The Greek Island That Captured My Heart: Syros
Why this island? Why now? Questions I always get from the people who know me best.
It's simple really. Syros is the island my mother was from and as a child I would come and roam freely up and down the massive staircases (massive to a child) and get lost in the maze like passageways of Ermoupolis.
I've always been fascinated by the exquisite mansions of Vaporia and the way the water would wildly splash up against the buildings. The island always felt elegant. A place where I would feel like I was in another reality. I guess in many ways I was. Vastly different from the privileged life I had lived up until that point.
As a child I had a love/hate relationship with the island. On the one hand it was an escape but the small town feel felt stifling and as much as I looked forward to returning, I would quickly feel like I had to go. As I got older the inevitable return in the summer became less of a priority until it became a distant memory.
My job in the Travel Industry took me across the world and showed me places I had only read about in books. My wanderlust always the focus, with my adventures each becoming more important than that little island I had long forgotten.
Fast forward to many years later.
The adventures are still there but less of a priority as I've settled down into adulthood.
I lost my mother way before anyone should ever lose a parent so I lost all desire to connect with anything that in any way reminded me of my loss but in the back of my mind I knew I would one day return.
I struggled as most writers do (for quite a few years.) but a couple of years ago I finally felt ready to once again visit this little island that my mother loved so much.
Time had passed and my focus strayed away from writing (the struggle was real) and leaned more towards Destination Marketing and Social Media. As I got more successful I kept thinking that the time was right and the time is right, now.
A year ago it dawned on me that I needed to get a great group of content creators to come experience Syros, the capital of the Cycladic Islands. When I researched it a bit, there didn't seem to be the same emphasis on tourism as there was on other Greek Islands so on a business trip to Athens I decided to take a spontaneous trip to Syros.
The island was exactly the same as what I remembered with a charm that captured my heart.
I decided in five minutes that my initial idea of bringing content creators was a good one because my passion is personal and I finally understand how my mother felt when she would describe the island of her childhood because it's the island of my childhood too always in my heart.
So here we are... September is around the corner and WE ARE COMING.
#DiscoverSyros mission is to show the unspoiled charm of the exquisite island, Syros.