Living in Mykonos is not like spending a weekend in Mykonos, not even a long weekend in Mykonos. As an ex-pat in this Greek island, you are bound to make major adjustments in a lot of things, which should also be something you should weigh in first before making up your mind to live as an expatriate in the island. Among these things are the following:
If you are like those Hollywood celebrities and other elites who are considerably filthy rich, your finances in Mykonos would not be a problem at all. However, if you are just like the average ex-pat looking for better and bigger opportunities, this may be a serious consideration when living in Mykonos as the island does not come cheap at all! From your food to transportation, accommodation, and everything, you will have to allot a pricey amount of money to live a relatively comfortable ex-pat life in Mykonos. It would thus make a big difference if you really do get yourself a job in Mykonoseven before you’ve settled yourself on the island.
To live as an ex-pat – legally– in Mykonos is not easy, especially for those coming from outside Europe. If you are seriously thinking about making Mykonos your new address, then processing your papers to make everything legal should be something you’d need to prioritize even before you pack your bags to live in Mykonos.
Not only does Mykonos offer you unique attractions, but a unique culture as well. Prior to moving to Mykonos, it would be good to do your research first and learn about this culture, particularly that which involves the people in Mykonos. Learn about how they live, what they do and what they enjoy for you to easily adapt to this new environment.
Living in Mykonos may be an exciting thing to think about – because it is! – but it needs a lot of preparation and consideration.
Moving To Mykonos
So you fell in love with Mykonos and decided a short stay on the island is just not enough. As you’ve made up your mind to be an ex-pat in Mykonos, here’s a good checklist for you to make sure of a smooth transition.
Preparing for a week in Mykonos for vacation is so unlike preparing to move to Mykonos. If you are a citizen of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the USA, you do not need to acquire a visa anymore, if you intend to stay in the island for a maximum of three months. The same goes for those coming from EU countries, although they would need to have a valid passport. For those coming from other parts of the world, visa and valid passports are to be secured before moving to the island.
Those intending to stay long in Mykonos should get a Schengen visa which is divided into three categories, a tourist visa (for those who will be in Mykonos for up to three months), business visa (for those who are going to the island for business purposes), and work visa (for those who want to look for a job in the island). The latter should be what an ex-pat in Mykonos should acquire. Most work visa specifies the length of time and nature of employment an ex-pat can get in Mykonos (and other parts of Greece). To acquire a work visa, a number of documents have to be submitted first to the country’s Ministry of Labor.
All the necessities in Mykonos do not come cheap, so make sure you get a job when you move to the island to help in your daily expenses. Unless you’re one of those millionaires and celebrities simply looking for a peaceful and relaxing place to be, you’d need to find a living on the island to sustain your needs.
Mykonos will practically be your new home after you move, thus, you’d also need to make sure you have one when you arrive on the island. Most apartments and complexes in Mykonos are quite pricey, but if you have a pal to divide the rent or payment, it will be relatively affordable.
With its favorable Mediterranean weather, you would not have to bring a lot of winter clothes. Instead, make sure you pack a lot of comfortable clothes – plus swimsuits – to feel comfortable on the island.
There may still be a lot of things to think about and worry about when moving to Mykonos, but the important thing is that you enjoy this new experience and embrace this new life living in Mykonos.
Deciding to live as an expatriate in Mykonos would also mean learning about where to get jobs on the island. And why not, Mykonos is one of Greece’s pricey islands! Each day living in Mykonos would mean spendings on costly things, like transportation, food, clothing, bills, and apartment among other things.
Because Mykonos is often frequented by thousands of tourists each year, the best place to find a job is those related to the hospitality and tourism industry of the island (e.g. hotels, restaurants, tourist services, etc.). The best time to find a job in Mykonos is in early April. Because the orthodox Easter comes at the end of the month, most businesses in Mykonos will be needing some hand. Aside from submitting your application letters to recruitment agencies, a good way to get that coveted job is by literally knocking on the doors of your prospective job. Simply put, if you want to get a job, go for it! However, it would be good to bear in mind that working on the island will take a lot of hard work. Get ready to work 10 hours a day for 7 days a week for money that isn’t really a lot.
Note though that in finding a job in Mykonos, you will be up against the many locals and migrants, who like you, are eying to get hired too. If you want a higher paying job, make sure you have the legalities to work on the island; if not, then you just have to settle for lower jobs with a meager income. Yes, even without the legalities, you still can acquire a job in Mykonos. Unfortunately, working illegally in Mykonos takes your civil and political rights; what you have is human rights – and that’s it. If you start working for someone on the island and are not paid after a month’s time of working, who do you go to complain about? No one. Not even the police can help you with this because, in the first place, you are not legally entitled to work in Mykonos.
Bottom line is, you need to get a job in Mykonos if you’ve already decided to live as an expatriate on the island.
The Greek islands are fabled all throughout the centuries for their history, beauty, inspiration, and of course, its beaches. Mykonos, although better known to be a jet-set destination, is also a good place for those thinking about where to study abroad. With a little research, you will find one school that will fit what you are looking for in an educational institution. However, before you pack your bags and live as a student ex-pat on this Greek island, you might want to consider answering the following questions first:
Where would you enroll?
Sure there are quite a number of schools to choose from in Mykonos, but where exactly would you want to enroll in? Remember that everything in Mykonos is priced highly, and these include education on the island. It will be wise for you, prior to moving to the island, to do research about the different schools in Mykonos. Read about its course offerings, its amenities, and facilities as well as its price and payments. If you are lucky, you might also be able to stumble upon a school that offers scholarships to foreign students. Try to match your skills and interest with the programs offered in each school.
Where will you live?
Studying in Mykonos also entails for you to find a place to live in. Whether it is in a dormitory inside the school premise or renting an apartment, the important thing is your safety and convenience. Safety-wise, the first would be an ideal choice, although that would also mean having to follow strict rules and regulations implemented in the school in the university. The latter is good if you want a more personalized and independent feeling living in Mykonos. However, it is way more costly than the first.
How will you adapt?
Because the people in Mykonos are generally warm and friendly, adapting to the island would not be that hard. But since most of the locals speak Greek as their mother tongue, it would be good to learn Greek in Mykonos too as part of your effort to getting adapted. You can either find someone, a friend perhaps, to give you a little language lesson, or make it more formal by enrolling in a language school in Mykonos. Whatever your choice, learning the language on the island will prove to be worth the time and money.
Answering these few questions will be a huge help in making your learning experience in Mykonos smoother.
Mykonos is basically a Greek-speaking island. Although the people in Mykonos may speak a little English to make feel at ease and welcomed, it will not be bad to learn a little Greek in Mykonos to get the fullest of your experience on this beautiful island. Because Greek is considered to be among the hardest languages to learn, nobody really expects you to speak the language fluently for a very short stay in Mykonos, but you can always learn some basic words and phrases as you make your way to the island.
In the following words and phrases, “e” here is read as in “egg” and “th” in “this”.
kalimera = good morning (you can use this both when coming to and going away from a place)
kalispera = good afternoon (use only when meeting someone)
kalinihta = good night (use this to bid goodbye)
herete = hello
yassou = hello or goodbye (when greeting one person or friend)
yassas = hello or goodbye (used to greet two or more people)
adio = goodbye
Efhari sto = Thank you
Parakalo = You’re welcome
Milate Anglika? = Do you speak English?
Ne, ligáki = Yes, a little
Parakaló míla pyo argá = Please speak more slowly
Pósa kostízi aftó? = How much is this?
Pu íne to báño? = Where’s the toilet?
S’agapó = I love you
aspro = white
mavro = black
gri = grey
kokkino = red
ble = blue
kitrino = yellow
prassino = green
kafe = brown
mv = purple
galazio = light blue
Learning a new language while going abroad, such as Mykonos, Greece will be a thrilling experience – not to mention, exciting. However, because Greek is considered to be one of the languages in the world that is hardest to learn, browsing over online resources or getting a dictionary or translator may not be enough for you to really learn the language. Thus, if you are staying more than a week in Mykonos, it may be wise to consider enrolling yourself in a language school. Unfortunately, there isn’t much choice on the island as far as language schools are a concern.
If you want to learn Greek when going to Mykonos, your best option is to enroll in a language school in Athens, where you will get to have a lot of options. Most of these institutions will teach you skills that will enable you to facilitate and master the Greek language. Here are some of the language schools you’d want to consider enrolling in:
2 Rethimnou St, 10682 Athens
Situated between Acropolis and Lycavitos, this language school was established in 1972. Its facilities include a computer laboratory that is fully equipped with an internet connection. It has a library and cafeteria as well. On average, its Greek course costs 533 Euros per week for a group of 8 students.
The Other Language
32 Nikis Street, Athens
Founded in 2001, this foreign language institute boasts of its ‘modern’ approach in teaching Greek. Its learning method is divided into three levels: Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced for the easy facility.
This Greek language school lies at the heart of Athens; just 200 meters from the underground station. It is easily accessible by public transport and boasts of good facilities. The duration of Greek language courses can range from 1 week to 12 weeks.
Mykonos for Free
Sure, it’s a given that Mykonos is one of Greece’s most expensive islands, but this does not mean that you’d have to spend all your money – and go home bankrupt – when exploring this beautiful island.
Many of the top attractions of Mykonos are actually open for everyone to see and experience for free. For one, you can stroll around the capital of the island, Chora or Mykonos Town sans the expenses. You can enjoy wandering around the market street in town and do window shopping in the countless boutiques, jewelry stores, and designer shops. There are also a lot of souvenir stalls lining the streets that you can check out. Because the market area does not allow the entrance of motorbikes and cars, you’d have all the good time strolling around the enchanting maze of its winding alleys (which was originally built to confuse the invading pirates in the 17th – 18th AD). The market area is the busiest street in Mykonos Town, from the afternoon until dawn. People just hang around, chat, and simply enjoy the place without having to spend anything. You can also go around and check out the colorful houses in Mykonos Town. You will be mesmerized by these structures, specially designed to withstand the harsh winds and scorching heat of the sun.
The Mykonos Port is another good option for a free Mykonos experience. This lively and busy part of the island’s capital is renowned for being the hanging place of the pelicans – perfect for you to see this island’s mascot!
Whether you have a long weekend or just a short stay in Mykonos, your trip to this beautiful island is not complete without taking a dip or just a walk on its breathtaking beaches. Although the bars, hotels, and restaurants situated near the beaches are pretty expensive, the beach itself can be enjoyed for FREE! So you can grab your towels and swimsuit to experience the beaches in Mykonos.
Celebrity or not, there is no reason not to enjoy Mykonos. It may be Greece’s most expensive island, but you sure can still find a lot of things to do and enjoy without spending anything.