Tell a friend that you’re going to Goa and he or she will predictably go into a rant about all the things
you ‘absolutely must do’ while there. Equally useful and harder to get is get some insider’s information
about things NOT to do while in Goa. We at WAH have decided to make our readers privy to five things
that we feel you must avoid at all costs during your visit this beach town/city.
1. Leave your Bappi Lahri avatar back home – Flaunting jewellery is probably the worst idea when
you are going to spending a majority of your time swimming and sunbathing. In such situations,
it is difficult to constantly safeguard your valuables, which will be under the threat of getting
swept away by the sea or stolen while one is looking away. So come in a simple, carefree garb
and avoid diamonds and gold!
2. Don’t go overboard with your ‘Main Sharaabi’ routine – It is no secret that alcohol rates in Goa
are lower than a rap singer’s baggy pants. Still, hold your horses and know when to draw the
line. Drunk driving should be avoided, along with unpleasant drunken brawls. Besides, you do
not want to waste a whole of your vacation nursing a killer hangover!
3. Safety first – Do not, at any given time, indulge in water sports without expert guidance at hand.
Things may appear to be easy and effortless but it is dangerous to experiment with the water
sports that Goa is known for in the absence of a professional. Unwanted mishaps can be avoided
thus and one can freely enjoy these activities without endangering oneself or one’s family.
4. No ‘kaali peeli’ please – Taxis in Goa charge abysmal rates and do not follow metres. The best
options available to visitors are to rent a car or a bike that can be kept at one’s disposal on a
daily basis. If you want to avoid driving, Goa offers the option of a Bike Taxi service which is
relatively cheaper. Sadly, even the rickshaws here cost a bomb.
5. Research is bitter but its fruit is sweet – Do a bit of advance planning. Book your hotel in
advance to get a good deal instead of running the risk of being fleeced upon arrival. Also, get
a few basic pronunciations right and familiarize yourself with a few local terms. Once you’ve
proved yourself to be a tourist, there is a tendency for everyone to jack up their rates – from the
massage guy to the scooty owner.
About Author: The author is a digital media enthusiast at @WeAreHolidays and an avid
traveller who wishes to travel around the world. At WeAreHolidays, he is responsible for
managing and dealing with holiday packages.