Goa continues to enthrall visitors with its beaches and the overall atmosphere. Traveling to Goa for a trip or two every year is a known remedy for coping with the otherwise routine life! But then there are decisions to be made, which hotel to stay in, how to travel, should one go for independent planning or go for a holiday package? With so many hotels and holiday packages to choose from travel and with so many decisions to make sometimes planning for a holiday could also seem like work! And we have not even started talking about what to pack!
However having a minimum plan in hand seems like a good idea. After people can help us plan better only if we can articulate what we as a customer want. Goa may mean many things to many people. For some it is the ultimate party destination and apart from North Goa everything else may seem like a waste of time. Others may come looking for peace and quiet vouching the paradise is to be found in the South alone. Then there is Old Goa and the Portuguese connection to be explored. For some the magnet is the water sports. Some of the activities on offer are-
- Banana Boat Ride
- Bumpy Ride
- Boat Ride
For people who wish to do more off beat things, there are trekking options in Goa too, check out the Dudh Sagar waterfalls and adjoining areas. Having clarity about what one wants will go a long way in making the vacation memorable. Also it may be a good idea not to try and do everything in one vacation.
Having decided upon the vacation focus the next critical decision would be picking up a hotel in Goa. One is blessed because there are so many hotels to choose from in Goa. Once again having an idea of the budget would give the traveler a better chance at finding the dream hotel. After all Goa has it all, from the big name five star hotels to friendly guest houses. So knowing what one wants may help in receiving a better service when it comes to choosing Goa hotels.
There are some usual suspects on the Goa packing list-
- Sun glasses,
- Beach wear (whatever you are fine with, one can find everything from sari to bikini and trousers to swimming trunks on a Goa beach),
- Comfortable footwear.
If you feel compelled for those parties you may sneak in the party wear too. And if you miss out on something, don’t worry you can buy things from those flea markets. Take good care of your camera and gadgets because they don’t mix well with water. If you have many gadgets to charge and you feel the hotel may have limited plug points, carry an extension cord or buy one at the location. Some Goa hotels may still not receive cell phone reception but that is a blessing in disguise, isn’t it?
So what is your idea of a perfect Goa trip?