Traveling to Greece may be one of the best decisions you ever make. Greece is a beautiful country in central Europe with hundreds of islands across the Aegean and Ionian Sea. Important in ancient times, it is often described as the cradle of Western civilisation. Athens, its capital, holds important landmarks such as the 5th Century B.C. Acropolis; the Parthenon Temple; and the tombs of Archimedes and Plato.
Greece is at your fingertips if you know how to go about travelling to Greece. The country is an easy stopover on any of the major east-west axis of Europe and can be reached in less than a day through a land route or by sea. If you have an ocean crossing experience or desire to see some of the more remote islands, make sure you consider ferrying over to Larnaca, Kilkenny or Epirus. Greece has good connections to all of the major North European ports making it an affordable alternative for those travelling from the United Kingdom or the United States. Some of the most economical fares are available through tour operators who offer discounted fares if booked well in advance.
If you like travelling to Athens but would also like to experience the many other fascinating sites in Greece, you need to make a plan for how you will reach there. If you are planning on flying into Athens International Airport, you will find a plethora of budget airlines that fly to Athens. As you would expect, flight rates are cheaper when flying on weekdays rather than weekends. If you can afford it, plan to stay at an accommodation that is not too far from the airport so that you will not have to transfer to another bus station or taxi stand. Most accommodation in Athens offers both parking and a complimentary breakfast upon arrival, so if you can spare the time, find yourself someplace nice and quiet to unwind after the chaos of arriving at an international airport.
Once you have made it over to Greece, the next thing you should do is plan your itinerary for the day. In a similar vein to London, where visiting attractions within the city is what’s on top of your list, Greece has a few must-see spots aside from its fascinating historical past. One such place is Marathon Petroleum Platform near Delphi. It’s one of the most preserved platforms in the world and home to some of the most poignant examples of Marathon gas greeks as well as an unforgettable photo shoot. If you happen to miss this place, don’t worry: you can always drive down nearby Oiahea to witness another fascinating sight before you head back to your budget hotel.
The next thing you should do is plan your route for the day as well as the night ahead. Because traveling on a tight budget is common in Greece, try not to take on activities that require additional costs. For example, if you intend on walking, be sure to stay within your budget. Likewise, don’t plan any sightseeing during the day unless you’re absolutely certain you will have the money to do so afterward. The trick to planning your itinerary efficiently is to know which sights you want to see and which you want to skip. This way you’ll ensure that you spend your entire vacation on activities that will leave you with a smile on your face instead of one of sadness and regret.
Finally, don’t forget to stock up on food and souvenirs. There is nothing worse than leaving your baggage at home when you travel Greece. As you might have guessed, olive oil is the most widely consumed drink in Greece and not the least expensive. The same goes for souvenirs. Whether it be cheap clothes or souvenirs that are more expensive such as Greek statues, make sure you have plenty of room left at home to leave behind your souvenir of choice.