We are Vincent and Athina A couple from the Netherlands but in love with Greece. Little was known about the Greek island of Karpathos where we had been visiting for years, and thus our first travel blog The Karpathos guide was born. Nu we voor lange tijd in Griekeland zijn besloten we dat er meer te ontdekken was dan alleen Karpathos en dus reizen we naar andere eilanden om te zien wat zij te bieden hebben en zo ontstond begin 2023 Must do Greece.
How have they been able to do all this?
For 2021, we had already planned to take a sabbatical and see how we would like to spend 6 months in Greece. But when I broke out 2020 corona, we couldn’t go on holiday in September and we were really up against a corona winter in the Netherlands, we just decided to resign immediately and get on a plane as soon as possible. And so April 2021 became December 2020.
After a few months on Karpathos, we knew: we want this! Being able to spend a long time in Greece. So we decided to sell our house in the Netherlands as the prices were travelling wildly we could sell our house well. We bought a bus and converted it into a camper, so we could travel with it and also immediately have a house on wheels for the months we would be in the Netherlands.
Vincent again knocked on the door of his old employer if he could work from Greece for 3 days and that was fine. And in addition, we have The Karpathos guide which I (Athina) am mostly working on.
And beyond that, we are mostly relaxing and enjoying life😊
How did we ever end up on Karpathos?
My (Athina’s) parents first came to the island in ’94 (when my dear mum was pregnant with me, so it should have been like that!). In 2004, the three of us went. They always wanted a house on once Greek island and after seeing that Karpathos had changed so little and still remained so authentic they decided to look for a house that holiday and they succeeded!
So from 2005, we celebrated holidays on Karpathos in our own home. When I got a bit older, I often said, “Soon I won’t be here! I want to travel around the world.” Well we saw that… NOT. I did not skip a year and in 2012 when I first took Vincent, house was also sold. So when I 2017 a great opportunity presented itself, of course we could not let our own home on Karpathos pass us by 😉