If you’re planning on visiting Greece anytime soon, you’re probably doing so because of its beauty and the many historical sites it has to offer. But with travel budgets often being as tight as they are, most people aren’t going to be visiting this fabled country anytime soon.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your trip to Greece any more than anyone else. With a few simple tips and a little bit of planning, you can still experience Greece on a budget. Here are five tips for visiting Greece on a budget.
Visit During the Off-Season
The perfect time to visit Greece is during the off-season. The weather during the winter months is usually very cold, not to mention overcast, dreary, rainy, or snowy. While the spring and summer months are usually beautiful, they are also very warm and humid, which can be uncomfortable for some people.
During the off-season, you’ll enjoy warm temperatures without the intense heat and humidity that many people have come to dread. You’ll also have a lot more room to explore without getting stuck in a large crowd. And since many archaeological sites are closed in the winter, the off-season is a great time to visit Greece without losing money on accommodations.
Get a Travel Passport
Whether you’re visiting another country for a week or a month, it’s a good idea to get a travel passport. Travel passports are issued by the U.S. government, and they allow you to visit several countries for a period of 30 days each year without a visa.
How do you know when you’re eligible for a travel passport? If you’re a citizen of the United States, Canada, or Mexico, you can get a travel passport anytime you want. There’s no need to be in the country during the 30-day period you’re eligible for a travel passport.
There are also special rules for people with a travel passport. For example, if you’re in your early twenties, you can get a travel passport every six months. If you’re over the age of 26, you can get a travel passport once every two years.
A travel passport isn’t a requirement for visiting Greece. It’s just a good idea if you plan on visiting several countries over a short period of time.
Couch-surfing is a great way to visit a new country on the cheap. You can find hosts all over the world who are willing to let a guest stay with them for free.
Couch-surfing is a great way to experience a new city or country as a tourist. Many people who couch-surf don’t have any intention of staying with the host they are hosting. This means they can stay in the same city or country as they explore the sights and visit museums, while still enjoying a free trip to Greece.
As you’re looking for hosts online or in your local community, make sure you’re clear on what you’re looking for. You should be looking for someone who’s either local to where you’re Couch-Surfing, or who is in your general area. This will make it easier to find a host and meet up when you’re ready to go. And it will also make it easier to find a place to stay if you run low on funds.
Eat Cheap Food
One of the best ways to enjoy a Greece trip on the cheap is to eat inexpensive food. Inexpensive food doesn’t necessarily mean cheap food, though. It just means choosing foods that are relatively inexpensive, rather than exotic foods that are expensive.
There are a variety of inexpensive foods you can eat in Greece. You can enjoy Greek salads and soups, shawarma and kebabs, and simple pastas, burgers, and gyro sandwiches. You can also enjoy Greek yogurt, feta cheese, and olives, all of which come cheap.
If you’re planning on visiting a Greek restaurant, make sure you order your meals without a side of potatoes or rice. These will be loaded with salt and cost you extra money. Instead, order a salad, soup, or drink with no extra charge.
Another tip for eating cheaply in Greece is to drink bottled water. Bottled water is quite cheap in Greece and has virtually no sodium.
Visit the Ruins
If you’re visiting Greece during the off-season, you should definitely visit the ruins. Many archaeological sites are closed in the winter months because they can be a safety hazard due to the cold, rain, snow, or wind. Paying for an expensive guided tour of a museum is not necessary during the winter, when many ruins are closed.
You can visit many of the same ruins for free, if you’re willing to put up with the mud and the cold. This is because many of the sites are open to the public during winter, but covered with snow, ice, or mud.
During winter, many sites, like the Acropolis, are covered in mud because of the rain. This makes for slippery marble, and it can be hard to navigate. You can stay warm, however, by bringing a small blanket or a small piece of clothing.
Visiting Greece during the off-season and visiting the ruins is an inexpensive way to enjoy the sights and visit the country. You can also eat inexpensive food, visit the ruins, and stay warm by bringing a small blanket.
You can also enjoy visiting Greece during the off-season because many archaeological sites are closed in the winter. With a little bit of planning and a few tips, you can enjoy Greece for a relatively cheap price.