Famous travel website Conde Nast Traveler invited readers to visit Greece for their summer holidays, despite the crisis. In an article entitled “Why we’re still traveling to Greece this summer,” journalist Mark Ellwood noted that now, more than ever, the country is in dire need of tourism revenue, so he urged tourists not to cancel their trips, offering certain tips on traveling responsibly.
Although Ellwood noted that he is looking forward to his own trip to Greece, he understands that many tourists might have some concerns about spending their vacation in a place as troubled as Greece. However, “despite the headline-grabbing photos of lines beside empty ATMs and “Oxi” banners, my friends in Athens say life feels oddly normal there; doubtless, it’s much the same on the islands, which already seem so disconnected from reality,” he wrote.
“When tourist-dependent destinations suffer such setbacks, the best way we can help isn’t hand-wringing or charity donations—it’s to book a trip there that pours money into the economy,” he added.
He went on to describe Greece as Thailand after the 2004 tsunami, where tourists where mocked and criticized for staying after the natural disaster. However, their decision significantly contributed to the country’s reconstruction.
“Booking a trip to Greece this summer isn’t solely a do-gooding gesture either. 2015 was already an appealing time to visit Europe, with the euro predicted to reach parity with the dollar for the first time. The uncertainty in Greece has pushed those euro prices on hotels even lower,” he added.
As for how tourists will be able to pay for things while in the country, Ellwood suggested that they bring cash with them, both in dollars and euros, while he advised foreign tourists not to be biased and enjoy their time under the Greek sun.