It’s been awhile since my last blogging adventure, but now seems like a great time to revisit it. I’ve been spending a fair amount of time in Malta during the last year, and I had planned to go back early next week. A last-minute breakup threw a wrench in those plans. All I’ll say on the subject is that at least I am getting better about not letting my needs go without being met for as long as I used to. (Not that I don’t still have a way to go.) Every breakup is awful, but at least each time I seem to be able to rip the bandaid off a little sooner. With regard to my latest, there is still a lot of love and respect there, and at least as of now, the door is open if our priorities and lives align better in the future.
So— instead of being depressed at home, I decided to keep my planned flights and find another destination nearby I’ve always wanted to visit. Greece, here I come! I’m recording my travels in my blog as a way to keep in touch with friends and loved ones and help my solo adventure feel not quite so solo.
My plans are still partial as of now. Tip: Always check kayak.com! I’ve gotten in the habit of using Expedia lately, because the interface is nice and I like earning points, but all of the flights between Malta and Athens were pretty bad. Not a single one of them was direct, and the layovers were largely very long. I was looking at a 10 hour flight, including layover, unless I wanted to double the cost to get it down to 5 1/2 hours. Then I checked kayak, and BAM. RyanAir. Direct flight, saving money and taking less than 2 hours.
February is definitely off-season in Greee, so AirBNB prices are pretty sweet. As of now, I only have the first week of my stay booked, in a well-reviewed, well-located apartment for about $40 a night. I love staying in apartments with actual kitchen. I’m no chef, but I much prefer to be able to keep simple things on hand, rather than having to go hunt down food several times a day. Plus, of course, it saves a lot of money over restaurants.
I found a rental car with automatic transmission for about $14 a day, and I could have spent under $10 a day if I were more comfortable driving a stick shift. Car rentals are really cheap in Malta, too, so maybe that’s how it is in that part of the world.
My plan at the moment is to spend the first week in Athens, being pretty relaxed, sightseeing, sleeping, and a bit of remote work. Then I’d like to spend around five days up near Delphi and the Mount Parnasos Ski Center! (Very excited to ski. Going to rent equipment there, but still fluffy ski pants and helmet take up a lot of room in my suitcase. My mom will be happy to read about the helmet.)
Finally, I plan to drive around the Peloponnese. I haven’t done enough reading yet to know exactly what I want to do, but ideally I’d like to find a place to stay that’s somewhat central and day trip to the various cities and sights.
Oh, and the other prep for my trip— I got an international driver’s license. It’s required to drive in Greece. I think tons of people don’t bother with it and are still totally fine, but I don’t want to have the one person at the rental car place who insists on it. It took about 15 minutes at the local AAA office and cost $20. Definitely worth it for peace of mind.
I’ll keep you guys posted!