Most solo female travellers to Goa experience few problems during a stay in the state, aside from the occasional lewd comment or beachside ogling. With a recent increase in domestic tourism, women travellers may find it uncomfortable trying to sunbathe on popular beaches, with crowds of young men staring and snapping photos with their smart phones.
If you find yourself the target of unwanted attention or advances, raise your voice to embarrass the offender, preferably referring to him as ‘brother’; this association, in general, is enough to rob the culprit of a substantial degree of his passion.
It pays to keep your wits about you and avoid situations that make you more vulnerable, including walking alone at night along unlit stretches of road or beach.
Diminished mental alertness, through use of drugs and alcohol, might make you more of a target and less able to defend yourself, should the worst come to the worst.
In all, it’s best to stay vigilant, though not fearful, throughout your stay.