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17 travel tips you shouldn't leave home without

Greece ● 25 October 2017

Even for the most experienced traveller, new and important travel tips are always precious. Read here helpful travel advice that will make your trip in Greece easier, more affordable and more beautiful than ever.

1. Find local cash in the bank or ATM

The best way to find local cash is the bank or the ATM. Conversion centres at the airport or around the city centre are too expensive.

2. Don't forget to check the roaming charges

Be informed about the roaming charges before activating the global capabilities of your phone. Since June 2017, inside the European Union, there is no extra roaming charge for the citizens of EU, but in other countries, these charges can be really high.

3. Take with you a hand-luggage

Take in your carry-on bag an extra set of clothes, and you will be totally independent for a couple of days in case your suitcase gets lost, which is usual in long and transit flights.

Hand luggage

4. Bring a charger adapter for your smartphone

Countries have different size plugs and voltage.

5. Have a copy of your passport with you

If your passport gets lost or stolen, you can thus go to your country's embassy and prove your citizenship.

6. European Insurance Card

If you are a citizen of the European Union, inside the Union, you can have medical insurance with the European Insurance Card for free.

7. Pack light

The key to travelling on a budget is "less is more". Pack only the necessary things and clothes, avoid bringing valuable items and thus, you won't pay airlines for overweight luggage or extra bags.

8. Inform your bank about your journey

Call your Credit Card Company before travelling abroad, and ask for authorisation for international purchases. The last thing you want is that your card will be reported for suspicious activity, and you don’t have access to your money.

9. Travel off-season

During the off-season, you can find some really good accommodation deals and cheap air-tickets. Moreover, you avoid the danger of heat wave, which is usual in Greece in July and August.

10. Ask for the Wi-Fi password

Everywhere in Greece, you can find free Wi-Fi. Why not take advantage of it?

11. Discover the street-food culture of each destination

Thus, you will taste its cuisine and save money. In Greece, the most famous street food is souvlaki.

12. Choose a hotel away from the city centre

Almost in every place on earth, prices in hotels, bars and restaurants are higher in the city centre than in other districts. If there is a metro station in a close distance to your hotel, don't hesitate to stay in a hotel or hostel some km away from the centre.

13. Find inclusive passes for museums and transportation

The key to save money is not to pay separated tickets. Thus, you should find inclusive passes to museums and transportation tickets, such as Athens Inclusive Ticket to all archaeological sites or Greek Island Pass for travelling by ferry between the Greek islands on a budget.

14. Sunscreen cream is necessary

Sunscreen protection is completely necessary in Greece all year long as well as in every summer destination.

15. Load your device with offline GPS

A GPS that works also offline can help you in case you can't find signal or roaming charges are too high.

16. Don't rely too much on reviews

Reviews are great, and they can help you to find fantastic places. However, reviews usually will not help you find hidden gems. Instead of relying only on reviews, it is better to ask locals, read travel blogs and explore on your own what is the next best thing.

17. Make a list of everything you want to see

You will get a lot of suggestions and tips for things to do, places and sites to visit, restaurants and beaches before and during your vacations. Put all these ideas into a list, add some notes and have them ready when you arrive.

Read more travel tips here.

Where to Stay

Hotel in Kythira, Greece Romantica Hotel
Romantica Hotel
Agia Pelagia, 80200 Kythira, Greece

Romantica Hotel is located in Agia Pelagia, just a 3-minute walk from the beach. The port of Diakofti is 27 km away. Kythira National Airport is 16 km away.

Hotel in Limni Plastira, Greece Hotel Orama
Hotel Orama
Kryoneri, 43100 Limni Plastira, Greece

Hotel Orama is located just a few meters walk away from the Lake of Plastira. The village of Pezoula is a 7-minute drive from the property. The National Airport of Ioannina is 159 km away.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Diethnes Hotel
8.4 10
Diethnes Hotel
52, Peoniou str.(Larissis Station), 104 40 Athens, Greece

Diethnes Hotel is located in Athens, just a 3-minute walk from Larissa Metro Station and Athens Railway Station. Syntagma Square is just 4 metro stops away.