SHOULD YOU TAKE YOUR SUMMER VACATION TO GREECE?
THAT IS THE MILLION DOLLAR QUESTION AMONG TRAVELERS RIGHT NOW, AND MY ANSWER IS YES; I WHOLE HEARTILY THINK THAT YOU SHOULD TAKE A SUMMER VACATION TO GREECE.
Why? Well, for starters the bookings for summer vacation to Greece are down so there are real bargains to be had all over the country. Also, the crisis has dented the strength of the Euro. Meaning, you dollar will be stronger and go further….this is rarely the case so I suggest taking advantage of this situation.
Due to the crisis, the one thing that Greece is counting on to keep their country afloat is tourism, so all hospitality groups are doing whatever they possibly can to get customers and make their experience as perfect as possible.
They want us, and they want us now!
WHAT KINDS OF INCONVENIENCES SHOULD YOU EXPECT???
I would bring cash as the ATM may possibly be out of money, the avoid the potential long lines at the ATM, and especially if credit cards are not being accepted. Many experts are advising travelers to bring cash to cover their entire trip. CASH IS KING. If you are traveling from Europe, the Euro will still be accepted even if Greece drops out of the Euro.
I suggest purchasing good insurance to cover themselves should they get stranded, so that is an added expense but well worth it. Also, in way of contingency plans the co-founder of Discover Greek Culture Tours, Sophia Antoniadou, told CNN, “that travel operators did not foresee emergency scenarios and were confident the fiscal crisis would not seriously impact the travel industry – – at least not this summer.” source
Even with the recent demonstrations by the locals and the political unrest, experts and locals say that experiencing criminal activity or danger is highly unlikely. Grecians are extremely peaceful people, and understand the tourists are helping their country so it is more likely you would experience warm, welcoming smiles than danger. The Greek Islands are far away from the capital so if you are planning on heading there, you will still have a peaceful and calming vacation!
“We Greeks are famous for our hospitality and we’re proud of that,” says Yorgos Geniatakis, general manager of the Minos Imperial Luxury Beach Resort in Crete. “Of course Greek people will be happy to see tourists.
“First and foremost because it’s our culture dating back to ancient times and no political situation could affect that.
“Secondly, Greece depends on tourism, so tourists will be welcome.”
“If tourists arrive positive they will leave positive,” he adds. “It is the time to enjoy Greece.” source
Here is another quote from a fellow travel blogger, Adventurous Kate, who just left Greece.
So, what’s it like to travel in Greece during an economic meltdown? So far, here in Santorini, there are zero differences whatsoever. While parts of the country have empty ATMs, Santorini has plenty of working ATMS, as do many other tourist-oriented regions of Greece.
I’ve talked to travelers in tourist zones and even in Athens, and none have had any problems.
Greeks are limited to withdrawals of 60 EUR per day. International bank account holders can take out as much as they want. Credit cards are working.
Of course, the situation could change at any time. But if you’re worried about your upcoming trip to Greece, DON’T BE. Bring a lot of cash, lock it up (ideally with this http://amzn.to/1INg8YR), and stay up to date on the news.
As for implications for costs in Greece no, this has made no difference in prices, and if things take a turn for the worst, you wouldn’t see a difference for months. (Once that happens, you might see hotels reduce their rates, but everything else should be about the same.) If Greece loses the Euro, that would not be implemented for a long time. So there is no difference at the moment.
I’ve spent time in Bangkok during two different times of protests, I’ve flown to Mexico at the height of swine flu, and now I’ve been in Greece during an economic crisis. All have been remarkably normal. Don’t believe everything you see on TV. source