Greek Good Morning by A Budget Traveler

Greece Sunrise

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Say ‘Kalimera‘, that’s the Greek good morning. Greece has so much to offer in terms of its attractions from islands such as Mykonos, Delos, Delphi, Loannina, Crete, Thessaloniki, Rhodes and last but not least, Athens. So many to choose from and unless you are planning  a longer stay. In any way, it makes going to Greece on budget very challenging since the adoption of the Euros in 2002.

The Greek drachma (dr) replaced. If you are from the US, UK or Asia, it is good to know that there are 8 euro coins such as 50, 20, 10, five, two and one cents, of course, €1 is in the form of a coin. For notes, there are only €5, €10, €20, €50, €100 and €200.

Estimated Budget

Daily budget for traveling on solo is €45, this we meant by standards of staying in youth hostels, camping, ferry rides. It is certainly better to go as a couple (true as the accommodation is shared than solo).

Transportation Costs

Plan your trip wisely and check out either one or more of these islands, sights and villages: The Acropolis, Plakias, Kos, Santorini and Corfu. It basically cost €10 a day for buses, Athens metro tickets, 1 or 2 short taxi hop. Boat travel to a beach is about €18 while scheduled boats will be less.

Meals Budgeting Tips

Snacks like Gyros, Cheese pie are available at around €3 and you can also have a cheap meal like a taverna for €5. Avoid the beer, they cost €3-€5, while €2.50 for a Coca-cola. Instead, buy bottled water at a Greek market €0.50 as everywhere else you’ll have to pay more from €0.70 to €3).

Unless you are eating once in a while in restaurants. Tipping in restaurants is not expected but appreciated if the service is good. For Taxi drivers, you got to round up the fare and small gratuity of €1-€3 are expected for bellhops, stewards on ferries taking you to your cabin. Budget travelers, it is €6 for admissions to sites and €16 for tickets for attractions and sights.

Avoid the High: July/August

Greece Budget travel

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May til June and September til October are the lower seasons. So if you go to Greece during these lower seasons, you get cheaper accommodation and better deals.

For better savings, you can negotiate better and book yourself self-catering apartment, shop at local produce markets and cook your own meals. It costs €2 for toiletries, lip balm etc, so better to bring your own travel sizes.

 

 

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