Is summer 2022 the summer life will go back to normal again? This certainly seems to be the case in Greece that saw tourists flooding its corners this Easter after two years of lockdowns and travel restrictions.
Despite the unexpected shadow of war in Ukraine, data show that the tourist sector in Greece is not only recovering but it is expected to break the 2019 record this year. Easter was a great omen for those who predict what summer will look like in Greece. Fully-booked hotels, increased aircraft tickets, cruise ships finally coming back to their favorite islands after 2 years. It appears that the ongoing pandemic and the war in Europe have not prevented people from all over the world from planning their Greek summer holiday in 2022.
Traveling for experiences
After two years of travel restrictions, fear, and second thoughts about doing anything we once considered everyday life, people are visiting Greece looking for experiences. Surely Greece is still an ideal summer destination thanks to its mesmerizing beaches, crystal clear waters, picturesque villages, and island sunset views. Despite that, however, data show that people will visit Greece to combine summer holidays with an experience. For some this experience might be agritourism. For others it might be culinary tourism. And there are those who are combining their holidays in Greece with education.
Traveling for education
We spoke with the coordinators of two summer schools in Greece. The Greek Immersion Course for adults in Spetses and the Greek Language Summer Camp hosted at the Ranch by the Greek Online School.
According to the team, the historic building of the Anargyrios & Korgialenios School of Spetses with the support of the Hellenic Republic Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Tourism, host a Greek Immersion Course for adults who wish to improve their speaking skills in Greek in just 9 days.
The School’s educators have built a program for adults who are traveling to combine a language course with their summer holidays. The program includes daily morning lessons, lots of free hours for beach, tours and culture visits and special experiences that will immerse learners and travelers in Greek culture. Cooking and dancing classes, wine tasting and movie nights are amongst the activities that will offer people a relaxing holiday experience and an insight into the Greek language and culture in one of the country’s most important cultural centers.
Find out more about the Greek Immersion Course in the cosmopolitan island of Spetses here https://greek-lol.com/immersion-course-greece/
Greek Summer School for kids
Then there are the kids who will travel to Greece with their parents’ and grandparents’ encouragement in order to improve their language skills. Ms Gkeme, Camp Coordinator of the Greek Language Summer Camp at the Ranch, Sofiko claims that it’s finally time for children to go back to normal and reclaim the social life that was taken from them. “We have already registered dozens of children from the Greek diaspora for this summer’s two camp periods in July and August.”
Greek kids from all over the world will travel to the Greek Camp to make friends and attain great skills. They will leave with a summer experience that will include Greek lessons, sports, nature walks, environmental projects, and most importantly warm memories of Greek summer with friendships that they will keep for a lifetime.
Find out more about the Greek Language Summer Camp for kids here https://greek-lol.com/greek-summer-camp/
Let’s hope that this summer we will all go back to the habits we missed and gain the new experiences that we long for.