AN ANXIOUS TRAVELLER’S GUIDE TO GREECE

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Yia’sou! I’m back from an amazing week sailing around the Greek Saronic Islands with Medsailors. It was honestly one of the best trips I’ve ever been on….ever! It was so relaxing and I was so chilled out throughout the trip, it really did wonders for my mental health. 

 

READ MORE: 8 REASONS WHY I WAS WORRIED BEFORE BOOKING MY FIRST TRIP WITH MEDSAILORS

 

There were a few things I was worried about prior to the trip, but most of those worries were covered by booking the trip through Medsailors. They really did make the trip “worry free” and put me at ease before even booking the trip. 

I’ve been wanting for book a trip to Greece for a while but I didn’t know how to do it and see everything I wanted to see within such a short space of time. 

 

“For me this wasn’t a standard trip, it really felt like a real holiday. I left my stress back home for a week”

 

Greece has been a long time bucket list travel destination for me because I want to see it’s scenic islands, dip my feet in the blue waters, sample it’s delicious cuisine and take in those famous pink sunsets.  

However, there’s been a lot of barriers for me booking this trip for so many years. Apparently, I’m not the only one with some of these fears and apprehensions about booking a trip to Greece. 

 

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Language barrier

The official language of Greece is Greek (duh!) which is spoken by 99% of the country. I do worry before travelling that my only fluent language is English and won’t be able to speak the countries language. Therefore will make things difficult for myself to travel and get around. 

Luckily for me, I didn’t have a lot of problems while I was there. Most Greeks speak English too so ordering food, asking for directions etc wasn’t really a problem. 

However, I do always feel bad that I can’t speak the language and whatever country I visit they always know some or fluent in English too. We are lucky that English is a universal language but this shouldn’t be taken advantage of. 

I always try to learn some words when I’m travelling to new countries. It’s just polite and something you can take home with you. 

Hydra from aboveAthens

 

Trying Greek Food

I’m a fussy eater and I’m terrified of trying new foods. Weird fear to have but I really do have a horrendous diet and normally I eat the same things all the time.

My skipper Alistair was excited to take on this challenge, and wanted to see how many new things he could get me to try during my time in Greece. He loves Greek food and getting people to try new experiences it seemed. 

It might be hard to believe but before I went to Greece, I’ve never tried Olives, Mussels, Aubergine and Feta! For a cheese lover like myself, Feta was probably the biggest disappointment in myself. 

I came away loving everything except the Aubergine, just not a fan but at least I tried it which was a big achievement in itself.

My advice is just to try it. A little piece isn’t going to mess up your stomach which was my biggest fear. No one wants to be running for the loo all holiday. 

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Greek Island Hopping

One of the reasons why I booked a Medsailors holiday was because I had no idea how to get from one Greek Island to the next. 

With Medsailors you share a yacht with other travellers and you have a skipper who sails the yacht to take you to each island. Easy peasy. If you wanted to do this on your own, in my mind before the trip that would have been a bit harder. 

However, while I was in Greece I noticed a lot of water taxis/ferries. There is actually quite good transport to each island, so it’s a lot easier than I initially thought. Do I regret going on a Medsailors trip? No! Absolutely not. If I did want to go back though, I would know now what to do. 

Some islands you can even fly to. The following islands have airports you can fly to, including Mykonos, Santorini, Naxos, Paros, Crete, Rhodes, Lesvos, Corfu, Skiathos, Chios, Samos, Kos, Kefalonia and Zakynthos. 

Personally, I would love to go back to visit some of the other islands like Corfu, Crete, Mykonos and Santorini. Some are great party islands too!

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Renting Scooters

I initially wanted to rent a scooter and drive around the island when I booked the trip but I had a change of heart when I got there. 

Firstly, you need a full driving licence to hire a scooter. It also had to have a scooter symbol on the back of the card too. I had both these and the money so why did I change my mind. 

For one, not everyone on our boat had a licence. Secondly, I’ve never driven a scooter before so I didn’t feel confident and especially not with another person on the back. Lastly, I just wanted to drink to be honest. 

Looking back, I wish I rented a quad bike. I’ve ridden quad bike in the past and dated a quad bike instructor so I would have been a lot more confident on one of those. I don’t regret not doing it, I do feel like the next time this opportunity comes up I will rise to the challenge. 

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Remoteness

When you’re out in the middle of nowhere, you really are cut off from the world. I was worried I wouldn’t have any signal to contact home (not just to get my best pics up on Instagram) or in case of an emergency and been stranded on an island. 

Firstly, the signal out in Greece is amazing!! I always had 4G and was able to use my phone even out on the water. 

There is regular transport for the islands so as long as you have somewhere to stay, you shouldn’t be worried. The Greek islands aren’t a bad place to be stranded on. 

The locals are also really lovely friendly people. They are always willing to help and answer questions, or even in my case help you charge your camera batteries. Bless them. 

Island Hopping with MedsailorsSunsetsVenturing around the islandsDrinking with the localsIsland livingSkipper Alistair

 

Open Water

My biggest fear is open water but I wanted to do this trip to help me overcome my fear. I was terrified of getting in the water, swimming in the water and not knowing what lurked beneath. 

I know not a lot of people will have this fear but will have concerns about the sea, how calm the waters are and the types of wildlife you’ll find the water. 

Sharks are very rare in the Mediterranean but you will find dolphins and turtles in the Greece waters. I didn’t see either but some of the other passengers did. Just another reason to go back. 

We also had relatively calm seas throughout the majority of the trip. We only really had 2 stormy periods where it was rough seas.

I’ve had friends who’ve been to Greece and due to high winds had to reroute or stay on islands for days. You can’t sail in really bad weather and who would want to? Stay on an island, stay dry, stay warm and enjoy great food or drink till the weather clears up. 

Trying to get into the waterFishes in the waterMedsailors boatsSnorkellingIsland coastSwimming in the MedSwimming underwaterPaddle boarding

 

Drinking the Water

With some countries you can’t drink the water or you’ll spend most of your time on the toilet. I was worried that Greece was one of these countries with a bad water system but apparently it’s not. 

 

“You can drink the water in Greece”

 

I highly recommend on any trip you take to bring a water bottle to save on buying plastic water bottles and to cut down on plastic. There is free drinkable water on every island. Take advantage of it. 

The only island which doesn’t have tap water is ironically “Hydra“, but they do have a good supply of bottled drinking water

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