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The Goan Trap

Goa ain’t Goa without a trap or two laid out for the good ol’ traveler to stumble upon. To counterbalance the splendor and joy of the Goan paradise, nature has induced what we at Best Beaches have termed as the dreaded Goan Trap.

Over the years, the following traps have been honed by fraudsters and the likes.

Hawkers – The hawking clan is an omnipresent species. They have scattered a few off their lot onto the otherwise happening beaches of Goa. They account or those small shops encroaching the beaches. They slap on a ridiculous price for objects that might just about perish on being touched. Grr.

Beach Masseurs – You can’t possibly expect lavish spa-like treatment from random beach masseurs. Please note that these so called masseurs aren’t quite professionally inclined. The only thing they are inclined towards is ripping you off!

Ear wash – Personally, I wouldn’t recommend a beach as the preferred location for getting the junk off your ears. Then again, if you happen to chance upon a self proclaimed ear doctor whilst loitering around aimlessly on the beach, then pray, run. Run for dear life. Don’t let them touch your ears to conduct some god forsaken medical examination or polishing and definitely do not let them shove instruments down your ears. A little birdie tells me they use the very same to polish shoes. Tch tch

Timeshare touts – What is Timeshare? According to our fraudulent darlings – it’s the jackpot we’ve mysteriously won out of the blue post an encounter with Timeshare agents roaming on bikes. According to us, on the other hand, it is pure sham, 3 hours of timesharing, oh-so-boring, kill-me-already Sham.

Tattoo Artists – So, you thought you’d go back home and flash your cool new fake tattoo at your comparatively less cool friends. Not happening. Probably what you would go back with is an ugly rash or infection in lieu of the originally intended tattoo. This because of the alleged incorporation of chemical dyes.

Taxis – The taxis of Goa have it in their nature to take innocent travelers for granted. They lure you into taking up on their offer of visiting places and restaurants that only have an exaggerated credit to account for themselves. The result is a very very empty wallet.

Its all or nothing in Goa, peeps. Either be a step ahead of the fraudulent, or fall headlong into the Goan Trap.

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