Rachel Cavanaugh is a Portland-based staff commerce writer for Bustle, where she covers travel, fitness, adventure and the outdoors. She writes product reviews, roundups, best-ofs, and other affiliate content for BDG commerce channels including Bustle, Elite Daily, Mic, and Inverse. When not writing for Bustle, she freelances for multiple outlets including Men's Journal, The Hollywood Reporter, MSN, Matador Network, 57 Hours, GearJunkie, YahooTech, Stacker, and others. She's based in the Pacific Northwest and currently lives as a digital nomad, traveling regularly though Latin America, Asia, Europe, and other parts of the world.
Rachel's speciality is adventure and luxury travel, specifically related to skiing, snowboarding, kitesurfing, kayaking, and outdoor trekking. She has been in journalism for 14 years, previously working as an outdoor & tech writer for Digital Trends, digital producer for MSN, and global content writer for Nike. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Montana School of Journalism.
How did you get involved in travel?
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Athens is cold and wintery in December—but there's hardly anyone here, which makes it a great time to visit if you want to escape the crowds. The weather is sometimes blustery and it's not uncommon to experience rain at this time of year. However, the fact that you have the city all to yourself (and the festive atmosphere around Christmas) is often enticing enough to make you forget about the chilly weather.
People often think that Athens is too cold to visit in November, but this couldn't be further from the truth. Although there are certainly wet and chilly days, there are also plenty of days that are bright and sunny with blue skies overhead and pleasant temperatures. And best of all: there are hardly any crowds.
October is an excellent time to visit Athens, especially toward the beginning of the month. The weather is still warm yet the crowds have mostly disappeared. It doesn't rain much and you can take advantage of great shoulder-season prices. As the month goes on, however, the colder weather begins creeping in as the first signs of winter arrive.
September is truly one of the best months of the year to visit Athens. The weather is comparable to August, offering sunshine and blue skies, yet a huge portion of the tourists leave as kids go back to school and summer vacations come to an end. In terms of both weather and crowd sizes, it's an ideal time for a Greek vacation.
Summertime is at its highest point in August when the weather is hot and sunny and the tourists are all on vacation. In Athens, the city fills with sunshine as visitors flock to museums and other attractions. The beaches are stunning with bright blue skies and warm, crystal clear water.
July is one of the most spectacular times to visit Athens, although it's also one of the busiest. It's the pinnacle of high season so you'll have crowds at all of the tourist sites and the museums will have lines out the door. However, given that the skies are blue, the water is warm, and the beaches are absolutely stunning, it's nevertheless a wonderful time to visit.