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Is Greece safe for June 2013?

I am planning a trip to Greece for next summer but am a little hesitant due to the current economic state. I don't want to book everything just to have it fall through. Is it safe to plan for Greece or should I look elsewhere?
  • Hanna
     asked this on September 12, 2012 at 10:26 AM
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I visit Greece frequently and lately I've been answering this same question for friends and acquaintances interested in traveling to Greece.

First, be sure Greece is were you want to vacation. To enjoy Greece, you need to be a little more adventurous than your typical tourist whose only priorities are convenience, luxury accommodations, and relaxing by the beach or pool. If these are your only vacation priorities, consider Hawaii, Florida or the Caribbean instead. If you have a desire for something different, welcome some types of unplanned adventures, and have had Greece on your list of places visit for a long time; then I wouldn't let the current economic and political problems stop you from going next summer. Nevertheless, I have a few tips to make the most of your trip given the situation:

--When planning travel in Athens avoid hotels directly on Syntagma or Omonia Squares. These are typically the areas where the large protests are held. Alternative locations include any that are at least 1km from either of these squares is far enough to avoid most protests.

--If you have less than 2 weeks of vacation, don't spend more than 2 nights in Athens. The Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum are the only "must sees" when visiting Athens for such a short stay. The museum is closed on Mondays!

--Consider moving your trip to August. August is when most Greeks vacation and this will lessen the risk of a national strike impacting your trip. Also, traffic and pollution is better in August since many residents leave Athens.

--Crime has been up in Greece in the last few years, so use common sense (same rules as any large city in the US).

If these safeguards still don't put you at ease, you may also want to consider buying travel insurance but make sure it covers travel disruptions associated with political unrest.

I hope you still decide to vacation in Greece!
  • Vince
     answered this on September 12, 2012 at 12:16 PM
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