The Following Safety tips are for all places that you may travel. Goa is a fun place to be in, but being safe from accidents, etc is of utmost importance. Goan’s are in general very friendly and helpful, but there is always a a section of the crowd generally who migrate from out of the state, create most of the problems. So these pointers can be very valuable.
- If you plan to having a hiker's vacation, carry insect repellants so you don’t get the mosquitoes specially in the monsoons.
- Carry your wallet in an inside jacket pocket or side trouser pocket, never in the rear pocket.
- The voltage in Goa is 220 volts alternating at 50 cycles per second. Visitors are advised to check you gadgets like dryer, chargers, shavers, electric toothbrushes etc to see if they are compatible with the voltage for it to be used without unnecessary damage. Many well known hotels have voltage converters and either given to you on arrival or on request.
- Leave valuables and important papers, such as jewelry and passports, secured in your hotel's safe deposit box. Never leave these items unattended in your room or carry large sums of cash on your person.
- Be wary of unexpected persons coming to your hotel room. Never open the door to unsolicited room service or maintenance people. Contact the front desk if you have any doubts.
- If you schedule a meeting with a potential client, research the company and the individual with whom you are meeting. Meet in a public place, such as a restaurant.
- Make sure that luggage is only given to a member of the hotel's bell staff and a receipt is issued for stored luggage. Never leave luggage or other expensive items, unattended at airports or taxi stands.
- Avoid travelling alone at night, unless you are in a crowded area.
- Its best to carry water from Seal Mineral Bottles than from anywhere else. This helps to ensure that the water is clean and also it helps some tourists who are not used to the humidity in the state in certain seasons.
- Many tourists come to Goa for sun tanning, but those with sensitive skin, do carry a sun screen lotion, which will help you protect yourself.Always plan your travel vehicles,either on hire, or a taxi. Get them booked at reputable places. it might cost a few percentage more. but you can ensure that you would reach your destination. Do not accept rides from unknown strangers, especially at night.
- Goa has plenty of beaches. But some beaches are not meant for swimming for the weak as they may be deeper or have stronger currents. Ensure there is a life Guard stand around, before taking the plunge. Its best advised to go to the well known popular beaches.
- Goans are friendly by nature and love to help. If you are in doubt go to the nearest goan shop and clarify your doubts. Most of the goans, no matter what age can speak english , even if it is a few words.
- Its best to buy a travel map from a book store and finding your way around Goa, then book a tour guide as they can be pricey.
Though these points, Goa is a fun place to be. Blessed with ancient relics, a portuguese history , a wonderful Indo-West culture and the bliss of nature. So go ahead and enjoy yourself .. but be safe.
Posted on: 19-02-2010