The Slow Travel Lifestyle

Lately I’ve felt that there’s a trend among travelers to brag about how many places they have been to. They make statements like, “30 countries by the time I’m 30!”. In my opinion, quantifying travel experiences like this strips it of its meaning. Going to a lot of countries, especially in a short amount of time, signifies that you are rushing from highlight to highlight without ever really understanding the place that you’re in.

I prefer to live the slow travel lifestyle. Each destination has its own uniqueness that waits to be discovered. By staying in that destination, you get to know it better. You’ll meet locals, discover your new favorite dishes, and pick out the best cafe. Savoring each moment also allows you to avoid the stress that comes with everyday life and slip into the natural pace of a new culture.

In addition, slow travel is easier on the budget! For example, some types of accommodation allow for discounts if you stay for longer than a week. Staying in one place also reduces transportation costs. If you buy food at the local markets, you can really save a ton of money.

However, I’d like to stress that slow travel isn’t about skipping popular attractions. Rather, you have enough time to get to know all the amazing attractions of the surrounding area. It’s ultimately about maximizing your time and choosing quality over quantity. By immersing yourself slowly into the new destination, you have more an authentic travel experience.

Here are a few tips to experience the slow travel lifestyle:

  • Choose to go to 1 destination and its nearby attractions.
  • Get to know your neighborhood by frequenting the local cafes, restaurants, bars and markets.
  • Make friends with your neighbors.
  • Rent a bike to get around.
  • Try the local dishes.
  • Learn the at least basics (and preferably more!) of the local language.
  • Get off the beaten path by visiting nearby destinations.
  • Plan your time wisely.

Now tell me, what destination do you feel that you got to know the best?

  • WanderingRedHead

    I want to travel like this more. I feel like I was able to do this somewhat in Dubrovnik and Rovinj Croatia. I spent several days just there and really just slowed down and kind of pretended like I lived there. So fun, if one has the time!

    • Yes, you do have to plan your time appropriately!

  • I only like to travel slow. I guess I’m just obsessed with finding out as much about the local culture as humanly possible 🙂

  • I love this piece! I’m a fan of slow travel too. Unfortunately, I work full-time so I try what I can manage whether I’m on a short or long trip! I’ll definitely keep these tips in mind. 🙂

    • Thank you! Short trips or long trips can both be slow travel!

  • Lucy Williams

    I couldn’t agree more! I love really getting to know a place. I have been to 80 countries, but over 18 years. Most of those countries I got to go to was because I worked on a cruise ship for 10 of those years! I didn’t even realised how many I had been to, until someone asked me and I counted them up. Travel is not about showing off, it is about learning and experience.

  • Totally agree – we are all about slow traveling as well. Even 2 weeks in a place seems too fast now! We really love a month to truly get into the vibe of a place. And yeah – saves a boatload of money as well!!