The fact that I haven’t been to Greece yet irritates me. I’ve brought it to the trip planning table so many times in the past 10 years, but it always gets thrown into the “I’ll hit it next time” pile for various reasons. The main one being that it seems like I’d really need to spend a few weeks there if I want to do it properly.
As much as I would love to rail down on my current Blonde Gypsy Ambition Tour, I’ve decided it’s for sure not going to happen. I’m too short on time and I just discovered some small print in the front of my Eurail pass Timetable that states all international trains have been suspended to and from Greece by its national railways. There are ways to get around this, but still…I think I’ll just wait.
I’ll hit it next time.
Why do I want to go?
Because I was born to. Except for one of Neptune’s moons, Greece is the only place in the universe that I am aware of where there is a place called Larissa. It’s got my name written all over it – literally.
Where will I go?
Aside from Larissa, that’s one of the other issues. I have no idea where I should go. With over 1,400+ islands, I get overwhelmed at the thought of trying to pick which ones I’d be interested in going to. Sexy time in Santorini, party hardy in Ios or Corfu, or head west for more peaceful Kefalonia or Zante?
Then there is the mainland. Athens, Thessaloniki, and more.. what’s hot and what’s not? I seriously have no idea so instead of taking a shot in the dark, I thought I’d get a little help from some of my dear travel blogger friends…
“Go to Ios. It’s a great place. One of my favorite islands in the world.” – Matthew Kepnes of Nomadic Matt
“I really enjoyed Sithonia. It’s a small peninsula in northern Greece and only one hour away from Thessaloniki. There aren’t that many tourists like in the south but the beaches and the water is great!” – Sebastian Canaves-Börner of Off the Path
“Larissa, Larissa, Larissa…there comes a time in every young lady’s life where she must grow up. She must settle down, paint her white picket fence, meet Mr. Right, and fling the runts into the van for soccer practice. However, this is not a time for Mr. Right, it is a time for Mr. Right now…and if you are looking for Mr. Right now, Ios has the meat to satisfy this peckish Blond Gypsy. Hungry for some thick Aussie beef? How about something Italian and greasy? Anyway you slice it, it is always the right time to visit IOS Greece.” – Turner Barr of Around the World in 80 Jobs
“Mykonos. Bikinis, beaches and world famous parties. Need I say more?” – Kiersten Rich of The Blonde Abroad
“I recommend you go to Naxos because it’s stunning and eat in the old town. Also renting a car lets you find some hidden castles but be warned, the roads are tricky. Also, don’t go in May as it was freezing and devoid of tourists.” – Rob Lloyd of Stop Having a Boring Life
How will I get there?
I don’t know, but I’m already tired just thinking about it. Flights there are no problem, there are tons. It’s getting around that I am actually more unsure of. Buses? Ferries? More flights? We’ve already established it’s probably not going to happen by train though for the record, there are discounted bus connections from Sofia or Plovdiv to Thessaloniki and even Istanbul for those holding a Eurail pass. Another alternative is a ferry from Italy. Or swim from Albania? One thing is for sure: I’ve got plenty of time to figure it out.
Any tips for getting the most out of Greece? Have you been to any of the other 1,395 islands?