Why You Should Consider Slow Travel

If you’ve ever come across the term “slow travel” and weren’t so sure what it meant, the first thing to understand is that it’s not only about how fast you travel. Slow Travel is a branch of the Slow Movement, which encompasses many different categories such as Slow Medicine, Slow Parenting, Slow Photography, and many more.

It started with Slow Food in 1986 as a protest to “Fast Food.” McDonald’s opened a restaurant at Piazza di Spagna in Rome, and the locals weren’t happy. The main idea of the movement is to praise the slow pace of life and enjoy every aspect of it. So, instead of buying a burger that’s cooked in one minute with low-grade meat, the focus is on cooking a meal from scratch using quality ingredients.

When you apply the “slow” concept to your trips, you’ll be essentially Slow Traveling. Carry on reading to learn the benefits.

 12. You’ll Have a Deeper Connection With Locals

Slow travelers tend to make an effort to create meaningful connections with the citizens of the countries they’re visiting. When you take the time to start conversations and get to know the locals, you get a new perspective of what’s going on in the city.

Not only will you have some insights about the current political and economic affairs in the country, but you’ll also have the chance to make a new friend. So, all of a sudden you’re not just a tourist passing through, but someone who’s shown an interest in the community and was warmly welcomed by locals.

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11. It Helps Protect the Environment

One of the key aspects of slow traveling is staying in the same town or city for long periods of time. The immediate effect of not moving around too much is decreasing your carbon footprint as you won’t be taking as many flights or buses. And when you do visit another city, take a train because it’s not only more eco-friendly but you can quietly enjoy the journey too.

When you stay somewhere for a long time, you also tend to buy stuff more consciously. So, while other travelers might not care too much and carry their shopping in plastic carrier bags or buy bottled water, you’ll have the chance to carry yours in a flask and shop with reusable bags.

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10. You’ll Focus on Experiences

If you’re only staying in a city for two or three nights, you’re probably going to spend your time visiting the famous tourist attractions. However, what would you do if you were staying for a month or three? You’d focus your attention from “seeing” things to “doing” things.

If you were staying in Brazil you could start learning capoeira, or taking a cooking course while in Spain, or maybe a wine course in France. Some people might decide to go hiking in the countryside or surf off the coast of the country. At the end of the day, the options are endless when you have more time to experience a location.

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The Best Gifts for Travelers

If you’re a traveler, chances are you’ve spent the last few holidays receiving kitschy, travel-themed gifts from friends and loved ones while wishing they had given you something more useful, like airport lounge passes or an Airbnb gift card. While there are some gifts like cash, and airline tickets that will always be useful, there are a few items that we’ve sourced that have amazing reputations and are appreciated by even the most minimalist travelers.

Stress Free Tips for Traveling with Kids

Going to the grocery store with children in tow can be hard enough, let alone going on a vacation; but that doesn’t mean that your globetrotting has to end when you become a parent. In fact, studies have shown that children who go on holiday with their families are happier and tend to score higher in math and reading. They also obtain more general knowledge than their fellow classmates who do not travel.

Don’t Fall for These 10 Scary Traveler Scams

Hopping aboard a transcontinental flight on route to a new, ready-to-explore destination is a rush. Traveling teaches us about the world, sure. But, more than that, it teaches us about ourselves. You also probably already know that, unlike your comfort zone, traveling presents a lot of inherent risks. It’s a sad reality, but it’s a reality that rings true. You, as a tourist, are a two-bit criminal’s dream target. After all, you have absolutely no idea where you are, no idea where to go for help, and no clue what the scammers have in store.

14 Ways to Screw Up an International Trip

There are countless things that could go wrong on an international trip, and many of them are out of your control. However, there’s possibly an equal number of ways to screw up your trip, and unfortunately no one to blame but yourself.

Love Holidays from Around the World

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, it’s tempting to rail against the North American traditions that lead us to stress about dinner reservations and spend all our money on chocolates every February 14th. However, we’re not the only ones with elaborate holidays that celebrate love.

Around the World in Valentine’s Day Desserts

As we get closer to Valentine’s Day, it’s time to move away from thinking about presents to thinking about what’s really important — food! Forget buying fancy jewelry or elaborate gifts, making your partner a really delicious homemade dessert will show your devotion more than any present could.