Earth Day is April 22nd and we are celebrating all month long by highlighting different ways to love our planet. Travel has always been a huge part of my life and living abroad for college changed my life. Backpacking allowed me to visit many countries and camping was a way to meet locals on their own family adventures. Learning about their favorite must see's rather than relying on a guide book gave me a much different outlook. As I get older I may prefer some creature comforts such as a bed and running water, but I still seek out smaller towns and local eateries rather than the top 5 must see's. Who knew this is growing trend called Slow Travel.
What is Slow Travel
Slow travel is about pacing yourself, staying a while, getting to know an area, but most importantly getting to know the people and immersing yourself in local customs and traditions. Slow travel is about sharing experiences with locals and one of the best ways to do that is through food. In fact, the term slow travel was born out of the slow food movement which started in protest against fast food.
Benefits of Slow Travel
Slow travel is sustainable travel because you are not traveling large distances throughout your trip. Stay in a city and walk different neighborhoods, shop local small businesses, pop into a local coffee shop. Take a bike tour and travel outside the hustle and bustle of major cities to explore the rolling hills and valleys.
Slow travel is getting outside your comfort zone. Try something new, you may love it (Or not), but you will never forget it.
Slow travel can be more affordable. Try to get a better rate for a longer stay or find a local host.
Slow travel is about making connections, take a cooking class, learn a craft, eat in a restaurant where you have to point because you can't read the menu or shop a local market and cook something. These are the stories that you come home with, share with your friends, remember for years afterwards and inspires your next trip.
Slow Travel Destinations
Any destination can be a slow travel destination. Slow travel is an ethos. Don't over schedule your trip. Set yourself free, give yourself space for the unexpected and take the path less traveled. Scroll down to our Inspiring Reads section for our favorite books to spark your next slow travel trip.
Share a story about your slow travel experience. Go to our social media pages Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and share your story.
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