by Rachel Jones
"Hippie in heels" Rachel is a girly girl in the hippie heartland of India. She left a nursing career to start a new life in Goa, where she stays with her boyfriend, two rescue dogs and a cat.
If you visit India and love it, but find it a bit busy, then you need to go to Goa. It's like living on an island away from the rest of India. The rules here are a little more relaxed. You can eat beef, dress how you like, and party by the sea.
The hippie beach life isn't just for foreigners, like it was back in the seventies. Indians of all ages move here to live the susegad (laidback) lifestyle. Goa has some incredible hidden beaches and hardly any traffic, plus the pace of life is pleasantly languid. What else could you want?
For foodies, regional Goan dishes are delicious. But perhaps surprisingly, the top places to eat here usually serve international food. Many an expat has settled here and opened an authentic restaurant serving traditional food - whether it be Greek, French, Japanese, Thai, Italian or from somewhere else...