Consider the below factors while planning your long-term holiday with a 9 to 5 job.
Step 1: Decide Destination
There are many travel destinations in and outside India, it’s up to you to decide the view for the WFH setting. India is endowed with almost all the topographical features such as gigantic mountains, plateaus, and wide plains with rivers. If you are a beginner, consider India’s most traveled places such as Goa, Shimla, Manali, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Kerala, and many more.
Another important factor while making your booking is deciding the area in which you want to live and explore.
Step 2: Choose your priority – Managing Daily Meals and Internet
When I started hunting for an apartment, my priority was kitchen and wi-fi. I enjoy homemade food whether it is one pot recipe or a platter so I searched for an apartment with a kitchen and wi-fi. It also contributes to reducing the cost of living at any place. In case, you don’t enjoy cooking, search for café/ restaurants which provide meals at a reasonable price. Those who can manage eating outside daily, they can also book hotels/ hostels without a kitchen or a common kitchen. Similarly, choose your priority and add them in filters while searching a space.
Step 3: Commute Options
To explore a place post office hours or on weekends sometimes you will also need some sort of transport.
Step 4: Planning Other things
Search for nearby supermarts, hospitals, vegetable shops, etc.
Once you can decide on the above things, start looking for a space on Airbnb, booking.com, or zostel.
Where I stayed in Goa ?
I lived in a 2 BHK apartment near Prana café, Ashwem. The beach was just 100 meters away from my apartment, a perfect place to work during day time and go for evening walks at the beach. During this time, I interacted with neighbors, tasted the homemade delicious dodol, explored nearby mountains, and cycled to random places. This flat met my requirements( wi-fi and kitchen), you can find a link below to make your bookings.
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Airbnb link to find the space where I stayed – https://www.airbnb.co.in/rooms/31247511?check_in=2021-03-18&check_out=2021-03-20&s=67&unique_share_id=5fb7bca1-233e-4850-8417-e5b6bc0f7350
Host Contact Name and Number : Royston, 8806464663.
For South Goa, I stayed at a luxurious fully furnished apartment in Garden Estate Society, near Palolem Beach hosted by Amit.
Buying Essentials – Grocery and others
Some supermarts at walking distance to buy essentials.
Super mart near Zula: https://g.page/zula-goa?share
OM Mart: https://goo.gl/maps/Ji3aNYqLcRGxyCTJ7
Britto’s Super mart: https://goo.gl/maps/6qnChr17Dj8n91ZJA
Nearest medical shop : Mandrem
There are many shops near Palolem beach and this society.
Get a bike/ car
In Ashwem , North Goa –
Royston for scooty – 8806464663
Contact Tyron if you want bicycles – 9075233202
Bikes and cars – https://goo.gl/maps/88iBHvG8zezQRKiU7
There are many bike rentals options near Koleso 24/7 , take a walk on this road in case above options didn’t work.
For South Goa, we got bikes in Palolem for Rps 200 /- at Seema taxi/cab near Avacado restaurant. There are ample number of options available in this area.
Buying Vegetables and Fruits
For long-term holidays, I enjoy eating homemade food. In Palolem , while dropping bikes back, we met two girls struggling to buy vegetables at fair price so I thought of including this section.
In Ashwem, you can get fresh vegetables and fruits at a reasonable price in Mandrem market which is 2 km away. There is a nearby Government approved Vegetable shop, I don’t recommend buying from this shop as the price was way higher for not-so-fresh fruits and veggies.
In palolem area, buy veggies on Saturday from Chaudi market at reasonable price.
Nearby Café & Restaurants
There are many café and restaurant in Ashwem, Arambol and Morjim area. Here are some options which we explored.
Prana Café – https://g.page/PranaCafeGoa?share
La Cabana – https://goo.gl/maps/mQAxKNySAaSgLPg99
Leela Beach Club – https://g.page/Beach-club-leela?share
For Vegetarian and Vegan food eat at Wellness Inn yoga & Holistic Center – https://goo.gl/maps/hku8f6TRHwPGag2p7
Near Palolem, there are many options. Here are some which we liked –
- Zest Cafe
- Magic Italy
- Little world
- Cafe Inn
Explore Nearby Beaches
Ashwem, North Goa
- Sweet water lake
Palolem, South Goa
- Palolem Beach
I hope this information would help you, let me know if you have some suggestions or queries 🙂
4 thoughts on “Planning Long Term Holiday In Goa”
I stayed in Goa for a month and it was a unique experience because I was volunteering in a hostel side by side and exploring Goa on local buses. I feel even 3-4 months are not enough to explore Goa.
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I also feel the same. I visited Goa 2 times before and then stayed here for a month, explored many places still, there is so much to explore here.
Informative, crisp and quick links for help. Great work.
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