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Women Travellers

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.

Women’s Health

  • In most places in Goa, sanitary products (pads, and sometimes tampons) are readily available. Birth control options may be limited, so bring adequate supplies of your own form of contraception.
  • Heat, humidity and antibiotics can contribute to thrush. Treatment is with antifungal creams and pessaries such as Clotrimazole. A practical alternative is a single tablet of Fluconazole (Diflucan). Urinary tract infections can be precipitated by dehydration or long bus journeys without toilet stops; bring suitable antibiotics.
  • Pregnant women should receive specialised advice before travelling. The ideal time to travel is in the second trimester (between 16 and 28 weeks), when the risk of pregnancy-related problems is at its lowest. Ensure that your travel insurance policy covers all pregnancy-related possibilities, including premature labour.
  • Traveller’s diarrhoea in pregnant women can quickly lead to dehydration and result in inadequate blood flow to the placenta. Many drugs used to treat various diarrhoea bugs are not recommended in pregnancy. Azithromycin is considered safe.