Find freedom in slowing down – discover the benefits of slow travel

It is enticing to travel to a new place and try to pack in as much as possible! There’s many reasons for this – one of which being the culture we live in that prioritizes “getting things done!” Especially if you’re an American, you probably know all too well the strains of limited time off form work as well. But fast travel doesn’t allow for much other than tourist traps and a travel experience that’s removed from local life and culture.

Slow travel is the revolutionary act of taking time – taking hold of the time that is rightfully yours and using it to know a place deeply. Slow travel invites you to slow down and really experience what is around you. When you slow down your travel plans, you are creating space for transformative and wholehearted experiences. 

I invite you to embrace the fear of being bored and embrace the fear of missing out. I promise that you will gain so much more than you will lose by slowing down your travels and experiencing a place deeply. This is how you will leave behind escapist travel and step into travel that transforms.

Slow Travel: A Revolution

Slow travel has introduced me to a revolutionary way of traveling, as well as a way of living. My nature is to go, go, go (I know, how American of me)! This hustle culture, this chaotic way of living doesn’t serve anyone. If you are a travel enthusiast, you’ve probably encountered the “country counting” culture that turns travel into some sort of competition. I both hate it and hate that I fell victim to this mentality so often in my travel career. For so long I felt “less than” for having visited less countries that my colleagues and peers, and felt like I had so much to catch up on before being regarded as a serious traveler. 

To all that I say – NO. Slow travel is the radical and revolutionary response to toxic hustle culture. It’s also a humbling way to experience a place and its culture deeply, rather than at a superficial surface level. I encourage you to stay longer than you think you need in each and every place you visit. Do you think you just need 3 days somewhere? Stay for 5 days. Do you think you need a week somewhere? Try and spend at least a week and a half, better if you can manage two weeks.

I encourage you to let yourself be bored! Once you’ve checked off the tourist hotspots in a place you can free yourself up to discover local treasures, such as restaurants, local sporting events, local cultural experiences, and meet local people! You also can’t really know what a place has to offer until you get there. I believe the difference between a “tourist” and a “traveler” lies in your willingness to be transformed by a place. Slow travel provides the space for you to immerse yourself so much, that you just might be changed by it.