Not a day goes by without the media commentating on the Greek economy.
Will they remain a part of the EU? Will they be forced to return to the drachma? Will the country be forced to accept a bail out package that compromises the future of the country and it’s people?
In most cases, the theory that ‘no publicity is bad publicity’ would apply, however, based on our recent experience of visiting the Greek Islands, it is apparent that tourists have shied away from visiting Greece in fear of what to expect – this has been heightened by the scaremongering that has been taking place in the news and tabloids.
As the media would have you believe, Greece is on it’s knees – cashpoints are empty, capital restrictions mean you can only withdraw €60 a day and unless you take a backpack stuffed with euro’s, you could potentially end up stranded or even worse, without food or medical care.
This is not the case.
Although recent reports indicate that the Greek banks only have enough money to continue operating until Monday, one thing is for certain – there is no better time to be visiting.
Athens has clearly been hit the hardest, the islands less so, however with dwindling tourists numbers, it’s only a matter of time before the effects are felt more greatly here too.
So what can we do about it?
Cashpoint withdrawals are not restricted for foreign travellers withdrawing from foreign bank accounts. Greece needs us to help them by injecting money back into their economy – a more prosperous summer will lead to an easier winter and consequently a more stable economy.
Want to see the real Greece? Pick a small family run hotel on one of the Islands, not only will you be blown away by the traditional Greek hospitality but more importantly, you’ll be helping local people rather than lining the pockets of large holiday companies.
So jump on a flight, GO and SPEND, SPEND, SPEND.