I’ve lived in Goa for 3.5 years and have so much to share. I don’t keep the secret places to myself but lay it all out here on the blog so you can have a great time in this island paradise I call home.

Wildflower Villas // A Goa Eco Resort

Ben was in the back of the omni saying, “I don’t think this is right…” while I followed the map and drove us to Wildflower Villas. He made a good point. It seemed like we were in an industrial area we weren’t allowed. But just as Google promised, we saw the big white gates and

5 Top Tips for Goa

Are you planning to come to Goa for a vacation or a stop-through on a backpacking trip? First, check out my Ultimate Guide to Goa; which puts Lonely Planet to shame ;) I get e-mails asking what extra top tips for Goa do I have? It’s usually people who have already read my ultimate guide,

Most Popular Journey to India Questions Answered

I’ve been answering a lot of questions from potential travelers to India. Some of the questions are things I never even think to post on this website. I’m going to address the basics of travel to India now with some reader e-mails I have received, so perhaps you’ve even been redirected here in a reply

FAQ: Should I Come to Goa in Monsoon?

I love rain. I grew up in Ohio where springtime meant rain for a month or more straight. A lot of people told me, “The Goa in monsoon season will be ten times more than what you’ve ever experienced," but I have to say, it isn’t that bad. I hear it's unbearable in Calcutta during the second

The Hippie’s Guide to Shopping in Goa

Goa has THE best market in India, if not the whole world: the Saturday night market, followed closely by the flea market. These aren’t the only options, but are great places to start shopping in Goa. The two biggest markets are only open ON SEASON: End of October through March-April. I couldn't fit this is my

Ultimate Unique Guide to North Goa

I read once that as a travel writer you shouldn’t use the word “paradise”, but there is truly no other way to describe Goa. Imagine people who love their lives completely. They came to Goa to start a business they dreamed of, play music, or sell paintings. With a low cost of living, people can

Save Yourself Hassle: Buy a Local SIM Card in India

For my American readers who may not even know what a SIM card is, you should know other countries do not have cell phone plans like ours! Getting a local SIM card in India and having access to the internet will make your trip WAY easier and less stressful. In the US your phone number

15 Tips for Drinking Bhang Lassi in India

Before I tell you my tips on how to drink bhang lassi in India, I want to paint a little picture of Rajasthan... but since there ARE photos in this post (lol) feel free to skip ahead, I suppose. Rajasthan is a very unique state in India. In the desert, with buildings that blend in