If there is one positive outcome of COVID, it is that people are slowing down and making more time for the things that really matter.
It’s a great time to embrace slow travel. Slow travel is also known as mindful travel or low impact travel.
The slow travel movement started as an offshoot of the slow food movement, which began in Italy in the 1980s as a protest against the opening of a McDonald’s in Rome. The slow food movement aims to preserve regional cuisine, local farming, communal meals, and traditional food preparation methods.
Slow travel has a similar approach and focusses on connection: to local people, cultures, food and music. A holiday is meant to educate and have an emotional impact, while remaining sustainable for local communities and the environment.
Here are some of the biggest benefits of travelling slow:
Connect to your destination in a more meaningful way
Travelling slow is a great way to connect to your destination: meet locals, have authentic experiences, learn about the differences in cuisine, culture and history.
It’s better for our planet
The fewer the travel destinations, the better it is for our planet. While air travel is often a necessity in Australia, planes are major contributors to global warming. Trains are a much more eco-friendly alternative, as well as bicycles or traveling by car.
Kinder to your budget
Staying in one place for a week or more at a time reduces your transportation costs, and holiday houses are often more cost-efficient than hotels.
With the leisurely and laid-back pace of slow travel, comes time and relaxation. The opportunity to reflect and soak up a new destination at your own pace, without having to rush to your next stop.
So instead of visiting a multitude of destinations, just take your time and discover one.