There’s a funny thing about travel — have you noticed? When you [finally!] stop and slow down, that’s usually when the insights and downloads occur. For me, a couple of big things I unearthed during this trip were how much I loved switching off and not working. I am a recovering workaholic, type A, overachieving, driven, Aries, Pitta type who has the tendency to go-go-go, do-do-do and achieve-achieve-achieve. But I LOVED having time off, and to be honest, it was the first ‘unplugged’ holiday I have had since starting my business in 2011. And when I say ‘unplugged’, I should clarify: I wasn’t completely switched off. I was still checking emails daily (although there weren’t many coming in, as everyone knew I was away) and I was still posting my podcasts on social media (though they’d all been pre-recorded before we left). Oh, and I was still sharing on Instagram, which was fun. But other than that, there was no other ‘work’.
How We Travel
Before we dive into the juicy Greece details (the Greetails?!), make sure you read all my travel tips here. This is how we stay well while we’re jet-setting, and how we ensure that we’re not derailing our health goals while we’re enjoying ourselves.
I also wanted to share how we traveled with one suitcase weighing 19 kgs for three weeks with three people…. (Say, what?!)
Yep, you read that right: 19 kgs for three weeks with three people. I shared about this on an Instagram story, and I got SO many questions as to how we did it, so I will spill the (green) beans…
Firstly, can I just say that taking a single suitcase was genius. Nick is ruthless with his packing, and everything had to get screened by him before it went into the bag.
At the time of packing — when he was culling half my clothes! — I was a bit annoyed, thinking I wasn’t going to have many options. But can I tell you that when you go to the Greek Islands — or any sunny beach location, for that matter — you really don’t need a lot. Most days were spent in my swimmers, and at night it was always something relaxed and light as it was so super hot.
Nick and Leo packed even lighter than me, with only one pair of boardshorts that they wore every day and washed each night.
We were also super minimalist when it came to toiletries. We each had a toothbrush (of course). Then between us, we had a jar of coconut oil, some tox-free deodorant, organic toothpaste, a razor, a hairbrush… and that was about it! I use coconut oil for just about everything, which makes things nice and easy.
The one thing I did ‘splurge’ some suitcase space on was my essential oils, I don’t go anywhere without them. I took about 15 bottles. My most used oils were lavender (awesome for helping us get to sleep while jet-lagged), Ice Blue (for niggling sore muscles and ouchies), and Whisper — a beautiful blend that makes me feel all sexy and goddessy, and that’s a must-have for romantic evenings.
So to sum up this ‘one suitcase’ experiment: yes, it’s nice to bring loads of options with you on holiday... but to be honest, you really don’t need a lot. Just be ruthless with your packing and remember you most likely won’t wear everything anyway. And you don’t want to be lugging loads of suitcases and bags around the Greek Islands, and on and off ferries, trust me. So will we be traveling like this again? Hell yes! In a heartbeat.
Now without further ado, let’s dive into all the juicy details. And to make things super easy for you, Nick and I have curated each destination into a saved trip in Tripadvisor...
(View our Crete trip on Tripadvisor)
Crete is the largest Greek Island so we had 13 days here and we moved around so we got to see different parts. Crete blew our minds and was Nick’s favorite in the whole trip. You will need a car, but nothing fancy — just something little to get you from A to B.
Theodore Boutique Hotel