Last Updated on August 25, 2023
After a complicated breakup, I flew out of Madrid to see my sister who was on vacation and headed to Mykonos, Greece.
Coordinating our meetup was a bit difficult because it happened so last-minute. My plans to see her came together within 24 hours of me landing on the island.
As excited as I was to be returning to Mykonos for the second time, this visit I was traveling there with a different purpose and mindset than the first time I went to Mykonos one year prior.
During the year I lived in Spain, I uprooted my life to move abroad in hopes of making a long-distance relationship work by eliminating the most challenging aspect of the relationship: the distance.
After things went south in that relationship, my whole life was in disarray as I tried to figure out what to do, where to go, and who to turn to.
When I heard my sister was going to be heading to Athens and then to Mykonos with her significant other at the time, I asked if it would be okay for me to meet up with them.
As you can imagine, coping with such a heavy heartache and living alone was not an easy transition.
My sister and I are incredibly close. She’s not only my sister, she is my best friend. We’ve been through so much together over the years. If there was anyone who could lift my spirits after such a depressing time in my life, it was her.
In addition to seeing two familiar faces, I loved the idea of returning to one of the most famous gay meccas in the world. Mykonos is one of my favorite islands I’ve ever been to. It will always hold a special space in my heart for the memories I have from staying there.
Excited about the prospect of seeing my sister in person, I hopped online to begin booking my trip. I didn’t have much time to look for a suitable last-minute accommodation on the Greek island.
I didn’t want to intrude on their vacation so I asked if I could join them for just 2-3 days. I began trying to coordinate a visit so I could see them in Mykonos once they had already completed the first portion of their vacation which was being spent in Athens.
I still get a chuckle of this screenshot I took at the time.
I think this was one of the first times in my life I had intentionally sought out a 1-star hotel because my goal was to ESCAPE EVERYTHING AND GET TO MYKONOS FOR AS LITTLE MONEY AS POSSIBLE TO SEE MY SISTER TOMORROW.
Quite literally, I did not care if I needed to sleep in a cardboard box, I just needed to see my sister and everything else I could put up with or figure out later. I was fortunate enough to have a comfortable trip to Mykonos the year before so I didn’t want to spend any more than I needed to.
While I did get something a bit nicer than the cardboard box I joked about, it was literally still a bed to sleep on, a roof over my head, and nothing more. (Seriously, that’s all it was.)
I suppose it was also all I truly needed.
After arriving at the property, it made sense why it was 1-star.
Not even toilet paper was provided.
When I arrived at the hotel it was past midnight so everything was very dark out. The view seemed pretty nice, but I went to sleep mostly unaware of what was in store for me.
So here’s the thing. My sister wasn’t staying at this property, I only booked it because it was cheap and in close proximity to where she was staying.
On Google Maps, it said it was a 22 minutes away by foot. But I tried to be creative and find a shortcut. I’ve illustrated my idea in purple. The yellow square indicates the main snafu: a point of disconnect.
In theory, my idea should have meant a walk no more than 10 minutes long from my sister’s hotel.
I imagined myself taking a nice comfortable stroll along the streets of Mykonos. Except when I finally tried to leave my hotel to find my sister at night, I found myself walking up a dirt path. After climbing the hill, I faced a brick wall barrier.
I had already come this far. No turning back now, right?
Here’s a photo of me staring over the brick wall looking out at my sister’s property wondering if I would actually survive the rest of the journey there or if it was better to turn back.
I gulped and threw my body over the cobblestone wall. Landing on the other side, everything seemed to be okay. I didn’t get electrocuted which was actually a real concern I had the first night I crossed it. It turned out to be no big deal.
During my stay in Mykonos, I got very comfortable making this trip because I rarely spent any time at my 1-star hotel.
What felt like a pretty frightening and sketchy walk at 1:30 AM on my first night back on the Greek island turned out not to be so bad during the day. Turns out my little off-road shortcut worked!
Better yet, it was only 8 minutes!
Here’s a time-lapse I took of the trip from my 1-star property to paradise.*
*More details to come in an upcoming blog post! Stay tuned!
Just imagine me doing this walk in the dark with no light except from my cell phone. Haha.
Where is the most sketchy hotel you have ever stayed?
Have you ever booked a stay at a 1-star property before?