Aptly titled “Want to help Greece? Go there on holiday”, the Guardian is recommending holidaymakers “show solidarity through tourism” and visit Greece.
By selecting to holiday in Greece, travelers will benefit both from the cheaper prices and offer the country “a much-needed injection of cash”, the paper says.
Despite Greece’s economic woes, the country is an ideal violent-free holiday destination, with stunning weather all-year-round, interesting attractions and sites, magical beaches and delicious food – in short: a “rare everybody-wins situation”, or in the writer’s words “tourism is liquidity, tourism is solidarity.”
The writer goes on to describe the Greeks as “even more welcoming, more hospitable and more grateful than ever”, and praises them for their reaction to difficulty, which has been with “a broader smile, a wider embrace”.
He urges those wishing to help Greece to go there, and advises travelers to take euros as hard currency is what’s lacking, book flights ideally with a Greek carrier (he cites a 40 percent discount on AEGEAN flights), opt for smaller islands or mainland destinations in the Peloponnese, Macedonia and Thessaly, and spend money at small local businesses.
The writer concludes that “tourism is a form of resistance. You will have the time of your life while helping a nation brought to its knees by international monetary interests”.