Around Europe in 18 Days as a Solo Female Traveller – Day 1 in Santorini, Greece

 

How many millennials dream of backpacking around Europe at least once in their life? I am obviously one of them! Some friends tell me that I’m living my dream to travel and I have just lived the quintessential 20-something dream of backpacking across Europe. You may not believe it but the only planning I did was buying a return flight ticket (SIN-ATH-SIN) while the rest is just… Lo and Behold! This must be one of the gutsiest things I ever did in my life!

 

#YOLO – You Only Live Once! That’s the mentality I have and I will embrace whatever may come in my way during the trip. I told myself this, “Hey Irene, it is either that you are going to do it or don’t do it and then bitterly live in regrets for not leaving your comfort zone.” Traveling solo across Europe? WOW! Isn’t that fascinating? I have since arrived back home safe and sound to share my adventure and that it is absolutely possible for a female traveler to travel solo across 6 different European countries and 11 cities within 18 days. Very ambitious travel goals, eh?

 

 

In the series of posts on “Around Europe in 18 Days as a Solo Female Traveller”, I’ll tell you about my experience with planning a trip to Europe and share my 18 day itinerary across the continent. Traveling to Europe is an unforgettable experience and you will get to see many famous landmarks such as St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, the Colosseum in Rome, Leaning Tower of Pisa in Pisa and many more. Does that sound exciting for you to pack up and travel to Europe now?

 

DAY 1 – SANTORINI, GREECE

 

Arriving on my Birthday 21 June 2017 at Santorini, Greece

 

All smiles to arrive at Santorini, Greece on my Birthday 21 June 2017! I have been to Greece twice before back in 2011 as well as in 2014 and you bet it, Greece still remains as one of my favourite destinations. I hold a lot of beautiful memories for this country and I want to be back here so badly again to relive these old memories.

 

Acropolis of Athens

 

That’s me when I was 21 years old and my first time in Athens, Greece in 2011! 

 

 

Fast forward to 2017, I am back here again in Greece but now, 27 years old. Instead, I felt like I am back to 17 again riding the ATV vrrroomm…vvvroomm…around Santorini!

 

 

Yes that is what absolute freedom would be. Bo chap and travel! Livin’ the dream.

 

ACCOMODATION

Stay in Peaceful Villa

My accommodation choice in Santorini, Greece was Peaceful Villa for 2 nights and I picked this luxurious villa with private jacuzzi from Airbnb.com. The villa looked nice in the pictures and in the reality, too. A true Cycladic house in white and blue colours to symbolise the white wave foams of the Aegean Sea and the blue of the Greek sky. I had a lovely 2 nights spent in this clean and spacious apartment and I loved every moment during my stay in Peaceful Villa so much. As dusk falls, I find relaxation by looking up to the clear starry night and the air was crisp and refreshing, away from the noise and bustle of city life. So quiet and peaceful…

 

 

With my Airbnb host, Vera and she is a perfect host! Every morning she would greet me in her cheery voice, “Good morning, beautiful!” and that brightens me up to start my day on a right note. Vera spent time with me, teaching me how to read the map and navigate around in Santorini. She was great in providing tips and suggestions on places of interest to visit.

 

 

Vera also has an adorable dog name Nala and I am so envious of her lifestyle in Santorini! As a city dweller born and raised in Singapore, I am very much envy of the European lifestyle. Living in Europe means that there are so many other countries that you can easily travel to, great for travel addicts especially for someone like me who is constantly on the lookout for spontaneous adventures.

 

 

TOP THINGS TO DO AND SEE IN SANTORINI, GREECE

 

Awesome mood to enjoy my Summer vacay in Europe! Looking so young and lively, do I?

 

#1 – Rent a Car/ Bike/ ATV

 

Q) How much does it cost to rent a car or a bike per day?

It depends on the type of car and season and price starts from 35€ per day. Bike rental starts from 20€ and ATV from 25€.

 

Perhaps the best way to really explore a foreign country is by driving as you can plan your own route and travel accordingly to your own schedule. However, there are documents you’ll need before you set off on a driving adventure in overseas. Having an International Driving Permit (IDP) can minimise inconvenience if you’re planning to drive in overseas.

 

*Travel Tip: Remember to check the validity of your IDP as the IDP is only valid for one year from the date of issue.

 

#2 – Watch the Sunset

 

One of the best places to watch the sunset in Santorini, Greece is in the village of Oia. The village of Oia is probably the most popular spot in Santorini for watching the sunset. Watching Mother Nature putting on her nightly display as the sun drops into the ocean is one of the simplest pleasures in my life and wherever you’re in the world, take some time out for yourself to admire this spectacular display of the free show that plays out every night.

 

 

Sunsets are proof that no matter what happens, everyday can end beautifully.

 

 

Have you ever yearn to watch the colourful spectacle of the beautiful sunset while you unwind in the evening with a glass of cocktail? What more could one ask for to immerse yourself in the magical moment? One of my favourite moments in Greece was being able to admire amazingly beautiful sunsets.

 

#3 – Indulge in Mediterranean Cuisine

 

Hungry in Santorini? One of the biggest draws for me to come back to Greece is the food and there is a vast array of delectable Mediterranean cuisine that this Greek island offer. Throughout my vacation in Santorini, I have the most amazing time indulging in one delicious meal after the other and just by looking back at these photos which I have taken during the trip is tempting me to fly to Greece again!

 

 

Eating my way through Santorini! The best grilled octopus I’ve ever tasted is in Santorini! The taste is impossible to replicate elsewhere in the world.

 

Grilled Octopus with lemon and olive oil

 

The grilled octopus tentacle is char-grilled to perfection and is very tender and tasty. Savouring every bite of the grilled octopus tentacle, paired with a bottle of chilled light and refreshing Corona beer is a heavenly indulgence.

 

Grilled Shrimps

 

Another favourite Greek dish that can make me salivate is Grilled Shrimps. The grilled shrimps are very tender and juicy and it tastes so so so delicious. Oh well, I am a glutton and the two ways to my heart are buying me good food or making me good food. I think I have to find a charming Greek chef as my significant other because I find Greeks make such excellent cooks.

 

#4 – Take great pictures/ selfies with the top sights in Santorini

Santorini Oia Village

 

Everywhere is so picturesque at Santorini, Greece! Santorini is a wanderlust’s dream come true for me to be back again and I left my heart in this beautiful paradise. Trust me, every inch of me do not wish to leave this beautiful paradise Santorini.

 

Making every moment count in Santorini

 

Every little lane is a new adventure waiting to be discovered and photographed. For me, Santorini is such a romantic place and not going to lie, I indeed was hoping that I have a companion to travel with me. I appreciate the fact that I am independent enough to plan my one-woman show and it shall be a showcase of my 20 odd years adulthood to reminisce that this Europe trip is my best Summer vacation ever.

 

 

Loved seeing myself enjoying my vacation being undisturbed and at ease, spending quality time alone and discovering many fun new things to do every day. What a great escape of the mundanity of modern life in Singapore by thoroughly being myself, a free-spirited young girl enjoying her life and travel.

 

“To move, to breath, to fly, to float,

To gain all while you give, to roam the roads of lands remote.

To travel is to live.” – H. C. Andersen

 

 

Don’t forget to add me on Instagram @Invinciblerene to get daily updates to my life as a globe trotter.

 


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2 Comments

  • Lydia yang November 8, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    I might be visiting next year;)

    Reply
    • Irene November 13, 2017 at 12:48 am

      you will love Greece! 🙂

      Reply

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