If you’re planning on vacationing in Greece this summer, but need to stick to a strict budget, this is very attainable and you can still have a great time. The first thing that you need to do in order to make your trip successful as well as within your price range is to create a budget. Figure out exactly how much money you’ll have to spend on actually traveling there so that you can find the absolute cheapest airfare possible. Next, figure out how much you have available to pay for lodging, dining, transportation and activities. After you’ve figured out how much money you will have for everything involved, you can then include activities and tours that you can afford, easily eliminating anything that is too overpriced.
One thing that you never want to forget is to always have some emergency cash available. This cash should not be carried on you, but put in a safe place, such as an easily assessable bank account. Your emergency cash, which is whatever amount you determine is enough to sustain yourself in case you were to lose your money or become a victim of theft, should be separate from your regular spending budget. If you aren’t able to put away a “stash,” it’s not necessary to cancel your trip, though. A credit card put away for an emergency or either a friend or relative who can send you money in case something were to happen works fine, too.
Where Will You Sleep for Cheap?
Saving on your lodging by traveling with large groups of friends who can help pay for the accommodations is a great idea, if feasible. There are many comfortable places to stay that can comfortably sleep ten or more, and if everyone pays a small percentage of the price then it’s a win-win situation for everyone involved. If you aren’t able to travel with a group then perhaps you can visit hotwire.com, priceline.com and similar sites, which are wonderful and can help you nab some amazingly cheap deals on your hotel stay while in Greece. If you’re planning on staying in Greece for the entire summer, why not look into renting a small furnished apartment? It’ll definitely be cheaper than paying for a hotel, and also a lot more comfortable.
Getting Around in Greece
Since you’re traveling to Greece on a budget, you will most likely not have the money to pay for a rental car while you’re there. This can cost as much as $250/week. It’s quite all right if you can’t afford to rent a car, as there are many other modes of transportation that can get you where you need to go. Greece is popular for moped rentals, which you can obtain for about $10/day. There is also the option of traveling with friends, by boat or ferry, by Greece’s intercity bus system, or if you’re visiting certain areas in Greece, even by donkey, believe it or not.
Dining Without Going Broke
Like just about every other tourist area, Greece has many expensive restaurants to attract people to, but fortunately there are other comparable restaurants that offer delicious-tasting, authentic cuisine for budget-friendly prices as well. One restaurant in particular, The Argos, is for people who love seafood, as this is their specialty. You can find just about any type of fish you like here plus more, all at a pretty reasonable price for large portions.
If you aren’t a seafood person, there is another restaurant in Greece with prices on the lighter side called Ariston that will most likely have something to satisfy your palate without emptying your wallet too much. Their menu includes all types of delectable pies, from chicken to spinach to broccoli, and surprisingly only cost less than a dollar each. The even better thing about these delicious pies is that they are very filling.
Entertainment For Less
Ancient Greece is a wonderful place full of low-cost activities to choose from. From shopping at one of the many flea markets to underground guided tours in caves to relaxing in one of Greece’s popular mineral water springs, there is no shortage of inexpensive fun. There are many museums to choose from, including the very popular National Archeological Museum, where many people love to see the awesome statues, ceramics and jewelry it has on display. If you aren’t into museums and are more into nature, there are plenty of beaches and parks for sunbathing, sail boating, hiking, kayaking, or simply relaxing,
So with some careful planning ahead of time, you can see how easy is can be to visit Greece on a budget. There’s still a few more months before summer arrives, so if you find that your budget isn’t quite large enough to cover everything that you’d like to see and do while in Greece then you still have time to find some ways to make extra cash to add to your trip fund. After you’ve figured out all the “figures”, it’s time to get your plans into motion so you can start looking forward to having the time of your life in Greece.