We all know the financial crisis that recently worsened in Greece after the last bailout came to an end. It intensified the possibility of them leaving the eurozone while the banks are still closed.
Why is this the right time to visit Greece?
So, you must be wondering why in such a difficult financial time we urge you to visit this country. Well, there is not one but five reasons why this is a good time for you to book your tickets to Greece.
1. Strange Beauty
Greece is still as beautiful as ever. Its charming beaches are intact and all the ancient edifices are still charming in every way. The weather is just as amazing as it was at this time of year and the food just as amazing.
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2. Pristine beaches
Greece depends on tourism income now more than ever. Everyone in the hospitality business works incredibly hard to ensure that travelers enjoy their stay without a hitch. Tourism is the only gesture of solidarity you can take part in right now.
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3. A cheap getaway
The rupee has strengthened by 8.2% against the euro since December 2014. Vacation packages are already getting 20% cheaper in the coming winters, which means:
10 days 9 nights Greece tour package will cost you around INR 80,000 per person (excluding flight ticket) as opposed to 1 lac. This means lower accommodation prices, cheaper travel and more money to enjoy shopping.
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4. The friendly people
Visiting Greece in such a turbulent time is nothing but a generous thing to do. You have other options but you choose to be here instead, so they have every reason to shower you with their world famous hospitality.
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5. A land without violence
It’s a financial crisis, not a zombie apocalypse, so rest assured, you won’t be attacked in any way. The tourism industry is well-positioned and equipped with supplies to cater to all the requirements of the tourists.
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What you should know before heading to Greece:
1. Carry cash – enough to cover the entire trip, if at all possible
It is a strict recommendation for every traveler traveling to Greece anytime soon to carry cash (ie Euros). Automated teller machines (ATMs) in many important parts of the country are still operating but there have been accounts that have run out of money in other areas.
There are no additional restrictions for foreign account holders, but the increase in demand has led to long lines at some ATMs and, in some cases, a shortage of cash.
2. Can you count on credit cards?
Credit cards may continue to work, but with so much uncertainty about the future of Greek banks, there could be problems.
3. If Grexit finally happens, will they continue to accept Euros?
Yes, businesses in Greece are more likely to accept Euros and US Dollars. As these are strong currencies, they will be happily accepted in this time of crisis.
4. Air tickets
The best thing to do is book flights, ideally with one of the Greek airlines – there’s a 40% discount right now on Greek airlines.
5. Book your stay online
To avoid the hassle and carrying a lot of cash, you can book your hotels online or through travel agents.
6. Power outages and supply shortages
There is no shortage yet. As mentioned earlier, the tourism industry is quite prepared and well equipped to handle any such situation. The needs of tourists and offering them a complete excursion are a priority.
7. Safety issues
It is necessary to point out that there was no violence at all, anywhere in Greece. Therefore, it is still safe for travelers to go on vacation without worrying about anything.
8. Conduct cash transactions whenever possible
It is preferable to book your hotels online or through travel agents, but if you pay them cash directly, you are actually helping them. This way you inject fiat money directly into their economy. Also, be sure to buy things from small business owners rather than multinational brands.
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So, spread the love and travel to the Greek Islands. It is an act of solidarity that will benefit both you and Greece!
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