how to do Greece on a budget

In November 2014, I met my friend in Athens, Greece where we budget-traveled Greece and its islands like pros. Greece is every honeymooner's dream, but it doesn't have to be an expensive getaway. As a matter of fact, Greece was probably one of the cheaper places I've visited in Europe...and I've been around the block, guys. Obviously, this is largely due to the hit their economy took in recent years, but nevertheless here are a quick few tips for how to make Greece a more affordable destination. 

Visit during the off-peak season //

Sure, some of the places you'll visit will be closed and that's a bummer {or a reason to come back once you have the funds if you're a 'glass half-full' kind of person}, but prices for everything will be slashed! You can get a lot more bang for your buck when there aren't hundreds of tourists fighting for the same view. 

Book it yourself // 

Many luxury hotels, which you can afford since you're visiting in the off-season, will offer to book your cooking lessons, ferry tickets, and tours. However, some {read, not all!} hotels take a percentage of your booking as commission. If your accommodation is adding a booking fee, it'll save you money to book it yourself. Bailey and I booked our cooking lessons {sooooo recommend} and other excursions online without problems, saving ourselves extra pennies for more falafel. 

Free is your favourite 'F' word //

While in Athens and Santorini, Bailey and I made use of all things 'free.' We went on the free walking tour of Athens and visited the museum on 'donation day.' If you do research ahead of time, you'll be able to schedule out your trip in a way that allows for taking full advantage of free visits and tours during your stay! 

Embrace being a student //

I was a year too late, but Bailey made use of her student ID. Discounted entrance is available to the Parthenon and other historic sites if you bring your passport and student ID card with you. Money saved on entrance fees is money well spent on cheap Greek wine in a liter plastic bottle, ya know what I mean?

There you have it! Simple ways to save money while touring a place on most everybody's bucketlist. Easy enough, right?

I'll be continuing to revisit trips from the last few years as the blog is archiving old material. Exciting things are happening, guys!! Also, BUZZING ABOUT BOARDING PASSES BEING PURCHASED! Will share more soon.