Greece

Athens

Where did you go?

Greece (Mainland and Islands).

Were there any language barriers? 

Most people speak English on the tour trail; however in rural areas it’s rarer.

What tourist attractions did you visit?

Many tourist attractions in Greece do not have toilets throughout/close. It also becomes quite hot in the warmer months, which could lead to dehydration and exhaustion.

Did you do any prior research before the trip? 

I had advice from family who advised that it would be imperative to take out travel insurance prior to travelling as the Greek healthcare system isn’t always adequate and the knowledge of IBD is limited.

Did your IBD cause you any issues on this trip?

No.

Was there anything out of the ordinary that stressed you out, or could potentially stress out someone with IBD?

To receive adequate healthcare in Greece, it’s common to have to pay a bribe (Fakelaki). Ensure you have a system in place in the event that you require medical attention as well as adequate heath cover.

Additionally, toilets in Greece aren’t always the same as at home. Many public and private toilets do not have seats and do not allow the flushing of toilet paper, and instead require you to place used paper in a waste bin beside the toilet.

Can you recommend how many days/weeks is a good time to visit this location?

I spent 3 weeks, and wouldn’t personally recommend more.

Can you recommend any specific providers that can cater for people with IBD? T

More expensive hotels have toilet paper flushable toilets, making for a much more comfortable stay.

Can you tell us what the food is like? 

Food was not an issue for me, and I ate in various different types of places. It is however recommended you drink bottled water all over Greece.

Toilet advice?

As mentioned before, the toilets aren’t the same as back home. Many don’t have toilet seats, and most are not able to flush toilet paper due to inadequate modern plumbing.

On a scale of 1-5 how much does your IBD affect you?

(1 being in remission and 5 being in a flare)

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On a scale of 1-5, how difficult was it to manage your IBD while on this trip?

(1 being no issues and 5 being very difficult to manage)

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Were there any activities which challenged your IBD management? 

No.

Would you recommend this place for people who have IBD? 

Yes, however be cautious.

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