GREECE

 The streets of Greece are like probably the only maze in the world that you won't mind getting lost in. Paros, July '17.

The streets of Greece are like probably the only maze in the world that you won't mind getting lost in. Paros, July '17.

 That insane whole in the cliff side I was on about...Yeah pretty next level, ey!?  Paros, July '17.

That insane whole in the cliff side I was on about...Yeah pretty next level, ey!? 
Paros, July '17.

 Sunset from the amphitheatre on Ios with Reece and Caz from Lost Boys Bar and the video clip. Ios, August '17.

Sunset from the amphitheatre on Ios with Reece and Caz from Lost Boys Bar and the video clip.
Ios, August '17.

 This is the cliff jump that looks like Milos. Show this picture to the skipper at the port on Paros, worth the boat trip for a hang out here for sure!  Anti-Paros, July '17.

This is the cliff jump that looks like Milos. Show this picture to the skipper at the port on Paros, worth the boat trip for a hang out here for sure! 
Anti-Paros, July '17.

 Never Bay. That is all. Ios, August '17.

Never Bay. That is all.
Ios, August '17.

 One of the many empty coves contouring Paros. June '17.

One of the many empty coves contouring Paros. June '17.

 The view from our room at Pavezzo. Ios, August '17.

The view from our room at Pavezzo.
Ios, August '17.

 Solo mission at the Harmony cliffs, prior to Back Gammon domination. Ios, Aug '17.

Solo mission at the Harmony cliffs, prior to Back Gammon domination.
Ios, Aug '17.

So as you must know if you've ended up here; this mornings incident with the reposting of images without credit made me realise and be more motivated to spread more cosmic vibes, not just good vibes. Cosmic vibes to me, is the feeling that anything is possible, that this day, this night, this week, this month, this year, this life, is FULL of the opportunity to do and be whatever it is that we want to do and be. I wrote a bit more about that here.
A key attribute to unlimited vibes to me, is spreading the love and a big part of that is helping people where we can.

I've had a few people now ask me for my tips on traveling to certain places but the most common of which is Greece. As with every place people ask for some tips on, there are definitely people out there that know a lot more about these places than me, I'll give you all I know where I can and reference you to other people, pages and sites where I feel a little out of my depth. In any event; here is all of my knowledge and thoughts on the Cycladic gem...

I'm sure I am not the only one that refers to Greece as "One of my favourite places in Europe," but for those that haven't yet been there, I'm sure you will soon be on the same page. The vibe as soon as you hit the shores is on a whole different playing field, the overall vibe is; "yeah, we don't do time here." Which is super refreshing, especially if you have just been buzzing around the cities on mainland Europe.

There are a gazillion islands that make up this dreamy archipelago, well actually about 6000 and I've been to 5.
If you haven't exited the blog at this point and still see some value in my humble opinion then I thought the best way to go about it would be to break down each place systematically with my foughts (pronounced thoughts) facts and figures.

PAROS (& ANTI PAROS)
The most low key island I have been to with the biggest heart, the locals are warm, the tourism scene is low key and the landscape is relatively unexplored meaning you get all the best places to yourself.
I'm pretty sure that if you looked up the definition of "low key," these brother and sister islands would be the example they use as a point of reference. I don't generally do much research before I go anywhere, so perhaps I was a little naive in not knowing that they even existed before the ferry pulled up. It's baron and spread out with literally nobody anywhere other than the main towns. Prices are half that of all the other islands, presumably as they are less touristy (is that even a word?) 2 euro's has never gone so far...For 2 euro you could get a dark-chocolate-covered-frozen-fruit-sorbet, one and a half veggie gyros with generous amounts of hummus (bees knees), a beer if you're that way inclined, 4 packets of unsalted peanuts, 4 iced frappe's, a pair of local thongs, a bandana or as many jingle-jangle cosmic jewellery attire as you would want on your wrist.
ACCOM
All jokes aside; I think we were paying 10 euro/night for a room with a kitchen, a private bathroom and a complimentary coffee and toast in the morning. It does help to travel in a group (I was in a group of three with Jacko and Zac) so we were always looking for a double room. My biggest advice would be to ask around, we never had too much luck with hostel world, airbnb or booking.com with trying to book accomodation in advance in Greece as a lot of these places especially in Paros were pretty under the radar kind of vibes.
ACTIVITIES
It is an absolute essential to do a day trip over to Anti-Paros. Boat trips leave from the main harbour for an arm and a leg, so if you have rented a motor bike or quad bike (both about 20 euro/day depending on how long you stay) then I would definitely recommend driving over to the closest point of Paros to Anti-Paros and jumping on the ferry that you can take your bike on. It costs 5 euro max and takes about 10 minutes at snail pace - that way you can drive your bikes around to explore over there as well. There was one place, the cliff jump that looks like Milos, that you have to jump on a boat for...If you have a chat to the guys at the port they can drop you off there for a play around for an hour or so for next to nothing, just show him the pictures of the cliff and they will recognise it, that's what we did haha. 
We also found this crazy hole in the cliff side of Paros. You could jump off the ridge then swim underneath into this cave - it was incredible! We found it on Google Earth, so jump on there and scout the coast as I cant remember exactly where it was. We parked our bikes up at the nearest beach then hiked over to it. Literally cannot recommend this place enough, see the pictures on this article to see what I mean.

IOS
The single best place for young people to hang out in the whole world. 
Like a lot of people on social media, pictures of Ios were popping up left right and centre...So it was definitely on our radar for the Euro Summer last year and we ended up staying there for about five weeks in total thanks to our friends at the Lost Boys Bar! It sounds like a long time I know, but it is a fairly popular spot to travel to and work for the Summer so most the people we met there were spending 12 weeks having the time of their lives...It sounds like such a cool gig and it is - which of course attracts some amazing people, probably my favourite thing about this place...Just a hub for some of the worlds most special humans. Not a bad vibe all Summer.
ACCOMODATION
We stayed pretty much the whole time at Pavezzo It was run by a very charismatic Greek lady named Angela - who became our Greek mother. She was so hospitable and always there for us, we still keep in touch now on Facebook. Her rooms are in the prime location, right on the outskirts of town towards the main beach but up high over looking the ocean. Her prices fluctuate depending on the time of year and how long you stay; at the start when it wasn't yet season we were paying 10-15 euro per night which moved up to 20 once the season hit, worth every penny! Every morning she made us as many frappe's as we liked as well as put on a basic brekky...Although coming from Australia brekky is normally about 7-9 am, we sometimes were eating at 11-12 am haha but that's part of the experience - you can give Angela a bit of banter about that she will more than likely give you a very joking and motherly "F*#cking Aussies!" haha
ADVENTURE
Firstly; don't be deceived by how small these island look...Ios is hugeeeeee! By moped it's about a 45 minute drive at full throttle to the other side of the island. TO be honest I think the best way to briefly outline all the things to see on Ios is check out this video clip of this song which was filmed entirely on Ios...If you weren't enchanted by the love story of the two people featured (Reece and Caz - who own Lost Boys Bar on the island) you would have noticed that this place is an absolute playground. There's cliff jumps around every corner, views on every hill top and it's surrounded by the clearest water you could imagine...Pretty dreamy. My favourite places would have to be Flat Rock and Never Bay, maybe ask the locals for directions when you get there or just head out for a day and explore without any intent I'm sure you won't be disappointed. You will have to hire a bike of some kind - they won't let you rent a moped (which is the cheapest offering 15 euro per day) unless you have an international drivers license with a traditional drivers license so you will have to rent a quad bike (about 25 euro/day) or a car for about double that - so rally the troups and get a group of you together so it makes it cheaper. 
The best place to meet "the locals" is to head down to Harmony in the late afternoon. There is a cliff jump right next to it where everyone sends a 'backy' to cool off before heading up for a game of Back Gammon and shenanigens on the bean bags!
The sunsets here are amongst the best I've ever seen in the whole world. The sun dances every night and it really is a sight not to be missed! I would say the best place to watch from is either right on the tip of town (just keep following the stairs) which is pretty busy or on the top level of the amphitheatre at the back of town for somewhere a little more low key. 
FOOD AND BEVS
As we wanted to stay as long as possible, when we were there we lived off super market food. I am a vegan which makes it a little harder to eat out, but doesn't mean I wasn't whipping up a storm! Our neighbours at Pavezzo were a couple of Italian girls and they showed us the recipe for a couple of super basic but delicious pasta dishes which we could whip up for a couple of bucks from the super market. However, once I became like family at the local pitta shop things soon changed...Andreas and Vespina run the Golden Pitta right on the footsteps of the main town; they would whip me up a vegan pitta (with generous amounts of hummous) for next to nothing; which I made up for by setting the record for the most loyal customer - just ask them about me, the legend still lives on! My name in the shop is affectionately known as "Lettucci" as that is how I placed my order "Lettucci, tomaccu, cuceumber, awnion, capseequom.." Hahah Just a bit of banter! If a night out is on the cards you have to get down to Lost Boys Bar - the best place for a good crew and ripper pre game on the island! 

I have also been to Santorini and Mykanos however I don't really know them well enough to give advice and they have been pretty heavily documented anyway. 

For a few more specifics on any of the points I raised in this article swing me a message on Insta. If you are lining up a trip to Europe I can one hundred percent say that your trip there won't be complete without a bit of island time, it IS worth every penny! 

Cosmic vibes always!

Tyg