Advantages of Slow Travel
Meaningful memories: You’re likely to create more fulfilling and enriching experiences than if you were following the standard ‘tourist trail’.
Personal growth: By getting out of your comfort zone you’ll become a more confident person and you may learn new skills, such as another language.
Increased awareness: By meeting people around the world and learning about new cultures you’ll be better able to challenge stereotypes.
Social consciousness: You will be contributing more to the local economy.
Saving money: Slow travel experiences are often cheap or free.
Here are some things you can try, even on the shortest trip:
- Visit local markets.
- Learn the language – even a few phrases can go a long way.
- Couch surf or stay with a local.
- House sit or home exchange.
- Seek out a local restaurant with no English menu.
- Cycle around different neighbourhoods or through the countryside.
- Take local transport.
- Take a course – painting, cooking, salsa dancing, whatever you are interested in.
- Attend a local event, such as a gallery opening or a popular local sport match.
- Attend a festival that no one's heard of.