Sun, Sand, Sea and Shady Taxis: A Travel Advisory for Goamiles Users

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Sun, Sand, Sea and Shady Taxis: A Travel Advisory for Goamiles Users

Illustration: Ahmed Sikander

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ello, dear traveller, or as a Goan would say, “Kide munta, chedechya?” Whether this is your first trip or you’re simply making your annual acid-dropping pilgrimage to Hilltop, you’ll be proud to know that Goa now has its own taxi service akin to Uber or Ola, the cab service of boring states. It’s called Goamiles, a name that conveys both distance and expediency, in a land famous for its utter lack of urgency. That being said, given Goa’s lax drunk-driving laws, the abundant booze and drugs, and the number of Dilliwalas powered by Honey Singh and road rage who have infiltrated Goa’s borders, who called it Goamiles and not Death Cab for Chhutti?

Jokes apart, you’ll be glad to know you no longer have to pay 2,000 bucks for a cab ride that lasts under 20 minutes, all because you’re a “bhailo bhintakar” (outsider) whom we hate, or a “paklo” (foreigner) whom we adore, obligating us to lighten the load of all that forex you’re carrying. So before you download the app and end your vacation travel woes, here are a few pointers to ensure your experience in the back of the cab is as smooth as you hoped that shot of feni would be.

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