Whether it was ignorance or naivety, I didn’t know much about Goa before travelling there. My time was split between the north and south of the region, which were for all extensive purposes like chalk and cheese. After a twenty-hour train journey (an experience in itself) I arrived in Calangute, an area known for its beach and lively atmosphere.
When you tell someone you are travelling to India, more often than not you are met with concern instead of excitement. As a young female traveller I certainly found this to be the case. ‘Aren’t you afraid?’ people kept asking, and to be honest I was. I believed all the bad things that happened on the news would happen to me.