Emily Cragon, a junior at Auburn University, has some great advice for anyone interested in touring Athens!

1. Your tour guide is your best friend.

When touring a big city, especially a place like Athens with a lot of history, having a tour guide native to the city is a treasure and an interesting perspective to have. Our guide was an archaeologist named Demetrius (he insisted we call him “Jimmy”). He was friendly, great to talk to, and provided a lot of fun facts you couldn’t get anywhere else; listen to what they have to say!

2. Dress comfortably.

Especially for a full day, light, comfortable clothes and supportive walking shoes are a necessity. You will definitely want shoes that don’t rub your feet when walking all the way up to the top of the Acropolis! I love my cute sandals as much as the next girl, but I was so happy with my decision to wear Converses.

3. Take care of your body.

Athens is hot. Sunglasses and sunscreen are much needed, especially on a day like we had where it is 85 degrees with not a cloud in the sky. Carry a water bottle to stay hydrated; you will sweat if you’re outside. You will thank yourself later for not getting sunburnt or dehydrated.

4. A camera (and selfie stick) is a must-have.

You don’t want to take so many pictures you miss out on what you’re experiencing, but snapping a few photos is the perfect way to capture the moment. Though it may seem cheesy and super touristy, (and locals will probably point and laugh) selfie sticks are a blast to have, and I admit shamelessly that I love mine.

(I love a good selfie)

Selfie while exploring Athens