A time zone is a standardized region on Earth that uses the same time. They are typically based on country borders or lines of longitude. Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is the average solar time at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London, which is located at a longitude of zero degrees. Although GMT and Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) are nearly identical, GMT is a time zone while UTC is a time standard that serves as the basis for civil time and time zones worldwide.
GMT used to be a time standard but is now mostly used as a time zone for certain countries in Africa and Western Europe. The new standard is UTC, which is based on highly precise atomic clocks and the Earth’s rotation. Unlike other time standards, UTC is not reliant on daylight saving time (DST). However, during their DST period, some countries such as the United Kingdom switch between time zones, using British Summer Time in the summer months.
Time zones that are located on land are usually different from UTC. UTC is measured in days, hours, minutes, and seconds according to the Gregorian calendar. Time zones are usually expressed in terms of their deviation from UTC, which can be either plus or minus a whole number of hours. For instance, UTC-05:00, UTC+08:00, and so on. The range of UTC offset can be between UTC-12:00 to UTC+14:00.
Daylight Saving Time
In order to save energy, several countries and regions in Europe and North America implement daylight saving time (DST), which is also known as “summer time”. This practice involves adjusting the clock by one hour in the early spring and reversing the change in the autumn.
By doing so, the time can be aligned with the sunrise and sunset times in particular areas, making it easier to have working hours during daylight. This information is not as important for areas at high altitudes because there is already a significant difference between sunrise and sunset times and regular working hours, regardless of any time changes. The information is also less relevant for places near the equator, where there is only a small variation in daylight throughout the year.
Planning your holiday is exciting, and it’s important to know the time zone of your destination. If you’re considering visiting Greece you have to know that follows Eastern European Time (EET) during winter, which is UTC +02:00. During summer, Greece switches to Eastern European Summer Time (EEST), which is UTC +03:00. Other countries that also use EET include Bulgaria, Cyprus, Egypt, Finland, Lebanon, Romania, Turkey, Ukraine, and more. The time is the same throughout Greece, including in the capital city of Athens.
Daylight Saving Time begins on the last Sunday of March and ends on the last Sunday of October. In March, the clock is moved forward from 3:00 AM to 4:00 AM, resulting in one hour less sleep. In October, the clock is moved back from 4:00 AM to 3:00 AM, giving you an additional hour of sleep. You can recall the direction of the time change as “spring forward and fall back.”
Traveling to 🇬🇷 Greece soon?
I recommend these travel resources for Greece that I personally use:
🏨 Hotels: I have found that Expedia and Booking.com consistently have the best deals on hotels and resorts in Greece. If you prefer to stay at a vacation rental, check VRBO that is usually cheaper than AirBnB’s added fees!
✈️ Flights: To find the best flight deals to Greece, I always use Kayak. Remember to subscribe to their price alerts for the travel dates you want. Another great alternative for flight deals is Expedia.
🚗 Rental Cars: I always use and highly recommend Discover Cars because it allows me to compare several car rental companies and view ratings on various factors such as overall value, pick-up procedure, agent efficiency, car condition, and total time taken.
🚙 Airport Transportation: For the fastest and easiest way to travel, I suggest arranging a private transfer from the airport and beetween destinations with Welcome Pickups. Honestly, no better way to travel from the airport to your hotel or resort.
🤿 Tours & Activities: For tours and activities in Greece, I highly recommend using either Viator or GetYourGuide. These websites offer a full refund if you cancel your booking 24 hours before the start of the tour, and they also provide excellent customer service in case of any issues.
🚨 Travel Insurance: I always suggest purchasing travel insurance as a precaution before traveling, especially after a recent accident in a taxi in Greece. For short trips, I recommend Travel Insurance Master, whereas for digital nomads, Safety Wing is a better option.
📷 Best Camera for your trip: I always carry with me a GoPro, It’s light, compact, takes great video and pictures, and most importantly, it’s waterproof! You just can’t go wrong with one. If you are interested in higher quality video and photography, I always carry with me on my trips and highly recommend the Sony A7IV which I think is the best travel DSLR Camera out there.
☀️ Biodegradable Sunscreen: Remember to include a good sunscreen to protect yourself from the summer sun. I always use and suggest Sun Bum Sunscreen, which is vegan, reef-friendly, and cruelty-free.
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