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Top AirBnb Experiences in Crete, Greece


It is often said that it is the journey, not the destination. For our week in Crete, we decided to let the journey determine our destination. One of the joys of our extended time off is the space and time we have to explore. Before we used to “check list” travel trying to squeeze in the very best of a place during the short time we were there. In the effort to maximize our experience in a place, we often passed up the opportunity for authentic encounters or places off the beaten path.

We arrived in Crete without a plan. We had just spent a month in Central Asia exploring the Pamir Highway, horseback riding in Terksai-Ala mountains, and exploring both the European and Asian side of Istanbul.  We were coming off the high of being super tourists in these exotic far flung adventures, and were now ready for a week of living normally and having some quiet time to catch up on Quan’s course work and our blog.

We chose the island of Crete because we felt it was off the beaten tourist path and far away from the crowds of Santorini and Mykonos. We had read of its rich mosaic of beach side villages, canyon drives, and coastal cities. We also knew that in a week we could easily drive the distance of the island in our car rental.

We arrived to Crete at 11:00 pm on Tuesday night we had a car rental and a room booked for a one night stay in Heraklion, Crete’s capital seaside town with a population of 175,000.

We stayed up till 3 AM playing a game that we called Air Bnb Roulette. 

For those of you who have not used Air Bnb before, we stay  almost exclusively through the site as we find that it connects us with friendly local hosts and have given us some of our most memorable travel experiences.  This link will give you $30 off your first stay with AirBnb!
Here are the rules of the game we played:

This trip remains one of our favorites because of the element of surprise that awaited us with each new stay. It also gave us time in one of the most beautiful places we have been to. This is the land where people are friendly, the food is always fresh, and there is always raki in the fridge. 



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