Ever travel to someplace new and come back realizing you need a vacation from your vacation? Or that you’ve seen and done so many things but can’t seem to remember one that really impacted you? That made you see the world differently?
The concept of slow travel isn’t new, but when we think of our instant-gratification-driven world, it’s often forgotten.
Now before you think that traveling slow means you need to physically move slower or that you need to go anti-tech and not bring your phone or laptop with you (like I tend to do), or that you have to stay in one place for over a week to travel slowly, know that pursuing a slow travel lifestyle is a mindset.
It’s a more relaxed and sustainable approach to traveling that requires you to be more present in the enjoyment and growth that comes with traveling.
This more intentional way of traveling is not about how many museums you’ve seen or if you have time to eat at all the best cafes seen on Instagram.
Slow travel is about traveling at your own pace, rather than rushing through it just to “see” things and “do” things.
It’s about making a new place your home.
It’s about going deeper in your experiences and being more conscious and connected with the places and people around you.
We all know those people that race through countries just to say they’re able to check it off their bucket list. But slow travel is doing the opposite.
And understanding a place and its pace culture isn’t possible when you’re rushing from postcard view to Instagram pic.
Because slow travel is about being, not doing.
And slowing down our travels leads to greater reflection and introspection. We come home feeling changed, grown and rejuvenated… as we’ve truly learned something important.
Here are some practical ways that I travel slow and with intention…
With COVID here for the potential long-term, I imagine flying will be far less common, and driving to new places will be the new preferred choice.
And most importantly, take a few moments in your day to really….look around.
Admire what has been built, observe what has been planted.
What a joy to travel!
Don’t take it for granted. Instead, appreciate it, savor it, and travel slow.
Traveling slow has made me see the world differently. My heart has softened, my mind expanded, my soul lighter. It’s changed my perspective greatly and it’s brought me a whole lot more joy than those trips where I rushed and crammed too many sights and activities in.
It’s made me appreciate the present moment more fully. It’s taught me the art of surrender, and how to soften my preferences to allow for more adventure in my life!
When I travel slow, I have more opportunities to meet people and to learn their stories. Connecting with others, especially in places that are so different from my own, always benefits me. I walk away more humble, more compassionate and more open-minded.
The future of travel is slow, more sustainable, and it opens us up to those hidden treasures of presence and appreciation.
Plus, having something positive to look forward to in the future, even if it’s far off in the distance, gives us more joy…right here and right now.
Curious for more words from me? I am starting a small email list for those joyful spirits who’d like to receive love notes from me directly via email about slow living and simple joys here! Once every few weeks, I’ll send an email about the small appreciations and quiet delight I’m noticing and learning about in the world and hopefully spread that joy, light and goodness on to you! 🙂
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September 24, 2020
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