Here's How To Make Your Goa Trip Eco-Friendly

If you are planning an escape to the sunshine state already, here are ways you can make your Goa trip a sustainable affair
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With its many beaches, laidback vibe, and near-perfect weather, Goa is every tourist's top favourite destination to catch a break in. Despite reigning as a sought-after vacation spot for Indian and foreign tourists since the early 2000s, there's no getting bored of it, for it has something for everybody—from a party animal to a nature lover.

However, it also means that Goa can sometimes be caught in a fight against overcrowding and pollution caused by excessive tourism. But if you still want to head over to the Sunshine State for a relaxing getaway, here are ways you can travel in Goa sustainably:

Opt For Walking Tours

While renting a scooter or a car is the norm, the many areas in Goa are worth exploring on foot. The best way to go about it is to park your vehicle at a particular spot in the neighbourhood and explore the rest by walking. This gives you a chance to make your way into every nook and cranny and stumble upon several small-scale eateries rustling up local Goan fares. Khoj-aao is one venture curating offbeat walks, letting you in on experiences you would otherwise not have, especially if you are a nature lover. If you don't want to let go of the comfort of travelling on wheels, check out e-bike guided tours around Goa offered by BLive

Ros Omelette
Ros Omelette thatcheesygoan/Instagram

Eat Local

Though you may be tempted to explore Goa's gastronomical scene across the various happening bars and restaurants, hit the humble local spots for the true flavours of the street food in Goa. The state is dotted with gaddos (stalls) and taverns selling classic and pocket-friendly fares like ros omelette, xacuti, cutlet pao, and even feni if you are visiting during its season. One interesting way to do so is to opt for one of the culinary walking tours provided by Soul Travelling—especially the tribal food trail around Canacona. 

Mangaal Farmstay
Mangaal FarmstayMangaal Farm/Instagram

Choose An Eco-Friendly Stay

One of the most effective ways to ensure that your holiday doesn't cost the planet much is to choose an eco-friendly stay. In Goa, it is also one of the best ways to fix yourself up with a unique experience that you would not otherwise have in big cities or tourist hubs. For example, swap a hotel stay's cookie-cutter experience with a farmstay's. Our recommendation is the Mangaal Farmstay in Quepem. The property also has a spa and a pool, so you wouldn't miss out on a luxurious holiday experience after all.

Shop Sustainably 

If you love collecting souvenirs for your friends and family, or even for yourself, while on holiday, Goa has many sustainably-run stores that you definitely must check out. If you are confused about where to begin, we suggest visiting New Earth Gathering and Kuva Botanicals for getting your hands on some unique finds. 

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