My name is Janette Lilian, I’m giving you, the top 10 things you should know before traveling to Greece.
As a fellow traveler myself, most of these tips are actually things I would’ve liked to have known before my first trip to Greece. So, if you’re trying to have a smoother more informed trip to this beautiful country, read the article
- NON-POTABLE WATERS in the Greek MAINLAND, water IS usually drinkable in most cities, like Athens, but on the islands, like Santorini and Mykonos, their land is not water sufficient, which means…. their tap water is no bueno !! The islands have to carry water with a tank that most of the time accumulates water from the rain, which is only good for bathing or doing the laundry, but definitely not for consumption. So, without a doubt, water bottles WILL be your best friend on the Greek islands. But if you’re on the mainland, it’s most likely okay to drink the tap water.
- STAYING AT A DOPE AIRBNB IS CHEAPERTHAN STAYING AT A HOTEL Greece has A BUNCH of super cool and cheapair bnbs. If you just spend some extra time searching for the right spot. Honestly, on airbnb, you’ll get definitely the best bang for your buck. For example, I stayed at this airbnb in Santorini which was just 5 minutes away from the Black Sand beach, and this place is actually a hotel that you can also book through other 3rd parties like booking.com price line, but, because I booked it through Airbnb, I stayed here for way less money So, for only $28 a night, I got, my own private balcony with a killer view, a small kitchen, three beds, and a bathroom, AND it was walking distance to the beach and all the cool spots.
only $28 A NIGHT ? YES PLEASE ! And here’s the crazy part… this same hotel starts their nightly fees at around $90 through other hotel booking sites, BUT, because I booked through airbnb, their price was lowered so it could match up with all the other cheap airbnb competitors! All you have to do is just a little bit of research
- MANY PLACES ONLY TAKE CASH This is one of the huge factors as in to why you should always carry cash with you while traveling to Greece. Depending on where you are, many restaurants, kiosks, and other establishments, will only accept cash payments. So, always ask your server, BEFORE you order, if they take card payments. but, in case you don’t have any cash with you, finding an atm won’t be a problem… which leads us to… NUMBER 4
- THERE ARE ATM’S PRETTY MUCH EVERYWHERE This was A HUGE convenient matter for me, since not only were these atm machines easy to find, but, their conversion rates from U.S. dollars to EUROS were way better priced comparing to the ones I had back home in the U.S. AND the conversion banks at the actual airport. So, ATM’s were my go-to, and honestly, they pretty much have an ATM in every corner.
- EAT LIKE A LOCAL TO PAY LIKE A LOCAL Sounds pretty obvious but we seem to forget about these things when we travel… tourist spots will always have the most expensive food, and, why pay more when you can get just the same kind of food, but for a cheaper price? I know It can be super tempting to eat at that cool restaurant right next to the museum or right in front of the beach, but, you’re going to be paying around 5 to 10 times more for your food at these fancy spots in comparison to that lowkey restaurant that is honestly just a 5 minute walk around the corner.
- GREEKS SMOKE EVERYWHERE – EVEN INRESTAURANTS Greece is a smoking country, so, not only do Greeks smoke all the time, but, most restaurants, bars and cafes actually let people smoke in their facility. In fact, they have a cigarette ash thingy in the middle of basically every table you see. Even though smoking is technically prohibited indoors in Greece… most of their “outdoor” spots were also sort of “indoors” so… they basically just smoke everywhere.
- BRING A PLUG ADAPTER In Greece the power sockets are of type C and F. If you’re coming from the U.S., for example, none of your plugs will work unless you have an adapter. So make sure you buy a type C plug adapter beforehand since it’ll probably be cheaper to buy it online, for example, rather than buying it in Greece
- MOST ESTABLISHMENTS WILL LET YOUCHARGE UP! JUST ASK! So, this was something I was sort of obligated to test out while I was in Greece because I stayed out ALL day using google map taking pictures, videos and so on, so… throughout the day, either my iPhone or camera battery had to be charged up So, every time I would eat at a restaurant, I would kindly hand them my charger WITH the plug adapter already attached to it, and ask them if they could charge it for me. Although there were some establishments here there that got super confused maybe thought it was a little weird but they all still helped me out in the end charged up my things.
- YOU NEED AN INTERNATIONAL DRIVERSLICENSE TO RENT OUT VEHICLES If you’re visiting from USA, Canada, Australia, Switzerland, and a bunch of other non-EU countries, you need an international driver’s license to legally rent out any vehicle, including those super cool at motorcycles that people usually rent out on the islands.
- FOR EMERGENCIES DIAL 100 FOR POLICEAND 166 FOR HOSPITAL CARE! Knowing which numbers to call in case of an emergency is ALWAYS important while traveling abroad. Hopefully you’ll never have to use these numbers, but… it’s always better to be safe than sorry, so please make sure to write them down memorize them just in case. So, its 100 for police, and 166 for hospital care.
And that’s it. Those are the top 10 things you should know before traveling to Greece. Make sure to share it with all your friends, family who want to travel to Greece, or even if you’re trying to drop someone a hint that you want to go to Greece with them.