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Below you will read part of her compelling interview and in the end, we are sharing the link where you can dive into the rest of her travel tips!
Best travel tip?
This may seem old-fashioned, but if you’re going somewhere that you have absolutely no experience visiting, use a travel company. When planning my mother-daughter trip to Greece, because it was a multi-location trip, I was worried about being able to effectively organize travel between Athens and the islands. Planes, shuttles, ferries … I wanted this to be a dream trip for my mom and me, and was concerned about messing something up. It also seemed like there was so much to do, and every travel blogger had a different list of “must-dos.” With only two weeks there, I felt really overwhelmed by the prospect of planning it all myself.
I ended up on the website Zicasso, where you can send in an information brief about what kind of trip you’re looking to take and where, activities you’re interested in, and your budget, and you get paired with two local travel agencies who send you competing itineraries to choose from. I went with Greece Insiders, an Athens-based travel group [that] absolutely nailed our trip to Greece.
Because our agent, Eleni, is Greek and lives in Athens, she was able to recommend must-see places, as well as clue us into local practices and faux pas. We saw and did so much more on our trip than during any itinerary. I would’ve been able to organize for us on my own. Plus, being on tour full-time keeps me extremely busy. It was so helpful not to have to take on planning a two-week international trip all by myself. We stayed within our original budget and both my mom and I ended the trip feeling like all money spent was absolutely well worth it.
Favorite vacation destination?
I’d say my favorite destination I’ve visited to date would probably be Naxos, one of the Cycladic islands in Greece. Less widely known than Mykonos or Santorini — although in the past few years it’s started to attract a lot of visitors — it seems to have maintained an authentically Cycladic, down-to-earth spirit. It’s unbelievably rich agriculturally. Which makes the food on the island what I consider to be the best I’ve ever had. I couldn’t get enough of the local cuisine. Not to mention the charm of each and every unique village that makes up the island. It’s got everything I look for in a perfect vacation. History, culture, fantastic eats, and places to escape hustle and bustle. Simply sit in the sun and sip on a cold drink.
My visit to Naxos this past September was extra-special because my mom was along for the trip with me. We spent two weeks in Athens, Naxos, and Santorini. Wanting to make the most out of our trip, we decided to rent a Jeep on Naxos. Since the island is actually very large our trip wouldn’t have been the same without our own car. We had the most wonderful adventures together. I’ll cherish the memories of our mother-daughter “Mamma Mia!” vacation forever.