Greece offers some of Europe’s most inexpensive holiday options. Travelling to Greece requires little investment and many of the country’s attractions are inexpensive or free. Finding budget accommodations is also simple as long as travellers are aware of some simple money savings tips.
1. Vary Travel Days
When it comes to travel, flexibility can mean significant savings. If at all possible, try to stay in Greece on weekdays rather than weekends. Also, avoid peak travel times. Summers are popular for tourists, which generally means bigger crowds as well as higher price tags. Furthermore, travelling to Greece over Easter and on Assumption of the Virgin can be incredibly expensive. There are many, many websites offering holidays to Greece online, but I found this one to be particularly easy to use and had good prices on flights and accommodation.
2. Make Reservations at the Right Time
Hotel prices vary throughout the year, but they generally are at their lowest about four months prior to the date of the reservation. If you are able to commit to specific dates, scheduling well in advance can provide a tremendous benefit. Conversely, travellers who enjoy spontaneity can choose to wait until the only a few days before to make their reservations. Choosing last minute travel bookings is still an excellent way to save money, particularly for those who are not picky about where they stay.
3. Consider a Hostel
Hostels are not solely for university students on holiday. Many hostels offer excellent accommodation at extremely low prices. Most have standard amenities like free wireless access and luggage storage. Some even offer free airport transfers, cafeterias, and pools. Read reviews online about specific hostels to learn more, but most are clean and safe ways to travel inexpensively.
4. Overlook Renovation
Resorts and hotels that are currently undergoing renovation often offer much lower prices to those who are willing to put up with some noise and debris. Many tourists do not spend much time in their hotels during the day, which is also when much of the work takes place. However, construction workers do sometimes commence their duties quite early in the day. Still, the savings offered from staying in a construction area can make up for any unexpected early morning wake up calls. It just depends on what you want. If you want to spend a couple of weeks lounging by the pool under the sun on holiday in Greece, then you probably won’t want to stay anywhere near a building site.
5. Opt for Alternative Accommodations
When tourists consider their holiday accommodations they often only consider hotels, resorts, and hostels. Greek holidays are rife with other options that are sometimes offered at a much lower price. Consider renting a room in a private home, staying in a guest house, or leasing a holiday home for the duration of the stay. These types of accommodation can sometimes lead to lower prices both in overnight stays and in dining thanks to access to full kitchens or included breakfasts.
Greece is a country with a variety of geographical features, immense history, and delicious dining. I would highly recommend booking a holiday in Greece at some stage in life, preferably as soon as possible. No one should allow a budget to hinder their opportunity to see this stunning land!