Here are 10 travel tips if you are planning to visit Greece in the near future.
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1. Learning to Love a Malaka
Although the word Malaka is not "nice" it is sometimes to be friendly. Malaka means "jerkoff", but in Greece we use it as a term of affection. People might say, "Hey jerkoff," but do not worry. You will be able to tell if you do it by your tone of voice. Use your best judgment and go with the flow.
2. Most everything closes at noon for a few hours. No soup for you.
In Spain its called "siesta" and they have it in Greece also. In some of the more touristy areas you will find everything is kept open, but if your visit takes you off the beaten path it will probably be closed in the afternoon. Be sure to make that trip to the market and do your errands in the morning and spend your "nap" on the beach.
3. Dramamine Taxis
Greece has more than 6,000 islands, but only 250 of them are inhabited. Although some of the islands have airports most do not and you will have to take a ferry to visit them. Ferries will fluctuate at the cost of 10 to 75 EUR with the trip out of Athens which is more expensive. The airfare will range between 100 – 300 EUR depending on where you are visiting, what time of year it is, and possibly how much you slip the individual booking your tickets.
4. Avoid Mykonos if you are on a budget.
The clubs stay open until the morning, the beaches are beautiful, and the bar is always pumping music. Along with the great nightlife and romantic scenery comes a very strong price point. Mykonos is not the island to visit if you are on a budget. Drinks on this island are as expensive as they are in New York City, 12-15 EUR a pop. Dinner will run for at least 50 euros and hotel rooms start at around $ 250 euros per night. One of your bags should probably be full of cash.
5. Hypochondriacs rejoice! Antibiotics can be bought without a prescription.
If you are like my mum you will want to stock up on the counter antibiotics while you are in Greece. You do not need a prescription in Greece to buy them and they are stronger than the things the pharmacist gives you here (America to me, I'm not sure where in the world you are). I would like to say that you should not take the medicine if you do not need it. Antibiotics should only be taken if you have an infection so consult with your doctor before self medicating. And for the sake of all that is holy take the whole cycle, even if you start to feel better, end the cycle! Otherwise, we are only building resistant antibacterial bacteria that will cleanse us all. But do not, really, enjoy your trip.
6. The food in Greece is amazing on any budget
Greece is known for its seafood, olives, honey, feta cheese and healthy vegetables. Even if you are traveling on a budget and can not afford to eat at restaurants (which usually run between 15 – 50 euros a meal) you can grab Gyro and Suvlaki on the street. They usually run 2 – 3 euros each and they are so full. Vegetarians: just learn to pronounce the word "spanakopita" before you leave and the cheese and spinach cakes give you right at the same price point.
7. No one in Greece advice. But if you do, you will be treated as a god (tiny god that is).
Overall, people do not tip in Greece as the staff are paid a living wage, but they treat you like a king if you do. At the beach bar they usually give 3 to 5 euros all day and make sure my drink is always full. A EUR or two goes a long way. If you are looking for hospitality in Greece, throw in a smile and you are golden.
8. Visit before or after high season
End of summer in Greece (late July to late August) is very expensive. During that time in Greece the tourists outnumber the citizens! Because of this the prices in the hotel rooms, flights and ferries are inflated. Visiting before or after high season can save you a lot of money. Consider visiting in June or September so you can still enjoy the beach.
9. McDonalds at Athens Airport serves a McGyro
10. Find the Bouzoukia for the real Greek nightlife experience.
Most of the nightlife in Greece is now very popular. The Bouzoukia is where you will experience Greek music, dancing, and live flower release. There is usually a headliner like Ana Vissi (think the Greek equivalent to Madonna) if you are in Athens but you can find a cheap alternative in some of the smaller cities and islands with unknown singers.
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