What is Slow Travel? How to Experience the Most While You are Away

Do you ever come home from a trip and feel that it passed by too quickly? Or that too much was packed in while you were there? Or perhaps your work has piled up so much while you were away it takes days to catch up?

I truly believe there is a better way, and many are making the intentional shift toward slow travel. But what exactly does it mean to be a slow traveler?

Experiencing slow travel is a mindset, a theme for your travels that focuses on authentic connections with people and places.

Sure, you can book the 7-day all-encompassing whole city tour of Florence and see much of the destinations you see on Instagram. There is nothing wrong with this approach if that’s how you prefer to travel.

Slow travel offers an opportunity to get to know and respect the city as the locals do, by making personal relationships, and being open to new adventures that you cannot find in any guidebook. 

Think of the possibilities that await you when your stay is not run by an itinerary each day. You can expect self-growth and long-lasting memories with friends. How do you jump into slow travel? Keep reading to prepare for your next destination. 

Be curious.

Try every food that is offered to you. Get to know the people you meet on a deeper level. Get creative on how to stay extend your stay for a more meaningful trip such as working remotely or working in your destination country.

Learn the language.

No, you don’t have to be fluent. Being able to communicate in the native language of the country you are traveling is not only respectful, it will create more relationships and make your navigation much less stressful. 

Forget your list.

Planning is an exciting lead up to your trip and necessary for certain events. However, living day to day with a checklist on what to see can really inhibit your experience. It removes the chance for spontaneity and can induce guilt if something is not what you had in mind. Be open and flexible to get the most out of your time away.     

Go off the beaten path.

Get recommendations on what to see from locals instead of a tour guide. Embrace discomfort and reap the rewards that come with it.

Seek connection.

New relationships take effort on your part, have the desire to meet new people and learn about their culture. You will create long-lasting friendships and invaluable memories. 

If you are looking for an authentic, meaningful trip that brings immense self-growth, slow travel may be for you. What’s holding you back? Connect with me on IG and let’s chat.

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