Why Travel to Greece
Greece is a destination high on many people’s bucket list. It’s the birthplace of western civilization, democracy, philosophy, and even art. So, why travel to Greece? For all the reasons you could want to visit Greece, there are three main reasons it’s a worthwhile trip.
If you want to see some monuments, temples, and sculptures, Greece is the place for you. I don’t mean to distill Greece down into temples and sculptures, but dang, there are a lot of them. There are about twenty museums in Athens alone housing some of Greece’s most prominent artifacts. The Greeks are extremely proud of their history and contribution to the world and they want to share as much as possible with tourists.
Also, it's worth noting that Greece is a cat-friendly country. They take care of the strays and feral cats all around the country and they're all over Athens. We made lots of friends!
The Greeks, while supremely open and welcoming, have not been doing well financially for the last several years. You may have heard about the financial crisis several years ago in Greece, but much of American media stopped reporting about it. Unfortunately, Greece is still in the throws of economic turmoil. It’s better today than it was a few years ago, but this means the country is extremely budget friendly for tourists. When you spend money in any country, including your home country, you’re contributing positively to the economy. When you spend money in an economically unstable country, like Greece, you’re helping the country restabilize. Now, it’s worth noting, you need to spend your dollars in local establishments for this to help. Staying at the Marriott, drinking Starbucks, and eating at McDonald’s won’t help the Greek economy nearly as much as staying local and dining locally. Buying souvenirs and shopping locally will make you feel good and help the Greek economy.
The most important thing about Greece is definitely the food. You can argue all you want to about the culture and its significance, but it’s all about the food. Tzatziki, souvlaki, gyros, pita, feta, baklava… the list goes on. Greece’s contributions to the culinary world is wildly significant. Even the worst Greek food in Greece is still pretty damn good. That being said, American food and other cultural cuisines are not as on point as the traditional food. The interesting thing about Greek food is that lamb is not as prevalent in Greece as it is in American style Greek food. Because so much of the landscape is mountainous, lambs and cows are difficult to raise because they need so much space to graze. It’s easier to raise chickens and pigs, so the meat available is predominantly chicken and pork. It’s also super easy to be a vegetarian throughout the country.
Greece is a lovely country to visit, especially if you visit the countryside. I highly recommend you take the Emirates Newark to Athens non-stop flight for a supremely enjoyable experience. Be sure to eat lots of food, enjoy spending money at local establishments, and visit all the museum and temples you possibly can.