Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Free Accommodation in Greece

The Global Credit Crunch is at work and people are thinking frugally. The falling pound and the rising Euro are making Brits think twice about coming abroad this year.

But you shouldn't have to give up your holiday. If you can afford the flight but don't fancy paying for a hotel, you should seriously consider some island-life city-center camping.

Kalymnos (and I'm sure its the same other islands) has loads of empty properties, some are smart and some are a complete mess.

This one is right in Pothia city centre and allows easy access through a big hole in the wall which gives way to a spacious living, dining, sleeping and recreational area. You could easily set up a tent in here and if you stayed for a week probably no one would bother you. If they did, you could move to another one - there are hundreds of these empty places round the town and elsewhere on the island.

In this one, there are plenty of bike parts lying about so, if you remember to pack a multi-tool you could probably fashion your own transport for sight-seeing.

There's no wi-fi, but look at that view right out over the harbour: spectacular! Total bill for 7 nights accomodation: Zero Pounds and no Euro cents.

Don't forget as well that Kalymnos is ideal for free food: dumpsters regularly contain fresh fruit and veg, and if you're a smoker there are always fags lying about on the ground, possibly as a result of the price: 2 Euros/pack. It's literally still the 1980s as far as UK smokers are concerned.

You would need to buy drinking water but I'm sure you could easily spend a week or two out here for less than £35.

I know what you're thinking, but there is a (just) acceptable public toilet within a five minute walk. Or you could just pish round the back. I think it would be OK.

Flights to Kos start around April. Book now!

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