Sometimes people ask me why I stay such short time in some cities – and I fully understand that they are asking. For me there are mainly two reasons for this. When you travel you want to keep costs as low as possible, and cheap flight tickets usually mean a transit or even two in order to reach your final destination. When I see a cheap flight, with a long transit in a city I haven’t been, that’s perfect for me. I get to my final destination at a low price – and at the same time get a glimpse of another city or country. The other reason is simple: in some places you don’t need more than one day – Athens is one of those.
My flight from Tallinn was 03.30 in the night or in the morning, depending on how you look at it. Also another thing with cheap flights; the departure times suck! Usually I sleep like a baby on airplanes, but this time I didn’t catch a second of sleep – ironically thanks to a baby. In the seat behind me there was a young mother, with obviously a much younger baby – perhaps a little too young. This baby constantly from the second it entered the flight until it left, probably set a new record in screaming which kept me and rest of the plan awake for the entire flight. However, I’m not bitter and I don’t complain – I’m just telling the story. I’m extremely grateful being able to live this life of traveling and I want other people to enjoy traveling as well. But on the other hand, I still question people traveling with young infants.
Let’s face it; for whom do you think the parents decide to travel – for a 1 year old kid that can’t enjoy, appreciate or remember anything of it – or for their own ego? It’s as obvious that water is wet. They are doing it 99 % for themselves! No one really likes flying, buses, taxis or many things that’s a part of traveling – and especially not small children. And also, when they can’t even remember anything of it – is it really a good idea? I would say no and here is my suggestion. Wait until the kid is 3-4 years old. Take the money those travels would have cost, put them into a fund and when the kid is 20 years old that would probably be enough cash for the upfront payment of an apartment – which I think the kid will appreciate A LOT more than a bumpy flight to the Mediterranean that it can’t even remember.
So, not so many word about Athens in this post and there is a reason for it – it simply didn’t make any impression on me. Or at least not a good one. Simply just a big, busy and also pretty ugly city bowl. When I write this, of course some people will say that I’m such a jerk judging a city after only one day. But as I’ve said before; I don’t need to eat a whole pizza to tell if I like it or not it’s enough with a slice or maybe two. Also, there are MANY cities that I literally fall in love with after just one hour. If I get no positive emotions at all after one day – I’m not negative – just honest. Although I’ve met some people that say it’s a fantastic city, and I respect that people are different. But if Athens is fantastic, I really wonder with which word they would describe cities like Sydney, Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town, San Diego, Barcelona or Vancouver to name a few.