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Have You Heard Of The Slow Travel Trend Yet?

Matt Crisp September 23, 2019

Think back to your last big trip away – what did you see and do? Did you feel rushed off your feet, trying to fit as many tourist attractions and sightseeing opportunities in as possible before boarding your flight and taking your UK luxury coach hire back home again?

If looking back you think perhaps you were a bit frantic, trying to cram as much in as you can over the course of a few days, you might want to start thinking about slow travel and the benefits that this way of seeing the world could bring.

Don’t worry if you were somewhat manic the last time you went on holiday – you’re certainly not alone. So many of us lead stressful and hectic lives back home and it’s no big surprise that this mindset is carried with us when we go away – meaning that we spend our time running from one tourist attraction to another, trying to fit it all in and potentially missing out on a true connection with our choice of destination as a result.

Tourist burnout is real and can happen to anyone, when you suddenly no longer want to explore the local area and feel stressed out, tired and irritable – and on holiday no less! The answer to this could well lie in the slow travel trend, with the emphasis more on serious relaxation and really appreciating where you are, instead of running around like a headless chicken ticking off tourist attractions as you go.

By holidaying in this way, you can really explore your destination properly and thoroughly, getting to know one part of it really well instead of just hopping about and seeing as much of it as you can, but none of it in depth. It can be hard to really get a feel for a place if you’re constantly on the go so take a few deep breaths, pause and look around you a bit more.

It’s also worth remembering that if you travel in this way, you’ll still have lots of sights to see and all sorts of other activities to take part in the next time you come back, instead of getting it all done in one trip.

Sit down and think about how you could possibly participate in the slow travel trend yourself. What about renting out a beautiful little country cottage for a week and then exploring the local area by foot? Or you could hop on board a sleeper train and see a country by rail over the course of a few days – or even longer.

The key is to seek out meaningful and authentic experiences so you can really get a feel for and a true understanding of the country you’re visiting – which is, after all, one of the main reasons to go anywhere and see anything. Stay for longer, choose fewer destinations and seek out those more meaningful experiences that will broaden your mind and enhance your life.

 

3 slow travel holiday destinations

Intrigued by the idea of slow travel but can’t decide where you want to travel to? Then have a look at some of the places we’ve listed below to see if any of them make you want to pack up your troubles in your old kit bag and hotfoot it on out of here. Let us know which ones you’ve put at the top of your must-visit list.

 

Eat in Piedmont, Italy

This is where the Slow Food Movement was born – which helped inspire the concept of slow travel, so it seems only fitting to visit the second largest region in Italy while on your slow travel adventures.

Make sure you head to Alba, which is renowned as being the gourmet capital of the entire region. It’s the perfect place to go for a spot of wine tasting – and if you’re a white truffle aficionado, then you’ve made a very wise choice of destination indeed.

 

Bike through Rwanda

If you and your family love nothing more than getting out and about on your bikes, then a slow cycling trip around Rwanda is likely to be the holiday of your dreams.

The Slow Cyclist runs biking tours around the country so you can explore the region fully and take advantage of your guide’s deep knowledge of the area. Founder of the company Oli Broom recently spent two years living there, so you can bet he has some serious local knowledge to keep you well entertained on your trip.

Oli lived and worked in Kigali, the capital, leading a charity project to build a home for cricket in the country. He spent his weekends exploring everywhere by bike, moving home in 2013 with a plan in mind to encourage others to experience the country – and others – by bicycle.

 

Go for a walk in New Zealand

Strap on your hiking boots and wend your way along the 53.5km Milford Track on New Zealand’s South Island, widely viewed as one of the best walking trails to be found in the entire world.

According to Lonely Planet, it should take you four days to make your way from Lake Te Anau through rainforest up to Mackinnon Pass, where you can then pop off to have a look at the highest waterfall in the country, Sutherland Falls. You’ll then make your way north along the river to the Milford Sound fjord.

These are just a couple of ideas but there are so many different slow travel choices that you’re sure to have a very hard time indeed deciding where to go and what to do first.

We’d love to hear what you think about the slow travel trend and if you have plans in place to join the movement any time soon. Get in touch with the team here at A Class Corporate Coach Hire to tell us where you’re going and what you have in mind to do.

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