I’m a busy traveler. In the past 12 months I’ve been on 57 flights. I’m lucky that most of my travel is enjoyable and Instagram worthy. But most of that travel has mostly been based on what other people needed me to do and where they wanted to go. After seven months of almost non-stop travel I decided it was time to take a trip just for me. A 6 day solo trip to Goa!
It was my very first solo trip. I’m 55 years old and never traveled just for me. I booked it 3 months in advance and protected the dates from being over scheduled or changed. When things got hectic in day to day life, I soothed myself with the knowledge that I had a solo trip waiting for me.
When the big day came I boarded my flight to Goa, India from New Delhi, so it was an easy flight. I flew Indigo Airlines, a great domestic budget airline that is clean and famous for being on time. From the moment the plane left the earth I started thinking only of myself.
When was the last time you did that? Thought only of yourself for a week? It’s life changing.
My 6 Day Solo Trip to Goa
Before arriving at Goa airport, I had arranged for the resort to pick me up. Even though this option costs a bit more than grabbing a taxi, it helped me feel confident that I was safe. The driver was holding a sign with my name and showed me a message I sent him as proof I was with the right person. He dropped me at the Villa Blanche for a fresh lunch and I perused their little gift shop. Villa Blanche has a fun vibe and healthy delicious food. A refreshing break from the heavy food of Delhi. Then we went directly to the Elsewhere Resort.
Elsewhere is an insider’s place. It’s not easy to find on an internet search. If a friend hadn’t told me about it I would have missed it. That would have been a shame; it’s such a lovely place.
When I arrived at Elsewhere, I was graciously met at the outdoor dining hall with a cool drink and chilled hand towel.
After formalities (sharing of passport and resort details) I was shown to my private beachfront villa. I stayed in “The Bakery”. It was completely isolated from any other villa or person. Elsewhere is where you come to unwind, when you need several days to relax in peace. There is no nightlife, no activities director. You are on an island of peace and privacy. Even the beach was peaceful with no vendors and very few people.
I felt safe as there was a guard posted near my room. I checked on him through the first night and he was always awake. This really helped me relax.
- I woke with the sunrise and took a long walk on the empty beach.
- Ate fresh healthy food.
- Stared at the waves.
- Took another walk.
- Napped on the shady porch.
- Collected beach rocks and made designs with them.
- Thought about working but read a book instead.
- Slept when the sun went down.
I was reluctant to leave (seriously, I could have spent 3 more days chilling out there) but excited to move to Agonda Beach and do a bit of shopping and dining out.
I stopped in Goa to get a ring fixed at Van Andel and Peace Jewelers. They have lovely designs and excellent customer service! Then I went to Gunpowder for a bohemian style lunch. Highly recommended for their exceptional customer service, delicious food and charming ambiance.
My driver also stopped at a market to allow me to pick up water and a few snacks before driving 3 hours to Agonda Beach which I chose for the small town, quiet atmosphere.
I stayed at White Sands Agonda which has since closed. But don’t worry, I knew this would happen, so I checked out their sister hotel Agonda Villas for my next visit. They don’t have aircon but the sea breeze comes right into the room. Without a cafe on-site you have to leave for meals. I also visited Dunhill Beach Front Hotel which was clean, and with a nice cafe. Both hotels were clean and rooms opened right onto the beach.
I had dinner at The Simrose cafe right on the beach. Cool vibe and beautiful sunset. It might be a good place to stay but I didn’t check out the rooms.
I spent the morning walking all the way up and down the beach and collecting more polished pebbles. On my beach walk, I came across a religious revival and baptism in the waves. Because I was a solo traveler, the women were welcoming to me and offered me food. We sat and visited and they baptized their new congregation. They invited me to be baptised too! But I’ve already done that so I just watched.
The rest of the day was spent reading and writing. Very relaxing. Lunch and dinner was at the resort at Zest Cafe. I highly recommend Zest. I could have eaten there every day. Cute shops nearby. I felt perfectly safe walking around Agonda but I didn’t go out at night.
After another long beach walk I hired a taxi drive me 2 hours to Goa airport. I left Goa with a handful of pebbles, a bag of local cashews, and a clear, refreshed mental state.
There was no way I could have predicted the enormously positive impact this 6 day solo trip to Goa would have on me! It was the purest form of self-care. I will be sure to do a solo trip every year.