Don’t buy into the hype, Greece is okay! (At least for tourists.)
Greece has been all over the news. The financial crisis and thousands of refugees landing on Kos. It’s all desperate, it’s all hopeless. Greece cannot handle it, the media says. It’s close to breaking point.
I spent a week in Greece with my boyfriend recently and honestly, we witnessed none of what the media has portrayed as a disaster-riddled country. What we did witness were friendly people who seemed content with their lot in life, which is to say sunshine, beaches, tasty food, flowers and plenty of fiery Raki shots. Our hotel owner, a woman in her fifties, would serve us breakfast every morning then stare over the ocean and say, “I’m so blessed. I’m so blessed.”
Look, I’m no expert on the Greek crisis. I’m sure many things go on behind the scenes, politically and economically, that I have no idea about. I’m sure some people suffer from Greece’s current issues. The last thing I want is to discredit a crisis with my ignorant words. But I do know that people follow the news blindly. I know people who cancelled holidays to Greece because they were afraid of being stranded without cash or trapped in some kind of chaotic protester hell, because the only opinion they had was given to them by an exaggerated news article. We never struggled to get cash out from ATM machines (apart from when our own savings ran low, haha) we weren’t harassed by angry protesters and we weren’t pick pocketed by desperate locals. We were welcomed with open arms because Greek people are lovely and also because the country needs us, the tourists, more than ever.
I suppose my point is that before you put off your travel plans (to Greece or anywhere considered dangerous) speak to people who know a country personally. Read the news but think critically. Avoid buying into sensationalism.
The locals will thank you for keeping their economy going with your tourist dollars and you’ll thank me when you’re lying on a beach in Crete taking a Raki shot.