When I decided to uproot everything comfortable in life and begin traveling and blogging, I thought about my adventures in Greece years ago. It’s why I wanted to travel deeper and understand a culture and the people that define it.

Back in 2004, while studying abroad in London, I had the opportunity to take a 10-day “Island Hopping Adventure” around the Greek Isles with a great group of Aussies, Canadians, South Africans and one spicy Greek tour guide.

Long story short, the ruins were amazing, the beaches were gorgeous and I was 20 minutes away from bailing on a flight back to London to begin my first tourist to townie experience in Athens after hitting it off with our guide.

The memories I have from that unforgettable trip to Greece inspire me travel more, they push me to continue exploring more and they’re the reason I tell everyone I’m part Greek (not true).

Next time though, I want to cruise through the Mediterranean on a sail boat, staying at gorgeous Cyprus Hotels after the Greek Islands and tasting all the food and drinks in Cyprus. From there, I’d like to cruise up to Turkey and work my way across the beautiful Turkish coastline. Then, I’ll double back and spend a few months around the Amalfi Coast in Italy. Not a bad plan right?

Until then, for this Foto Friday, from the depths of my photo archive, I give you a few images from my epic 10-day Greek Island Hopping Tour back in 2004. I need to get back there soon!

Sunrise in Athens Greece
My bed was this ledge below the Acropolis on Night 1 in Athens, before the tour began.
The Parthenon at the Acropolis in Athens, Greece
The World Famous Parthenon at the Acropolis in Athens, Greece
Sunrise in Greece - Athens to Mykonos
Greek sunrise from the boat deck on our way to Mykonos from Athens, Greece
Docking in the Greek Islands
Docking in the Greek Islands
Downtown Mykonos Greece
Downtown Mykonos Greece
Beach in Mykonos, Greece
The Perfect Beach - Mykonos, Greece
Renting Mopeds in Paros, Greece
Our Tourist Bike Gang in Paros, Greece
Exploring the coastline in Paros, Greece
Exploring the coastline in Paros, Greece
Exploring Paros, Greece
Exploring Paros, Greece
View of Santorini Greece
The beautiful Santorini, Greece
Donkey Riding in Santorini Greece
A couple of asses in Santorini, Greece - Super Exited Tourist with Super Annoyed Guide

What was your most inspirational vacation? 


My name is Gareth Leonard, a Marketing Director turned World Traveler with a passion for slow, meaningful travel. I have been traveling the world full-time for the past 9+ years and document it all on Instagram and YouTube. Come join me!


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