Slow Travel

Slow Travel: Enjoying the journey

Over the last couple of years there’s been a lot of talk in the media about slow travel, so you might be wondering what is slow travel?

Slow travel is all about enjoying the journey, immersing yourself in the local culture and having a balanced itinerary rather than rushing from one attraction to another.

Going on holiday is always exciting, so it’s hard not to pack your itinerary full of attractions and tours seeing as much as you can at your destination. Not being constrained by a packed itinerary, you can explore at your own pace, make spontaneous decisions and discover hidden gems that are off the beaten track.

The slower pace of travel can be beneficial for mental and physical well-being too. It allows for rest, reflection and a much-needed respite from fast-paced modern life, so you can come back home feeling relaxed and refreshed.

Here are some things that you might consider for your holiday.

Authentic cultural experiences

Whilst on your holiday, why not immerse yourself into the local culture. Participating in traditional crafts, attending local festivals, or a home cooking lesson can offer you a hands-on understanding of the local culture. These activities not only support the local economy but also help preserve the traditions and customs that make each destination unique.

Experience a home stay

As well as tours and experiences, some travel companies also offer home stays as part of an itinerary. This gives travellers the unique opportunity to live like a local, sharing meals and stories with their hosts. This intimate setting provides a genuine insight into the local way of life. Usually located off the beaten track, it allows you to explore more of the destination.

Take the train and enjoy the ride

Train travel is a wonderful way to explore a country, just sit back, enjoy the scenery and look forward to the next stop.

Europe, with its extensive and diverse rail networks, offers some great opportunities for rail holidays. Explore a few countries or travel around just one country. Switzerland’s Bernina Express has some incredible views of glacier capped mountains, forests and ravines as it makes it way from Zurich to Milan.

Japan’s rail network is one of the most advanced in the world and it’s the best way to travel up and down the country. For long distance journeys you can experience the shinkansen, also known as the bullet train, which combines speed with efficiency and comfort. Rail travel in Japan is as much about the experience as the destination. Whilst onboard try eikben, a bento box, for lunch that uses regional ingredients.

Reconnect with nature

Camping in the great outdoors encourages you to disconnect from the digital world and reconnect with nature. Waking up to the sound of birds, spending the day exploring the area on long walks or bike rides and sleeping under the stars.

The USA has 63 national parks, with an array of camping opportunities for all levels of outdoor enthusiasts. From Yosemite National Park in California, to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, they all have unique trails and spectacular scenery, with opportunities to see some of the local wildlife.

So, why not consider a slower approach to your next adventure? Discover the joys of staying a little longer, delving a little deeper and leaving with memories that resonate long after you've returned home.

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