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How to save money if you travel solo

Athens ● Greece ● 25 November 2016
 

Solo travel has numerous advantages such as loose planning, more self-confidence, spontaneous decision and time to rethink and reconsider your life. However, while travelling alone can be great for your heart and mind, it is at the same time an expensive habit because you have to pay the full tab for everything. If you travel with a companion, you can split the cost of the hotel room, the taxi or the restaurant. Luckily, there are ways to avoid paying a fortune for your solo trip and enjoy your Greek vacation at the maximum.

Travelling solo

Accommodation

In the whole world and of course in Greece, there are many hotels that offer single rooms at affordable prices. Certainly, it is much easier to find a double-room, but some independent hotels around the world provide the solo travellers with smaller rooms that are perfect for them. If you are comfortable to live in communal settings, you can choose to stay at a hostel. The prices are reasonable, and you may meet new people, who have the same way of thinking with you.

Transportation

If you travel with company, you can share the expense of the car rental, the fuels, the tolls and the parking fees. Furthermore, the expenditure of taking daily a taxi is undoubtedly high even in Greece. If you want in any case a car, the simplest advice is to rent the smallest available car class because it is just you and your bags, so you don't need much space. However, the best advice is to be more open-minded about that. In Greece and generally in Europe, buses and trains can get you almost everywhere. In Athens, the public transportation network is an excellent choice in the centre while there are also islands, like Koufonisi or Symi, which are too tiny to need a car.

Food and drink

For the solo traveller, eating alone in a restaurant can be something different, but after a while, you may feel awkward. Furthermore, the bill can't be shared, and doing that every day of your vacations can cost you a lot of money. The best solution is to shop for your own meals. You will learn many things about the local products, and you can bring your meal on a bench in front of a famous monument you want to admire while eating. With regard to the drinks, even if you don't want to stay at a hostel, you can spend an evening in their bars, drinking cheap cocktails and socialising.

Be flexible

If you travel alone, you have the most flexible schedule possible. You don't have to plan your vacations according to the available dates of other people, and you can organise your trip in the off-season. Furthermore, no one will force you to visit a museum you are not interested in or eat in a luxury restaurant. If you are flexible, you can do things off the Beaten Path that are more affordable but at the same time more interesting.

Where to Stay

Hotel in Athens, Greece Chris Hotel
8.5 10
Chris Hotel
6, Potamou str., 14564 Athens, Greece

Hotel Chris is situated in a quiet spot in Nea Kifisia, 100 m from the E75 motorway and 2 km from Kifisia Train Station. Athens city center can be reached within approximately 30 minutes using the electric train. Athens International Airport is at 38 km.

Hotel in Thessaloniki, Greece Hotel Anessis
Hotel Anessis
20, 26th October Str., 54627 Thessaloniki, Greece

Centrally located in Thessaloniki City, Hotel Anessis is within a 10-minute walk from the historic part of the city, Ladadika and from Aristotelous Square. The train station is at 700 m and Thessaloniki Airport Makedonia is 18 km away.

Studio & Appartment in Zakynthos, Greece Studio Stars
Studio Stars
Mouzaki - Laganas, 29092 Zakynthos, Greece

Surrounded by lush gardens with citrus trees, Studio Stars offers self-catering accommodation in a quiet location just 1 km away from the lively center of the cosmopolitan Laganas resort and 3 km from Laganas Beach. Zakynthos international airport is at 4 km, while the main port in picturesque and historic Zakynthos town is at 5 km. A bus stop with good service to the town can be found just a few meters away from the property.


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