Let’s help Greece while enjoying in our unforgettable holiday
One of the top news we have been hearing and reading lately is the invidious economic and political situation of Greece. The latest and breaking news is referring to the Greek financial crises, Greek debts and bankruptcy of the economy. This largely affected Greek tourism as one of the main industries in Greece. I hear every day people cancelling their holiday bookings as they are afraid for their safety. Are they right or wrong? Let’s just stop and think before making any decisions and before drawing any conclusions!
One might think that Greeks are strong people and they have other back-up plans in their pockets to get out of this difficult situation. At last, who are we to judge? We only see the situation from the outside. Why don’t we try to help as much as we can?
Why should we visit Greece this summer?
Greece has always been one of the most popular tourist destinations for international visitors. The weather in Greece is fantastically sunny; the sites are gorgeous especially during the summer; the beaches are extremely attractive; the water amazing; its`s island`s are appealing; the scenery unspeakable; the food is a real treat to your stomach; the hosts are extremely hospitable and welcoming. In addition, because of the crisis this year the prices are remarkably cheaper than usual.
Tourism is one of the ways for Greeks to pay their debts and get out of their unenviable financial crisis.
Tourists from other countries ARE willing to help out Greece if they want to. They should book their summer holiday in Greece; invest their already planned- to- spend cash to visit the islands or the mainland attractive destinations in Macedonia, Peloponnese or Thessaly as they offer many different kinds of beaches, breathtaking sites with rich history such as the ancient theater Epidavros, Olympia, Vergina, Delphi, Meteora and so many other monuments and extraordinary attractions, lots of taverns…The country is easily accessible with all means of transport. All you have to do is to find the most appropriate resort that suits you and you’ll easily find flights and ferries to take you right there.
You can choose whether to book a hotel and flight to Greece separately (notice- flights with Greek airlines are 40%-off) or if it suits you better to book a whole package deal (flight and hotel). It’s up to you! Nevertheless, the best way to help Greece is to pay for your stay in cash as in this way the economy will benefit when banks reopen. Still, be sure that your cards will work normally but people may have difficulties accessing money on their accounts. Remember, if you really want to help Greeks, cash is better.
Besides the already famous popular attractive destinations, you can visit the smaller islands or the mainland sites as they are rich in gorgeous beaches and amazing scenery, many historical attractions and unforgettable views. Try to spend money in small local businesses rather than large multinational supermarkets as in the small local businesses usually work Greeks who suffer from the bad policy and economy of their country.
My friends who have just come back from their holiday in Greece said while they were in Greece they could hardly notice the crisis in the country. Although in a bad situation, the hosts had warm and wide smiles on their faces, the supermarkets and the other shops worked normally. However, they said there were sometimes queues in front of the ATMs, but it happens anyway.
In order to avoid the long lines in front of the ATMs and the risk of being unable to pay by card, you just have to take cash with you to pay for your expenses. In addition, be sure your money will be perfectly safe in your room or the hotel safe. Travel insurance companies considered this on time as well and they have interesting offers for tourists too. So, don’t hesitate to spend cash while on holiday in Greece as you’ll be safer in this way and confidence in Greek economy will slowly begin to rebuild and will pull out the country of its recession.
The restrictions on international transfers are the main obstacle for Greeks and Greek businesses. Greeks who work or study abroad have difficulties in sending or receiving money through the banks. Businesses outside Greece have difficulties in paying their internet hosting packages… So, if you want to help, contact any Greek family, friends or other acquaintances before traveling to Greece as you can help them in a small but vital way. You can use the social media and create networks with Greek people who need to send or receive money from abroad.
Still we are all people and we should help each other as much as we can! Let’s show some understanding and help Greeks get out of the economic crises!