If Greek island hopping is the dream, then Greek ferry timetables are usually the reality.
How many travelers have embarked on an adventure from Athens' Piraeus port planning to explore the Cyclades, Ionian and Dodecanese archipelagos, only to realize they've just got time to grab a Greek salad in Santorini before catching the boat home?
And that's if seasonal winds aren't blowing the ferries off schedule.
All this could change over the next two years if a Greek aviation company's vision of creating a new, affordable seaplane network comes to pass.
Hellenic Seaplanes says it wants to connect more than 100 locations throughout Greece by 2016, with the first routes due to be operational in May 2015.
Headquartered in Athens, the company was established in May 2013.
The company says tickets for its seaplanes are likely to be affordable, making them a viable and much faster alternative to the ferry.
Because its fleet -- currently comprised of 12-seater Dornier Seastar and 19-seat Twin Otter amphibious aircraft -- can land on water, the service will be able to serve smaller islands currently unconnected by air, without the need for costly infrastructure.
This prospect is, of course, still in the planning stages and initial launch dates have already been pushed back from this year.
Given Greece's economic turbulence of recent years, rapid business expansion isn't plain sailing -- or flying.
That shouldn't stop anyone from planning their ultimate island-hopping adventure from Hellenic's list of planned destinations, connecting far-flung destinations from the northern Aegean to the Libyan Sea on a trip that would need a month to explore by boat.
Here's some affordable, jet-setting suggestions.
No introductions needed for the biggest, much-loved Greek island.
?f Crete was a resort, its northern forefront would be the buzzing reception while the south would be the VIP lounge, open only to those willing to experience its authentic heart.
The Hellenic Seaplanes network is expected to make the harder-to-reach south more accessible, connecting places such as Sitia, Ierapetra and Sfakia with the hotspots of Chania, Heraklion and Agios Nikolaos.
Southern discoveries include hidden villages facing the Libyan Sea, such as Lentas and Loutro.
Then there's historic Sfakia and Frangokastello castle, lesser-known archeological sites like the Minoan Palace of Zakros, the stunning gorges of Orino and Kato Zakros, secluded islands just off the coast like Chrisi and remarkable monasteries like Preveli and Chryssoskalitissa.
Affordable luxury: The five-star St. Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas is located on a private beachfront just 1.5 kilometers from Agios Nikolaos, overlooking the enchanting Mirabello Bay.
Thessi Nissi Aghios Nikolaos, Crete; +30 28410 90200
For those torn between mountain or sea vacations there's Pelion.
Forming a peninsula in central Greece between the Pagasetic Gulf and the Aegean Sea, Pelion mountain is already a favorite among the locals year-round and in ancient times was the summer home of the Twelve Gods of Olympus and stomping ground of mythical Centaurs.
Mountain and coastal villages feature traditional architecture and charming squares bustling with flowers -- hortensia seems to be the queen here.
There are well marked trails in the forest for hikes that can also turn into mushroom, herb or wild strawberry hunts that end with a dive into the sea.