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WanderLustingLane Mon 13-Feb-17 09:50:56

We are planning a trip to Goa for two years time and need a budget to plan to and save for, I'm searching the web and can only find flights for around 700!
I wasn't expecting them to be fifty quid or anything but I don't see how we are ever going to save it we have five of us to pay for.....
I was hoping for budget of
2000 flights
1000 accommodation (air BNB home combined with some nights in the beach huts roughly 15 per night)
1500 spending money (food and drink is apparently very reasonable over there, plus a few excursions to the spice plantation etc)

Has anyone been and if so does my budget sound reasonable and could I ask how much your flights were and how who did you book with?

We want hoping to go over Xmas and new year, 2-3 weeks.

Troubleinstore Mon 13-Feb-17 10:02:37

Just looking at your figures 5 people x 3 weeks = 105 nights in total. Divided by £1000 is £9.52 per night each.
I'd seriously think again.

fairraid Mon 13-Feb-17 10:06:53

Flights will be the most expensive apsect of the holiday. Being in India itself is cheap as chips. You won't need £1000 for accommodation. I went 2 years ago and £700 return flights sounds familiar. Its worth it, Goa is great.

Frazzled2207 Mon 13-Feb-17 10:09:38

Presumably you are looking at scheduled flights? i know charters go to Goa which out to be cheaper.

harderandharder2breathe Mon 13-Feb-17 10:31:56

How did you decide on the flights budget without looking at the actual cost of flights?

HighDataUsage Mon 13-Feb-17 10:42:59

Carollocking Mon 13-Feb-17 10:54:19

Your figures are pretty good and yes can find all for that kind money. Though flights obviously depend on time of year as can be as little as 300 each

Parker231 Mon 13-Feb-17 10:56:42

If you want to go at Christmas you will pay much more for flights. We paid £1300 per person for flights last Christmas.

LagunaBubbles Mon 13-Feb-17 10:58:26

Just looking at your figures 5 people x 3 weeks = 105 nights in total

Im missing your point sorry, surely 3 weeks is only 21 nights??

LagunaBubbles Mon 13-Feb-17 10:59:24

Christmas is a very expensive time, start to look on Skyscanner at flights and monitor prices for different times of year, different days of the week, indirect flights etc.

Whatthefreakinwhatnow Mon 13-Feb-17 11:00:18

Maybe go at a different time of year? My physio I was seeing for SPD in November was from India and was saying the flights to go home for xmas were extortionate, but if they go in March it is much cheaper.

WanderLustingLane Mon 13-Feb-17 11:00:19

I didn't decide on it I was hoping I could work around a similar budget, doesn't have to be exact, just overall wanted to see if anyone had done similar with a budget of around 4500 - 5000 for family of five.

If the accomadation for example was 700 then 300 could be added to spending money.
1500 spending I have been told by many people is more than enough for Goa to eat and drink, dinner/nights only.

WanderLustingLane Mon 13-Feb-17 11:04:55

Thank you to everyone who has been helpful, I am thinking a different time of year we may have to go for, obviously school holidays though, so not sure if price will still be high.
My line of thinking is that the more we save on flights the more spending money we will have.
Interesting to see others have found flights a lot cheaper, I have heard lots that Goa is cheap once you are there.
My line of thinking was breakfast lunch etc will be at the house, and we will go out at night.
I don't quite get the workings out but if we went for two weeks for example I am guessing 1500 is plenty for 14 nights it eating dinner and some tikets to the spice plantation, or perhaps I am delusional
I can't save any more than 5000 unfortunately

WanderLustingLane Mon 13-Feb-17 11:07:57

Laguna thanks I am fpi to check out sky scanner now

InTheDessert Mon 13-Feb-17 11:10:22

I wonder if this will refresh and loose the info.

Manchester to goa out in Dec and return in Jan for under £600

motherinferior Mon 13-Feb-17 11:10:26

I don't know about goa but you can fly to Chennai for about £450 return. I did it last month. Are you only looking at direct flights? If you change in the Middle East you can get the price right down.

FlindersKeepers Mon 13-Feb-17 11:10:41

I spent Christmas just past in South India, ending my trip in Goa. Rather than try only online, we went via a travel agent who managed to get us Etihad flights (in Trivandrum, out Goa) for under 700e and we were very lucky. A good travel agent can find deals that not even the best search engines can.
It is peak season, not only as Goa has a large Christian population, but also it is a hugely popular place for Indians to spend New Year.
Does it have to be Goa? I preferred Kerala to be really honest, it is also much cheaper. Goa is getting more popular with package tours (especially for Russians, which may be your thing or not), there were quite a few British people in the airport moaning that they wanted Thailand but cheaper, but hey, horses for courses.
Is it for 5 adults?

Brokenbiscuit Mon 13-Feb-17 11:12:31

Never been to goa but we often fly to Delhi. Flight costs do really vary at different times of year. Typically, we pay around £600 - £700. We usually go with JET airways, don't like Air India. The cheapest way is usually to go with one of the gulf airlines but sometimes that means quite long transit times.

Eatingcheeseontoast Mon 13-Feb-17 11:17:14

I haven't been to Goa but have been to. Kerala which was amazing and not v touristy which Goa can be.. You might be able to get a charter flight cheaper. But 700 sounds about right that time of year.

The tea plantations are great. You can eat v cheaply and well in India, vegetable thalis for a £1 and fresh coconuts to drink. Staying in a basic place v cheap too.

You'll have to factor in visas and vaccinations and insurance.

WanderLustingLane Mon 13-Feb-17 11:23:11

I am going to look into Kerala, have not considered it before.
I would prefer direst flights as we will have three children,but I suppose I have a budget and beggers can't be choosers smile

Goa in particular we were interested in as we wanted to go to the spice plantation, and visit the old towns and see the cathedrals and markets.
We wished to see the cows on the beaches and hoping some kind of elephant excursions maybe, would love to wash them in the Rivers
If this sort of thing we can see and experience in Kerala then definitely doesn't have to be Goa.

If we didn't have kids and had more money we would see the Taj Mahal, go to Mumbai and Jaipur etc

Kiroro Mon 13-Feb-17 11:28:13

Im missing your point sorry, surely 3 weeks is only 21 nights??

5 people for 3 weeks is 105 person nights. (7 days * 3 weeks * 5 people = 105)

NorksAkimbo72 Mon 13-Feb-17 11:36:42

Please, please be careful about elephant excursions...many of them are rife with abuse of these captured animals. I just moved back to the UK after living in India for two years, and learned fairly quickly that many elephant operations are not regulated at all, so the animals are treated very poorly. There are a number of fantastic elephant rehab/conservation centres, so try to check those out if you can.
Also, food is inexpensive, but alcohol is extortinate, so either plan on not drinking a great deal, or budget a bit extra. If you are a drinker, beware random dry days and if you decide to go to Kerala, there is a maximum allowed purchase on alcohol per person in liquor stores.
Friends of ours who travelled over from the UK went with Ethiad airlines, and managed to get flights for 4 for around £1500 total. The flights were at fairly bizarre times, but they didn't mind, so you can get them fairly cheaply. They went through a travel agent, so that might be the way to go.
Kerala and Goa are both amazing choices...and the airbnb house we rented in Kerala came with staff, so we didn't even have to cook while we were there (and the meals were delicious and cheap!).'s an amazing place to visit, I really wish I had enjoyed living there more!

LuchiMangsho Mon 13-Feb-17 11:37:13

I fly to India a lot. 2000 for 5 people return is unrealistic. I pay 550-600 non peak to fly to a city without a direct connection (I fly via Mumbai or Delhi). In peak times (i.e. Winter) when most people go to Goa you will pay close to 800 GBP per head.
Don't go in the monsoons or the summer btw. It will be unbearable.

LuchiMangsho Mon 13-Feb-17 11:41:49

Cows on the beach? Is that a thing?!
There are cows everywhere in India. What with being a sacred animal and all that.

FlorenceandtheWashingMachine Mon 13-Feb-17 12:25:52

I too much preferred Kerala to Goa. Amazing place!

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