Top Reasons to Visit Paraguay

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Paraguay is one of those underrated travel destinations that not many people get the chance to explore. And yet it has plenty of things to offer to travelers not to mention the affordability of exploring the many attractions of the country. If you are thinking of going off the beaten track, here are some of the top reasons why you should book a flight to Paraguay.

Affordable

Paraguay is one of those places that will give you more than your money’s worth – and then some. You can find good accommodations for cheap. Getting around does not cost much than you would usually spend in some of the world’s top tourist destinations.

Natural attractions

Paraguay is teeming with natural attractions, many of which remain unspoiled. It is a great destination, especially for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts who will find a lot of scenic landscapes and natural scenery to admire and explore. A visit to Paraguay’s side of the Pantanal gives travelers a chance to catch a glimpse of the amazing wildlife to be found in the area.

Art and culture

The city of Asuncion boasts an interesting array of murals. It has hosted events like the encuentros internacionales de muralismo or international competitions for mural art that produced some of the best outdoor works of art at the heart of the city. Some of the best places to find them include the park near the Plaza de Derecho Humanos. Asuncion is also home to festivals like the Urkupina Festival.

Jesuit reductions

Paraguay is home to Jesuit reductions or communities dating back to the 17th century. You can still see the ruins and remnants of these old settlements in the country. Some of the Jesuit reductions you can add to your list include Jesus de Tavarangue and Trinidad de Parana.

Itaipu Dam

It is not every day that you can take a tour of a hydroelectric power plant much and even more so when it is the world’s largest. Itaipu Dam is one of the country’s most visited attractions as a side trip when visiting Ciudad del Este. The dam is an impressive sight with its massive size and scale of the project.

Terere

The downtown area of Asuncion has a number of venders selling terere which is a type of drink made with fresh herbs like mint and infused with yerba mate. You can enjoy the refreshing drink while taking a break from exploring the city’s many attractions.

Keeping Holiday Trips Less Stressful

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Holiday travel is a great time to have fun, get away from the usual routines, and be in the company of people you care about. But traveling during the holiday season has its share stress triggers. Overcrowded airports or highways, flight delays, and other unpleasant situations can sap the holiday spirit out of you. Here are a few tips on avoiding travel stress and make your trip more pleasant.

1. Get ready for unexpected delays. Arriving earlier than usual at the airport, train, or bus station reduces the amount of stress you get to experience while traveling during the holidays. Anticipate traffic, passenger security screening measures, and other travel-related procedures that may be slower than normal due to the significant increase in number of people traveling for the holidays.

2. Check flight details multiple times. Flight delays and cancellations are common, especially during the holidays, for various reasons. Check flight information or details at least one day before your scheduled departure to know if there has been any change in your itinerary. A good way to reduce stress of holiday travel is to anticipate any travel-related snag and be ready to deal with it should it arise.

3. Know what to expect. If you are heading out to an unfamiliar place, it would greatly help if you get to know more of your destination. There is no shortage of resources you can find both online and offline. Read various reviews as well as travel books about the place you wish to explore.

4. Keep your cool. Try to always look at the bright side. But be prepared for whatever unpleasant situations may occur. Expect that things will not always turn out as planned or as how you wanted it to be. Go with the unique flow that holiday travel has. Keep your cool when your plans hit a snag such as overbooking, flight delay or cancellation, and whatever it is that would affect your itinerary.

5. Eat and hydrate. Drink plenty of water, stretch, and keep moving while traveling to refresh your mind and body. Eat healthy to maintain your energy levels as well as to avoid irregular bowel syndrome which can be common among travelers.

6. Leave needless baggage behind. One of the best ways to take the stress out of holiday travel is to pack and travel light. Lugging a lot of bulky baggage around congested airports or train stations can be exhausting and stressful. You also have to consider the long queues in check-in counters due to the more number of bags that have to be processed during the holidays. Packing light allows you to move around more easily and with less worry about losing your bags for whatever reason.