russian. Prices for rented housing remain at approximately the same level throughout the high season, with the exception of the New Year holidays, when prices soar. Two to three weeks after Christmas, everything returns to normal. It is more profitable to rent a house for a long term. For example, when renting a house for a month or more, the owner will provide a discount of 20% or more.