Slow Travel, or the art of slow travel
The term slow travel stands for one trend, which more and more travelers are following when planning their vacation. Gone is the time for them to go through the highlights of a country, tick off their to-do lists and then tell at home that they “know” a country. Germany in three days, America in two weeks or the whole world in three months - something like that leaves a stale feeling, a feeling of dissatisfaction, the knowledge that you have missed something. Well, you've seen places that you know at home from numerous photos, from an infinite number of television documentaries, from travel guides or from stories from well-known people who travel a lot. Somehow, however, there always remains the question of what is hidden behind the facade. Is there anything else to discover around the next corner? What is she doing Humans who one meets? These are questions that many are asking themselves more and more frequently. Traveling slowly helps.
What is Slow Travel?
You return to the “Grand Tour”, trips made for the sake of discovery. Traveling for the sake of traveling - not because of the arrival. Traveling slowly is in. We want to experience our travel destinations. We want to get to know the regional way of life on the one hand, and meet local people on the other. Traveling in the sense of "slow travel" also means immersing yourself in a foreign culture. It is the intensive coexistence with people we meet on the way, as well as the close contact with a way of life that is foreign to us until then.
Embarking on a region requires openness and tolerance, curiosity and sometimes courage to try something new. At the same time, the art of slow travel also provides an incredibly satisfying travel experience that opens our eyes to slow travelers for things, places, and ways of life that were previously hidden from us. As a slow traveler, you take the time to question things, to explore places, to live with the locals.
What is the art of traveling slowly?
Of course, time is an important factor. It takes time to experience a region intensively. In this sentence alone, everything that makes up Slow Travel is included: on trips, there is ample opportunity to experience a regionally limited location. In our hectic everyday life that's just something we lack. What we are looking for. Which we find only with difficulty. We fly from point A to B. Do not experience the distance anymore. Do not experience what different cultures and ways of life we miss. What constitutes a country, a region. For Slow Travel, the goal is not the reason for traveling, but the path, the close-up and intense experience of being on the move. That's what Slow Travel is all about. There are so many ways to experience the way of traveling slowly. We tried some of them ourselves:
We have been traveling slowly in recent years on ours Houseboat Travel experienced. For a week we take our time to float on the river without a fixed program. Suddenly you can hear the birds singing in the bushes along the riverbank. We feel the sun on our skin. We see the angler patiently waiting for a fish to bite. The humming of the bees lulls us into a state of rest, allowing us to experience a relaxation that we no longer know in everyday life.
In conversation with the lockkeepers, we learn what life is like on the river. In a small village café we get the recipe of the quiche, which tastes so good for lunch. And the village pastor waved us friendly on our midday stroll through the sleepy village. If we feel like it, we'll dock on the shore, take a dip in the river, or spend a few hours with a good book and a glass of wine on the deck of our boat.
Slow Travel by car
Slow Travel is also possible by car - if you take your time. We were last year on the Grossglockner High Alpine Road on the way, one of the most beautiful pass roads through the Austrian Alps. It is a good forty kilometers long, actually a stone's throw. We spent a whole day taking our time: just sitting down in the grass watching a waterfall fall into the valley. On the terrace of a mountain hut a snack with the magnificent view of the surrounding mountains enjoyed - away from the hustle and bustle of the large restaurants, where the bus groups wait for food. Cows watching on the mountain pasture eating grass. And mountain flowers observed in the autumn wind. All this on a panoramic road, famous for its scenic beauty, which attracts thousands of visitors every day. Our slow travel tour was guaranteed to be a different and more intense experience than that of organized bus tourists.
Travel slowly on foot
We experienced the experience of slow travel especially intensively during our short hike with the alpacas in Neanderland. It was not us who set the pace but the animals. These were more interested in the fresh green grass along the way than on a long and exhausting trekking tour. They allowed us a particularly impressive experience of beautiful nature in Neanderland.
Sometimes we drive our Slow Travel experiences to excess: when we take the time to observe the around-us. There are very special places for this: a restaurant that offers us the opportunity to observe passers-by in their everyday life undisturbed while sipping our coffee on the terrace. The balcony of a mountain hut, from which we to follow a thunderstorm on its way through the Inn Valley can. Sitting on a bench in the park and listening to the bees buzzing around the spring flowers. Only a few of these experiences can be planned. You experience it unexpectedly, unexpectedly. And only if you have enough time for them.
Traveling slowly also means taking time for the people you meet on the way and spending time together. This can happen spontaneously during a conversation that takes place in a café or on a train. However, there are also opportunities that allow one to work with them and do things that are commonplace for them: helping a winemaker with the grape harvest; watch a potter and learn how to make his goods; from a star chef to be introduced to the art of gourmet cooking; from a jewelry producer to learn the art of shell grinding, These are all experiences that we have made on our travels through the world and that have made us return home feeling like we have got to know our destination better.
Slow Travel For us, dedicating our time to a country and its people, engaging with them intensively, getting to know their peculiarities, their way of life, their character. Open to new experiences.
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Source: own experiences with traveling slowly
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Monika Fuchs has been working in tourism since 1990. She has been a tour guide on four continents for 17 years and has accompanied high-class trips through North and Central America, Australia, southern Africa and Europe. Since 2001 she has been a writer and photographer for TravelWorldOnline and writes as a freelance journalist for DIE ZEIT Online and travel magazines such as 360 ° Medien, TRIVAGO, Expedia, travador, etc. She also writes travel guides about destinations and enjoyment destinations all over the world. Your guide about Canada's east was released in 2020. Petar Fuchs produced the videos on this blog as well YouTube.
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