The small European country of Greece is one of the most sought after destinations in the world today. This place is a vacationer's paradise as it hosts numerous activities such as shopping, site seeing, fine dining, theater, outdoor sporting events, literature and many more. There is so much history within these hallowed borders and thanks to it's strategic location, Greece just so happens to be at the crossroads of Asia, Africa and Europe. Athens is the country's capital city as well as it's biggest city. This means that tourists can get their educational needs handled all while navigating through one of the most modern municipalities on the planet.
Greece is the cradle of Western civilization. The quality of life is much higher here than in other areas and the high cost of living is no joke especially if you're considering a more permanent stay. For those who aren't seeking long term employment or residence, Greece can be a discoverer's playground. Just like any other foreign destination, you better get familiar with the culture before your feet ever touches the Greek soil. If you're one of those die hard procrastinators who refuse to take the time to refresh the mind, the sarcastically blunt Greeks don't and won't have a problem correcting your etiquette blunders.
Your plane has finally touched down, and you've managed to make it to your destination's accommodations. Unpacking can't seem to come fast enough as you dig through the metric tons of unnecessary travel luggage. You've finally found your camera at the bottom of the abyss and now it's time to do some exploring. Don't forget, treading lightly is the way to go, but here are a few more tips to keep you embarrass-free and out of the danger zone.
1. Don't Underdress For Church: To bluntly state it, Greece is old, and it's full of churches/cathedrals. These charming chapels are free to the public whether it's for site seeing or for attending services. Ladies, showing your bare arms and legs can be frowned upon especially if there's a packed house. Instead of dressing like you're on your way to the club, try being more modest in the approach. Unlike American “holy houses,” Greek churches aren't a fashion show.
2. Never Overpack: This notion is rather basic, but many people fall into it's hidden clutch. Greece has a unique landscape that includes jagged mountains, steep peaks, canyons and valleys. Carry as little as possible, which includes a map, snacks, a camera and personal medication. Some people tend to carry bottles and bottle of water. This is fine if you're about to cross the Sahara or Mojave.
3. Don't Invest In Driving: To be perfectly honest, Greece's highways can be a nightmare and a huge challenge for the most experienced of drivers. Its fast paced, overcrowded and winding roads have been known to cause premature aging in just a short period of vacation time. The best thing to do is to hire a driver or take public transportation. Most drivers have to satisfy their egos just to say that they've driving in foreign countries. On the other hand, they won't mention how terrified they actually were, or how traumatized their passengers actually became.
4. Never Throw Paper In/On The Toilet: Unlike in other countries and especially in the U.S., throwing paper in/on the toilet is a big “no no.” The sewage drainage system here is rather narrow and cramped. The only thing that's needed for keeping the peace is to throw the paper into the paper bin.