Going to Greece? Don’t cancel your trip or be scared to go. Now is still a good time to visit. The country may be in financial turmoil, but that just means they need tourists more than ever to support their economy. Greeks typically take a vacation in August, as a large amount of Europeans do, and many will have to cancel their trips this year. Why not come to Greece to help them out?
My friend is there now and is having a great time. She says shop owners are very friendly and welcoming. The markets are still full of fruit and vegetables. Hotel prices have lowered, and bargains can be found in many places. Gas prices have increased in Greece, which means many locals won’t be driving as much. This is good news for tourists trying to get around Greece in normally traffic-packed streets.
Sure, there are some downsides. Shops may not be open their full hours. Credit cards may not be accepted at all restaurants. However, there are no riots in the tourist locations. From talking to others who have been there recently, these “riots” are more locals expressing their voice outside at demonstrations. No one I talked to said they ever felt unsafe being there. There is not a shut down of all hotels and restaurants as some news outlets have reported. Money can still be drawn from ATMs.
It may not be the best time ever to visit Greece, but in my opinion continuing to travel there and bring in money through tourism is a way we can help the locals who are still serving every tourist with a smile during this rough time.
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