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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.
With so many groundbreaking medical advances being revealed to the world every single day, you would imagine there would be some advancement on the plethora of many female-prevalent diseases (think female cancers, Alzheimer's, depression, heart conditions etc.) that women are fighting every single day.
For Anna Villarreal and her team, there frankly wasn't enough being done. In turn, she developed a method that diagnoses these diseases earlier than traditional methods, using a pretty untraditional method in itself: through your menstrual blood.
Getting from point A to point B wasn't so easy though. Villarreal was battling a disease herself and through that experience. “I wondered if there was a way to test menstrual blood for female specific diseases," she says. "Perhaps my situation could have been prevented or at least better managed. This led me to begin researching menstrual blood as a diagnostic source. For reasons the scientific and medical community do not fully understand, certain diseases impact women differently than men. The research shows that clinical trials have a disproportionate focus on male research subjects despite clear evidence that many diseases impact more women than men."
There's also no denying that gap in women's healthcare in clinical research involving female subjects - which is exactly what inspired Villarreal to launch her company, LifeStory Health. She says that, “with my personal experience everything was brought full circle."
“There is a challenge and a need in the medical community for more sex-specific research. I believe the omission of females as research subjects is putting women's health at risk and we need to fuel a conversation that will improve women's healthcare.,"
Her brand new biotech company is committed to changing the women's healthcare market through technology, innovation and vocalization and through extensive research and testing. She is working to develop the first ever, non-invasive, menstrual blood diagnostic and has partnered with a top Boston-area University on research and has won awards from The International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering and Northeastern University's RISE.
How does it work exactly? Proteins are discovered in menstrual blood that can quickly and easily detect, manage and track diseases in women, resulting in diseases that can be earlier detected, treated and even prevented in the first place. The menstrual blood is easy to collect and since it's a relatively unexplored diagnostic it's honestly a really revolutionary concept, too.
So far, the reactions of this innovative research has been nothing but excitement. “The reactions have been incredibly positive." she shares with SWAAY. “Currently, menstrual blood is discarded as bio waste, but it could carry the potential for new breakthroughs in diagnosis. When I educate women on the lack of female subjects used in research and clinical trials, they are surprised and very excited at the prospect that LifeStory Health may provide a solution and the key to early detection."
To give a doctor's input, and a little bit more of an explanation as to why this really works, Dr. Pat Salber, MD, and Founder of The Doctor Weighs In comments: “researchers have been studying stem cells derived from menstrual blood for more than a decade. Stem cells are cells that have the capability of differentiating into different types of tissues. There are two major types of stem cells, embryonic and adult. Adult stem cells have a more limited differentiation potential, but avoid the ethical issues that have surrounded research with embryonic stem cells. Stem cells from menstrual blood are adult stem cells."
These stem cells are so important when it comes to new findings. “Stem cells serve as the backbone of research in the field of regenerative medicine – the focus which is to grow tissues, such as skin, to repair burn and other types of serious skin wounds.
A certain type of stem cell, known as mesenchymal stem cells (MenSCs) derived from menstrual blood has been found to both grow well in the lab and have the capability to differentiate in various cell types, including skin. In addition to being used to grow tissues, their properties can be studied that will elucidate many different aspects of cell function," Dr. Salber explains.
To show the outpour of support for her efforts and this major girl power research, Villarreal remarks, “women are volunteering their samples happily report the arrival of their periods by giving samples to our lab announcing “de-identified sample number XXX arrived today!" It's a far cry from the stereotype of when “it's that time of the month."
How are these collections being done? “Although it might sound odd to collect menstrual blood, plastic cups have been developed to use in the collection process. This is similar to menstrual products, called menstrual cups, that have been on the market for many years," Dr. Salber says.
Equally shocking and innovative, this might be something that becomes more common practice in the future. And according to Dr. Salber, women may be able to not only use the menstrual blood for early detection, but be able to store the stem cells from it to help treat future diseases. “Companies are working to commercialize the use of menstrual blood stem cells. One company, for example, is offering a patented service to store menstrual blood stem cells for use in tissue generation if the need arises."