Are you among those voyagers who enjoy more outdoor sightseeing than exploring the fancy museums, tasting some of the fresh dishes than trying out the same menu at global food chains and visiting refreshing places with much more to share than landmarks great for selfies? If you share the same taste as mentioned above and seeking a perfect vacation to suit your desires in the Europe, then exploring the astounding cities of Greece will be a great experience of your life. A thriving nation nestled on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, pleasing thousands of voyagers every year with its simplicity and extremely gorgeous diversity, Greece is among the most desired, affordable and enjoyable destinations in the entire Europe. So, if you desire to experience these delights first hand and looking forward for a visit to Greece for the first time, following are the steps that will ensure a much more enjoyable, budget and memorable getaway in Greece:
1. Finalizing your Travel Plans
The first most important thing about planning a vacation for not only Greece, but for any other destination would be to booking your flights. A return flight that suits your dates, give you the finest experience and hassle-free transit is the key to enjoy any destination at its best. But, before you proceed to approach your travel agent for final bookings, ensure all the document formalities including visa and passport are clear and complete well in advance. Pick dates that are not too close or not so far away and do not clash with any big event or weather conditions. Greece is a prominent getaway destination in the Europe and peak season will bring your budget into a bigger trouble. So, either get your flights booked well in advance, or pick the time when you can find less crowd at all places.
2. Getting your Accommodation Booked
Finding an accommodation that can suit your requirements and budget in Greece can be a tricky business. The budget of getting a decent accommodation in Greece is entirely based on your requirements combined with the area in which you are searching a hotel. If you are traveling solo and willing to stay low on luxury, then getting a hostel room will keep your budget well in shape. Also, most of the islands of Greece are quite expensive and finding a suit or hotel room can put a big hole in your savings. The cost of average hostel room with amenities like Wi-Fi, private bathroom, breakfast (occasional), television, fridge and more can go between EUR 15-30 per day in cities like Athens.
3. All about Transport and Food
Being an archipelago country with loads of beaches within its territory, it is highly likely that you will have to use the ferries to explore it more. The cost of ferry rides can go up to EUR 30-50 per trip during the peak season and may reduce if you are traveling during the shoulder months. It is highly advised to prepare your itinerary well in advance and get your ferry ride booked online months before to get some extra discount. Greek gourmet is a heavenly delight to have and if you are on the mainland, you can have large portions at reasonable prices. However, if you are voyaging across the famous islands, get ready to be ripped-off during the season as a fancy meal on the islands is really expensive and you will regret the taste once you try similar dishes on the mainland.
Greece is an ancient country and lush with an abundant variety of archaeological sites from different eras with different characteristics. Exploring these iconic landmarks is a must no matter what. However, if you are planning to witness the real beauty and tradition of Greece, heading towards the remote towns and villages will give you a perfect exposure of pure and untouched culture of Greece. While you are voyaging by road across the Greece, using public transport is the best idea. Also, shopping by using cards may cost you more, so it is advised to ask the shopkeeper about any discount if you pay cash.
Since most of the islands of Greece are considered to be the finest for enjoying a honeymoon, the islands are quite expensive to have a stay or a couple of meals. Try to keep your itinerary in a way so that you can spend more time exploring these islands and less on stays. Places like Mykonos, Santorini, Corfu, Paros, iOS and more are the fanciest places with high rates of food, stays and activities. Taking cabs or rental cars for long journey can put a big burden on your pocket as the cost of fuel as well as tolls can cost you a fortune. If you are traveling locally and have plans to discover as much places as possible, avoid local transport options as the routes may confuse you and take a lot more time in city traffic; instead, take a moped on rent and explore the local streets for food, shopping and other activities in mainland cities.