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 All you wanted to find out about Greece travel

16/6/2012

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Greece along with the Greek Islands, for all the history they have witnessed and all the activities that remain hidden for residents and tourists alike, have become one of the world's most important travel destinations. Throughout the peak months of perfect weather, happy beaming faces and also crazy nightlife, travelers frequently outnumber the local people. While travelling to Greece, here are some practical things you need to be aware of.

Arriving in Greece

The overall economy of Greece thrives on its tourism, as a result getting in and out of the nation has become structured. As a general rule, citizens of the European Union states require no visa to get in or leave Greece. Upon arrival into one of its numerous airports, travellers are typically separated into Schengen and Non-Schengen passengers, the latter being just like the distinction given to domestic and international flights.

Even though the accepted currency is Euros, it's a good option to get your cash exchanged at home, particularly for those coming from the US. There are many foreign exchange services available even at the airports however the sheer number of tourists makes this almost impossible to do on your first day.

While most consumer electronics like notebooks and cell phones automatically convert to 220 volts, do not forget to pack a travel charger with specific adaptor units to match the local standards.

Getting Around

Cabbies across the globe have come to obtain a poor reputation for their occupation. This is also true for Greece, probably no more than the rest of the world. Cabs are however, especially helpful when reaching an airport as well as leaving an accommodation. Reserving ahead of time saves you the trouble of queuing up for them.

The most effective modes of transport around major urban centers are the trains and buses. Tickets are available in many kiosks as well as stations. A machine validated card stores value at 90 minutes which can be checked aboard trains and buses. Do not get caught with no ticket or an invalid one. Not only is it embarrassing, it can also get quite expensive as well.

The Daily Grind

Tourists in Greece can easily adapt to the schedule of the locals. In certain seasons, it's best to do all of your shopping, sight-seeing and travelling in the cooler morning hours from Eight or 9am. From noon to dusk, the temperatures can rise up to such high degrees that make heatstroke a very real possibility. Wear light clothing, stay indoors or in the shade during these hours. While visiting the seashore, apply a good sunscreen lest you end up being mistaken to be the target of an attack by orange markers.

Greece is also well-known for its untamed nightlife just like other top-notch travel destinations in European countries. At night, the temperatures can fall to very comfortable levels that make outdoor dining with local entertainment a marvelous experience.

When travelling to Greece, do book a hotel and lodging ahead. The sudden flood of tourists can simply leave you in no-man's land. There are quite a number of luxury hotels to pick from in Athens and also at most well-frequented holiday destinations such as the island of Santorini or Mykonos. They have marvelous accommodation, in-house spa and pool areas, or even an eight-page room service menu and a tasty all-you-can-eat breakfast fit for royalty.

There are also accommodations for young adults especially for students who may have longer holidays. Youth hostels are relatively cheap with a dormitory style living quarters and shared bathrooms.

When travelling to Greece, always remember to book in advance, keep safe and enjoy your stay. It is a lovely country and a week is never nearly enough to take pleasure from all that you can do. Cheers, to the Cup of Life in Greece.

An interesting resource if you would like to learn more about traveling to Greece: here

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