I've been to Goa over 20 times in the past few years and each time has been a time to remember, including the work trips. Anyone who tells you they're going to Goa purely on work is LYING. Such a thing doesn't exist.
There was the time I went to Goa to manage an event of ours and spent the entire 2 days indoors at the hotel where we were, but even then I managed a twenty minute swim in the pool and that was enough - its all in the mind.
But the best way to enjoy Goa is when you leave home in shorts and chappals and spend the entire holiday in the same state of mind and come back in chappals too. Goa is the kind of place I don't worry what I'm looking like and often don't worry what about I'm doing (I know most of you are thinking he never worries about what he's looking like!). Goa can be such a great leveller. The best of us and the not so much will rub shoulders at the same beaches, markets and bars. Many of us wouldn't be caught doing some of the things we do in Goa, back home where we live. Goa brings out that part of me, the me that is willing let my hair down and let go.
Parts of Goa, are unfortunately over-developed and bursting at the seams. Its the price of growth and popularity and there really is no way around it. All it means is that you have to be willing to go off the beaten track and often further down the beaten track to find places that are fun and relatively untouched.
But there is an obvious good side to all the development in Goa... There's so much to do and places to go to... Some of my favourites...
- Favourite Cafe/Lunch place - Leela Cafe
- Favourite Pub - the one in Baga which shows live football matches - I forget the name
- Favourite Restaurant - Brittos
- Favourite Club - Club Cabana
- Favourite Hotel - Tah holiday village
- Favourite Beach - Morjim
- Favourite 'fancy place' Restaurant - Fiesta
- Favourite Spa - Snip (incredible indonesian massage)
- Favourite shopping place - the little store in Calangute that sells football stuff
- Favourite View - the view of the beaches, Calangute and Baga when you're para-sailing
There are very few places in world I could go to again and again and again and not feel let down....
Goaaaah. Enough said....