Location independence for £400 a month in Goa

South Goa India comes out on top of numerous countries around the globe that you could base yourself for a location independent lifestyle. We have travelled extensively to find a location that’s affordable, safe and above all, value for money. We believe that Goa could fulfil this ambition, especially South Goa towards the area of Palolem and Patnem.   These are located one hour and 30 minutes from Dabolin airport.

Boomshankar Colomb Bay South Goa India

Boomshankar Colomb Bay South Goa India

We have researched this area and believe for 6 months of the year from November to April, there isn’t a better location to set up a base. Being  just a one hour flight from Mumbai airport and with flights costing around £20 pounds you will be hard pressed to find a better alternative.

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Palolem – A great base and a central location

The cost involved could give you the time-out you need to have six months to spend on unfinished projects that you’ve been sitting on for years. Be it a writing retreat for that unfinished novel, a keep fit regime in glorious weather along palm fringed beaches or an instrument you’ve wanted to learn. It’s also ideally based to explore other area’s of India. All this is possible on the budget mentioned.


With the peak season being around the holiday period of December and January, it’s wise to organise in advance of this period a base that you can rent long-term. The earlier you arrive the more options will be available and October is your best bet.

Beach shacks can be had from £3 per night, and with some bartering over the price and length of stay, can work out as a very cheap option. With various options of shacks available, it’s best to check out what’s on offer once in the area. Grab a bargain and put in the leg work around an area that you can see yourself staying.

Patnem beach, another alternative South Goa India

Patnem beach, another alternative South Goa India

Houses are advertised locally, and asking around in restaurants, bars, and even locals in the street can point you in right direction to securing a small house. You can estimate costs in the region of £100 – £150 a month for something off the beach and with a few more home comforts than a beach shack for your stay. Internet is sometimes included in the price, and the earlier you can get here will give you more options.


If you’re eating out more often than cooking yourself, then your budget will be slightly higher, but is still inexpensive.  Here’s a quick run down of what to expect for daily costs.

  • Breakfast with a chai tea and varying options of fried egg or omelette rolls and a take-away lunch of samosa’s for a couple can come in at around £1.20.
  • Add 6 litres of water to your budget will bring your costs to about £2 per day.
  • Add in some fruit, and a few ginger, lemon & honey tea’s along the beach for around £1.20.
  • An evening meal for 2 with a couple of drinks each around 300-500 rupees.
  • Your total would be in the region of £5-£8 per day.

Even in holiday mode we would only spend around £15 per day and that was having anything we wanted, obviously this would change if you was based long-term, and could easily be halved if you’re wise with your money.

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Masala Papad’s- rolled are very nice

Just by shopping for a few essential and to do-it- yourself for a few meals and drinks will save on eating out each month and will cut your costs considerably. A few more rupee’s for trips into town, or essential items you require and further travel. We have heard and read of others doing this for around £200 per month including accommodation. I wish I had that type of will power.

Patnem Beach - South Goa fishing boats

Patnem Beach – South Goa fishing boats

Location Independence

As said previously it’s all about what you want to get out of the experience of a location independent lifestyle. These figures are very do-able. if you can live within a budget like those suggested. It’s best to visit before you commit as it’s not for every one. On the other hand, maybe just what someone has been looking for all their life – only you can decide. South Goa India suits out plans.

Sunset Patnem Beach

Sunset Patnem Beach


Obviously, one way you can also cut costs is by taking some entertainment with you for your stay. This can be in the form of a kindle, MP3 player, laptop and external hard drive for films and documentaries. You can catch up on your favourite box sets you haven’t caught yet.

Not that going out is expensive. We have visited restaurants where they show the latest blockbuster whilst eating dinner. Add a couple of beers and the evening was £4. There are also nightly entertainment options, and one we visited was at an open-mike event. Musicians had congregated from across the region to entertain at a local venue. The entrance is free and we arrived at 8pm and left at 1am and cost around 700 rupees (£7). Even though I had consumed a few beers, it still wasn’t enough to get me up to perform. I’m not rock star material and get worse on the guitar after a few. More practice required.

Palolem Sunset South Goa India

Palolem Sunset South Goa India


If you require more details, then please drop us a line and we will be glad to answer any questions you have about South Goa.

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  1. Chris

    Love Palolem, been their twice, you’re making me jealous seeing your pictures. Nice article and info. When are you returning to India?

    • gallivantsjournal

      Can’t think of a better place as a base……We’re heading off this year to travel intensively around India, especially as the 5 year visa means we don’t need to come back to the UK for renewing. Happy Travels

  2. Samantha

    I want to be on that beach at Patnem, I may take the boat out for some fishing. Looks great!

    • gallivantsjournal

      One of our favorite places….peaceful, quite, tranquil, the list is endless. Have a safe journey and happy travels on your Global Gallivants!

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