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Money Worries!!!

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Money Worries!!!

Hi my husband and I are going to Calangute on 2nd April,our first time in India.We are very excited but just a bit concerned about how much and what sort of money to take.Is it better to take sterling travellers cheques or American dollar ones,are they easy to change?Also what are the cash machines like and will we need small change for tipping at airport?And can anyone recommend any trips and where to book them,and what is it like for mosquitoes we will be taking malaria tablets but will we have to wear long sleeves and trousers every night?sorry to be so full of questions I think its just over excitement ,thanks for any help.

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1. Re: Money Worries!!!

cleveleystravellers, there's no problem changing travellers cheques in Goa. Take sterling ones, there's no point paying to change your money from sterling to dollars and then to rupees. Others who have stayed in Calangute will be able to help you re the ATMs though I understand there are several.

They will accept pound coins as a tip at the airport though I never tip - I just grab hold firmly of my own suitcases and carry them to the coach or taxi. Yes there are mozzies, but I never wear long sleeves in Goa it's too hot apart from anything else. I take malaria tablets and spray with repellant before going out on an evening and use a plug in in the hotel room.

Hope you enjoy your first time in Goa.

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2. Re: Money Worries!!!

HI Gemma do you take mozzie plug-in with you or buy one out there?

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you can buy them there very cheaply if you don't already have one, also travel apdaptors are very cheap there too! Unless you already have these things, just buy when you get there from a local minimarket

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4. Re: Money Worries!!!

Cleveleystravellers,there are a number of ATM's in the centre of Calangute. You'll find that once you go to get your bags from the carousel you'll be surounded by lads wanting to help you with your luggage, once they drop your bags off at your coach they want payment of £1 coin. If you don't want their services just give them a stern "no thank you" and keep a firm grip on your bag.

There's a number of trips available, you could try Dudhsagar Waterfalls, Spice Plantation or the Crocodile trip but which ever trip you fancy use a taxi, the driver's will take you anywhere and it's a lot cheaper that organised trips. One thing, if you do get a taxi, always ask the price before you get in the taxi and haggle the price with him.

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5. Re: Money Worries!!!

last time we were in goa we had problems getting money from the atms so its worth having a back up plan ie more than one bank card this time i think we will just take sterling and travellers cheques. At the airport it is better just to allow the porters to help you they know exactly where to take you for the buses/*taxis and you dont get pestered by all the other porters its definatley worth a quid! Get a repelant with deet they seem to work best

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6. Re: Money Worries!!!

Sterling T/C's the best bet.

ATM's not a problem in Calangute.

Call into Johnny's chemist in calangute, you can get a very good atomiser plug -in mossie repellant for the rooms, also plentiful creams and sprays, all very cheap.

Odomos and Citronella being popular, but i prefer a repellant with Deet ingredient. Tesco do a very good wipe, does'nt choke you like the spray can do.

Dont sit around foliage or stagnant water, the little blighters love that bit of grating aound swimming pools. Leave off the perfume. You may find it rather humid in April, so long sleeves may be too much so apply often if you are prone to bites.

A bit of research on here for things to do and see, then you can do it all independently, would never use the travel "rep".

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7. Re: Money Worries!!!

1. Carry GBP - you will save on the exchange commission you would pay if you convert to USD..

2. Visa and MasterCard work almost everywhere..... but remember you will have to pay a withdrawl fee whenever you withdraw cash from the ATM.

Pl see some earlier posts on the subject for more clarity


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you may have your money converted in rupees as exchange rates were quoted by roadside stalls varies ,april is too humid,so 26+spf sun tan cream is must ,hence no long sleeves required,repellent sprays or cream too b carried.an umbrella for sun,a big summer hat b also required.NO NEED to pop up any tip at the airport,its Government authority which controls the airport mgmt,you may have restricted choice for foods as the seasons shacks and some rests make their hearth closed

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9. Re: Money Worries!!!

we went easter last year and going this year same ish time.

mossies, i use sss avon just as out of shower -then odomus (india repelant) and spray boots stuff with deet afterwards! seems alot i know but mostly on my arms and legs,feet. dont use much perfume. loose cotton clothing. i do take linen trs,but in sorts mostly.

ATM -for money and visa card just in case.

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