It’s really bittersweet coming back from vacation. One part of you is SO sad that you’re leaving such a beautiful place, but the other part of you is glad to have your routine back. Okay, I’m not really a “routine” person, so it’s mostly bitter, rather than sweet, for me. I’m actually vehemently against a routine and I am so glad that I have a job where every day is a little bit different, but if I could get paid to travel and experience the world I 100% would. In a heartbeat.
So back in December, my two friends and I decided to book a round trip flight to Athens. That’s all we did. We figured we would fill in the rest later. And that we did. Here’s how we did it.
STEP 1: Decide where you’re going within the country
- Santorini from June 25-28
- Mykonos from Jule 28-July 1
- Athens from July 1-4
STEP 2: Book transit from place to place
We used SeaJets for the fast ferries from Santorini to Mykonos (2.5 hrs) and Mykonos to Athens (just about 4 hrs).
We also decided to just get all the flights out of the way on day 1 so we flew from NYC to London to Athens to Santorini. And a fun-filled day it was.
STEP 3: Decide where to stay in each place
Since our friend, Christie, had done a study abroad in Greece four years ago, she had a pretty good idea of where to stay. Since she spent the majority of her time in Santorini in Kamari Beach, we decided to stay in Fira. More on that later.
When it came to Mykonos, we decided to stay in the party-centric Paradise Beach. Didn’t do a ton of research on this one, but again more on that later.
In Athens we weren’t picky. We just wanted to be within walking distance to the major tourist attractions. We ended up staying in a really nice Home Away right in the city center.
STEP 4: Don’t overthink it
That’s pretty much all we did. The few excursions we did we decided to just play by ear when we got there. We would have all driven each other crazy over-planning and over-booking. I’m glad we did it that way.
We ended up having a f*cking awesome trip. More on that later. Any questions?
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