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Finally Planning Your Dream Getaway to Paros, Greece - Five Tips to Ensure it is Perfection

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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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I Have Been Bullied Both At School and At Work. Here's What It Taught Me

Starting with a little background, I am an anti-bullying advocate and have recently graduated from The Parent Leadership Training Institute, where as part of our studies we were asked to come up with a community project close to our hearts and put it into action. My cause was bullying, and I began a blog and Facebook page to address issues pertaining to all forms of bullying. Implementing this project was followed by a thre- minute speech to my peers, and, after all this, here is what I have learned about bullying.


Bullying makes people feel bad about themselves, leading to feelings of inadequacy, low self-esteem and even physical symptoms. The repercussions of bullying can cause people to miss school or work as well as countless other negative side effects.

I have been bullied both at school and at work, and I know of others who have suffered the same plight. It is not fun!

My first bullying experience was in seventh grade as a young teen. There was a group of three "mean girls" who harassed me and, I later found out, several of my friends; they thought it was funny to pick on others about their clothes, their looks or whatever else they could come up with (who knows). It felt awful at the time. Supposedly, I was chosen to get picked on because they claimed I bought my clothes at the Goodwill. That wasn't true, but really who cares? Why they were picking on me was never really the point. Luckily, after a while, the meanies went on to the next victim(s) like a never-ending cycle. I tend to think once a bully, always a bully, which goes to show how good a lifestyle that is, because those "mean girls" never amounted to much. In hindsight, I feel sorry for them. Watch the movie The Gift if you're really curious about what happens to bullies when they grow up.

And bullying was not just an issue when I was a teen, since then nothing much has changed. My own nephew was bullied in eighth grade, and he recently talked to me in depth about of how the bullying took a toll on him. Especially because I had the same experience, I could relate to him in ways that some others couldn't. Like reliving my own memories, I was incredibly broken up to hear how it made him feel.

Even worse than that, bullying does not end in the school yard. Employees are being bullied on the job at an alarming rate. When you are bullied on the job as an adult, it taken an even bigger toll. Further it doesn't just go away like those middle school "mean girls." Unless you can quit your job, you might just be stuck. There are all kinds of physical symptoms, stomach pains, migraines and even panic attacks. Beyond the physical, people's mental and emotional state is extremely sensitive to bullying, and as a result work performance might suffer. Furthermore, it might feel like there is no recourse, no one to believe you. You can hope that the HR Department is willing to listen and do something about it, but the whole process can be so disheartening. And in the hierarchical corporate environment, sometimes the bully seems to get ahead and you are left lagging behind in a subservient position. This is what happened to me as a victim of workplace bullying. It started with me being told by a co-worker that my boss was following me to the bathroom, staring down the hall whenever I left my desk to make sure I came right back to my seat. Then it was standing over me as I typed, ordering me to get in a car with them, not allowing me to sit somewhere if it wasn't within their sight. The list of offenses could go on endlessly. There were times I felt like I couldn't breathe. And then, the bully torturing me got a promotion. Like the character of Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada, the classic bully is revered by her peers, despite the fact that all of her employees are terrified of her. Yet, she is in a role of high stature and praised as a bully. We live in a culture that is not only complacent in the existence of bullies, but one that actively allows them to thrive.

It makes you realize how unfair life can be. Of course, no one said that life would be fair; maybe you just assumed that bad people would not get ahead. But, they do. Even now, I cannot help but to shake my head in disbelief. I often wonder what makes a person feel the need to laud their power over another. Are they insecure? Were they bullied themselves? They must feel bad about themselves in some way? Do they feel the need to do this to make themselves look good? Whatever the reason, it certainly isn't nice at all. I have found myself at different times in my life standing up for people who have been bullied around me. And I certainly do not allow anyone to treat me in any way that I find disrespectful. I truly believe in karma, and I tell myself that at some point in time, the bullies will get it back in some way. I have seen it happen, and in the meantime, I just say to myself "What goes around, comes around."

Bullying shows no sign of slowing down, and in this day and age, it's even worse than I have experienced in the past. Cyber bulling, rumors, fist fights, knifes, guns and other forms of both mental and physical cruelty, it truly sickens me. I know that I cannot save everyone, but I try to be an advocate as much as possible and encourage others to do so as well. NO ONE SHOULD BULLIED! It is disgraceful to say the least. You should always practice grace as much as you can. With every person who chooses to do so, the world gets a little bit better. I will be writing more on this topic on a regular basis; I feel it helps to talk about this subject aloud and spread the word. and, if nothing else, be kind.