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A Girl's Guide To Doing A Solo Trip To North Goa On A Budget

Ladies, what better time than now to take that solo trip you’ve been planning forever? And what better place could there be than Goa? Save this guide because here’s where we’re telling you all that you can do and more to make this the most epic holiday…that too on a budget.

If you’re planning a budget trip, then make sure you take the bus or the train to Goa. They’re both safe options, and if you’re lucky and there’s a flash sale going on, you could even fly to Goa for as cheap as INR 1,500.

Travelling around in Goa can get expensive, especially by taxis, but if you have to use them then we recommend you go with our tried and tested drivers who are polite, respectful and more importantly safe. Additionally, it helps that they charge as per market rate. You could call Vijay from Saligao on +91 9764362109, Madan from Anjuna on +91 9822152754 , Siddharth from Calangute on +91 9763441630, or Naman in Assagaon on +91 9764399326. All of them will happily come to your desired location in Goa, and even do airport/ station pick-ups and drops. You could also use Goa’s famous motorcycle taxis called Pilots if you want a cheaper option {and have just a backpack}. We suggest calling Hanuman on +91 95522 78955 or Mohan on +91 9923117420.

It is advisable to call all these guys in advance and either book them or at least check if they might be available for your holiday. There is public transport such as buses, which run between main villages and Mapusa, Panjim, etc. Ask any of the locals and for INR 10 and upwards you can hop across and check out other parts of Goa. Though be warned, they’re functional only till 9pm.

Goa’s beaches will naturally be on your must-visit list and we recommend that you avoid Baga, Calangute or even Anjuna. Instead, head to Sinquerim, Candolim, Morjim, Vagator, Ashvem, Mandrem or Keri Beaches if you want to just chill by yourself without creepy men ogling at you. These beaches aren’t crowded and are absolutely stunning {we’ll let the pictures do the talking}. Do remember that during the monsoons all shacks are closed and swimming in the sea is not allowed either.

Meal options are dime a dozen- shacks and restaurants being the most popular ones options. But if you’re looking at enjoying an unperturbed meal by yourself, then our picks would be: The Calamari Shack, BomrasBay View Beach Shack, in Candolim; The Project Café Goa, Bistrot Botanique, Villa Blanche or Vinayak Restaurant in Assagaon; Mustard, Tierra Y Mar or Saraya in Sangolda; Cantare or Colors in Saligao; Michele’s Garden in Anjuna; Rocket Burger in Vagator; Mamaramma, Verandah, Cremeux, Kokni Kanteen in Panjim; Sublime in Morjim and Zeebop by the Sea in Mandrem. We also recommend a thali at South I, Starlight, Anand Bar to name a few. Please note that Calamari, Bayview Shack, Bomras, Villa Blanche, Sublime & Michele’s garden shut down during the monsoon months from June till September.

All of the places have great food and a fabulous ambience. The budgets will vary depending on the place you choose, but you’ll happily get meals under INR 500 from this list.

If you want to check out the nightlife and are apprehensive about stepping out alone, then we recommend the places we’ve had a great time at by ourselves {a few of them have weekly ladies nights, so free drinks are on offer, girls}. Not to mention, these options include places that have live jazz music, Motown nights, salsa nights and more, too. Cantare, Cohiba, Showbar, Soro, The Big Tap, Watsons, Taverna, and Habanero are just a few of our favourites.