Slow travel, another way to travel

Practicing a more conscious lifestyle involves slowing down the pace of life, making more conscious choices and observing what we consume andhow we live. All these practices are much easier when we are in a controlled environment: our home, our routines, our markets or our usual bars, those that we love and invite us to repeat their philosophy.

When we also take this practice to our way of travelling, what we call "slow travel" appears, or what is the same, travelling slowly. The slow travel is a way of living the journey more deeply and has its origins in the Slow Food that appeared in Italy in the 80s as a way to enjoy small gastronomic escapades at a time when fast food was taking over people.

This practice, taken to tourism, consists of travelling the world looking for those experiences that allow us to know better the culture of the place than to know more places. It is about connecting with people, sharing their customs, enjoying their gastronomy and understanding how their society works by taking the time to observe and enjoy the day to day.

In this article we bring you some key points to experience this form of tourism in the coming months.

Choose a region rather than a country:

Travelling slowly starts with choosing a specific area or region that you want to see, rather than choosing a country to travel around in 10 days.

Be flexible:

Try to organize as little as possible and let yourself be guided urgent local, as there is no better way to get to know a place than through its inhabitants. Act with them and if you can collaborate in the development of some non-governmental activity that allows you to live with local people and get to know their culture first hand.

Take a walk:

There is no better way to get to know a destination than walking through its streets. If you can, give yourself a few hours of not following a map and let yourself be seduced by the smell of the restaurants and street food stalls in each neighborhood you discover.

Choose alternative accommodation:

Look for alternatives to hotels such as home exchanges, lodges in national parks, vans or caravans that allow you to explore rural areas by taking your home on your back.

Eat local:

Wherever you go, continue those practices you already have at home and look for small shops, bulk purchases, typical restaurants and bars outside of chain stores, so they promote local trade. If you also plan your needs a little and can reduce the waste you generate, even better.

Learn to disconnect:

Allowing yourself to do nothing is a luxury that today very few of give: although initially it is easy, less and less time is dedicated to it and obstacles such as overwork, accelerated life and information overload is added the fact that free time seems to have a negative connotation in modern society, since being busy is seen as synonymous with productivity. However, nothing could be further from the truth: the mind needs periods of wandering interspersed with those of focused attention in order to rest and develop a different kind of thinking that nourishes our inner world.

June 08, 2021 —