WHAT IS SLOW TRAVEL?
Slow travel is clearly about travelling at a slow pace. As its name suggests, it requires you to take it easy. This is quite the opposite of a one-week trip to a new country where you want to discover everything in a minimum of time.
In general, it requires travelling for a long period of several weeks or even several months to discover a single country, unlike usual trips. Apart from the length of an extended trip, it is an authentic travel philosophy. Do not rush, discover the local way of life, enjoy things, visit places. All this takes a lot of time, a good sense of curiosity and simplicity.
Unlike visiting a destination, you will experience it. Overall, this kind of trip requires no planning, it is built day by day to day to open to the world without constraints, without judgments.
THE SLOW TRAVEL ATTITUDE
Slow travel requires an attitude of adapting to local life, taking the harmony of life of its inhabitants and living the destination as opposed to visiting it. This type of trip is not appropriate for travellers who wish to visit the city’s places of interest.
And so, it is necessary to get up early, go to bed late, and the days are always full. So, if the planned stay is for a short period of time in a foreign destination, it will be difficult to adapt, a slow pace. On the other hand, if the visit of a city is for the second or third time, the visits of the tourist places will already have been made, it will be easier to relax and adapt a rhythm of life.
If you go away for several months, on the roads for a long time, the slower pace of life establishes itself, at first you existed with a lot of ambition and to do the maximum possible, but very quickly fatigue takes its place and the body will need rest and refocus on a more natural, and slower life.
THE ADVANTAGES OF SLOW TRAVEL
Slow travel helps to better understand the country to visit, with time to venture into the places in depth and interact with the locals, to see things from different angles.
It is a trip that usually costs less than a traditional trip, because it is possible to save a lot of money compared to housing, to adapt slower types of transport.
It also allows total freedom by travelling slowly, it is not necessary to organize a program in advance, emergency and unforeseen situations are easy to manage. By improvising your trip from day to day, you become more autonomous, more confident about your choices, better manage your money and come out of it with pride.