Budapest - Hungary
Every Greek island is special and beautiful in its own way. Don’t try to spend each new day on a new island. Enjoy just a handful, or whatever your time-frame will allow so you are enjoying the feel of each island instead of just spending time in transit.
Because the economy has been in crisis for a couple of years, many of the transit systems in Athens such as buses and the subway go on strike at random.
Between the heat and the delicious Greek wine, you don't want to get dehydrated. Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day, especially if you are visiting in the summer.
Island hopping means you will probably be taking ferries. During the summer, ferries sell out and get more expensive closer to the date that they leave. We recommend booking far in advance. Remember, you have to be at the port an hour before departure, so factor that into your scheduling as well.
Even though most Greek women dress conservatively, on the beach it is common to see women going topless. If you’re feeling up to it, give yourself a confidence boost and even out those tan lines by letting it all hang out.
When you sit at a restaurant you will be brought bread, even if you don't ask for it. Chances are, even if you don't touch if, a small fee will be added to your bill. If you don't want the bread, just politely refuse it when they bring it to the table.
Greeks are known for being crazy drivers. If you want to rent a car, be sure to be careful and on the look out for local drivers. As a pedestrian, it is also important to keep in mind that all drivers won't pay attention to the signs, so stay alert!
There are lots of mosquitos throughout Greece. We recommend bringing repellent and medication if that is a worry to you.
The Greek financial market has seen better days, and that means that cash is king. Many small restaurants and stores won’t take credit cards, so it is best to always have cash on hand.
Greeks are very proud and love to share their culture. The easiest way to quickly bond with a Greek person is to know a few words. Here is how to pronounce some basic words:
Good Morning: Ka-li-me-ra
Good Evening: Ka-li-spe-ra
Thank You: Ef-ha-ri-stoh