What is slow travel? Why you should take a pause and experience your next trip through new eyes.

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Traveling can be one of the most rewarding and memorable experiences, especially if done right.  Learning about new places, exploring cultures and meeting new people. But have you ever felt exhausted after returning from your trip? Have you felt that you need a vacation after your vacation to relax and wind down? Many of us have busy itineraries, trying to make the most out of our trips, rushing from one place to another, and visiting various attractions. Then slow travel is exactly for you. 

What is slow travel? 

Slow travel by train. Bridge and environment.

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Traveling is so much more than trying to check off of a long list. Slow travel is about replacing the frantic exploration of destinations with taking things slow and focusing on the journey as well as the destination. Imagine leisure walks, easygoing cruises and flexible itineraries. 

Although, slow travel includes taking the train, horse, walking, biking and sailing instead of flying, the transport mode is not the key here. Slow travel is more of a mindset. It is about exploring destinations and indulging in the local culture, without stress or without jumping from one place to another and chasing down a bucket list of ticks. 

So how was the concept of slow travel born? 

Slow travel can be traced back to the slow food movement in Italy during the 1980s. The slow food movement focuses on local farming and cuisine, communal food and traditional food preparation methods. It was born as a reaction to the growth of fast food, as McDonald’s had just opened in Rome. Since then, the Slow Movement has developed further and stands for creating connections with people, places and things. 

Why you should consider slow travel for your next trip? 

Less stress

Slow travel. Less stress: chilling on a hammock,

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To start with, you will no longer experience the stress to cover every possible tourist attraction and destination in the guidebook. Leave your stressful day-to-day life behind. Instead relax and immerse yourself in the landscape. Explore the local cuisine, shops and markets and take the time to get to experience the local life. Slow travel also allows you to uncover some of the places in-between. These places are often not so popular and as a result not overcrowded. Enjoy the little things and run into the most charming and interesting places and people off the beaten track.

 

Less impact on the environment 

Slow travel with car. Aerial shot with drone. Forest

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It is not surprising that slow travel can have a less negative impact on the environment. Replacing planes with trains is much eco-friendlier. Using bikes and walking is of course kinder to the environment as well. The slower you travel, the less you pollute. 

Smaller budget

Slow travel, save money. Coins in a jar.

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Visiting fewer places means that you could have a smaller budget for your trips. Slow travel often means staying in holiday rentals like houses, cottages, apartments and villas that are often less expensive than hotels. Besides you can take advantage of the local fresh ingredients and cook your own meals. 

Is slow travel for You? 

Slow travel. Waiting for the train.

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Have you ever been on an eventful, multi-destination holiday, but you did not have time to enjoy it because you had to move on to the next attraction? Maybe you wanted to stay longer in one of the charming small villages or townships and immerse yourself in the local culture. Or maybe you just wanted to explore the destinations at a more relaxed pace, without stressing. Then you may want to try out slow travel for your next trip. 

Would you consider slow travel for your next trip? Or is it something you have already done? Let us know in the comment section!

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