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Travel tips from an experienced traveller

Aegean sea ● Cyclades ● Ionian sea ● 10 July 2017
 


Not everyone was born a traveller, so it is logical that some things don’t come in mind that easily. You learn more as you travel, learning by trial and error as in every other activity. Consistent travelling can help you find out what you need, you’ll learn your share of lessons, after having forgotten some things or gotten into some unnecessary trouble just because you weren’t prepared. There might be a time when you might get robbed on a train because you simply left your guard down. Perhaps you might show up at the Airport only to realise that your car rental doesn’t exist. For sure you cannot plan for everything, but you can be ready to deal with some standard situations that might come up.

Make a List

It is essential to write down everything you believe you are going to need on a list, at least about a week or so before your journey. Creating such a list will help you to avoid forgetting some items that you don’t want to leave behind! If you are on a low-budget you might want to narrow it down a bit. 

Make copies of important documents

You should keep a copy of your passport in a separate bag from your actual passport. In that case if you ever happen to lose your passport, a copy might be handy and some extra passport photos, they might actually let you travel even though the real passport is gone. Always carry a copy with you. I would be a pity to be forced to lose your flight or mess up your whole vacation schedule for one unlucky moment.

Always be flexible

It is a key factor to keep your calm in the hardest of situations. You shouldn’t let a delay upset you, because then things could get inevitably wrong. One of the first lessons you must teach yourself if you want to be a happy traveller is: patience! 

Travel light

Learn common phrases, talk to the locals

Teaching yourself some simple phrases in the local language of your destination like “Please,” “Thank you,” and “I’m sorry” will be helpful. The best tactics to find the most amazing places to visit is to always ask the locals. Many of them will be more than happy to point you to awesome spots to watch the sunset, show you the best restaurants and coffee shops, etc. You might be surprised and actually have the best experience ever, at a place that wouldn’t have been your first choice.

Things to put in your carry-on bag

It is good to have some basic stuff you need with you. In this way, in case your luggage happens to get lost in transit. This smart move will definitely save you money and time. Such important items could be: electronics, back up batteries, smartphone charger, an extra pair of underwear, medications, toothbrush, a swimsuit (for beach vacation). An excellent thought would be to bring along a sarong. If you ever feel cold, an extra piece of clothing will come really handy.

Inform close family and banks of your travel plans

An extremely crucial step you should take, especially if you are travelling solo, is to spread the word that you are going on a trip. This is a really good habit that will be beneficial to you in the long run, if you don’t want your credit card company or bank to put a hold on your card while you are overseas. Since we are talking about money, you shouldn’t keep all your cash and cards in the same spot. Try hiding some cash or a credit card in a separate bag from your wallet.

Keep an open mind
Don’t plan your entire itinerary ahead of time. Surely you are going to choose your outfits or make a list of the top 5 places that you want to visit. It’s tempting to have a schedule about everything, we know, but some of the best moments of your trip will be the unplanned ones… Those might give you the best memories ever. Have fun, get as many photos/videos as you can and don’t forget to wear your sunscreen, especially if you are having your vacation in sunny Greece!!

Where to Stay

Hotel in Agios Nikolaos, Greece Elounda Krini Hotel
Elounda Krini Hotel
Andrea Papandreou, Elounda, 72053 Agios Nikolaos, Greece

Elounda Krini Hotel is located 1 km away from the center of the popular seaside resort Elounda and just a 5-minute walk from the beach. The scenic town of Agios Nikolaos and the port is at 8 km, while the capital of Crete, Heraklion, is at 70 km. Supermarkets, shops, restaurants can be found within a 10-minute walk.

Hotel in Thassos, Greece Blue Sea Beach Boutique Resort
Blue Sea Beach Boutique Resort
Skala Potamias, 64004 Thassos, Greece

Blue Sea Beach Boutique Resort is located right on the sandy beach of Skala Potamias. Limenas, the capital and port of Thassos is 13 km 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.


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