Travel Tips for Slow Travelers
What is Slow Travel?
That's how we define Slow Travel:
Places & attractions for slow travelers
The best way of slow travel is to focus on specific places or attractions and take your time. Which places are particularly suitable for this? Which sights are worthwhile? These tips will help you to find such excursion and travel destinations.
Slow Travel Road Trips
Individual travel by car is perfect for slow travelers. You can take your time and explore a region in detail. By car you are independent, can stop wherever you want. You can also continue driving, if a destination is not to your liking. You can make trips from a fixed location, follow an itinerary or take a roundtrip within a region.
Slow hiking and leisurely hiking
You experience a region particularly intensely when you are out and about on foot. It makes a difference whether you take your time and let the environment affect you. Only then do you have the opportunity to perceive your surroundings in detail. We like to combine leisure walks with a picnic or a visit to an inn, a beer garden or a café.
Ship and boat trips - Slow Travel par excellence
Cruises, trips by houseboat, river cruises or even boat trips on rivers and lakes - all are perfect for slow travelers. What could be more relaxing than letting a landscape slowly pass by while sitting comfortably on deck or cruising along a river?
Motorhome Travel - Slow Travel on your own
Traveling by motorhome exudes the taste of freedom and independence. Is that correct? What should be taken into account on motorhome trips? The answers to these questions and more can be found in this article collection.
Experience customs and way of life - slow travel to the people
The characteristics of a region can be experienced by its local traditions and customs and in the way of life of its people. The cattle drives in the Alps are an expression of everyday life as well as the Tintamarre in the French-speaking regions of Canada, where the Acadians celebrate their culture. A North American Powwow expresses this as well as a wine festival in the Austrian Wine Quarter.
Enjoy art and culture - Slow Travel for culture fans
Art and culture of a region offer a similar experience. This concerns both high art and folk art. Both can express regionality. Just think about how the images of the Canadian Group of Seven in the National Gallery in Ottawa differ from the paintings of Dutch masters hanging in the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum. Or how the masks of African woodcarvers differ from the folk art of Nova Scotia.
Make creativity and design yourself and experience - Slow Travel to immerse yourself in a culture
How people shape their personal environment in certain regions is an expression of their culture and way of life. It's exciting to look for these differences. The cozy cottages on New England's shores are immediately placed in this region because they only occur there. The same applies to Scandinavian design, which can be recognized at first glance, or to colorful African patterns that are immediately interpreted as such. It's a lot of fun to be creative yourself.
Food as access to foreign cultures
The concept of Slow traveling goes back to one Book by Dan Kieran *, The trigger for his book was the fear of flying. Dan Kieran does not get on a plane if he can help it. While his friends traveled by plane to their destinations, he boarded the train. Let the landscape slide past. Enjoyed to experience the way to his destination. That cost him time. More time. But brought him closer to traveling. For Kieran the way is the way. The conscious experience of the process of travel.
Slow Travel - Slowly discover travel and cultures
It doesn't matter which means of transportation he uses. For example, he traveled to England in a milk cart. This is definitely an exciting way to travel. But also one that is ideal for slow travel. Slow travel in the sense of "take your time", "experience", "get involved with its environment and people." This is the type of travel that we present in our blog. Maybe not necessarily in a milk truck. But slow travel for us is leisure travel. With time for the country. To get to know the peculiarities of a culture.
The culinary art - perfect for slow travel
Discovering the world's cuisines is perfect for slow travelers. You stay in one place. Meet people from your destination. Immerse yourself in your everyday life. When cooking together. A food tour of the city. The visit to a winemaker. The overnight stay at a winery. A walk with a herbalist. Or at the cooking class with a star chef. It does not matter what your Slow (Food) Travel adventure looks like. Food is a great way to get in touch with people. No matter what culture they come from.
Food as access to foreign cultures
Have you ever enjoyed a Brettljause in a tavern in Austria? The landlady is sure to talk to you. How was your last snack in a country inn? The landlord asks you where you are from. This also works in other countries and continents. Drink a grappa in an Italian tavern. It does not take long for you to start talking. Sit by the campfire on a safari. Quickly arise discussions with others. The list can be continued endlessly. Eating is a topic that is a topic of conversation for everyone. Use it on your Slow Travel trips and get to know your destination and its inhabitants better.
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