To do for free in Santorini and Free Activities in Santorini

This summer, one of my couchsurfers Gigi, invited me on a spontaneous trip to Santorini. Just having come back from Iran, travel wasn’t on the schedule for the next couple of months. The more I thought about it, the more I was thinking of ways to pull this trip off. I packed my bags and set my mind to do and see everything on a 100 euro budget. Over six days, I explored beaches with black, red and white volcanic sand, climbed a volcano, drove a quad bike around the local villages, visited the vineyards and caught the famous sunset in Oia. All this without breaking the bank, so here’s my two cents on what to do for free in Santorini and free activities in Santorini

Budgeting tips
-Buy local produce and cook your own meals. This way you will learn how to cook authentic greek dishes and be able to prepare them for years to come.
-Split a quad bike with someone or walk. Quad bikes don’t cost a fortune, especially when shared and allow you the luxury of exploring the island on your own time and terms.
-Skip the guided tour. My host’s friend put me on one for free and it was bad – bus full of complaining kids, a rushed schedule, wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who isn’t in their seventies or older.
-Skip the clubbing scene, it’s awful. It really is! All the venues play more or less the same commercial music, the drinks are far from great and overpriced.

What to do in Santorini for free
-Walk from Fira to Oia.
-Explore the local villages on foot.
-Catch the famous sunset in Oia.
-Stay up with friends till dawn and watch the sunrise in Perissa.
-Organise your own photography tour and make a day of it. Inspiration here
-Get a panoramic view of Santorini from the sleepy village Pyrgos.
-Walk or drive your own quad bike to the different beaches.
-Snorkel in the crystal clear Agean waters
-Read up on the history of the island and create your own private tour of what you want to see.
-Hitchike! It’s common practice for seasonal workers and people who don’t own a car.

Here’s what I spent money on in 6 days
-1.80€ (x5) bus
-10€ sunscreen
-20€ groceries
-5€ fruit juice
-5€ boat Perissa – Kamari
-5€ boat black beach, white beach, red beach
-4€ bus to and from Oia
-4€ gyros
-6.50€ (x3) fro-yo
-2.5€ volcano tax
-25€ Quad Bike (it’s 50 per day including gas and insurance)
-3€ beach chair
-20€ birthday cake for my host’s birthday
= 119€

So that’s it, what to do for free in Santorini and free activities in Santorini.

Lastly, before you go, I want to draw your attention to something. Santorini is a one-of-a-kind place, unique on the planet and it’s incredible that so many people are able to go visit every year. The island is not being threatened by overcrowding and pollution issues, mostly due to corruption. Wherever you go, remember stay mindful of your environment and do what you can to support the local economy, environment and animals.

Have an awesome trip!

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# To do for free in Santorini and Free Activities in Santorini


Travel Inspiration – The Best Travel Quotes

A curated list of the best travel quotes and sayings from across the ages.

  1. “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” – Susan Sontag
    “Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.” – Jack Kerouac
  2. “Live life with no excuses, travel with no regret” -Oscar Wilde
  3. “Bizarre travel plans are dancing lessons from God.” -Kurt Vonnegut
  4. “For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
  5. “And then there is the most dangerous risk of all — the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.” – Randy Komisar
  6. “Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” – Seneca
  7. “People don’t take trips, trips take people.” – John Steinbeck
  8. “A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.” John Steinbback
  9. “To Travel is to Live” – Hans Christian Andersen
  10. “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” -Gustav Flaubert
  11. “There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.” – Jack Kerouac
  12. “Oh the places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss
  13. “We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.”-Anaïs Nin
  14. “Take only memories, leave only footprints.” – Chief Seattle
  15. “If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them – wherever you go.” – Anthony Bourdain
  16. “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” – Neale Donald Walsch
  17. “I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine.” – Caskie Stinnett
  18. “Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien # best travel quotes
  19. “The more I traveled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.” – Shirley MacLaine
  20. “The most beautiful in the world is, of course, the world itself.” -Wallace Stevens
  21. “The journey not the arrival matters.” –T.S. Eliot
  22. ”People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.” Edmund Hillary
  23. “I travel not to cross countries off a list, but to ignite passionate affairs with destinations.” – Nyssa P. Chopra
  24. “I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read on the train.” -Oscar Wilde
  25. “Take every chance you get in life, because some things only happen once.” – Karen Gibbs
  26. “If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home.” -James Michener
  27. “Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” – Anita Desai
  28. “A ship in a harbor is safe, but it not what ships are build for.” -John A. Shedd
  29. “To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” – Freya Stark
  30. “Travel far enough, you meet yourself” -David Mitchell
  31. “At its best, travel should challenge our preconceptions and most cherished views, cause us to rethink our assumptions, shake us a bit, make us broader minded and more understanding.” –Arthur Frommer
  32. “Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.” -Mark Jenkins
  33. “Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.” -Paul Theroux
  34. “Live your life by a compass, not a clock.” -Stephen Covey
  35. “We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm, and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharial Nehru
  36. “What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do — especially in other people’s minds.  When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then.  People don’t have your past to hold against you.  No yesterdays on the road.” -William Least Heat Moon
  37. “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” -Henry Miller
  38. “Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrate it for everything that it is.” -Mandy Hale
  39. “Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by.” -Robert Frost
  40. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” -Helen Keller
  41. “He who would travel happily must travel light.” -Antoine de St. Exupery
  42. “I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.”- Mark Twain
  43. “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” -Martin Buber
  44. “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” -Agustine of Hippo  # best travel quotes
  45. “To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” -Bill Bryson
  46. “Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.” -Lawrence Block
  47. “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
  48. “Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comforts of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things. -air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky. -all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” – Cesare Pavese
  49. “We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” – Anonymous
  50. “A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” -Tim Cahill
  51. “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide
  52. “Adventure is worthwhile.” – Aesop  # best travel quotes
  53. “No place is ever as bad as they tell you it’s going to be.” – Chuck Thompson
  54. “I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” – Mary Anne Radmacher
  55. “Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain
  56. “The use of traveling is to regulate imagination with reality, and instead of thinking of how things may be, see them as they are.” – Samuel Johnson
  57. “To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” – Aldous Huxley
  58. “Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.” – Ray Bradbury
  59. “You don’t have to be rich to travel well.” – Eugene Fodor
  60. “Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey.” – Babs Hoffman
  61. “Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.” -Alan Keightley
  62. “Don’t call it a dream…call it a plan” – Anonymous
  63. “Only by going alone in silence, without baggage, can one truly get into the heart of the wilderness. All other travel is mere dust and hotels and baggage and chatter.” John Muir
  64. “For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.” – Leonardo DaVinci
  65. “Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” – Dalai Lama
  66. “When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.”   -Susan Heller
  67. “Travel is never a matter of money but of courage.” – Paolo Coelho
  68. “Conventional wisdom tells us… we take our baggage with us. I’m not so sure. Travel, at its best, transforms us in ways that aren’t always apparent until we’re back home. Sometimes we do leave our baggage behind, or, even better, it’s misrouted to Cleveland and is never heard from again.”   -Eric Weiner
  69. People who don’t travel cannot have a global view, all they see is what’s in front of them. Those people cannot accept new things because all they know is where they live. Martin Yan
  70. “Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.” -Mark Jenkins
  71. The world reveals itself to those who travel on foot. – Werner Herzog 
  72. “Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.” -JK Rowling    # best travel quotes
Best Travel Quotes

Best Travel Quotes

Anais Nin, Susan Sontag, Vonnegut, Steinbeck, Kerouac and Rowling are all among my favourite authors, not surprisingly I LOVE their words and musings on travel. Theirs are some of the best travel quotes ever written, in my opinion. Which of these are the best travel quotes for you? Have you come across any while reading?

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