Why You Should Consider Slow Travel

6. It’s Relaxing

There are some people who like to plan every detail of their trips. They book everything in advance and act as if it was a military performance. But when something goes wrong, like a late bus or missed flight, the domino effect can be tragic as they arrive late to the hotel or miss an important tour.

What if they didn’t have such strict plans? Slow travel is about taking it easy. It’s a lot more relaxing to stay in the same town for five days or two weeks and take all the time you need to explore its hidden treasures.

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5. You’ll Taste Local Homemade Food

Although it’s definitely possible to eat local delicacies when you visit a new country, sometimes you’re not really getting the real deal, especially if you go to a restaurant that’s popular with tourists.

However, when you spend your time in one place, you have the chance to find the authentic and cheap eateries. Or even better, you get to meet locals who might invite you to a family gathering and offer you a traditional homemade meal.

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4. Quality Comes Before Quantity

Have you ever heard about backpackers who travel to Europe and manage to visit 10 countries in one week? Sometimes it’s understandable as they don’t really know when they’re going back, but are they really visiting the countries or crossing items off a checklist?

Someone who’s slow traveling in those same 10 days would probably choose one or two cities to visit and make the most of it. They know it’s better to have an unforgettable experience than to just take loads of selfies in places they won’t remember in a week.

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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.

Culture Palate: Dishes from Ukraine

Typically, Ukrainian dishes are hearty, filling, and made with a variety of cooking techniques. In one dish, it’s not uncommon for cooks to have to boil or fry multiple ingredients before they’re finished together in the oven or in a bubbling stew. If you’re visiting Ukraine, make sure to check out some of these dishes. If you get a chance to taste them in their ideal form, you can easily recreate them at home.

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.