When I was younger, my family didn’t travel a lot. I mean they did, but never with the kids, and rarely in large groups(unless they were to join a tour group).
This was mainly because it was expensive, another was that many places aren’t as kid friendly. So every time I'd have to drop my mom off at the airport for one of her trips, I sometimes would feel left behind. But that was okay. I understood that there was just no money for that. I wasn't bitter. In fact, it was more of a motivation for me to study and work hard, so that someday, I’d get to travel as much as she did.
Moreover, now that I’ve grown older, and plan trips on my own, I can totally understand as to why never the big group! It’s because it’s just SO DAMN OVERWHELMING to take care of a large group’s vacation.
So yes, I get it. I wouldn’t want to be in charge of meeting everyone’s expectations during a vacation.
Nowadays traveling is becoming more budget and large group friendly. More and more places are creating experiences that allow vacations to be more kid and big-group friendly, which is great for those who travel in groups.
I actually find it quite funny that my family is made up of a bunch of travel enthusiasts, but very rarely do we travel TOGETHER. And as much as I LOVE LOVE LOVE my family, traveling with family is one of those things that that can be super stressful, especially if you are the only one organizing it. Trying to reconcile a dozen different interests in one whole trip that will suit everyone’s different travel styles sounds absolutely absurd, but it’s doable! With plenty of time and careful consideration, it CAN BE DONE! Here’s how:
The island of Santorini itself is one of the most beautiful places in the world.
I mean, if you want to go on a romantic getaway with your camera, or your partner (haha), then this is the place to go! With it's beauty that just lures you in from just photos you see online, it's no wonder flocks of people come in daily by the ferry boat to see the white washed cave houses that just glow under the Greek sun, against the deep blue waters of the Aegean Sea.
As a nurse, I have been blessed with a career that gives me the ability to have a flexible schedule. I cannot count how many times my friends who work 9-5 jobs, 5x a week say they envy my schedule. I mean, it DOES come with a price to pay!
Think about it, the hospital NEVER closes. it is literally open 24/7...which means, there are nurses 24/7--holidays, weekends, times people are asleep, times people are awake, times people partying on the weekends/holidays. I mean, you get it that there is ALWAYS a nurse watching over someone's life, or just making them comfortable. And as you can imagine, it is FAR from being easy.
So this means, yes, we should only work 3-4x a week as full time. Yes, we do get BURNT OUT. And yes, it does give us the luxury of the ability to have long days off in between shifts to de-stress, gather ourselves, and even EXPLORE :)
So how do we do it?
I have always been in such awe of the resilience of Athens. Battling many adversities since the ancient times, it has stood strong, and to this day has proven it’s glory to the rest of the world.
As THE birthplace of Western civilization philosophy, drama, and art, Athens has blossomed into becoming a popular destination for historical enthusiasts, and contemporary folk alike.
Many cities’ ages can be counted by the hundreds in years old. Athens can be counted by the millennia! And yet it is still visited by millions of people. Maybe it’s the history, maybe it’s the food, or the people? Or maybe it’s just so darn fascinating that structures so old, from 5th century BC, that have been attempted to be obliterated by their enemies are STILL THERE to tell us the story of how strong and beautiful this tiny country used to, and continues to be.