Backpacking On A Budget In Greece

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If you are looking for a unique backpacking destination, Greece could be it. Its beautiful landscape and fantastic history make it a great spot to explore. The Greek people are very welcoming too, so every kind of traveller will find an island they love.

Here are some tips to help you start planning your journey to Greece, as well as some helpful ways to save some money along the way.

Sharing rooms

Accommodation whilst on any holiday is usually the biggest expense. However, travelling in a group will make backpacking both safer and cheaper. What’s more, organising a trip with friends or family means that you will be able to spread the cost of accommodation by sharing bedrooms. If you are backpacking in Greece in peak season, which is July to August, the price of hotels or hostels may be double what it was a few months before, so keep this in mind while you are deciding when to go.

If you are on a really tight budget, it is a good idea to plan where you are staying before you arrive in the country. If a hotel or hostel allows you to pay online, you won’t have to find the money when you arrive and it is usually cheaper to book in advance.

Food

Another big expense on holiday is food. If you are staying in a resort for a night, ask other tourists or staff at the hotel where you can eat cheaply. Of course, the best budget way to eat when backpacking is by cooking for yourself. If you are in a hotel or hostel with a kitchen, but don’t know where you will be the next day, then cook something that you can have for lunch or dinner the day after, and put it in your luggage.

Before you set out on a day’s exploring, why not make a packed lunch for yourself? Lunches in Greece can be expensive if you don’t know where you’re going. Dried foods, like cereal, that won’t go off or get crushed easily in your bag, are really useful to have.

Island hopping

The opportunity to island hop is a massive attraction for backpackers and travellers, and Greece offers the ultimate chance to take part in this pursuit. With over 3000 islands to explore, accept that you are never going to get around all of them in one summer. A package deal will get around a few of the islands, but this is usually quite an expensive way to do it. If you have the time, and the extra money, then why not see which islands the locals recommend and make these your priority choices. If you don’t have the luxury of time though, you can plan your holiday yourself and save around 25% on the package deals.

The bigger islands, like Crete and Kos, are the most popular when it comes to island hopping. Mind you, it would be relatively cheap and easy to have a short, relaxed holiday in Crete to get used to the climate and culture before backpacking the next year. A seven day holiday on one of the larger islands will cost around £198 in June from Very Cheap Holidays.

Avoid demonstrations

A small safety announcement: avoid any public protests or strikes when you’re backpacking in Greece. You won’t be welcome, for one, while there is a large chance you will end up in trouble with local authorities. You can find a list of major pre-planned demonstrations from the gov.uk website here.

Camping

One of the best ways to save money whilst you are traveling is by taking a tent and camping your way around Greece. Just make sure you stay on a registered camp site and have paid for your spot. Pitching up in a field is illegal and will land you in serious trouble with the Greek police.

The Camp in Greece website will give you a good idea of how far away campsites are from town centres and how many pitches there are in a particular region. There is a guide you can buy from the website too, which will be really useful if you don’t have access to the internet while you’re in the country.

Take in culture

There are so many fantastic things to see and do on mainland Greece and the scattering of surrounding islands. I would recommend going to see the Parthenon and the Acropolis if you are in Athens. There are so many ancient Greek monuments to see, but those are by far the most famous. You can buy a €12 combo ticket that will get you into the Acropolis and its museum, which is well worth a visit.

If you’re feeling energetic, why not consider conquering Mount Olympus? At over 9,000ft, it’s the highest mountain in Greece. Around 10,000 people climb to the seat of the gods each year and it’s a great way to take in the sights from the mountain overlooking Athens.

Plan a general route

Before setting out on your own Greek Odyssey, do a bit of homework and plan your route. You could plan your trip by deciding which landmarks or attractions you want to visit and building a route on that.

Another good way to do it is to choose 3 or 4 islands that you really want to visit and see which path you would need to take along the way. Traveling this way usually throws up a few surprises which you might see as a good or a bad thing. Find out which ferries go where and figure out a (sensible) way to where you want to be. You can read about other people’s experiences of backpacking in Greece by reading Lonely Planet’s forum or looking at Nomadic Matt’s travel blog.

I hope that this guide to backpacking in Greece has been helpful and that you feel like you want to grab your backpack and head for the front door right away.

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