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All the essentials you need when travelling abroad

Greece ● 18 August 2017
 

Travelling abroad, getting familiar with new cultures and exploring a whole new world is a great experience. In order for everything to be completed without any troubles, you should take into consideration some things you should care about before your departure. Read these travel tips and be prepared for unforgettable vacations. Have a nice trip and welcome to Greece!


Medical insurance

Before leaving your country, ask your medical insurance provider if your policy applies outside the country. If you are a citizen of the European Union, inside the Union, you can have medical insurance with the European Insurance Card. Otherwise, it is wise to consider supplemental insurance.

Passport

It is needless to say that your passport is maybe the most necessary thing when travelling abroad. An extra tip is to leave a copy of your passport back home to someone you trust as well as bring a copy of it with you. If your passport gets lost or stolen, you can thus go back into your country and prove your citizenship.

Money

Take into account the monetary conversion, and be very careful with that in order to avoid spending money without noticing it. Before your departure, call you credit bank provider to inform him about your journey. Thus, the bank will not turn your card off for security measures if you do a transaction outside your country. However, don't forget to have always local cash. Many important places, like buses, trains and restaurants in secluded areas, don't accept credit cards. The best way to find local cash is the bank or the ATM. Conversion centres in the airport or around the city are often too expensive.

Money

Electronics

Bring a charger adapter with you. Countries have different size plugs and voltage. It is a pity not to be able to charge your smartphone. Furthermore, check 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.

Packing

Travelling abroad means many hours of flight or maybe many flights before reaching your destination. Especially in the second case, there is always the possibility that your luggage gets lost. Take in your carry-on bag an extra set of clothes, and you will be totally independent for a couple of days.

Where to Stay

Hostel in Athens, Greece Athens International Youth Hostel
7.8 10
Athens International Youth Hostel
16, Victor Hugo str., 10438 Athens, Greece

Athens International Youth Hostel is a friendly, budget hostel located in a quiet residential street, close to the historic center of Athens and just 3 minutes walk from the nearest metro station. The main square of Athens, Syntagma, is at 1.5 km, while the lively Monastiraki Square is at 1.3 km. Plaka, the historic and picturesque part of Athens with narrow cobblestone streets can be reached within a 18-minute walk.

Hotel in Chalkidiki, Greece Hotel Papagalos
Hotel Papagalos
Neos Marmaras, 63081 Chalkidiki, Greece

Hotel Papagalos is situated in a central location in the beautiful village of Neos Marmaras. Paradisos beach is a 15-minute walk away. Thessaloniki International Airport is 108 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.


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