Greece wildfires: Is it safe to travel to Greece?

British tourists in southern Greece should keep up to date with the news and follow the advice of local authorities, the Foreign Office has warned after wildfires not far from Athens killed as many as 60.

A blaze swept through the resort town of Mati, in the Attica region, an hour from the Greek capital, in some of the worst fires since 2007 when dozens were killed on the southern Peloponnese peninsula. The fire broke out late Monday but was still burning early Tuesday.

The coastal resort is popular with local tourists, including pensioners and families, and few British holidaymakers are thought to be affected. However, the Foreign Office (FCO) issued guidance on Tuesday advising anyone caught up in the fires to call the British Embassy in Athens for consular assistance.

“There have been wildfires in a number of areas in southern Greece, including close to Athens,” said the FCO. “They have been confined to limited areas, but within those the impact has been high, with significant loss of life.

“You should keep up to date with local media reports and follow the advice of the Greek authorities in affected areas.”

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CNN Travel editors choose their best trips of 2018

Lilit Marcus, editor, New York City

BEST 2018 TRAVEL MEMORY: It’s not just about the where — it’s about the how. In 2018, I traveled by bus, subway, car, ferry and plane, but the most significant mode of transport was in March, when I had my first ride in a helicopter.
For 45 minutes, a friendly pilot from Anthelion Helicopters wove us above Los Angeles and Long Beach, California, pointing out landmarks and providing amazing photo ops.

Despite some initial nerves, I had a blast — and, better yet, got to understand more about these two cities beyond what I’d been able to experience on the ground.
TRAVEL HOPE FOR 2019: I took Spanish classes this year in hopes of improving my language skills. What better way to test my knowledge than some time traveling in South America — say Peru?

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What is Bareboat yacht charter?

Bareboat charter
Bareboat charter

In essence, a bareboat charter is the basic option when renting a yacht. You will get a yacht with all essentials to sail and nothing more, meaning you will receive a fully functioning yacht with a full reservoir of fuel, ropes, life jackets and similar necessities for sailing. Depending on a charter company and yachts size/class that could mean that you will be receiving a yacht with a generator (for electricity production), air-conditioning, coffee machine, ice maker and similar.

You are allowed to choose a bareboat charter if you are a licensed skipper. When chartering a yacht without skipper, you will be obliged to have all the necessary certificates, permits and documents that prove you can sail on your own.

A bareboat charter is ideal for destinations which provide you a significant number of cover possibilities in case of bad weather and which have more favorable sailing conditions. The most of Mediterranean sailing destinations like Croatia, Greece, Italy, Spain, and others are, sailing condition-wise, ideal for a bareboat charter.