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4 tips to save money in your vacations

Athens ● Thessaloniki ● 16 December 2016
 

Although many studies have shown that travelling improves our physical and mental health, people do not take a vacation as often as they want to. The reason for this fact is not that people are workaholic, but that they would vacation more if they had more money. However, saving money during your holidays does not have to be that difficult. As a matter of fact, there are smart tips to make travelling on the Greek islands affordable.

Budget holidays

1. Travel off-season
Summer may be the best time to visit Greece and Greek islands, but Greece is also an excellent destination in autumn, winter and spring. The weather is good not only in summer, and accommodation is considerably cheaper off-season. Thus, you can find a room in a hotel even 80% below its initial price, and you can also eat in restaurants on a reasonable budget. Moreover, the price of the entrance tickets to the archaeological sites is lower than in the summer, and you can visit significant monuments without having to spend a lot of money.

2. Be flexible with the flights
Especially if you travel with your family, a minor change in your schedule can help you save a bundle. Flights midweek instead of on the weekend as well as flights with stops instead of direct flights constitute an easy way to pay less for your aeroplane ticket.

3. Skip the expensive chain hotel
The accommodation is the biggest expenditure of your trip. Even if you managed to find cheap aeroplane tickets, you can’t expect to vacation on a reasonable budget if you want to stay in a noted brand hotel. In fact, this cost is useless if you want to walk around the whole day and you stay in your hotel only at night. The smartest solution for you is to stay in a hostel or in a small family-run hotel while spending your money in other activities you love.

4. Take free tours
Certainly, you can pay for a sightseeing tour with a guide, who will show you every corner of the city and explain to you every detail of a site. But is that what you really want? In major cities of Greece, like Athens and Thessaloniki, there are free walking tours, which can show you the highlights of the city. Furthermore, you meet thus genuine local people, who can teach you the culture and the secrets of their place. After these tours, you can walk around and explore on your own off-the-beaten-path streets, shops, cafeterias and bars you would not see if you took the standard tour.

Read more tips for vacations on a budget here and here.

Where to Stay

Hotel in Kastoria, Greece Keletron Hotel
Keletron Hotel
52, 11th November Str., 52100 Kastoria, Greece

Keletron Hotel is built in a central location in the town of Kastoria, close to many important sights. Vitsi Ski Center is 24 km away. The International Airport of Thessaloniki is 220 km away.

Hostel in Thessaloniki, Greece Arabas Studios
Arabas Studios
28, Sahtouri Str., 54632 Thessaloniki, Greece

Being located in the historic part of Thessaloniki, so called Old or Upper Town (Ano Poli), Arabas hostel is an ideal place for backpackers, groups or individual travelers looking for budget and quality accommodation in a great location. The center of the bustling city of Thessaloniki can be reached within 15 minutes on foot. The train station is at 1.5 km, while the Thessaloniki Airport Makedonia is at 20 km. Many shops, traditional taverns, bars and the historic monuments located in the center of the town can be reached within short walking distance.

Hotel & Appartment in Chalkidiki, Greece Lagaria Hotel Apartments
Lagaria Hotel Apartments
Afitos, 63077 Chalkidiki, Greece

Lagaria Hotel & Apartments is located in a traditional village of Afitos within a 10-minute walk from the beach. Thessaloniki Airport is a 50-minute drive away and the lively center of Thessaloniki is at 87 km.


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