The Cost of Living in Goa in 2020
Dreaming of an escape from cold, grey winters and the daily grind? It sounds too good to be true, we all need to have a job to pay the exorbitant bills right? Not everywhere! Come to Asia! Perhaps you will be surprised by the low cost of living in Goa.
The tropical, exotic countries of South East Asia and the Indian subcontinent are among the cheapest places to travel in the world, with beautiful beaches, delicious food, golden temples, colourful culture, friendly people and year round warm climates.
I’ve rented a house in the Indian state of Goa, famous for it’s beaches, culture and laid back life and living in Goa costs a lot less than Western countries, although Goa is alot more expensive than other places in India.
When I first came here in 2014/15 I was living in this tropical paradise for around Rs 30,000 per month (about £300) as I was spending less than Rs 1000 a day (about £10 or $16).
Prices rise every year. It’s probably still possible to live for that less if you only eat out at simple local restaurants or food carts and cook mainly for yourself but in 2020 my comfortable expat lifestyle in Goa costs me more like Rs. 50,000 per month ( about £500) or £16 a day now.
Here is a quick run down of our monthly and daily costs of living in Goa in Indian Rupees updated for 2020.
Exchange rate to £ GBP as of 15/04/2020
|Cost of Living In Goa 2020|
|Total Monthly Cost for 2 people||Cost in £||Cost per person, per day||Cost in £|
Rent (1 bedroom non A/C house with basic kitchen and bathroom close to the beach with bills included)
|Eating Out (at a beach shack or tourist restaurant once a day)||Rs.30,000.00||£313||Rs.500||£5.22|
|Scooter Rental (Honda Activa)||Rs.5,000.00||£52||Rs.83||£0.86|
|Groceries (Try to avoid imported foods to save money)||Rs.10,000.00||£104||Rs.166||£1.73|
Drinking and Nightlife (Average entrance to parties Rs. 1000. I don’t drink much but some spend 15k ++ per month on nightlife)
|Phone (2 local Sims with calls, texts & internet. Most houses don’t have WiFi)||Rs.500.00||£5.22||Rs.08||£0.08|
|Yoga Classes and other activities (Average Rs. 500 per yoga class)||Rs.12,000.00||£125||Rs.200||£2.10|
|Total Costs for 2 people||Rs. 89,500.00||£936||Rs.1491||£15.60|
|Cost per month per person||Rs. 44,750.00||£468|
Note that the longer you stay the cheaper deals you can negotiate for house and bike rental and the less likely you are to over pay for other items when you know the real price not the tourist price.
Tempted? Find out more:
Find out How to Rent a House in Goa and more on living in Goa for only £10 a day.
Find out the best beaches in Goa, things to do and the best places to stay and eat in my Guide to Goa
Other options for tropical living on the cheap
If India is not your style then there’s plenty of other options for cheap tropical living. Thailand is a hugely popular option or how about Cambodia, Bali or the Philippines in South East Asia. Closer to America check out Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua or Bolivia for a taste of Latin America or try Morocco or Mozambique all for relatively very little money.
Get more ideas from the 22 Cheapest Places to Travel (most are possible for less than £20 or $30 per day) and of course if you stay a while and rent a house it gets even cheaper. Also look into Ways to Travel for Free or ways to Make Money While Traveling for more ideas – Travel does not have to be expensive!