5 Reasons We're Into Slow Travel


Photo via  Daniel Young

Photo via Daniel Young


In our busy world that seems to only move faster and faster, our getaways are more vital than ever. They are a time when we can relax, unwind and blow off some steam. And yet, we’ve all been there before: we start planning a trip and realize just how much there is to see. From ruins to hot springs to quaint towns in the surrounding area, we start making plans, and before we know it, a relaxing getaway turns into a non-stop touring adventure.

But, if we can manage to put on the breaks and dial things back before they get too out of hand, then we might be able to reap the benefits of a slower pace, a more c’est la vie way of traveling. We may just get the immersive retreat we so very need and the benefits that come along with it. So, what are those benefits exactly? Let’s take a moment to explore the slower side of travel below.. 


1. You get an actual break from ‘real life’

It goes without saying that one of the main benefits of travel is that it’s an escape from the ordinary, a chance for adventure, a break from your hectic daily routine. When you can let it be that and keep the planning and rushing around to a minimum, you give your mind, body and spirit a chance to unwind into the freedom of possibility for a while, allowing the days to take you where they may. Added bonus: this will leave you refreshed and ready to hit the ground running again when you return home.


2. You can live like a local

When you give yourself ample time in your travel destination of choice, it allows you to get in touch with the local culture so much more. Rather than checking off vacation to-do lists, you can linger a little longer in the local café, discover where the locals eat on their lunch breaks and get in tune with the local way of living, which ultimately will make a more lasting impression and broaden your perspective of the world.

Photo via  Mon Palmer

Photo via Mon Palmer

3. You won’t have to worry about planning

Another bonus of slowing down when traveling is that you can take a break from scheduling, planning and just generally having to be on top of things all of the time. You get enough of that in your daily life, why bring it with you on vacation? As opposed to stressing about how to fit in all the sights and planning how to get to and from all of the different destinations, slowing down gives you the freedom to stay put and revel in the freedom of doing nothing, save unwinding on the beach with a cocktail in hand.


4. You’ll get to know more people

When you slow down, you might also find that you are able to make some genuine and long-lasting connections or friendships. You’ll have more time to talk to the local barista or the fellow travelers in the restaurant. With more energy from your measured pace, you may find that you are able to deepen your relationships with the people around you, a reward that will last long after your journey ends.

Photo via Grant Legan

Photo via Grant Legan

5. You can sleep in and take full advantage of that fluffy bed

Last but not least, slowing down will also result in some more (much-needed) hotel-time. You booked that luxurious room, why not enjoy it? Order room service one morning, book that spa appointment, lounge around in a robe until 1 pm, who cares? You have nowhere you have to be, and what could feel better than that?

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