Go Goa Gruhini Style
Is Goa your next holiday destination? Then you better spend few minutes reading this post. For your Great Gruhini just returned from the beach city with a fresh mind and not so big hole in the pocket. Don’t forget to keep just three things in mind. You will be happy to realise that holidays after all don’t have to be an expensive affair always.
1. Stay close to the beach: Cut down your travel cost by booking a hotel that is walkable distance from the beach. It may not be feasible to find such an option always, but the taxi drivers charge atleast Rs 300-400 for one side journey. To be fair to them and to the shack owners, the street hawkers, October to April is the time of the year when the taxi drivers,and shop owners get opportunity to earn as much money that can run their house for the rest of the year. But we got to pay what is a reasonable price isn’t it? So before you book a hotel, check about its claims about proximity to the beach etc.
2. Avoid beach hopping: Unless you are in Goa just to groove to the electronic dance music at pubs that line up famous Anjuna or Baga beach, beach hopping can be avoided especially in this peak season. The congested roads leading to these beaches, the loud music and too many people around can be big put off for kids. If you still have to book hotels, go for the less crowded ones like Candolim and Calangute stretch. Rest assured that the beach shacks and the restaurants in these areas will still make you feel that you are on streets of Goa.
3 Give shopping a miss: To not to shop on a holiday is a big test of self control. But if your Gruhini who was once known for spending Rs 5000-6000 over half an hour could pass that test, then you can do it as well. I didn’t venture out to the flea market or the saturday bazaars, but the stuff I saw on the street shops, is somewhat like the stuff you could find in Delhi’s Janpath Lane or in Bandra or Lokhandwala market in Mumbai.