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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 Thassos, Greece Macedon
Macedon
Limenas, 64004 Thassos, Greece

Hotel Macedon is located in the capital of Thassos, Limenas, just a 4-minute walk from the Port. The nearest beach is approximately a 15-minute walk away.

Hostel in Athens, Greece Student and Travellers Inn
8.9 10
Student and Travellers Inn
16, Kidathinaion str., 10558 Athens, Greece

Student and Travellers Inn – the first hostel in Greece since 1977 is located in the heart of Plaka, right below the Acropolis. Traditional cobbled streets full of taverns, shops, cafes are right at our hostel's doorstep. The main square of Athens, Syntagma, is at 600 m, while the lively Monastiraki square is at 800 m. The nearest metro station and the bus stop for the X95 Airport Bus can be reached within a 7-minute walk.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Argo Hotel
Argo Hotel
25, Victor Hugo Str., 10437 Athens, Greece

Argo Hotel is located in the centre of Athens, just a 3- minute walk from Metaxourgeio Metro Station and an 8- minute walk from Omonoia Square. Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" is a 35- minute drive.


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