Traveling to Greece with your camera gear?

2 years 2 months ago #575137 by Sawyer
Hey guys,

With all the conflicts going on right now in this region.  Would you travel here and bring your gear, walking around with your camera gear?  I'll be traveling there next month for work and trying to decide should I bring my gear or keep it home and play safe.

What do you think?  

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2 years 2 months ago - 2 years 2 months ago #575148 by effron
Its probably the same as here, there are places to not go. I'd contact the Greek embassy here with those questions. In any event, if it was me, I'd downsize....travel light and inconspicuous.

Why so serious?
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2 years 2 months ago #575154 by Ian Stone
+1  standing out less won't be a bad thing


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2 years 2 months ago #575202 by Conner
Isn't Greece getting a lot of terrorist activity in last few years?  If that the case, I would go there with very light amount of gear.  


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2 years 2 months ago #575255 by garyrhook

Conner wrote: Isn't Greece getting a lot of terrorist activity in last few years?  If that the case, I would go there with very light amount of gear.  


Um, pretty sure the terrorists don't care about cameras...

Thieves, on the other hand, are a different story.


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2 years 2 months ago #575257 by Nancy Hait
:agree:  I was going to say the same thing.  

Make sure to invest in a good camera strap!  


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2 years 2 months ago - 2 years 2 months ago #575281 by garyrhook

Nancy Hait wrote: :agree:  I was going to say the same thing.  

Make sure to invest in a good camera strap!  


That's not going to help.  A determined thief will cut a strap (like on purses). If you get harmed in the process, well, too bad.

And don't forget the "ride by on a moped and grab the purse/bag/whatever" strategy. Not only do you lose the item, you can get hurt pretty bad. Of course, maybe that's just Italy.


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2 years 2 months ago #575300 by Sawyer
Gary, did that happen to you?

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2 years 2 months ago #575307 by PhotoViking
How would you be carrying your gear in New York, Boston, Chicago, Miami, San Diego........ If you stand out you are more likely to become a victim anywhere!
Places to go, places to avoid - and places best visited when accompanied by locals. As in most parts of the world. :)

No terrorism in Greece but a significant number of refugees and illegal immigrants arriving from Turkey. These people are mostly interned in camps on the islands.

Festina lente!
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2 years 2 months ago #575335 by garyrhook

Sawyer wrote: Gary, did that happen to you?


Heavens, no. I just do my research before travelling and read a lot.


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2 years 2 months ago #575416 by Scott Klubeck
This should be of some help for you:

travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/inter...on-Pages/Greece.html

Looks like things are somewhat normal there:




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