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.