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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.
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Help! My Friend Is a No Show
Dear Armchair Psychologist,
I have a friend who doesn't reply to my messages about meeting for dinner, etc. Although, last week I ran into her at a local restaurant of mine, it has always been awkward to be friends with her. Should I continue our friendship or discontinue it? We've been friends for a total four years and nothing has changed. I don't feel as comfortable with her as my other close friends, and I don't think I'll ever be able to reach that comfort zone in pure friendship.
Dear Sadsies,I am sorry to hear you've been neglected by your friend. You may already have the answer to your question, since you're evaluating the non-existing bond between yourself and your friend. However, I'll gladly affirm to you that a friendship that isn't reciprocated is not a good friendship.
I have had a similar situation with a friend whom I'd grown up with but who was also consistently a very negative person, a true Debby Downer. One day, I just had enough of her criticism and vitriol. I stopped making excuses for her and dumped her. It was a great decision and I haven't looked back. With that in mind, it could be possible that something has changed in your friend's life, but it's insignificant if she isn't responding to you. It's time to dump her and spend your energy where it's appreciated. Don't dwell on this friend. History is not enough to create a lasting bond, it only means just that—you and your friend have history—so let her be history!
- The Armchair Psychologist