Budget friendly travelling hacks for goa this new yearTravel
I hope you are doing well. This year is going to end super soon and we all have that dream of travelling goa on new year. But this is the only time of the year when goa is most expensive. And let me tell you my friend I have witnessed a goa travel in new year only and we are college students and always have low budget . :D . So I'm going to make this dream of yours true, by sharing some amazing hacks for all of you travelling to goa on new year and having budget constraints or may be not but saving does no harm. ;)
Scroll down to find some useful Goa travelling hacks!
Hack#1 Try booking tickets 3-4 months prior
New years are always in demand, so you can expect heavy fare change in no time . If you book next day flights to goa today which is usually expensive (as we all know about urgent next day flights), you will find ticket fare cheaper than the days near new year eve. So if you book 3-4 months prior, you can definitely find good deals. :)
Hack#2 Try taking indirect or train routes for one side
Now if you are someone like me and can't keep up with fixed travel schedules due to random/irregular work commitments/scheduling . And now you have one month left and still wanna visit goa. This hack is perfect for you, though it requires a little fun twist and turns, but it's worth the while. What you can do is just book flights ticket from Delhi to Mumbai or from wherever you are located to Mumbai, (as direct flight tickets to Goa can be quiet expensive) and enjoy a little bit in Mumbai then catch a train to Goa from there. You'll save a hell lot of money .
Most important don't try to do this on return trip as you'll be very very tried by then . When we start our journey, that time we all are so cheerful and full of enthusiasm but by the end of the trip our enthusiasm comes to an end too. So try to catch direct flight from Goa to Delhi or wherever you are returning . I'm telling you according to my location you can always have alternate route but the hack is same if your place is very far from Goa . :)
Hack#3 Book your hotel before
Prior bookings always saves a lot as you could possibly miss your potential favourite spots due to last minute hike in price. Do a little research and find a good hotel near a Beach . A hotel near Baga Beach or Candolim Beach is best as you can start your journey from there and you'll find many beaches from there continuously at 15-20 minutes(2-3 km) distance gap.
Hack#4 Remember the leisure rule
This rule is basically nothing but it's important as if you are water baby or love spending time on Beaches then go for renting a FLAT there and if you like to spend time more inside in your room or want to enjoy the vibe from there then go for a resort.
Hack#5 If you are a solo traveller opt for zostel/hostels
Trust me on this you'll never regret as this is so inexpensive and you gotta meet so many travellers like you, you might find the one ;). Check online it has really positive vibe and common area is my favourite part in Zostels/Hostels. Even if you are not travelling alone Zostels can be your best fit with your friends and family too.
Hack#6 Hire a bike/scooty for local travel
You can find them for INR 500-700 for scooty like Activa and 200-300 more for bikes like avenger and bullet or maybe even cheaper. So that's how you gotta roam anywhere with your pals. :)
*Pro-tip - Bike lenders ask for your IDs as a security deposit so don't forget to carry one. Also, keep a photo of your bike as well as it's the number plate.
Hack#7 Buy sport combos and always bargain
Combos are always best, don't go for buying single sport as it is so much expensive and there is no fixed price, everyone will quote a different price so don't buy the very first deal you get. Try that classic trick of walking away after quoting your price and he will call you definitely ;) #triedandtested #bargaintrick. Moreover, at least reject few deals so that you know how much to quote.
Hack#8 Don't try sports on the spot
You can find cheaper deals in the city as if you buy deals on the spot(beach) you can find them a little expensive. A deal of INR 2000 for three sports (Parasailing, Jetski and Banana ride) can easily be found or maybe even cheaper in the city.
Hack#9 Eat at shacks avoid restaurants
Fancy restaurants always tempt us but it comes with a high price, so once it's Okay. But try eating at shack as it cheaper and you get you to enjoy at the beach more.
Pro tip: Don't eat before going in the water, always eat after swimming because, after a big meal, blood will be diverted away from your arms and legs, towards your stomach's digestive tract. And if your limbs don't get enough blood flow to function, you're at risk of drowning.
Hack#10 Don't miss a chance to make your colleagues jealous
We are always tempted to travel all year after seeing a friend's/colleague's story. So now it's your turn to make them envy with your amazing story updates. Plus you can get a lot of Instagram worthy content in goa and the amazing part is you don't have to make a lot of effort, it is the nature who comes to your rescue so don't miss it. ;)
Hack#11 Sun bathing is amazing but need to take care also
Tanning is the first thing which comes with sun bathing, it might seem cute but prolonged exposure to the sun has negative health effects. So carry a good sunscreen of minimum 30 SPF and not greater than 50 SPF And in Goa, don't forget to reapply your sunscreen at least every two hours, no matter what SPF rating you choose.
Hack#12 Choose your undies and shorts wisely or carry a lot of them
The sea water is very very salty as we all know how ocean water is and what it does to us. That is so uncomfortable at times, so I'll suggest opting for the ones with material that dries quickly or carry a lot of them.
So these are all my hacks for you, I hope you find them useful and if you are now confused about what places to visit in goa. Then I got it covered for you too. Check all amazing places to visit in goa here. :)
Peace out, stay tuned for next travel blog.
Author - Saumya Chaudhary
Pictures by - Saurabh Verma
Pictures edited by - Tushal Kansal