Top 10 Things I Learned About Greece

Friendly vibe – Vacation is all about making new friends and creating memorable experiences. In Greece, the friendly vibe made it easy to do just that. Whether you’re a local or a tourist, the relaxed atmosphere invites open and enjoyable conversations with people from all over the world. I found myself having leisurely chats while taking in stunning sunsets, and I loved learning about the travels and stories of those I met. It was a refreshing change from the fast-paced, rushed interactions I often have at home. Greece truly provides a unique and unforgettable vacation experience.

Cash CityIn Greece, I learned that while credit cards are accepted in some places, cash is still the preferred choice of payment. So, make sure to always have some cash on hand, especially when visiting small local shops or street vendors. Nothing ruins a vacation quicker than being unable to make a purchase because of a lack of cash. Keep it simple and go with the flow!

Greek sandals  Summer shopping just got a whole lot better! If you’re in the market for new sandals, Greece is the place to be. With so many options to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect pair to match your style. Plus, many of them are hand-made, giving you a unique and authentic touch to your wardrobe. I was only limited by the size of my luggage – I would’ve loved to buy more if I could! Don’t miss out on the opportunity to step up your sandal game while on vacation.

The metro is well maintained. When traveling to a new place, having a reliable and efficient public transportation system can make all the difference. In Greece, I was impressed by the well-maintained metro system. It was easy to navigate and made getting around the city a breeze. No need to worry about getting lost or stuck in traffic – the metro has got you covered. It’s just one less thing to stress about during your travels.

Who doesn’t love trying new and delicious food while on vacation? The best part is that you don’t have to break the bank to enjoy amazing cuisine. In my experience, some of the most memorable meals I had were from local and inexpensive restaurants. So, don’t be afraid to step off the beaten path and try something new – your taste buds will thank you!

Lidl exists in Fira, Santorini. Who knew you could find a familiar grocery store on vacation? My Italian friend was surprised to learn that Lidl exists in Fira, Santorini, and I was happy to share my discovery with them. It does! It’s a little hidden away behind the city center in Fira at the end of the street, but just head to the information center and they’ll point you in the right direction.

Aphrodite Olive Oil
Who doesn’t love discovering a new must-have product on vacation? During my trip, I stumbled upon Aphrodite Olive Oil and I quickly learned why it’s a local favorite. This brand has everything from lotions to sunscreen and it’s easily accessible everywhere. I couldn’t resist buying two bottles of their lotion for myself – it has a fantastic scent and I’ve been using it daily ever since. Trust me, you won’t regret trying out Aphrodite Olive Oil!

Generous Student Discounts. Being a student has its perks! Don’t forget to bring your student ID with you on your travels. My friend and I learned that showing our IDs at popular attractions can lead to some amazing discounts. We saved so much money and got to experience so much more because of it. So, if you’re a student, don’t hesitate to take advantage of these generous student discounts!

If you can’t fly you can take a boat.
When the unexpected happens, there’s always a way to make the most of it! On our last day in Santorini, we received a shocker of a text from Ryanair saying our flight was cancelled due to a nationwide air strike. We were already on the bus to the beach but with quick thinking and a visit to the Information Center, we learned that we weren’t the only ones stranded on the beautiful island. Although it was a bummer that Ryanair knew about the cancellations days in advance, we decided to turn lemons into lemonade and take a thrilling boat ride back to Athens. It was a wild adventure and we made it just in time for our flight back to Italy. Talk about a unforgettable experience!

One of the best sunset I’ve ever seen. You’ll hear it over and over again, see the “Sunset in Oia”. 


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