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Explore Goa Under 10,000 – It’s Possible!

We have a question for you. What is holding you back from taking the much – awaited trip to Goa? The trip that is planned every year, repeatedly, yet never fulfilled! Is it the misperception of travel being expensive? How about we help you with some hacks that can help you save a lot on a Goa trip? Why pay more than you should, after all!? From cheap hotels in Goa to beaches that go to infinity, Goa has it all for the explorers at heart.

  1. Travel Off – Season

Travelling during the offseason, which is just after and before the monsoon season is a great idea. The weather is a little on the cooler side, if humid, but just good enough as the regular season. A good reason to support this is that you get good deals on travel tickets and the accommodation, compared to the peak season. For those on a lookout of budget options in Goa, July – August are the best months to visit. Less crowded beaches, an insight into the local culture with festivals like Soa Joao minus the traffic madness is an offer just too tempting for us!

  1. Skip all those big names!

Skipping the big brand hotels in Goa and instead of going for a budget stay options available throughout Goa, from the North to South, is the best way to save money. You may also find some backpacker hostels which provide accommodation at low prices. If you are planning an extended stay, these are one of the best options. Accommodation a little farther away from the sea is usually less expensive.

  1. Rent a bike for travel

Exploring at your own pace, on a rented bike is not only exciting but also allows you to save on cab prices. You can easily rent a two-wheeler at INR 300-400 per day and a four-wheeler from INR 800-1200 per day. Apart from this, you will just have the additional price for petrol, and at least, your travel tales are sorted! Make sure you carry your driving license and wear a helmet to stay safe.

  1. Shop till you DROP… at flea markets!

Anjuna beach hosts the Wednesday flea markets, Arpora hosts the Saturday night market while Mapusa has the Friday market where you can purchase quality items without shelling too much money (that’s if you are not a brand freak!). A little bargaining skill will go a long way!

Take advantage of the sightseeing spots without entry fee!

Pubs and nightclubs might cost you a little (girls get free entry though, and Saturdays have a great lady’s night with free drinks too). You can, on the other hand, surely enjoy the essence of Goa at its vibrant beaches like Calangute, Anjuna, and Baga. If you’re looking for peace, the South Goa beaches are a high pick. You may also visit the Church of St Francis of Assisi, Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception and Se Cathedral. You can take a trek up the Dudhsagar Falls ad visit Chapora Fort, Tiracol Fort or the Aguada Fort.

  1. Plan Meals in Advance

Yes, that saves not only money but time too! Restaurants on the beachside can prove to be slightly expensive. You can try places like Brasserie (Panjim), Nisara’s Kitchen (Bicholim), German Bakery Café (Calangute), Calangute Food Junction, etc. are quite light in the pockets. You can also talk to the locals to get some insider tips. Take recommendations on things like where to get the best, yet affordable Goan fish curry, or the best places for a party night. Who knows, but you may unveil the secret of the hidden gems of Goa!

There are also some more tips like avoid taxis, use apps to navigate or find cheap places to live and dine, etc. You may go your own way too, but these tried and tested tips are sure to live up to your expectations! These will help you explore within a budget and merely slash the cost of your Goa vacation without having to compromise on the fun part of it.