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Looking for hostels in Goa? Here are 7 tips to keep in mind

For a backpacker making his or her way across the subcontinent, sticking to a budget is imperative. Sure everyone has a different spend limit, but one thing they all have in common is that splurging on accommodation and room service is not an option. For the average traveler, a clean bed at the end of the day and basic amenities are all they desire. Since cheaper is not always better, here are 7 tips to keep in mind while looking for hostels in Goa.

Breakfast is the most important meal

When you’re on a budget, you want to get the most bang for your buck. Instead of spending over half your daily limit on food, finding a hostel that offers breakfast is a great way to start your day. Keep in mind though that most hostels that serve breakfast usually do so early, so find out the timings and what they serve so you can get what you’ve paid for.

Locked and loaded

Look for a hostel that provides lockers. Yes, hostels in Goa have lockers – and they’re usually built into the daily rate. Lockers are great for storing away your valuables, in case you don’t want to travel around the city with it. In some cases, these lockers are in limited quantity, or on a first come, first served basis, so ensure you call ahead and inquire.

Stay connected

This may sound like a no brainer, but find out about the WiFi situation. While most hostels provide free WiFi, there are some that still charge for usage – so it’s best to avoid them. That being said, it would be a good idea to scan through reviews to find out details like speed and reliability of the free WiFi before booking.

Bar, bar, don’t be a black sheep

This might sound like a strange one but look for a hostel with a bar. Not just because this is Goa, but because bars are a great place to meet people and socialize. Fellow travelers experienced backpackers, you never know who you could meet. Some hostels in Goa even host regular events such as yoga in the morning or communal dinners at night, so look out for those.

Location matters

There are plenty of hostels in Goa, especially along the coastal towns. You want to pick a location that is central to your plans since traveling across Goa can be expensive unless you rent a vehicle or take public transport. If you are relying on public transport such as buses, you’ll want to choose a hostel that is walking distance from the main bus stop.

Here today, gone tomorrow

Since hostels in Goa are becoming popular, there are new ones being opened every season. These hostels also tend to close if the location is not right or the business has not been too good – so do your research. Read reviews or call ahead even after booking online to ensure that your booking stands and you’re not left in a lurch when you arrive.

Happy people make a happy experience

The last and possibly the most important tip is to find a place with great staff. The hostel staff is probably the first people you see in the morning and the last people you see at night. A great hostel is one where the staff are warm and friendly and treat you like a family member rather than a guest. After all, an integral part of the hostel experience is to feel like you’re part of the community.

Have you backpacked across Goa and do you have any tips that you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments below.

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Mark Rocha

Mark Rocha is a musician and entertainer living in Goa. He's a published author, a husband, and the father of three dogs. Woof.

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