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Old Jan 5th 2012, 10:06 am
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Hello everybody,
My wife and I are considering early retirement in a couple of years time and are considering spending our winters in Goa. Having been to Goa for holidays many times we are considering taking the plunge. On our last trip we managed to survive self-catering in Parra near Mapusa for two weeks, only eating out three times. Having followed this site and IndiaMike we appreciate that renting is the sensible option and would appreciate words of wisdom from those in whose footsteps we are following. Our ideal would be to live in a small town away from the madding crowd of Calangute/Baga, big enough to have good local shops but still a local community.
Your thoughts are eagerly awaited.
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Old Jan 5th 2012, 11:59 am
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Hi Leamken

First of all welcome to BE.
As the concierge for the Goa forum I can advise on this one.

My advice would be to go there on the standard 6 month tourist visa - they are much easier to get than other types.
NEVER get sucked into buying any property in India (and there are some who will try to persuade you!!) - foreign nationals cannot own a property there - if you need further convincing read the buyer Beware thread in the Goa forum. Renting is the best option by far.
Also unless you can cope with extreme amounts of stress, do not think about starting a business there.
But DO ENJOY - the food, the beaches, cheaper prices than the UK, a slower pace of life and of course the wonderful warm weather. Personally these are the things that make me go back every winter.

I hope to see you in the Goa forum on here - especially if you are going to be spending your winter months there. You will find it by clicking the 'forum index' tab on the top left corner of this page. Scroll down the list of countires until you find the title 'Far East and Asia' then double click on India below that. You will see the title Goa at the top iof the India forum - double click that and you are in Cyber Goa and can chat to other expats and long stayers in Goa - and make some great friends too.

See you in Cyber Goa

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Hi Leamken, welcome to BE. Just in case you're having trouble finding your way around on BE, click on this link HERE for the Goa forum.

Do take a look around the Goa forum and post some questions on there. It's a very lively sub-forum. I even lurk around on there myself sometimes though I'm not sure why

All the best with your planning. I've not been there (yet) but it sounds like a fabulous place to spend Winters.
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Not sure if I would consider spending every winter in a place where I had only eaten out twice before. I would prefer to be more comfortable with the local cuisine before making the plunge but each to his own. Good luck with your enterprise.
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You misunderstand. We have visited many times and eaten out many times. Shopping and cooking for ourselves is a more difficult option which we coped with well. We are now in a period of reconnaissance looking for a location which will suit us, renting short term to get a feel for different places. Next stop Siolim at the end of February.
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Hello and a big welcome to BE.

Excellent information can be found in the BE Wiki, not forgetting the Living and Moving Abroad forum that will help you, another set of great help is the permanent threads at the TOP of each forum, they are very pertinent to that particular forum and makes sensible reading.

Moderators deal with any problems that arise such as inappropriate posts, spammers etc, you will find their names at the bottom right hand side of each forum's index in bold font.

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You misunderstand. We have visited many times and eaten out many times. Shopping and cooking for ourselves is a more difficult option which we coped with well. We are now in a period of reconnaissance looking for a location which will suit us, renting short term to get a feel for different places. Next stop Siolim at the end of February.
Hi again Lemken

Siolim is a very nice part of Goa.
There are a select few expats living in Siolim, so pop in to the Goa forum and say hi to your new neighbours to be.

All the best

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