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1. Posted by sgibbard (Budding Member 5 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi, Am planning on going island hopping from 1st July for month as a solo traveller. I have researched plenty but have planned very little. Im planning on just getting on a random ferry once i reach Piraeus, and want to stay in the Cyclades area and possibly a week on Crete.

I was wondering what people think about this. i know there are numerous private rooms/hostel type places available where the owners meet you at the ferry ports. However being on my own I was wondering if this is cost effective? Its just that I'm am reluctant to book hotels ahead of schedule as I am aware how easy it is to change plans once you begin backpacking.

Budget is about £120 per week. Am I mad?

2. Posted by markie (Budding Member 9 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

No, I dont think your mad. It all depends how long you plan on spending in each resort.

This website has some cheap places...

Found single rooms from 15 Euros and shared from 8 Euros. If you were to stay in one place for a week, then the prices come down and quality of accom goes up. I am shortly off on holiday to Rhodes and the actual accom, self catering is 75 Euros for each week with a swimming pool.

Good luck and have fun.

3. Posted by 28102001 (Inactive 7 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Your budget is low, and July is not the peak of the season, but it is summer, so they ask more money for accommodation comparing with May. Anyway on board you may meet people that you can share accommodation and you can find rooms that they have 3 or 4 beds then the cost is really low. Of course you can reduce your cost of accommodation if you do for some days free camping. Choose the small islands and avoid the famous one (or just pass by) like Mykonos and Santorini where the cost of living is not for backpackers.
At Crete you will save money if you go south, as at the north coast the cost is high for both accommodation and living.
At your disposal if you need more information and wish you to have a nice time

4. Posted by tallbird (Respected Member 269 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Absolutely no need to plan your trip at all. I+ my boyfriend island-hopped for three weeks completely on a whim and just jumped on random ferries leaving the port when we felt that the time had come to move on.
Some camping sites on the islands have sheltered areas that you can sleep in for about US$ 3-4 a night. Basically you can use all the site facilities and then just sleep under a constructed roof in your sleeping bag, which I found fine. Especially as the breeze you get is very nice. May I also suggest you hire a Vespa (scooter) for a day to see one of the islands properly. They're great fun and you can get to some remote places not vacated by tourists. My boyfriend and I even got invited to join in on a Wedding celebration in a very remote place as we had stopped to watch the procession. Thoroughly enjoyed that day!

5. Posted by applegirl (Full Member 144 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

hi sgibbard,
i just came back last week from greece after two fab weeks there :-)
me and my husband together spent £46 a day, that includes accomodation, food, renting a vespa for a few days, everything.
we paid between €15-25 per night and we mostly stayed in studios (where we could cook our own food) and a couple of small family run hotels.

if you're not going to camp (or sleep under the stars) i do think you will struggle moneywise with only £120/week, don't know when in july you'll be there but late july- late august is the peak and many places we stayed at cost double the amount we paid then, sometimes more than that.

as others have said, no need to plan ahead where you will stay and when... part of the fun is making up plans along the way there.

i'd recommend tinos (cyclades) for a very greek experience, especially out of tinos town. it's a beautiful and relaxed island (and most tourists are greek)

hope you'll have a great holiday!

6. Posted by Cale Cross (Budding Member 28 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I have travelled the Cyclades alone for one month and with my girlfriend another year for ten weeks. camping and cheap apartments is the way to go to save money.

Two tips,
haggle for cheaper accomodation (you never know)
take a dice (for that totally random/destiny type of decisions on where to go, you will find the dice always gets it right!)

It is really that easy.

7. Posted by christoper (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi buddy, I am gave some tips in my article related to Island Wedding Planning, this tips will helps you in your islands wedding.



[ Edit: Edited on Jul 19, 2008, at 10:57 AM by christoper ]