Slow Travel

Slow Travel — Then and Now Slow Travel. It’s the art of living in a place for a limited time, immersing yourself in a new
Slow down! Is it really worth spending tons of cash on a flight and visa just to see Angkor Wat in Cambodia if you only have
Anthropologist Marta Lodico felt Ethiopia is a place where modernity and tradition stick together inharmoniously. The mud
With 50 fast approaching, we knew we wanted to escape the safety and security we were taught was normal, and pursue life on our terms instead. We no longer want what most consider to be the safe route. We no longer want to live risk-free.
(Photo Credit: Lucas Sere Peltzer/Snapwire) There's much to be said for slow travel. Taking extra time to savor your surroundings
Have you ever been in a tour group? The benefits of traveling slowly, especially when traveling with your family, far outweigh any perceived benefits of traveling as fast as humanly possible.
"Once we got started, it just kind of took on a life of its own, actually," said Mark. "Starting out, we had no real concept
Yes, high-tech hotel rooms can be fun but they can also be distracting from the real reason we often travel: To connect with
Years after a childhood Amtrak ride, I discovered the Empire Builder, the long-haul line from Chicago to Seattle and Portland. I decided the adventure of traveling all those miles was just too good to miss.
It didn't take long before we saw amazing vistas where land and sky meet at a faraway horizon and mountains in green, pink, blue or beige depending on their geologic time of formation.
Travel is a strong catalyst for change. Sustainable tourism, at its best, "provides hard currency, jobs, and connects people to really understand the needs of a community."
It is in community gatherings and traditions that I look to understand how we might be better at bringing communities together -- not just as part of a distant past, but in order to forge a new kind of future.
Like Slow Food, Slow Travel offers an alternative to global tourism, one that promotes the pleasure of travel, while making commitments to protect local communities and the environment.
I'm taking a stand for fewer communications, for timeout for reflection and maybe even a little research before we all hit the Post/Send/Publish buttons. The result could well be more signal and less noise.
I'm suggesting that we shamelessly co-opt the Slow Food mission, bending it to the service of our more prurient predilections.