Top Greek Island Vacation Destinations

Greece has always been an ideal Mediterranean vacation destination. With over 1,400 islands (230 inhabited), it can be hard to choose which one to visit first. Hopefully, these top Greek Island vacation destinations will inspire you, and help you with your decision.

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Best nightlife:

Mykonos, ‘The Island of the Winds,’ is known for its vibrant nightlife. Little Venice and Paradise Beach are popular party destinations where clothing is optional, and the LGBT scene is major. There are male go-go dancers everywhere, and parties typically last all night. July and August are the primary months for tourism and the wildest parties.

Best traditional village life:

The island, Naxos is the largest of the Cyclades and has a little over 6,500 inhabitants and a bit over 20 small villages. Naxos has ancient towers, paved streets, and has maintained its unique Venetian architecture.

Best kiteboarding and windsurfing:

With gusty winds that can be seen from a mile away, Paros is best known for kiteboarding and windsurfing sports. Santa Maria, Prassonisi, and Pounda are the main beaches where sports are practiced. The Thalasea Sports Center is the bay of Mikli Vigla and is a popular hub for the game.

Best beaches:

Located in the Aegean Sea, Milos is a beautiful volcanic island that is rich in minerals as well as rich history. Firopotamos, Kastanas, and Paliorema are some top beach destinations in Milos. The white-washed Cycladic villages and black sands are picturesque backdrops. Although some may be only accessible by boat, there are over 80 mini beaches throughout Milos that you can explore.

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Best for nature lovers:

Ikaria has some of the World’s most pristine and untouched nature territories. Identified as a place that promotes life longevity, and better overall health.

Best Robinson Crusoe destination:

Koufonisia is made up of two islands. Pano (upper) and Kato (lower). The preferred way to navigate the area is by foot or cycling. Everything is within walking distance. The island has a museum and many sightseeing options.

Best couples getaway:

Folegandros does not get the crowded tourist scene as most Greek towns do. They have a broad selection of restaurants and cafes. Chora is the main village, with open landscapes and clifftop housing.

With a myriad of beautiful architecture, scenic waterfronts, and rich history, there is much to enjoy. There are other greek island vacation destinations to choose from, such as Santorini. The iconic island, known for its whitewashed buildings with blue rooftops. Experiencing a sunset over Oia is one of the most romantic things you will experience.

To discover your top Greek Island vacation destinations and start planning your itinerary, reach out to me via email.

Romantic Insta-Worthy Destinations

It doesn’t matter if you’re a couple who loves to go on adventures or kick back and relax; there are Insta-worthy destinations that’ll keep those romantic fires burning. That could mean sand, sparkling water, and soaking in the sun. That could also mean exploring vibrant cities filled with cultural and historical adventures. In the following list, you and your significant other can find the best spots for proposals, honeymoons, and romantic getaways.

Cayman Islands

After landing in Grand Cayman’s newly improved airport, you’ll hear the sound of steel drums welcoming you. Check out the area’s luxury hotels for days of relaxation, sipping Pina Coladas, and romantic boat rides. Legends say that if you kiss one of the area’s stingrays, you’ll have seven years of good luck!

Koh Samui, Thailand

Thailand’s second-largest island is home to exotic white beaches, groves of coconut trees, and lush forests. Visiting the Gulf of Thailand means having your pick of posh resorts, including some that greet you with delicious scoops of coconut ice cream when you arrive. You’ll love the array of activities, including taking cooking classes together or practicing Tai Chi on the beach.

Lake Tahoe, Nevada

Boarding Reno is one of America’s most beautiful freshwater lakes, Lake Tahoe. Plan a ski weekend at one of the area’s renowned ski resorts. Be sure to hit one of the summit bars for panoramic views. If you prefer traveling in the spring, check out the area resort’s hot tubs, pool bars, and incredible views! No matter if you’d like to stay lakeside or closer to the airport, there are many opportunities for adventure and relaxation.

New Orleans, Louisiana

Along with being America’s most classically charming hot spot, Louisiana is growing in popularity among couples looking for a romantic getaway closer to home. You’ll find everything from rotating carousel bars to rooftop pools. There are endless opportunities for sampling the city’s cuisine, including a classic Creole dinner in the French Quarter.

Northern Italy

There are many reasons to add Northern Italy to our list of Insta-worthy romantic hot spots, including Venice’s canals, Florence’s food scene, and Milan’s Renaissance art. When coupling that with Verona’s historically romantic reputation, makes this destination a lover’s haven. You and your partner can see sweeping views of the area from a former 14th-century medieval monastery, take a tour of Tuscany, and more!

Capturing the memories of your romantic getaway is magic when venturing to any one of the destinations I mentioned above. Contact me today to start planning for romance and unforgettable memories at one of these romantic insta-worthy destinations.

Tips For A Terrific First Trip To Ireland

Have you been to Ireland? Is it on your bucket list? Ireland is one of my favorite places to visit. Having been to Ireland many times, and helping clients experience this magical place, below are some of my expert tips for a terrific first trip to Ireland.

You’ve put off visiting the Cliffs of Moher, Killarney National Park, and Blarney Castle long enough. It’s finally time to take that trip to Ireland! I applaud that decision, but before you book that brewery tour or get too excited about visiting Dublin’s Grafton Street, here are a few tips to make for a more enjoyable trip.

Tips for a terrific first trip to Ireland
The perfect country for a road trip

Consider Car Travel

The best sites in the Emerald Isle are seen via public transportation or tour buses, but renting a car is not a bad idea to get to those obscure sites. Be sure the vehicle you rent is a small one, as rural roads in Ireland are narrow. Oh, and the Irish drive on the left side of the road and pass on the right; it takes some getting used to and is not for everyone.

Tax-Free Shopping

All those goodies you’ll find to buy on Grafton Street are tax-free! That’s right, travelers who live outside the European Union can shop tax-free in Ireland. Make sure to apply for a Fexco Horizon Card prior to your trip so you can register and swipe it in affiliated stores in the country and claim sales tax back on your purchases.

Differing Currencies

And while we’re on the topic of shopping, it’s important to note that, as part of the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland uses pound sterling rather than the euro.

Dress Appropriately

Irish weather is not extreme, but the country does get a lot of rain, particularly along its west coast. And if you’re traveling to Ireland during winter, know that the season’s days are short. The sun rises at about 8 a.m. and sets at about 4 p.m., which means you have to cram a lot of sightseeing into a few hours. But during summer, the sunsets as late as 10 p.m. Be mindful of these seasonal changes, pack light layers of clothing and a pair of rain boots or waterproof shoes, and you should be just fine.

Public Transportation Pointers

The trains in Ireland carry you in comfort, but they are pricey. So if you intend to travel on one during your trip, make sure to book it in advance to take advantage of online discounts that the Irish Rail offers. If you choose to travel by bus, be aware that you must flag the bus to get it to stop.

Heritage Cards Are Helpful

If you plan to visit the country’s many cultural attractions, picking up a Heritage Card from the Office of Public Works is a great idea. This card entitles you to free admission to all heritage sites managed by the state for an entire year. These sites include castles and national parks.

So now that you have the tips to a successful Ireland trip, be sure to call or email me to help you plan your trip. As an Ireland destination specialist, I will help you plan your custom itinerary, and have more tips and tricks to make your first trip to Ireland one that you will never forget.