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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 & Appartment in Patmos, Greece Pico Bello
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Pico Bello
Grikos, 85500 Patmos, Greece

Built in a beautiful, traditional white and blue building, the family-run Pico Bello complex offers accommodation in spacious, bright studios just 50 m from the awarded Grikos beach. The distance from the main port of Patmos in Skala is 3.5 km, while Chora (Patmos town) is at 4 km. The property offers free transfer from/to the port upon request. Patmos island can be reached with a ferry boat from Piraeus (Athens), Lipsi and Leros islands.

Hotel in Naxos, Greece Annita's Village Hotel
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Annita's Village Hotel
Main Street, Agia Anna, 84300 Naxos, Greece

Annita's Village Hotel is located in Agia Anna, a 10-minute walk from Agia Anna Beach and Plaka Beach. Naxos town, the capital of the island, and the main port are at 7 km. Naxos Airport is a 10-minute drive from the property.

Hotel in Chania, Greece Porto Del Colombo
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Porto Del Colombo
Theofanous & Moschon str., Old Town, 73100 Chania, Greece

Porto Del Colombo is located in Old Town, Chania, close to the Old Harbour. Chania International Airport is 14.8 km away. The Port of Souda is 12.4 km away.


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