Oie, my name is Sabrina Araujo, and today, I’m giving you, the top 10 things you should know before traveling to Greece.
As a fellow traveler myself, most of thesetips are actually things I would’ve liked to have known before my first trip to Greece.
So, if you’re trying to have a smoother& more informed trip to this beautiful country, stay tuned.
NUMBER 1: NON-POTABLE WATERSo, in the greek MAINLAND, water IS usually drinkable in most cities, like Athens, But, on the islands, like Santorini and Mykonos, their land is not water sufficient, whichmeans….
their tap water is no bueno!! The islands have to carry water with a tankthat most of the time accumulates water from the rain, which is only good for bathing ordoing the laundry, but definitely not for consumption.
So, without a doubt, water bottles WILL beyour best friend on the greek islands.
But if you’re on the mainland, it’s mostlikely okay to drink the tap water.
NUMBER 2: STAYING AT A DOPE AIRBNB IS CHEAPERTHAN STAYING AT A HOTEL Greece has A BUNCH of super cool and cheapairbnbs.
If you just spend some extra time searchingfor the right spot.
Honestly, on airbnb, you’ll get definitely get the best bang for your buck.
For example, I stayed atTHIS airbnb in Santorini which was just 5 minutes away from the Black Sand beach, andthis place is actually a hotel that you can also book through other 3rd parties like booking.
com& priceline, BUT, because I booked it through airbnb, I stayed here for way less money So, for only $28 a night, I got, my own private balcony with a killer view, a small kitchen, three beds, and a bathroom, AND it was walking distance to the beach and all the cool spots… (live greek music) only $28 A NIGHT? YES PLEASE! And here’s the crazy part… this same hotelstarts their nightly fees at around $90 through other hotel booking sites, BUT, because Ibooked through airbnb, their price was lowered so it could match up with all the other cheap airbnb competitors! All you have to do is just a little bit ofresearch! If you actually want to get FREE $40 off yournext airbnb trip, just sign up with my code or click the link in my description box belowand you legit get free $40 off any airbnb booking around the world.
Pretty dope! NUMBER 3: MANY PLACES ONLY TAKE CASH This is one of the huge factors as in to why you should always carry cash with you whiletraveling to Greece.
Depending on where you are, many restaurants, kiosks, and other establishments, will only accept cash payments.
So, always ask your server, BEFORE youorder, if they take card payments.
but, in case you don’t have any cashwith you, finding an atm won’t be a problem… which leads us to.
NUMBER 4: THERE ARE ATM’S PRETTY MUCH EVERYWHERE This was A HUGE convenient matter for me, since not only were these atm machines easyto find, but, their conversion rates from U.
dollars to EUROS were way better pricedcomparing to the ones I had back home in the U.
AND the conversion banks at the actual airport.
So, ATM's were my go to, and honestly, theypretty much have an ATM in every corner.
NUMBER 5: EAT LIKE A LOCAL TO PAY LIKE A LOCAL Sounds pretty obvious but we seem to forget about these things when we travel… touristyspots will always have the most expensive food, and, why pay more when you can get justthe same kind of food, but for a cheaper price? I know It can be super tempting to eat at that coolrestaurant right next to the museum or right in front of the beach, but, you’re goingto be paying around 5 to 10 times more for your food at these fancy spots in comparisonto that lowkey restaurant that is honestly just a 5 minute walk around the corner.
NUMBER 6: GREEKS SMOKE EVERYWHERE – EVEN INRESTAURANTS Greece is a smoking country, so, not onlydo Greeks smoke all the time, but, most restaurants, bars and cafes actually let people smoke intheir facility.
In fact, they have a cigarette ash thingyin the middle of basically every table you see.
Even though smoking is technically prohibitedindoors in Greece.
most of their “outdoor” spots were alsosort of “indoors” so… they basically just smoke everywhere.
NUMBER 7: BRING A PLUG ADAPTER In Greece the power sockets are of type C and F.
If you’re coming from the U.
, for example, none of your plugs will work unless you have an adapter.
So make sure you buy a type C plug adapterbefore hand since it’ll probably be cheaper to buy it online, for example, rather thanbuying it in Greece.
I’ll actually leave a link for the rightkind of plug adapter in the description box below in case you want to check it out onAmazon.
NUMBER 8: MOST ESTABLISHMENTS WILL LET YOUCHARGE UP! JUST ASK! So, this was something I was sort ofobligated to test out while I was in Greece because I stayed out ALL day using googlemaps & taking pictures, videos and so on, so.
throughout the day, either my iPhone orcamera battery had to be charged up So, every time I would eat at a restaurant, I would kindly hand them my charger WITH the plug adapter already attached to it, and askthem if they could charge it for me.
Although there were some establishments here & therethat got super confused & maybe thought it was a little weird but they all still helpedme out in the end & charged up my things.
NUMBER 9 : YOU NEED AN INTERNATIONAL DRIVERSLICENSE TO RENT OUT VEHICLES If you’re visiting from USA, Canada, Australia, Switzerland, and a bunch of other non-EU countries, you need an international driver’s licenseto legally rent out any vehicle, including those super cool atv motorcycles that people usually rent out on the islands.
NUMBER 10: FOR EMERGENCIES DIAL 100 FOR POLICEAND 166 FOR HOSPITAL CARE! Knowing which numbers to call in case of an emergency is ALWAYS important while traveling abroad.
Hopefully you’ll never have to use thesenumbers, but… it’s always better to be safe than sorry, so please make sure to write themdown & memorize them just in case.
So its, 100 for police, and 166 for hospitalcare.
(live greek music) And that’s it.
Those are the top 10 things you should knowbefore traveling to Greece.
Make sure to share this video with all yourfriends & family who want to travel to Greece, or even if you’re trying to drop someonea hint that you want to go to Greece with them, send them this link! Thank you so much for watching, & I’ll seeyou next time! (blows kiss) TCHAU! Or as the greeks would say: Yasu! (fading live greek music ).