Inspiring wanderlust while within the comfort of our homes.
When I was sixteen, me and my family decided to go on a vacation to Greece during our summer vacation. We went with another family that had relatives living in Greece. I always believe going on vacation with another family is very healthy - or else you will get sick of your family.
We first flew from Boston to Athens and then spent two days in the city. We had been warned that since Greece's economy was not doing great, that Athens was going to be kind of a mess. However, we completely disagreed. The city is beautiful and there are lots of things to do. The streets are white marble and the people are very friendly. We went to the Acropolis (because you can't go to Athens and not go) and it was amazing to see how much history the city had. It was an unbelievable city.
After Athens, we went to the island of Santorini. We stayed in the part of the island called Oia, which was known for having amazing sunsets. Santorini is just how the pictures look, beautiful white houses with blue roofs on a hill down to the beautiful blue water. We found beaches and rocks to go cliff jumping off. We even rode donkeys upstairs to get back to the town where our houses were that we rented. That was a little scary, however, as the donkey's hooves slipped on the marble stairs as they carried you up. We watched the famous sunset - well as much as we could because it was filled with tourists with their selfie sticks blocking some of the views.
The next island we traveled to was Zakynthos. It is not one of Greece's most popular islands, but our friend's family lived there so we decided to adventure there. Zakynthos is not a touristy island, it is filled with Greeks that call the island home. The water on this island was the warmest I had ever been in, it was warmer than the air which was already 90 something degrees each day. We got to interact with people that had lived on the island and went to a rowdy dinner with dancing and breaking plates. The island was a perfect way to experience the culture of the Greek people.
Greece is definitely the perfect vacation while you are still young because it is a very active destination with tons of things to do. (I also loved being a 16-year-old and being served drinks without any problem.) I would definitely recommend the beautiful country of Greece to anyone looking for their next destination.