In this post we are going to be exploring Rhodes, which is the 4th biggest island in Greece and one of the top destinations for tourist in the whole world. I loved every single moment of my stay there, so I'm sure you will too!


The Grand Master's Palace and a knight's armour.


 Little history and facts

Rhodes has a population of approximately 90,000 inhabitants in its metropolitan area and it is the largest of the Dodecanese islands in terms of land area and also the island group's historical capital.

Rhodes has been famous since antiquity as the site of Colossys of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Rhodes harbour with one of the two deers that are symbol of the island

The citadel of Rhodes (aka Old Town of Rhodes) was built by the Hospitalliers and it's one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Europe, which in 1988 was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Useful tips for your trip:


  • Before you go check the voltage of all the electrical tools you have! Must be universal 110-240v or 220-240v. If you are an American, your 110-120v tools might explode or stop working permanently as the circuits will be fried.
  • Make sure you to have an EU adapter before you get to the island as it will be hard to find.
  • Book your accommodation months in advance, so you can make sure you have a place near Rhodes city. For more romantic scenery, book a place near Lindos or Kalithea.

    The island is quite big, so it's always nice to be near to the city even if you rent a car.

    Walking through the streets ancient Rhodes
  • Again I booked a bundle tours through Viator, so I can visit more places in one day.
  • Public transportation passes every 20-30 minutes and it gets crazy crowded. Rent a car or a scooter to save time and inconvenience.

Top 5 things to do in Rhodes:




Grand Master's Palace




  1. 1.Rhodes Old Town: It's my personal number one and if you go, you would want to return for sure. It gives you that medieval time trip and while walking through the streets, you expect knights on horses to come dashing from around the corner.

     It's one of the top attractions not only in Rhodes, but in all of Greece. It's also an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    It has an entrance fee of 10 euro for entering the Palace of the Grand Master, but everywhere else it's free to explore. Make sure you collect a free map from your hotel or the airport, so you know exactly where everything is, because the place is enormous.
  2. 2.Butterfly Valley: You will love the peaceful walk through the shaded, green valley with its small river and beautiful waterfalls. The entrance fee is 5 euro, but it also covers entry in the museum. While you are walking up to the monastery at the top, you are permanently surrounded by butterflies camouflaging themselves against the tree trunks and the rock.

    There are plenty of wooden benches along the way to rest. From the ticket booth, which is somewhat in the middle of the valley, it takes aproximetely 45 minutes to the top and 20 minutes to the bottom of the valley, where the museum and the orchard farm are.
  3. 3.Acropolis of Lindos: Above the modern town of Lindos rises the acropolis of Lindos, a natural citadel which was fortified successively by the Greeks, the Romans, the Byzantines, the Knights of St. John and the Ottomans. Absolutely stunning and breath taking views are revealed while climbing the 200 steps to the Acropolis. You can ride a donkey for only 6 euro and I recommend it as it's quite fun.

    Mind that on the top there is a 12 euro fee for entering the acropolis, but it's totally worth it.

    Acropolis of Lindos
  4. 4.Symi Island: Symi Island is a place I couldn't get to unfortunetely, but I've heard much about and if I had visit it, it might have been higher up the list. It's a beautiful, picturesque island only 30 minutes away and visible from the whole west side of Rhodes. People say that it is like entering a living picture while sailing into the port.

    Beautiful architecture and colourful houses remind more of an Italian Amalfi Coast village, than a Greek port. Definetely a place to visit while in Rhodes, but unfortunetely I was there during a local holiday and there were only two ferries early morning going there.
    On top of the Acropolis of Lindos overlooking the bay

  5. 5.Kalithea Springs: The springs are located only 9 km away from the city. Easy accesible with a car, but mind that the actual springs that were used in ancient times are privatized by the nearby Kalithea Spa hotels and you won't be able to use them.

    It is a nice place to take some pictures, enjoy the sun and have a coffee or a cocktail. It's a really popular place amongst tourists and locals.
Overlooking Socratous street and the old city of Rhodes


 More things to do:

  • Tsampika Monastery: Only 27km from the city of Rhodes, the Tsampika monastery lays on top of the hill next to Tsampika beach, one the most popular beaches in Rhodes. Just before the turn to Tsampika beache, is the road the leads half of the wat up on the hill. From that point, you need to walk up the 350 steps to the tiny, Byzantine church, dedicated to the Virgin.

     It's perched at altitude of 300m, revealing some truly spectacular views on the coast, over Tsampika beach and all the way to Lindos. which makes the effort uphill definetely worth a try!

    The legends has it that women who cannot conceive should climb the hill barefooted to pray the Virgin for fertility. Then they name the child that is born Tsampikos if a boy, or Tsampika if a girl.


    The streets of Old Rhodes
  • Filerimos: Filerimos, also know as Acropolis of Ialysos, is on a 267m high hill and it's overlooking the small town of Ialysos and the bay of Ixia and Trianta. It is an ideal place to enjoy stunning views over the Aegean sea and also have a beautiful walk in nature. It is a home for 220 peacocks, which were brought by a priest a 100 years ago when building the monastery
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    On top of the hill lays the monastery as well as ruins from the temple of Athena Polias since this is where the ancient city of Ialysos used to be.

    It is preffered for wedding ceremonies by the Rhodians. Stunted pastel cedars fom an archway in Via Crucis, leading to the belvedere where a gigantesque Cross made of concrete is erected.






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My best friend is planning a trip to Miami. It will be her first trip outside Europe so I told her I would write this step-by-step travel planning guide for her, and YOU, on how to plan the perfect trip!




Travel planning can be overwhelming and time-consuming, especially for travels outside your continent, and if you don't know how to plan it efficiently this guide is for you!

I'm gonna share with you the best travel websites on how to plan a perfect trip when booking accommodation, flights, tours and rentals.

All the tips and trick on how to plan your dream trip are listed below. No matter if you travel alone or with family, you deserve to go away and make priceless memories that will last a lifetime.

You could call it your vacation checklist, with all the steps needed for your perfect distant travel.
Don't know what to start with when planning your vacation? Well, I'm definite that this guide will save you some money, time and your nerves!

10 Tips for Planning Your Distant Trip


Table of Contents:

Each link will take you directly to the topic to save you some time scrolling.

Step 1 - Choose your destination


Where do you want to go?
Of course the first step is deciding where to go. The destination need to meet your interests and budget.


The whole point of the vacation time is to relax, have fun and gather great memories, and not to worry the entire time about money. It's your call if it's gonna be a trip in your home country or abroad.


How long would you like it to be?

This is a really important question, because you don't want to waste your 1-2 week vacation on traveling to and from, which will leave you with only three days to relax and explore, and quite frankly that's not enough! Plan your trip wisely!

If you have more time to spend, you can plan a trip to a land far, far away.

Are you having a travel buddy?

When you plan a vacation, you need to take into consideration everyone, that might be traveling with you. If you're traveling solo- that's great! I, personally, enjoy exploring the world alone and making new friends on the way.

Anyway, if you are with a group or just another person, you should sit down and make all decisions together. Don't let just one person take all the decisions. Memorable vacations are those where everyone gets to experience something they love!

What kind of person are you?

Do you like more to relax or are you the adventurous type? More of a beach person or you like the mountain breeze? These questions will narrow down the perfect distant trip! I'll help you with some more:

Summer or winter? Cities or countryside?
Shopping or food-experience?

Step 2 - Passport & Visa requirements


Check if your passport is expiring soon, if it needs renewing or if you even need it. Give yourself enough time to apply- at least six weeks prior departure.

It's also really important to check any visa requirements for your country, as soon as you decide where to go. Visa to Australia could take a month and a half to process, a date for an interview for american visa could open in a month and still not guaranteed you'll get it. I once got denied entry in Dubai due to tourist agent negligence, so always check your visa requirements.

You can check through Project Visa, but make sure you double check with the embassy's website.

Step 3 - Book Accommodation for your trip


Where to stay is another big step in the planning. The better price you find, the more money for activities.

Of course, you don't always want to stay in the cheapest place as they get tacky or the location is not good at all.

You should try and find the best VALUE for your money. More central apartments or hotels would be more expensive, but you would save a lot on transportation, if your plan is to stay in a city.

Take into consideration what activities you want to do? Are you planning to enjoy the local nightlife? Because if you live far from the bars and clubs, a cab ride at night in most countries is really expensive.


Searching Accommodation

My personal favorite search website is Airbnb, as I prefer to stay at apartments as it gives me a taste of the local life.

Although, if I'm booking a hotel I normally go with Expedia and Booking.com. They have the best deals on hotels and remember to always check both before booking.

Sometimes I like to backpack and although it's scary sometimes, it introduced me to so many great people and stories in hostels around the world as you have to share a bunk bed with strangers. Most of the hostels offer free breakfast and prices range from $5 to $20 a night. Check Hostelworld if you want to experience something like that or if you are on a strict budget.

Step 4 - Transportation


If your hotel or apartment is on a central location, you would most likely be able to walk everywhere, but still plan ahead how to get from the airport to your accommodation. Can you get an Über or a taxi and how much it would cost? Is the a subway or a train with a stop near the place? What time are you arriving? Is your hotel offering an airport pick-up?

During your trip planning research the transport options for your destinations. This will save you stress and time once you arrive.

In Hong Kong you can get Octopus card, in Sydney there is Opal card and in London you can get Oyster card. Check if there is an equivalent in the place you're visiting!

Car rentals

It's always better to book online before you go, so they have a car ready for you and avoid hassle at arrival. It's easier and quicker!

Compare prices at different car rental sites, but start with RentalCars.com, as their search engine is quite good.

Step 5 - Things to Do & See


You would want to make the most of your trip and plan to see all must-visit tourist attractions of your destination.

Most of the popular attractions are booked months in advance, so as soon as you decide where to go, your tickets should be booked and your days planned ahead. As much as we would like to just show up, popular destinations have millions of people visiting each season, so a little planning wouldn't hurt.

A lots of cities have City Passes that can save you money on bundle deals. Research those and start your planning!

Food and drinks

Always check for your destination's local cuisine highlights. Try some delicacies, famous drinks, fruits, local craft beer and wine.

Some places like Australia, Italy and Greece have amazing coffee, so look out for local coffee shop, microbreweries or so called 3rd wave coffee shops with single origin coffee.

What is the reason to go?

Make a list of all the free things you can do, city tours and day trips, that you like and then narrow it down by deciding with your group or by reading the positive and negative reviews.

Check different resources like:
  • Blogs/Google
  • Ask friends or family that have been there
  • Viator
  • Trip Advisor
  • Twitter and Instagram with hashtags
  • Pinterest and create a board
  • Once you're there check with your host or receptionist

Search for tours

Of course, as I mentioned in other posts, Viator is my favorite booking site! It has a wide range of tours, day trips, excursions, attractions and activities. They have an amazing customer service and I always have had a phenomenal experience with them.


Step 6 - Book Flight for your trip


Now that you decided where to go, it's time for step two, which is booking your flights to your dream location!

I always suggest to pay that dollar more and choose a premium airline, that will take you directly to your destination with less hassle, especially if you are traveling with kids.

For the solo travelers, I know, that a budget flight sounds much better and it's actually the better option. Although, if your vacation is not long enough, you'll loose a lot of that relaxation time in transit flights.

Searching for flights

What sites are the best?

Well, I'll suggest to try a few different ones, just to make sure you get the best price. Expedia, Skyscanner, Momondo, Edreams are some really good sites to start with, but of course don't forget WizzAir and RyanAir if you're travelling within Europe. The last two are direct airline websites, but with those budget lines you can only search directly through their websites or apps.

Lastly, before buying the tickets don't forget to check on the airline's website, if on there you can get it even cheaper.

Step 7 - Travel Insurance and Vaccines


Always be safe and don't shrug off this step! Anything can, will, and sometimes goes wrong. If it does you need to be ready, because if you're not insured, you can be up for a lot of money and inconvenience.

What will happen if:
  • You need to cancel you trip unexpectedly
  • A hurricane, typhoon, earthquake, tornado or other natural disaster damages your destination
  • You get sick or injured
  • Your things get lost or stolen
  • You lose your passport
Travel insurance can cover all unexpected medical emergencies and events such as the above while traveling.

Best travel insurance

I would say to go with World Nomads. Flexible and simple to use, covering residents of up to 150 countries. Best part is you can buy your travel insurance while you're already traveling.
Other ones to check are IMGlobal and Clements, with which I don't have much experience.

Vaccines

When traveling to high-risk destinations, vaccines are a must. Check with your doctor when and what immunization to do. Some of them need to be started six to eight weeks before departure and require more than one shot. Always take any records of previous shots with you and bring the proof of vaccine with you on your trip.

Step 8 - Accessing your money, internet and phone


A lot of phone carriers offer good roaming packages with lots of MB and free minutes to use in the country you're visiting and to call home. Check with your carrier if they offer a plan and check if it works for you.

Other option is to buy a new sim. Most of the countries offer tourist SIM, which gives you a lot of LTE data and free calls and lasts up to a month. Make sure you research it before you go, as a lot of airports have a desk where you can buy them.

Now the best way to access your money is to activate online banking by simply going to your bank. This way you can monitor your money and in case of any theft of your cards, you could quickly cancel them through your app.

Step 9 - Make Copies of Important Documents


Always make copies of all your documents such as:
  • Passports
  • Visas
  • Flight tickets
  • Itineraries
  • Tour vouchers
  • Rental cars reservations
  • Driver licenses
  • Credit and debit cards

If anything gets damaged, stolen or lost, you will have a copy for peace of mind.
Print out hard copies and keep a confirmation email in a specific trip folder in your email account.

Step 10 - Pack Smart


Packing can be stressful, when you are planning your trip, but the best is always to pack the bare minimum as you can always buy everything you need there.

Always chose comfortable, versatile clothing in neutral colors, that can be worn in different combinations, to avoid needing of a whole outfit change if anything gets dirty.

Top 5 Travel Packing Tips:
  1. Check weather forecast to avoid over-packing
  2. Always put a change of clothes and all documents in your carry-on , in case your checked-in luggage doesn't arrive with you.
  3. Pack accordingly to the activities you're gonna be doing.
  4. Charge all the electronics for the trip and always have your charger in your carry-on.
  5. Make a packing list and always use it in order to avoid forgetting important things.

Enjoy your trip!


You are a finished trip planner now! So start planning and travel the world, same as me!

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