A wave of mindful travel sees luxury in the journey rather than the destination
The movement to ‘travel slow’ progressed organically from the slow food movement that took over Europe in the 1980s, a time when American fast-food chains were popping up everywhere. The aim was to preserve traditional cooking methods and recipes and, in much the same way, the slow travel movement aims, primarily, to highlight and preserve traditional, indigenous and authentic experiences. More a philosophy rather than a strict set of rules, slow travel entices you to dig a little deeper, skip the superficial ticking of ‘must-see lists’ and, while you’re at it, dodge the dreaded tourist burnout to boot.
Essentially, it isn’t just about how much time you spend in one place but also about what you choose to do with that time. If you normally plan on including four destinations per week of travel, why not make it two? Only stay a night in each place? Make that three. Struggle to fight the urge to tick every single highlight off your must-see list in one trip and then spend your entire holiday (literally) catching up with your plans?
Don’t do that to yourself. Take your time to explore the “slow travel” movement links below: