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I love traveling by ferry in Greece. I know that it can seem daunting at first, so I thought I'd put together some tips:

Book in advance: One of the best ways to avoid long queues and delays is to book your ferry tickets in advance. You can easily book ferry tickets through the internet, or by visiting a travel agency. Some of the ferry companies also allow you to book your tickets through their mobile applications. Sometimes the ferry ticket lines are very long and you'd be in jeopardy of missing your ride!

Pack light: If you are hopping on and off islands, it’s important to pack your essentials in a small bag. The ferry cabins can be cramped and the luggage storage facilities are limited. Carrying a small bag makes your traveling experience much smoother and simpler. It also will prevent you from feeling tempted to check your baggage. It's madness trying to get your suitcase after!

Check the ferry schedules: Before you set off, make sure you check the ferry schedules to ensure you don’t miss your ride. Some islands have multiple ports, so ensure to check the correct one. The ferry schedules can be found on the official ferry websites or through your travel agent.

Know the ferry types: There are several ferry types that operate within Greece. The high-speed catamarans are quick but generally more expensive, while the slower ferries are easier on the pocket. Familiarize yourself with the different types so you can choose the one that suits your needs and budget.

Be aware of strikes: The Greek ferry workers are known for going on strikes often, especially during peak seasons. Keep track of any news related to strikes, and make alternative arrangements if necessary. It's a fairly common thing, to be in Greece during a strike.

Follow the rules: The ferries in Greece have strict rules and regulations. Ensure you do not smoke in restricted areas, do not board the ferry without a ticket, and most importantly, do not operate unmanned vehicles on the ferry decks.

I found this video - I thought it was pretty good:

 
A funny story, at least now. We were traveling from Santorini to Crete on the ferry with our family. Our son who is Chris Jr. boarded before us. When my wife presented our tickets we were told there already is a Chris on board and were confused why there were two Chris's boarding. The manager was called over and after a thorough explanation as to why there are two people with the same name we were allowed to board.
 
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A funny story, at least now. We were traveling from Santorini to Crete on the ferry with our family. Our son who is Chris Jr. boarded before us. When my wife presented our tickets we were told there already is a Chris on board and were confused why there were two Chris's boarding. The manager was called over and after a thorough explanation as to why there are two people with the same name we were allowed to board.
That's really funny!!! LOL
 
I have one for you too- I checked my bags on an overnight ferry once and someone almost took mine! I had to run after them and prove to them that it was my stuff, but I don't speak Greek that well. I will 100% never check my bags again on a ferry in Greece.
 

Sustainable Travel to Greece?

I'm currently planning a trip to Greece and am passionate about making my travel as sustainable and eco-friendly as possible. Given the beauty and historical significance of Greece, I want to ensure that my visit contributes positively to the environment and local communities there.

Does anyone have any tips or experiences they could share on sustainable travel practices in Greece? I'm looking for advice on everything from eco-friendly accommodations, sustainable dining options, to ways of exploring the country that minimize my carbon footprint. Also, if there are specific activities or tours that support local conservation efforts or communities, I'd love to hear about those too!

Tips for Traveling to Greece on a Budget

Traveling to Greece is a dream for many, conjuring images of stunning beaches, ancient ruins, and vibrant Mediterranean culture. However, experiencing the wonders Greece has to offer doesn’t have to break the bank. Let's face it - it can be expensive to get there - especially if you are traveling from outside of Europe and during peak season. Keeping these tips in mind, though, can help you cut costs.

1. Travel During the Off-Peak Season

One of the best ways to save money while traveling to Greece is by going during the off-peak season, which is typically from October to April. Not only will you benefit from lower prices in flights and accommodations, but you'll also escape the heavy tourist crowds, allowing for a more authentic experience of Greece's beauty and culture.

2. Opt for Lesser-Known Destinations

While Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini are must-visit destinations, Greece is filled with hidden gems that are often overlooked. Consider visiting the Peloponnese region, Meteora, or even the northern part of the country, like Thessaloniki and the Chalkidiki Peninsula. These areas offer breathtaking views, historical sites, and genuine interactions with local culture at a fraction of the cost.

3. Use Public Transportation

Greece’s public transportation system is both efficient and affordable. Ferries can take you between islands at a good rate, especially if you book in advance. On land, buses and trains connect major cities and regions. Utilizing these options instead of renting a car or taking flights can significantly reduce your travel costs.

4. Savor Local Eats

Another great way to save while indulging in the richness of Greek culture is through its cuisine. Avoid tourist traps and opt for where the locals eat. Tavernas and street food vendors offer delicious and authentic Greek food for much less than restaurants in high-traffic tourist areas. Don’t skip on trying the gyros, souvlaki, and the myriad of seafood options.

5. Stay in Budget Accommodations

Greece offers a wide array of budget-friendly accommodations, ranging from hostels to budget hotels and Airbnb listings. Booking in advance can secure you a better deal, especially if traveling during the peak season. Consider staying in a location slightly off the beaten path; you might discover a quaint neighborhood or a breathtaking beach that’s not swarmed by tourists.

Traveling to Greece on a budget is more than feasible with a bit of planning and some savvy travel hacks. By following these tips, you can immerse yourself in the rich history, stunning landscapes, and warm hospitality Greece is renowned for, all while keeping your expenses in check. Remember, the essence of travel is not in how much you spend, but in the experiences you gather and the memories you create.

Cruising the Ionian Islands Questions

The Ionian Islands have captivated my imagination for years, with their storied history, lush landscapes, and crystal-clear waters. The thought of waking up each morning to a new island and a new experience is thrilling, to say the least.

However, I'm a bit at sea (pun intended) about where to begin planning such a voyage. Here are a few questions I have:
  1. Which Cruise Line Should I Consider?
  • Are there specific cruise lines that you would recommend based on personal experience that cater well to exploring the Ionian Islands?
  1. Best Time of Year to Go?
  • When is the ideal time to take this cruise? I've read varying reports on weather and crowd sizes throughout the year.
  1. Must-Visit Islands and Attractions
  • For those of you who have traveled to the Ionian Islands, which islands were your favorite, and are there any must-see attractions?
Thanks in advance!

Seeking Tips: Top Culinary Spots in Greece?

I am planning a trip to Greece and in need of some culinary guidance. Where are the must-visit spots for authentic Greek cuisine? From Athens to the islands, I'm looking for local favorites, hidden gems, and any must-try dishes. Whether it's a bustling market or a cozy taverna, I want to hear about the places that left you craving more. Any tips on where to find the freshest seafood or the crispiest spanakopita?

I would live it if you would share your recommendations and help me plan the ultimate foodie adventure. Looking forward to the trip for sure!

Visiting Delphi worth it?

I am trying to figure out if visiting Delphi is worth it. I want to fit seeing as many historical sites as I can into my itinerary. I've always been fascinated by ancient cultures and their histories, which naturally puts places like Athens and Santorini on my list. Recently, I've been reading up on Delphi and am intrigued by its significant historical and cultural value, not to mention its picturesque landscapes.

Given its status as the center of the world in ancient Greek civilization and the home of the famous oracle, it sounds like a place full of fascinating stories and ruins. However, I'm also aware that Greece is full of remarkable places to visit, each with its unique allure.
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