We finally head off to the #basicbitch bucket list destination of Santorini! Yes, this IS the picture perfect island you’ve seen on Instagram countless times. Tim’s un-informed opinion of the island was a place to JUST get instagram pictures taken while wearing linen shirts.
In reality, the island held adventure aplenty: cliff diving, volcano trekking, donkey riding, mountain climbing, clear water free diving, scooter driving, and gyro eating.
Santorini: Best Things to Do on a Budget
Where to Stay
To stay on budget we set up shop in Perissa where we could enjoy the black sand beaches of Perissa Beach. Beautiful Oia was only a short scooter trip away. A short drive will also get you to the top of Profitis Ilias, where one can stare down on the entirety of Santorini from Oia in the North to the home of Akrotiri light house on the southern tip.
What to do
While in Santorini, there is also time to hike to ancient Thira (free!), as well as take a boat tour out to the volcano in the middle of the caldera (not free). We also give a boat trip to hot springs a go, only to find out the that term “hot” is incredibly subjective. We referred to them as the “warm springs” for the rest of the trip.
The best activity is free!
The best activity we did in Santorini and possibly one of the most iconic for the island was to swim to an island in Amoudi Bay.
Apparently made famous through Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, Amoudi Bay offers typically overpriced, tourist-focused restaurants. BUT by following a slightly obscured path out towards the point you’ll find an epic 15 foot cliff, crystal clear waters, and a dream location for throwing a drone up in the air.
Riding donkeys up the stairs in Fira was the best use of $5 over the duration of the trip for us. However, we warn you that you’ll likely have to throw away your clothes afterwards as the smell of sweaty donkey doesn’t wash out!
Isn’t your name Allison? Yes. My maiden name is Finney. Most people call me by a nickname. You can call me Fin.
FAVORITE PLACES: Dubai, Argentina, Santorini and Croatia.
FAVORITE TRAVEL MEMORY: Kids in rural Philippines jumping and shouting HELLO whenever they saw two awkwardly tall white people trying to keep up with them on a scooter.