I always thought Goa is overrated. I have been there more than a couple of times and even though I enjoyed the moment, the after taste was 'you could have gone elsewhere'.
But this time it was different.
There was this one mushy ingredient that made all the difference. No, it wasn’t any romantic interest.
It was my state of mind.
You weren’t expecting this kind of a statement, weren’t you?
Well, it’s true.
When I was told about this trip, I instantly had second thoughts about it, but then, I gave in anyway. This trip turned out to be the best Goa trip I ever made.
I think Goa has something different to offer every single time.
We soaked in the brightness of the sun.
We danced until dawn.
We stared at the sea for hours.
We witnessed the best sunset till date.
We never ran out of jokes.
We pampered ourselves with body massages.
We made new friends.
We had a pool party.
We had deep conversations.
We walked until our feet hurt.
We ate until we were stuffed.
We click pictures until our batteries died.
We had a time of our life. . .
So how did this happen. Well, I choose to surf on only good feeling thoughts and that’s what made all the difference.
For everyone reading this, whenever you plan a trip make sure that you surf on only the good feeling thoughts, because, the more you whine and complain, the more miserable your vacation will be but the more you indulge in seeing the good, the more magic you’ll draw.
Back to the crux of this post.
I wanted to stay in old Goa (south) but since I traveled with all first timers they wanted to experience it all. South and North goa are just a couple of hours away, so you can stay any side, as long as you get a decent place to crash. South goa is cheaper that north goa btw. We settled for Maggie’s resort in north goa on holiday road, it is comfortable and easy on the pocket. We paid 2500 for a room for two people a day and a thousand more for an extra bed. Their in-house restaurant was reasonable, and the food was equally good. I strongly suggest Maggie’s resort, you won’t regret it.
The painful part was travel, we didn’t hire bikes because it was unbearablly hot and secondly none of us had a license to rent out bikes. Booking a car with a driver costed us a bomb. We spend a good 3000 everyday just for a couple of hours barely 150 kms. So, in case you visit in summer, it is better to hire a car and drive if you can or use a bike towards the evening.
North Goa is pretty commercial, if you move down south, you’ll savor the authentic Goa flavor.
Places to visit:
St. Xavier’s church (it houses the mortal remains of St Francis Xavier, it is kept in a glass coffin visible to all)
Beaches (baga, vagator, arambol,candolim) Even beach had a different feel, I preferred arambol though.
Water sports (jet skiing, parasailing, a must try) Charge: 700 to 1000 depends on how you bargain for both
Food (Non-vegetarians can over indulge in sea food, the most popular food is king fish and drink is bira, beer)
Night life (you can party all night long, there are multiple options throughout tito stretch, so you can pub hop)
If you have sufficient time, I suggest you book a tour to dudhsagar waterfall. I think it’s better to trek to the falls if you are a bit adventurous.
There is no hard and fast rule to do only this and only that. There are several other things that you can do, like, the cruise, dolphin spotting, backwater canoeing, visit cola beach (I long to visit it, maybe next time) and of course shop at mapusa market, anjuna flea market and some night bazaar. You’ll find leather, gem stones, embroidery work, silk and so much more, many shopkeepers have settled there from Kashmir.
If you want a quieter experience move to the south. If you want a memorable trip, prepare yourself to embrace everything, stay on a high flying disk and expect miracles because, the way you feel ultimately determines everything, the food, the people, the place and your vacation.
I wish you a life full of travel. You deserve it.
Love and much love travel bugs,