A 10-minute-long discussion on a WhatsApp video call, and, two days later, Mumbai-based college student Siddharth Shetty and four of his friends steered their Maruti Suzuki Swift towards Goa.
Passing through the lush green forests and overflowing rivers of the Western Ghats, the fivesome checked into two standard double rooms of Double Tree by Hilton in Goa’s capital Panaji at the end of the 12-hour drive.
“Being at home, we could not take it anymore. This holiday break meant to us more than all our holidays put together, and we are having the best time of 2020,” Shetty said on a phone call.
Nineteen-year-old Shetty is one among several thousand Indian travellers who have not let go of the chance to head out for an unplanned holiday as soon as the ‘unlocking’ phase started, allowing