In our new Globe Trotter series, Viral Travel reviews all the best places to see, eat, and stay at, in every country of the world!
This week we visit: Greece
Greece is a country that is part of the EU, stable and generally not associated with any criminal activities or other issues that might endanger the safety of travelers.
That being said, if you are reading this in or around the summer of 2015, you need to be aware of the fact that Greece is going through a very difficult financial situation which has caused some problems.
For instance, many ATMs around the country are empty, meaning that you should bring most, if not all, of the cash you will require. Furthermore, some small businesses have stopped accepting credit cards as means of paying, further increasing the need for cash in hand.
In addition to this, strikes have been reported in different parts of the country, often unannounced. There have also been some reports of medical supplies running out, meaning that you should bring any prescription medication you might need.
Demonstrations have also been happening more often in Greece as of lately and the best thing to do is avoid these altogether. There are a few squares and areas, especially in Athens, where demonstrations have become almost a daily occurence – Monastiraki, Omonia, Syntagma and Exarchia.
In most tourist areas, however, you will not notice that anything is wrong. Everything is working, there are usually no problems with paying and the life is totally normal. Of course, you will still want to be careful in public transport and areas that are packed with tourists. Pickpocketing can occur anywhere in the world in such places and Greece is no exception.