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!
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LAST-MINUTE PLANS FOR CRETE?
– Use Ferryhopper and Skyscanner for the best ticket rates.
– Find great accommodation deals on Booking.com.
– Compare car rental prices with Discover Cars.
– Check the best tours with GetYourGuide.
– Visit Elafonisi, discover Balos Beach, hike Samaria, or explore Knossos.
– Pack the Lonely Planet Guide to Crete or get my digital guide to Chania.
Where to Stay in Crete While Looking for a Permanent Home
If you’re coming to Crete to go house-hunting, then, first of all, check a comfortable place to stay because you will be exhausted by the end of the day. According to your region of choice, start by booking comfortable accommodation. In this section, I discuss home rentals too.
A quick guide to the best hotels in Crete
Budget: So Young Hostel in Heraklio, Cocoon City Hostel in Chania, Matthias Hotel Apartments in Rethymnon, and Villa Galini in Agios Nikolaos.
Mid-range: Capsis Astoria Heraklion in Heraklion, Porto Antico in Chania, Archipelagos Hotel in Rethymnon, or Hotel Port 7 in Agios Nikolaos.
Luxury: Galaxy Iraklio Hotel in Heraklion, Hotel OFF in Chania, Avli Lounge in Rethymnon, or Minos Beach Art Hotel in Agios Nikolaos.
Check more: Where to stay in Crete.
Living Abroad: 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 in Crete
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.
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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?
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About the author of this blog:
Gabi has been living in Crete for the last five years. Here, she juggles being a solo mom, hosting culinary tours in the summer, translating, and writing for The Tiny Book and her other blogs.
She’s written for Greek Reporter, published three travel guides about Greece, and had more glasses of frappe than any regular person would be able to handle.
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