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While you may manage to get away on holiday each year and take a little time away from the everyday stresses and responsibilities, that doesn't mean you have the good fortune to visit your dream destination each and every time. A "dream trip" means something different to each person, but typically tends to involve more time off than normal, perhaps more planning, or even a bigger budget. So, when the time comes that you finally do get to experience your dream destination and holiday, to say it's exciting is an understatement. Obviously, you want to ensure that everything goes smoothly and that the trip is perfection.
Here we'll take a look at some helpful tips for those who are planning a dream getaway to Paros, Greece.
Give Thought as to the Time of Year You Will Travel
It's easy to get caught up in the excitement of visiting a destination you have long since dreamed about going to, but at the same time, it's important to slow it down and take a step back. Often the time of year that you visit will determine the kind of holiday you will have. One of the many great things about Greece is it enjoys gorgeous weather all year round.
However, with that said, if you're not a fan of extreme heat (such as 40 degrees Celsius and potentially higher), you may want to avoid summer. There's also the fact that summer is well-known as tourist season. This is when the most people travel to the country, prices tend to be higher, it can be much harder to book space on flights, accommodations, and even on the ferry boats if you plan on traveling between the islands. The beaches and tourist attractions will also be that much busier.
So if you aren't a fan of crowds, heat, and you are on a budget, consider spring or autumn as an alternative.
Accommodations Will Set the Tone for the Holiday
Then there is the topic of your accommodation. Often people look at accommodations as just a bed to sleep in at night, but in reality, your accommodations will set the tone for your whole holiday. In Paros, you've got the unique option of making your accommodations part of the whole vacation experience.
You'll find there are a number of luxury Paros, Greece villas for rent from BlueVillas, which excels in holiday accommodations. Rather than stay in the typical hotel room where you need to leave the property anytime you want to do anything, imagine if you had your own private villa complete with a spacious interior, a fully equipped kitchen to cook your own Greek meals, your own pool, stunning vistas, and all kinds of luxury amenities at your fingertips. That is exactly what BlueVillas offers its guests.
These villas are also great if you're traveling with your family, extended family, or even a group of friends since there are units that can accommodate up to 12 guests.
Plan for Plenty of Beach Time
While Paros is known for all kinds of things, it's the beaches that can really capture the attention of tourists. Not only can you enjoy the sun and surf, but depending on which beach you visit there can also be live music, restaurants, shopping, and more. You can find everything from small quiet stretches of beach, to the livelier ones that always tend to have a crowd. Just be sure to bring plenty of SPF protection with you because, in that heat, a sunburn can happen extremely fast.
Some of the most popular beaches are Golden Beach, Monastiri Beach, Faragas Beach, and Martselo Beach.
Spend Some Time in Parikia - the Capital of Paros
You'll also want to be sure you spend some time checking out Parikia, which is the capital of Paros. This is where you'll find the most commercial activity, and the main port for the island is located here. Outside the hustle and bustle, it is also visually stunning thanks to the whitewashed streets in the old town that feel more like a maze than a typical city layout. There is a variety of cafes, restaurants, and shops that you can browse, making it perfect for a day-long adventure.
Get a True Taste of What a Medieval Town Looks Like
If you have dreams of seeing traditional architecture in a quaint little town, then Lefkes is a must. The medieval town is popular with tourists who are looking for a quiet day trip. You'll see the mountains rising in the distance as you take in all the traditional white houses, complete with blue doors.
The Ultimate Adventure in Paros
Keeping these tips and pieces of advice in mind, you'll be able to plan for the ultimate adventure in your dream destination of Paros.
"There are no good men out there," yet another woman my age declared. At 50, I was freshly divorced after two decades of marriage and motherhood. My unhappy marriage had shattered my faith in men and romantic relationships. Based on my ex-husband's opinion of my sexual appeal, I was afraid my naked body would cause future lovers to run screaming from the room. Rather gleefully, I announced to my girlfriends that I was done with men, and sex, forever.
For the first year, I got tangled in my sheets alone every night, overjoyed to have the bed and my body to myself. I felt liberated by divorce—free to be me, skip showering, and make dinner for one. But it bothered me when women decried the scarcity of men, because I'd known so many good ones—college boyfriends, my brother, my best friend from business school, etc. The first of many naked truths gradually crept up on me: I was not going to find my juju again through self-help and yoga. The feminist in me didn't want to admit it, but going for too long without men was akin to starvation.
I didn't want another husband. But I needed men, a lot of them.
The universe signaled its approval by sending Mr. Blue Eyes to me at an airport. He was 29 and perhaps the sexiest man I'd ever kissed. Being with him convinced me, pretty decisively, that men were going to heal me, even though men had destroyed me many times before. I became the female incarnation of a divorced, clichéd older man: I bought a sports car, revamped my wardrobe, and took younger lovers. "I want five boyfriends," I told my best friend KC after that first tryst ended. "Sweet, cute, smart, nice. Enough that I won't get too attached to one." My message from the frontlines of divorce at 50 is that to restore your confidence as a woman, especially in the wake of a crushing breakup, try dating outside your comfort zone, expanding your dating pool to include partners you might never have considered before. It may not be the recipe for a lasting union, but in terms of rebuilding your self-esteem, it can work wonders.
The first thing I noticed—and liked—about dating younger men is that they didn't want to marry me or make babies with me. And I didn't want that either. Frankly, I didn't even want them to spend the night. Since I'd been 11, I'd been taught to seek out and value men who wanted commitment. To my surprise, I found it refreshing, even more authentic, to be valued not for my potential as a mate, but instead for my body, intelligence, life-experience and sexuality.
And the sex! I quickly realized that—warning, blanket stereotype coming—men under 40 are more straightforward and adventurous than older men, maybe since they were raised with the Internet. You hear so often about the scourge of crude, sexist online pornography; and I agree that the depersonalization of women as sexual playthings is deeply destructive to all genders. However, from sexting to foreplay, I found younger men uniquely enthusiastic about getting naked and enjoying sex. Every younger man found my most erotic zones faster than any man my age ever had, with a lack of hesitation men over 50 seemed unable to fathom.
Also, about my big fear of getting naked in front of a younger man? Completely unfounded. I started to shake when Airport Boy took off my sundress in our hotel room. Had he ever seen a woman my age nude? How could I stand to be skin-to-skin with a body far more perfect than mine? I had given birth to eight-pound, full-fucking-term babies. I'd nursed them, too, and at times by breasts looked (from my view at least) like wet paper towels. "You have a spectacular body," he told me instead, running his hand over the cellulite on my stomach that I despised. That night I learned that younger men who seek older women accept our physical flaws—they don't expect perfection in someone 20 years their senior. These men taught me to see my body through a positive, decidedly male lens, to focus on the pretty parts (and we all have them) rather than the flaws that we all have too, whether you're 19, 29 or 59.
I even found the pillow talk lighter, easier and more intellectually stimulating, because a younger man's world view differs so vastly from the pressures of my 20-something kids, annual colonoscopies, 401K balance and mortgage payments. They have simple financial problems, like "Can I borrow a few quarters for the parking meter outside?" or "Do you have any advice on consolidating my student loans?"
Everything feels simpler with younger men. Men under 40 seem less threatened by assertive women; they grew up with them. They like cheap beer instead of expensive wine. They don't snore (as much). Leftovers a 55-year-old would scoff at look good to them. Their erections NEVER last more than four hours. Their hard-ons end the old-fashioned way and 45 minutes later they are ready for more.
But what I enjoy most about younger men is not the sex, or the cliché that they make me feel young again—because they don't. Younger men make me feel old, and to my delight, I like that. I feel valuable around younger men, precisely because I am wiser and more experienced in life, love and between the sheets.
I know I'll never end up with one for good. The naked truth is we don't have enough in common to last. One recently put it exactly right when he told me, "I love this, but there's always gonna be a glass ceiling between us." That lack of permanence, the improbability of commitment and "forever," doesn't mean I can't pick up a tip or two about self-esteem, and enjoy the magic of human connection with younger men. And vice versa. The experience can enrich us both, making us better partners for people our own ages down the road.
*My viewpoint is from the perspective of a heterosexual woman, because I am one. But change the gender identification and/or sexual orientation to whatever works for you and let me know if the same advice holds true. Thank you.