According to Bloomberg Business, Greece is in a worse spot than America was in 1933. The situation for the Greeks is looking bleaker than ever and many holidaymakers are beginning to ask questions about their safety and access to money.
If you’re one of the thousands of Brits who will be making your way to the popular holiday destination this summer, fear not. There are ways you can head to Greece prepared and we’ve compiled our top tips for staying savvy in Greece:
Take out travel insurance
Experts have advised travellers to take out travel insurance as soon as they book their holiday – or as soon as possible if the holiday has already been booked – to provide protection should they need to cancel or change arrangements.
It is worth noting that the Foreign Office has stated that it “does not see the prospect for people getting stranded”, however travel insurance is still highly recommended to cover medical emergencies, flight delays or cancellations and lost luggage.
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Many travellers will no doubt be concerned about the outbreak of political violence at this time. If you see signs of unrest, leave the area immediately. According to the Association of British Travel Agents, Syntagma Square in Athens’ city centre is an area to steer clear of when protests break out.
Whilst it’s difficult to predict exactly when and where violence could break out, following the news can give you an idea of where to avoid. Seeking advice from hotel and resort staff may also be of use during your stay.
Cash is king
Experts have advised travellers to be prepared and take both cash and cards but have warned holidaymakers that establishments may enforce a limit on the amount that can be spent on cards.
Although it is deemed unlikely that Greece will leave the Euro in the immediate future, in light of the uncertainty surrounding the banks in Greece, travellers have been told not to rely on withdrawing cash from banks and ATMs. Ensure you have enough Euros to cover unexpected delays or emergencies and take more than you think you need, it can always be exchanged upon your return to the UK.
Keeping a close eye on bags, valuables and identification is strongly recommended when travelling to any destination, but with concerns over rising crime in light of the crisis, looking after your cash, passport and expensive possessions is paramount. According to the Telegraph, holidaymakers in certain resorts in Greece are being given additional safety deposit boxes to store money when they arrive so ask at your hotel if this is a service they provide.
Money wallets or bum bags have never been the most glamorous accessory, but you can’t fault their functionality. For extra peace of mind (and to avoid a run-in with the fashion police), purchase a more discreet zipped money wallet and wear under clothing.
We hope with this information you will be prepared for a safe and savvy trip to Greece, but it is equally important to enjoy your time in what remains a beautiful part of the world. After all, the economic crisis cannot take away the sunshine.