Is Now the Right Time to Move to Crete?

Moving to Crete _ Greece

Are you moving to Crete? Have you been thinking about it for a long time now? If you’re looking for some quick tips to move to the island, read on and discover if this the right time to go to Crete… and never come back!

Are you getting ready to move to Crete?

Crete Essentials

Getting there: Check Ferryhopper to book your tickets in advance.
Where to stay: With Booking.com I find the best deals.
Top-rated tours in Crete
Beach: Cruise to Balos and Day Trip to Elafonisi.
Adventure: Samaria Gorge. History: Knossos Palace.
Crete by car? I use Discover Cars to go where my old jalopy won’t take me.
Cash: Transferwise is the best online money transfer service accepted in Greece.
Have with you: A daypack for excursions, the Lonely Planet Guide, or my West Crete digital guide!

Check more resources here.

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Moving to Crete

If you are someone who loves to visit Crete, and you are wondering how you can make it, even more, a part of your life, one possibility worth considering is simply moving there for good.

A lot of people do this each year, and there are many great reasons why you might want to do it. Want an example? Me!

But what should you bear in mind when you are about to undertake such a move? In this post, we will help you to work out how to approach this so that you can get the most out of it possible and truly enjoy it.

Finding A Place

First of all, you will want to make sure that you are actually able to find a place to live, for obvious reasons. This should not be too much of a challenge, but you need to make sure that there is somewhere you are going to be happy with, or else you are simply not going to enjoy living in Crete at the end of the day.

You have a few options here. Firstly, you could build your own place. That would require the help of an architect, some land you have permission to build on, and a vision.

Or if you prefer, you can simply buy or rent somewhere, which might be easier at first but might not be the absolute dream. In either case, the important thing is that you find somewhere you love.

Looking for the right region for you to stay (or live)?
>>Check this article<<

Making A Living

If you are going to live in Crete full time, you need to make sure that you have some kind of possibility for making a living there – unless you happen to be retiring.

You might be taking a freelance job with you, but even then you need to make sure you can actually do it from Crete, which is not always the case.

If you are going to look for a job out in Crete, you should probably do that before moving, to ensure you have prospects to go for.

There is plenty of information online about making a living in Crete, so it’s a good idea to seek that out and make use of it before you make any rash decisions.

All being well, you should be able to find decent work in Crete, as with anywhere else. If you want more tips on this, feel free to get in touch with me, I have a full time job in Crete, even not speaking enough Greek, that I do from home (yay!!), I host my food tours in Summer, and I also write this blog.

Leaving It All Behind

Remember that moving to another country is a huge undertaking. You need to consider not just what is ahead of you, as above, but also what you are leaving behind.

If you are anything but one hundred percent happy with the idea of leaving your normal life behind, you should make sure that you are thinking it through before you do anything in a rush. Try some long time rental and a 6-month work contract. Get used to the way locals live and make really, really sure it’s your cup of tea!

The last thing you want is to be disappointed, which happens a lot more than people tend to think it does.

As you can see, there is much to gain from moving to Crete, and also some things to consider, so make sure that you are doing so carefully before you do anything else.


Have you ever thought about moving to Crete?
Let me know in the comments below!


Travel plans for Crete?
These resources will help you organize the trip!

Start by reading these helpful tips to plan a trip to Crete or check family holidays in Crete if you travel with kids. To visit Crete’s heavenly beaches, check my guide to the best beaches. Discover what region is best to stay in or check what to do in Crete.

Get in touch if you need extra help to plan your trip. If you want to tour West Crete, check my guide. Want more? Join my Private Facebook Group to connect with like-minded travelers who love Crete as much as you do!

Make sure you’ve got everything for a hassle-free trip!

I never move around Crete without my Osprey backpack, a sturdy but light travel partner I just love. For short trips, I carry this little crossbody bag. If I’m driving around, I pack my Michelin map and my Nikon.

When it comes to plane tickets, compare prices with a powerful search engine. However, nothing beats traveling by sea in Greece. With Ferry Hopper, you can book in advance at the lowest price.

For accommodation, I personally use Booking.com and Airbnb.
Traveling to remote places is easier with Discover Cars. Other times, I join organized tours with GetYourGuide, which features anything from cooking lessons to airport transfer!

Are you coming to Crete any time soon?

Get in touch and let me know!

Read more:

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Discover the Beautiful Hidden Gems in Greece You Can Visit Right Now
Extraordinary Things to Do in Crete in Winter
The Most Fabulous Things to Do in Santorini
Missing Travel? Eleven Fun Crete Travel-Related Activities to Do at Home!

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Gabi Ancarola | The Tiny Book

About the Author

Hola! I’m Gabi. Welcome to The Tiny Book – Crete Travel Blog! I moved to Crete to explore the island all year round. I love taking pictures and driving on the mountain roads of Crete. I’m a beach freak and on this island I’ve found heaven on earth!


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