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We all like to have a little luxury in our lives while travelling. If you’re hoping to have a luxury holiday without breaking the bank, this is completely possible. Here are some ways you can increase the luxury in your life on your next vacation:
Book in advance
If you’re more of a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants traveller, it’s time to become a planner. That’s because booking well in advance can save you some serious money. Airlines release airfares around 11 months in advance, but you should also keep an eye out for deals on hotels and airfare. Some hotel sites offer free nights when you stay for a minimum of 10 nights, while others offer discounts on rooms. Sign up to a bunch of travel newsletters to see some of the best deals.
Avoid peak season
School holidays run from July to August in Europe, not to mention you’ll also be dealing with higher hotel rates and more expensive flights. Since everyone wants to travel during the best weather, you’ll also find crowds everywhere you go, long lines, and increased prices.
Instead, look for great deals in shoulder season, when you’ll find cooler weather, fewer crowds, and much better prices.
Book a cruise
If you’re serious about introducing some more luxury to your life, book an ultimate luxury cruise holiday. Cruising is almost entirely all-inclusive, and there are some incredible luxury cruising companies that will make you feel like a king (or queen) while you’re travelling. You’ll be able to enjoy yourself with numerous activities and amenities on board, while travelling to a new and exciting destination.
Choose the right destinations
A five-star experience in Asia or Central America will be much cheaper than the same experience in Europe or North America. If you’re hoping to get the most for your travel dollars, pick destinations where those dollars go further, and you’ll also get to upgrade your experience.
Find luxury hotel openings
Knowing you’re about to check into a luxury hotel will help you get through even the longest and most uncomfortable flight. If you research where the latest luxury hotels are due to open, you’ll be able to snag some of the most amazing hotels at a much cheaper price point than those that have been there for awhile.
Most people assume that a package holiday will save them money, but often, booking your hotel and flights separate will actually save you money. That’s because the providers of those packages aren’t putting them together out of the goodness of their hearts- they’ve added some padding on top. It’s a simple matter to coordinate your flights with your hotel checkin, so do your research yourself to save money.
Known for its adventure, culture, history, and scenery, Southeast Asia continues to draw visitors from around the world. Not only is it an amazing place to travel, but it’s comparatively inexpensive, making it popular for travellers of all ages.
Experience a tour of Cambodia or lie on a beach in Thailand. Go diving in the Philippines or explore the pagodas in Myanmar. However you like to travel, Southeast Asia has something for everyone.
Here are a few reasons why your next trip should be to Southeast Asia:
Southeast Asian food is delicious, and it could easily be the number one reason why so many people love visiting the region. From the street food in Bangkok to the curries in Malaysia, each country has something new and delicious to offer. There are few places in the world where you can find cuisine as flavorful, colorful, vibrant, and diverse.
You’ll find some of the world’s most beautiful beaches in Southeast Asia. And beach season is perpetual here, with summer all year round. Love scuba diving or snorkeling? Head to Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Bali, or the Philippines. Or just grab a book and relax in a hammock while your friends and family members are shoveling snow at home.
Southeast Asia has some of the most exciting, crazy, and fast-moving cities in the world. From Kuala Lumpur to Ho Chi Minh City, (and who could forget Bangkok?) You’ll be astounded by the unique mix of both new and old Asia. Ancient temples are located around the corner from futuristic skyscrapers, and you can walk out of a modern mall and enjoy a delicious meal on the side of the street. This dichotomy is what makes Southeast Asian cities so intriguing and special.
Southeast Asia as home to some of the world’s oldest civilisations. If you do one thing here, make sure you go to Angkor Wat. You can spend days simply wandering through these temples. Of course, the pagodas in Bagan are also incredible, and if you’re willing to splurge, a hot air balloon ride at sunrise is one of the best ways to see them.
Of course, not all of the history here is pleasant. It’s well worth visiting some of the museums and memorials in the area to learn about the Khmer Rouge, the Vietnam War, and the bombing of Laos.
If you’re looking for a destination that’s easy to travel, exciting, memorable, and has plenty to offer, be sure to head to Southeast Asia as soon as you can.
Sick of dealing with long lines at the airport and early morning flights? Want to travel but hate the idea of constantly moving between cities, checking in and out of different hotels and packing and unpacking your bags?
If you want to see the world without the stress, it may be time to book a cruise holiday. Here’s why:
Keep your wallet in your pocket
Cruising is pretty close to a completely all-inclusive holiday. That’s because when you pay for your cruise, you’re paying for accommodation, transportation, food, and entertainment. You can even choose to prepay your gratuities, drinks packages, and excursions.
This means that when you’re on your cruise, you don’t need to worry about going over budget. You’ll avoid opening your wallet and can instead simply focus on enjoying yourself.
Make some friends
If you’re on a cruise with people from around the world, you’re guaranteed a social experience. You’re likely to make a bunch of new friends as you meet them while eating dinner, lounging by the pool, or enjoying an excursion.
Children get to make friends with kids their age in the kids’ club. If you’re single you may just meet Ms or Mr right, while couples can find like-minded friends to connect with. Meeting people is a large part of what travel is all about, and cruising is great for this.
Enjoy everything you need
There’s a reason why cruise ships are often called “floating cities.” You’ll find everything you could need on board, from satellite TV, cell service, to Wifi. Most of the time, you’ll also find laundry facilities, medical centres, room service, movie screens, restaurants, gyms, spas, and more.
If you’re new to travelling or you find certain destinations daunting, cruising can be an awesome solution. You’ll be able to discover plenty of exotic destinations, but the cruise line can also organise trips with English speaking guides. You’ll feel safe and enjoy peace of mind with many travellers all checking out the same city.
Choose your size
Cruise ships come in a variety of sizes, depending on whether you’re looking for a mega ship or a more intimate experience. You can choose a liner that will offer you plenty of entertainment or one that has fewer people and a more upscale atmosphere. Whatever your budget and preferences, you’ll find a ship for you.
Are you in charge of choosing this year’s family holiday? Or maybe you just want to choose a family holiday that will have a little more personality than your typical run-of-the-mill holiday? Well don’t fear, there are more options out there. Why not consider a walking holiday this summer. There are tons of reasons why this may be the perfect type of holiday for you and your family, but here are some of my favourite reasons that a walking holiday is a wonderful family holiday: it works for all ages and abilities, so long as there are no strong physical challenges, a walking holiday is a great choice for most abilities and ages. They’re a slower pace, meaning that you can enjoy the nature and scenery around you, having plenty of opportunities to snap photos and soak in the natural beauty. It’s a wonderful opportunity to de-stress and have a digital detox, allowing you the chance to unwind from the chaos of daily life.
1. Perfect for All Ages and Almost All Abilities
One of the biggest challenges when planning a trip for a family can be finding something that caters to all family members and all ages. If you have a family that’s spread out over generations and different age groups, you may struggle a bit to find activities and trips that everyone will not only enjoy but find engaging and entertaining. Walking holidays are the perfect option because, from about a year old, almost everyone can walk meaning that the whole family can participate in a walking holiday. For younger family members that may need to rest a little more often, you can consider taking them on a walking holiday by investing in a hiking pack that has a child or toddler carrier, to ensure they’re comfortable at all times. Elder family members that want to participate in a walking holiday may need to take a cane or walking support to help them navigate some of the more challenging terrains, but chances are they’ll really enjoy this family-friendly holiday idea.
2. Slow, Relaxing Pace Allowing You to Soak it All in
Is there anything worse than going on a holiday that’s got such a fast pace that you literally have no time for photos and your entire trip seems to be spent on a bus, being taken between location, barely given a few minutes to snap a few pictures before being taken to the next destination. Enjoying a walking holiday means you’ll have plenty of time to soak in all the gorgeous scenery, hundreds of wonderful photo opportunities, chances to take beautiful photos of the scenery around you and of course tons of lovely locations for selfies. The relaxing pace ensures that you get a chance to really enjoy all the nature. The walking holiday trails are perfectly designed to maximize the terrain to get the best views and to make the most of the nature around you.
3. Perfect for De-Stressing and Digital Detox
There’s no doubt that modern life is stressful, these days we juggle so many different tasks and responsibilities every single day: there are our responsibilities from work, our family responsibilities as well as whatever responsibilities we have with our friends and social commitments. It can be extremely hard to find the time to juggle everything, especially if you’re someone who finds themselves working late at the office or has a young family to spend time with. Taking a few days, or even a few weeks, break from the computer and Internet is a wonderful way to de-stress. You may be surprised to find how much social media can negatively impact your life, from causing unnecessary stress to making you compare yourself to others. Taking a break from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and even Snapchat is a great way to allow you to focus a little more on your close personal relationships, family members and even your own relationship with yourself.
It can be interesting to observe how many times a day you naturally go to reach for your phone and find yourself tempted to mindlessly swipe. Once you get rid of the phone, whether it’s by simply turning your phone to Airplane mode, or deleting the apps from your phone, you’ll have to fill all that time you wasted with something else. Whether it’s spending the hours a day you would otherwise mindlessly scroll reading a book, chatting with your family members, or enjoying the view of a beautiful sunset on your walking holiday, almost everyone says the same thing when they give up social media for a few days: I can’t believe how much extra time I have. While this may feel true for you, the truth is you will be surprised to find how much time you waste scrolling through your social channels without even realizing it.
4. Opportunity to Really Catch Up With Loved Ones
As we get older and move across the country, or even to another country, it becomes harder and hard to spend time with our loved ones. This makes the holiday periods such as Christmas and birthdays, when everyone gets back together again, even more precious. Why not organize a special walking tour holiday this summer in order to get everyone together again to create some special family memories together. Being surrounded by nature, without a lot of technology and outside stimulation is the perfect setting in order to have some special conversations and to really catch up with your loved ones. Even if you chat frequently on Skype, there’s nothing quite like being together, going on an adventure together and creating some new memories. The evening time is also the perfect foundation to create some memories, you’ll be nicely sunned from the day of walking and exploring, so why not bring a deck of cards so you can play some card games together or even a board game or two. This is a really fun way to bond and interacts together while enjoying each others’ company.
5. Increase Your Fitness While Traveling
The great thing about walking holidays is there’s something for all abilities and you can choose a walking tour that suits your fitness levels. You can also reach out to the company to discuss having one made that suits your group and their ability. But if you’re anything like me, then you enjoy being active when you’re travelling in order to balance out all the delicious food you’re eating. You can choose a walking holiday that’s going to slightly challenge you, in order to increase your fitness while enjoying some incredible scenery – what a wonderful holiday idea.
If you’re looking for a holiday adventure that the entire family will talk about for years to come, then look no further, walking holidays are the perfect family holiday adventure.
Few things are better than hitting the open road on a cruiser. While there is no such thing as a bad motorcycle, some bikes are better for individual riders than others. If you are in the market for a new cruiser, you may have narrowed your choice to two manufacturers, Harley Davidson and Honda. To determine which cruiser is right for you, think about your riding goals.
For years, patriotic Americans preferred to ride Harley cruisers since Harley Davidson is an iconic American brand. Honda, of course, hails from Japan, far from the shores of the United States. Nowadays, however, the American-made argument carries less weight. In fact, both Harley Davidson and Honda assemble most of their cruisers inside the United States. If shopping from a manufacturer that creates American jobs is important to you, you can’t lose when purchasing either a Honda or a Harley.
Cruisers are some of the most versatile bikes on the road. Not only do they deliver exceptional performance, they offer a comfortable ride. Since both Honda and Harley offer bikes of equal sizes with like engines, you get a similar ride on either cruiser.
OEM Parts and Aftermarket Accessories
As a serious rider, you don’t want to invest in a bike that is not easy to repair or upgrade. Because both Harley and Honda have a huge catalog of OEM-grade parts, you can easily replace damaged components on either bike. For the best selection of affordable parts, order Harley or Honda bike parts from a huge online seller, such as BikeBandit.com.
Whether you decide to purchase a Honda or a Harley, you really can’t go wrong. Since both manufactures feature iconic, innovative cruisers, whichever bike you choose is likely to be the right one for you. After you get your new cruiser, check out the extensive inventory of motorcycle riding gear at BikeBandit.com to be sure you are ready to tackle the open road.
Are you trying to decide on what kind of holiday to go on with your family? Perhaps you’re trying to decide on what kind of honeymoon you want to go on? Maybe you’re trying to decide what kind of holiday will be fun for you and a group of friends. It doesn’t really matter what kind of holiday it is, there are a ton of types of cruise holidays, making them a great option no matter who you are going away with. A cruise is a great way to get a lot of bang for your buck, a fun way to enjoy a relaxing trip without a ton of transfers and organizing required, and a nice way to feel like you have really had a holiday. Here are my top three reasons to book a cruise holiday this year:
1. Exceptional Value for Money
When you’re looking for a family or 4 or 6 it can be hard to have the buying power that cruise companies have. They’re buying on behalf of thousands or even tens of thousands of customers, meaning that they can offer unbeatable prices. Sometimes you can find cruise deals that are so cheap you may wonder how they’re even making a profit – well that’s not your problem! The important thing is that you’re getting a great deal and getting to visit a bunch of places that are interesting to you and your travel buddies.
2. An Easy Holiday
There’s nothing more stressful than a holiday where you’re spending more time unpacking and packing your bags than actually enjoying your vacation. Have you ever been on a crazy holiday before when you have something to do every day, a new hotel every day or second day, transfers every day with early tours every morning and not even a moment to pause and take a photo? While that’s all fun and well when you’re young and full of energy, it can be absolutely exhausting and by the time you go home, you often feel like you need another holiday to rest from the holiday you just had! A cruise holiday is so much more relaxing, you have plenty of time to enjoy the pool, spa, and all the wonderful activities the cruise has on board as well as the day trips offered! You’ll go home feeling like you are well rested and have actually been on holiday.
3. See a Great Variety of Places
The great thing about going on a cruise is that you’ll get to see a great variety of locations that could otherwise be pretty expensive to fly between. This, of course, depends on exactly where you choose to go, but if you choose the Pacific islands for example, where flights between islands are infrequently and particularly expensive, you’ll find that taking a cruise winds up being way more economical and you will get to see so many places. This is a great option if you’re short on time but want to see a variety of new islands whether in the Pacific, around the Mediterranean or even in the Caribbean.
Traveling on a cruise is one of those bucket-list activities that you have to try at least once. Just be warned you may find that you fall in love with it! If you’re dreaming of a vacation, why not book a tour and get excited for your next family vacation!
Hong Kong is truly a destination like no other. While the city attracts travelers of all ages, millennials love its rare combination of western influence, traditional culture, tasty cuisine, easy transportation, safety and family-friendliness, and much more besides. Curious? Then read on to learn more about why Hong Kong is a hot spot for millennials.
Western influences infused with a wealth of Chinese culture creates a unique atmosphere that is irresistible to millennial travelers. Because Hong Kong was part of the British Empire until 1997, the city offers a refreshing blend of the familiar and foreign. From modern skyscrapers to traditional rooflines, Hong Kong is a feast for the eyes, perfect for self-taught millennial photographers.
Hong Kong’s cuisine offers a delicious variety of food, from roasted goose to rich and flavorsome curry. Dim sum is one of the most popular local delicacies and a must-try for travelers. These steamed buns come filled with either meat or vegetables and are sometimes shaped like adorable characters that millennial food-lovers simply can’t resist.
Another reason why western millennials love Hong Kong is that most people speak fluent English and all government signs are in English. This makes getting around even easier, especially with the Mass Transit Railway which is also clean and safe.
Because it is a relatively secure city in comparison to other destinations, most millennials enjoy the relaxed, easy-going atmosphere of Hong Kong without fearing for their safety. Even though it’s a bustling city, you can stay safe by following common-sense safety rules. If you have young children always hold their hand so they don’t get lost in a crowd, keep valuables out of reach for pickpockets, and be aware of your surroundings like you would in any major city.
When you travel to Hong Kong, you will see the diverse mix of residents from around the world. In fact, some millennials love the city so much that they decide to bring their family along and move there.
These young families are finding that an international upbringing in Hong Kong provides diversity to any child’s education and opens the door to future career prospects. For expat kids there are American international schools in Hong Kong which provide specialized programs that will set your child on the path to a university education after graduation. Obviously, this is attractive to parents want to give their child an advantage in today’s global economy.
Affordability and jobs
Western culture continues to flourish and influence Hong Kong as the city’s affordability and job opportunities attract expats to relocate here. When comparing pay rates with most western cities and considering the exchange rate, Hong Kong really offers great value.
Thanks to its east-meets-west culture, its strong economy, and wealth of job openings in finance, trade, and English teaching, to name a few, the number of opportunities for millennial expats in the city is exceptional.
A little-known secret to balancing the bustling city atmosphere of Hong Kong with peaceful relaxation is by visiting one of the islands near Hong Kong. You only need to travel for about half an hour by ferry to leave the city center behind and discover a bit of quiet, peaceful green space.
Without a doubt, Hong Kong is a modern and diverse city with the promise of unbelievably cool experiences. As you can see, the city attracts millennial travelers from all over the world because of its unique culture, delicious food, excellent mass transit, its safety and family-friendly atmosphere, and the affordability and excitement it offers for expats.
Are you trying to figure out where to go this year? It can be tricky figuring out a holiday that will work for the whole family, keep everyone entertained and basically just tick everyone’s boxes. If you’re not sure where to start, why not consider a sailing holiday? Not only will you get to explore some of the world’s most beautiful locations, but you will have plenty of time with your family and friends aboard a beautiful sailing boat to create special memories together. Because a sailing holiday does involve a lot of teamwork, it’s an excellent way to bond with your loved ones, while still getting a much-needed vacation. There are also a number of packages you can choose from, so if you have a short holiday of only a few days, right through to something of a week or longer, there’s a sailing holiday that will suit your needs. Are you dreaming of your own sailing holiday? Why not check out this great resource for more information: http://www.sailingholidays.com and here are my top 5 reasons to consider a sailing holiday for this year!
1. Fun, Active Holiday
While there will be plenty of opportunities to lounge around and catch some sun while on a sailing holiday, sailing holidays are a little more active than a traditional holiday. You’ll be able to help operate the boat, you can stop off at a ton of cool spots around the Greek Islands, do numerous day walks and just pack in a lot of fun activities. You can also incorporate water sports activities into your holiday such as snorkeling, fishing, even paddle boarding which is one of my new favorite sports. The great thing about a sailing trip is that you can choose the activity level to suit your fitness levels and the ages of your family members. For example, if your traveling with some people in their 60s, it might be quite a different trip than if everyone is in their 30s. Likewise, if you’re traveling with young children or with people who have health issues, then you can obviously choose to adjust your trip to suit your abilities. This is another reason why a personalized sailing trip is a wonderful family holiday.
2. Learn a New Skill
Whether you’re new to sailing, or very experienced, mixing in a vacation with practicing a skill is a wonderful way to have fun while getting a break from a normal routine. Perhaps you’re a really experienced sailor and want to share that skill with your children or friends. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner, or extremely experienced, there’s a sailing trip to suit your ability. If you have a love for the water and are wanting to share that passion with your family, it is my suggestion to start while they’re young: enroll your children in swimming classes, ensure that they’re well educated around the water and get them confident in sailing so that you can share the passion for the water together as a family. A family sailing trip is a wonderful way to ignite that passion and maybe even get your child or young family members interested in a new hobby!
3. Visit Incredible Destinations
By traveling on a sailing boat you can easily visit smaller islands, many of which will be much quieter and peaceful than the busier islands in Greece. This is great for a number of reasons: firstly you will be able to relax a little more, secondly, your photos won’t be filled with swarms of people and thirdly you will feel like you have discovered your own paradise. There’s nothing quite like looking out ahead into the ocean and seeing nothing but blue skies and the stunning jade colored ocean ahead of you. While I personally would head to the Greek Islands, just because I love Greek food, culture and think the islands there are some of the best in the world, there are actually many options for you to choose from!
4. Take Amazing Photos
There’s nothing more special than family vacation photos and you will be able to take some pretty special ones on your sailing trip. You can take a bunch on the boat itself, with the stunning ocean as a beautiful backdrop, or you can use the day trip destinations as fun photoshoot locations for the pictures. Because you’ll be sleeping together and spending so much time together, there will be plenty of time to grab heaps of shots. These days smartphones do take incredible photos, but why not make the trip really special and grab a Polaroid camera? That way you can print out the photos as you go and give them to people as a gift, a special way to remember the trip. It seems so funny to say, but as so few people print out photos these days they become a special gift!
I also suggest bringing any other special cameras you have along with you. If you have or know anyone that has, a GoPro then consider bringing it along especially if you want to do any water sports. They’re just the best option for being active in the water and you won’t have to worry about it if it gets wet or damaged. Likewise, I think a drone would be the perfect way to film a sailing trip! Imagine all the cool ariel shots you could get?
5. Have a Vacation that Feels Like a Vacation
I’ve been on holidays where I’ve been so busy rushing from destination to destination, that it doesn’t feel like a holiday. I don’t want you to make the same mistake. That’s why I really think that a sailing holiday is a wonderful option. You’ll have plenty of downtime in the evening where you can chill with your friends and family, maybe play some board games, some card games, talk, even have a few cold ones. You’ll visit some of the worlds most beautiful beaches, eat excellent sea food and spend your days hunting out stunning destinations all while enjoying a slower pace of life. Because you wont be forced to check in and out every day, you wont be unpacking and repacking every minute, allowing you to really settle in and enjoy the perks of a sailing holiday.
No matter where you choose to go, the most important thing is who you go with. Planning a family holiday is one of life’s greatest joys and I know if you choose a sailing holiday it will set the foundation for some of the best family holiday memories you could ever wish for! Have you been on a family sailing holiday before? Let me know in the comments below?
Every year when the new year ticks over, many people around the world start thinking about their new year’s resolutions. After all, a new year is a fresh start and a great way to get started doing those things you’ve always wanted to but never get around to. The most important thing you’ll need in order to be able to keep to your new year’s goals is the reason why: the motivation for wanting to try that new thing, give up that bad thing, or completely overhaul your lifestyle. Without a strong focus on the reason why, you will find yourself easily distracted, giving up, or just simpling failing to see the real benefit to yourself. Here are my top 5 new years resolutions that you will actually want to keep:
1. Learn Something New
I think it’s important no matter your life stage to keep learning and to continue growing. With the Internet, Youtube videos and a wide assortment of amazing apps, you can learn about almost anything for free or very low prices when you consider how much it would cost to get that wealth of knowledge before the invention of the Internet. Free learning apps cover a wide range of subjects and will appeal to almost any one of any age. If you’re searching for a new hobby, why not download a top education app and begin to learn Science from the comfort of your own home.
2. Get Active
If you focus on losing weight, you may find yourself frustrated if your results aren’t quite what you expect one week. You may also find it stressful dealing with normal, healthy weight fluctuations. I personally find fitness, overall energy and health to be much more achievable goals. Getting active is a wonderful way to improve your cardivascular health, energy levels and mood too! Choose a hobby that is active and feels like fun, that way you wont even notice that you’re being healthier and it will be easy to stick to.
3. Track Your Finances
You can’t change what you don’t measure, well maybe you can but it’s definitely a lot harder. Tracking your finances is a sure-fire way to keep on track with them – bad pun intended – and ensure that you’re only spending what you really need to, and to help motivate yourself to be more frugal and mindful with your money. It’s one of the best ways to save money as when you hold yourself accountable to the cent, it’s a lot harder to spend. Whether you’re hoping to save for a big purchase like a new car or even a home, or something a little more manageable such as an overseas holiday, being aware of what you’re spending will make all the difference!
These are my top 3 new year’s resolutions you’ll want to keep. Do you have anything you’d like to share with us today?
Greece is one of those dream destinations that most people put on their list. There’s so much history scattered across this beautiful country, as well as some of the world’s best beaches. No matter the type of holiday you’re going for, whether it’s for a honeymoon, a trip with friends, a family trip or even a babymoon, you’ll be surprised by the diversity that Greece offers, catering to every type of trip! There are a few simple ways to make your trip to Greece more enjoyable, more affordable, and one of those trips that you’ll look back on one day and sigh deeply as it was everything you wanted and more. Here are my top 5 tips for visiting Greece this year:
1. Don’t Skip the Beaches
It’s easy to get caught up in all the history and grungy charm of Athens, but in my opinion the real beauty of Greece is the beaches and you’re literally spoiled for choice. Santorini and Mykonos are just as beautiful as the postcards, if not even more beautiful in person, but they get crowded. Why not head to a smaller island that’s going to be quieter, you’ll get cheaper lodging, be able to enjoy that small town charm. I personally loved Paros – a small island not too far from Naxos. This charming town is well known for it’s stunning beaches, traditional villages and is also home to the Panagia Ekatontapiliani, a landmark church from the 4th century. A family beach holiday in Greece is perfect for creating those memories that you will treasure forever. If you’re traveling with younger children, be sure to take a least some supplies so they can build sand castles. Don’t forget sunscreen in order to keep your skin healthy, even if it feels like you’re not getting burned you may be causing irreversible skin damage – not pretty!
2. Travel in the Off Season
During peak season, Greece can become extremely expensive. When you check into your hotel in popular destinations, you may even see pricing on the door of your room that has two rates: peak rate and off season. In a number of hotels I visited on the islands, the room rates doubled or even tripled for the peak summer season. It can be one of the easiest ways to save money, by simply avoiding the busiest months. A quick Google search can bring up peak times for specific regions, so be sure to check ahead of time and try to visit in the shoulder seasons. You’ll likely find yourself enjoying wonderful, warm weather without the peak time prices. I visited Santorini in May, which would be considered a shoulder season and it was still swarmed – I couldn’t imagine how busy and uncomfortable it would be in the peak of summer with the hoards of tourist buses blocking your views. A little bit of forward planning can save you a lot of money and hassle!
3. Eat Street Food
Food is so good in Greece! In my opinion, it’s some of the best in the world. When you’re traveling, you’ll quickly notice that eating out is one of the biggest expenses and eating street food is a great way to reduce the cost. My advice: be sure to visit the restaurants or food trucks that are the busiest with local people, they know what’s good! In some parts of Europe, Greece included, there’s actually a surcharge if you decide to eat something simple like a sandwich in a cafe rather than having it to go. Pay attention to whether that’s the case where you’re visiting and why not make a picnic of it to save a few euros? Try to avoid chains where you can and support local businesses that depend on tourism to stay open. The economy in Greece has taken a bit of a beating in the past few years and while the Greeks are extremely hard working, favouring smaller establishments over chains, especially international chains, is an excellent way to help out the locals and ensure the variety you enjoy stays open! When I was visiting Greece I indulged in Gyros any chance I could: they’re delicious, filling and extremely affordable. Don’t be surprised if your gyro comes with delicious fries inside of it – that’s how they roll over there. Be sure to visit at least one Greek bakery, you’ll see plenty of treats, both local and internationally inspired. The Baklava I tried in Greece was one of the best I’ve ever had!
4. Enjoy Some Watersports
Beaches just don’t have to be about laying down with a good book in the sunshine, although that is truly divine. Consider getting into some fun watersports. One of my favorite new water activities is paddleboarding, it’s an amazing workout for your abs and a great activity for any ability level. But there are so many more watersports to try and fall in love with. If you’re a bit more confident on the water, then surfing is a really fun water sport. There are some places around the Greek islands that are wonderful for snorkeling. You may even fancy yourself a bit of a fisher, so why not do a fun fishing trip while in Greece? There are so many lovely activities to do here, you may find yourself wanting to extend your Greek holiday.
5. Take a Camera
Greece is one of the most photographic places I’ve ever visited: the sea is unlike anywhere else, the people are beautiful and open, and the sunsets are completely out of this world. While most smartphones take great photos, I have a feeling you may want to get some of your travel photos to Greece printed because it’s really that beautiful. Taking a higher quality camera will ensure that the quality is good enough that you could print out a large print or print directly on canvas to have in your home as a lovely reminder of a your trip. A few years ago you would have to get a large and bulky DSLR in order to have high quality images you can print well, but now it’s pretty easy to achieve a similar look with some of the smaller cameras. I have a Canon Gx7 Mark ii and the photos are absolutely incredible. If you don’t own a good digital camera, why not ask around friends and family to see if you can borrow one? This is a destination where you will be snapping so many photos you may even end up with cramp in your fingers: Greece is that beautiful!
Greece is a wonderful destination and if you do decide to go there as a family, I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful trip. Do you have any tips for first time visitors to Greece? Share them in the comments below:
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