Our instinct when traveling is to maximize our time. More countries, more cities, more hotels, more adventures, more highlights. For some people, travel has become more about a badge of honor or an Instagram pic than an experience. Its even fairly common to hear the phrase "I've done France". Slow travel is the opposite of all of that.
Slow travel is picking a destination, maybe a cottage in the English countryside or an apartment in the heart of Tokyo, and staying for an extended period of time. You take the time to experience the rhythms of life in your new destination, go to the market, cook your food, read, maybe even do nothing on occasion.
Not to say that traveling slow is always better. This depends of course on the traveler, how much time in a destination and what you want to get out of your travel experience. But one thing is certain, more people should give traveling slow a shot. Here are a few of the biggest benefits of slow travel:
Better connect to your destination
If you've been here before then you know that we exist solely to help travelers better connect to their destinations. Traveling slow is a great way to do that. It enables you to meet more locals, have authentic experiences more often, and learn more about the history and culture of your destination.
Consider the environmental cost of your trip. The fewer the travel destinations, the less your carbon footprint is. Additionally, a plane is more harmful to the environment than a train, a train is more harmful to the environment than a bike, etc.
Transportation is often the most expensive part of traveling. Less travel means spending less money. You'll also often receive discounts for longer term stays on accommodation.
With slow travel comes more time, more relaxation, the opportunity for more of a routine and, without a doubt, less stress.
Traveling slow will guarantee a very personalized and unique travel experience. Without the rush to notch off all the top sites, you will have more time to seek out other types of experiences. It allows you to veer away from your plan if you want, or simply let a unique experience play itself out without rushing to the next place.