Slow Living, Traveling Well

by - 8/07/2019

If you have a passion for travel, you are, by definition, a dreamer. Thinking of adventures still to be had and new experiences that are awaiting you makes your heart race with anticipation. 
The very idea that there is someplace out there where you will find new memories for a lifetime makes you jittery and unable to sit still. And who can blame you? The world is there for you to explore, your mind and heart to open up and the further you travel, the more you will understand and experience the concept of ‘home.’

The Worst Way To Enjoy

Most people look forward to going on holidays. Some might want to see new (or ancient) cultures; some might want to try new foods, others want to lie down on a towel on the beach. We do tend to focus on destinations more than anything, trying to find the best deal or the cheapest option possible, as if the actual travel is not part of the journey. By doing so, we sometimes subject ourselves to the most horrible traveling experiences one could encounter. Crowded airports, cramped flights, and impossible to time tables to keep.
 

A More Absorptive Experience

Glorifying the destination and accepting a low bar of the actual physical act of traveling has created this counterintuitive acceptance of bad traveling simply to get to a nice hotel. And that’s not to say that focusing on the destination is terrible. It’s just that making the traveling part more enjoyable enables someone to absorb and experience the adventure fully.

The Romanticism of the Train

Take the previously mentioned train ride, for example. What if it was on a historic track, with comfortable seats, and a view to die for? Would you mind sitting on the train, watching out on snowy mountain peaks, flowing water rapids and stretches and stretches of landscape? Might it be possible that this is appealing in its own right and you don’t really care what the destination is? This is one of those rabbit hole things; once you start exploring with wondrous train rides there are, you will want to embark on one.

The Great Outdoors

Or perhaps a road trip through the beautiful outdoors, hauling one of those adventurous Austrack Campers behind your car, will spark that traveling bug. There is nothing that spells freedom like being able to explore on your own terms. With your own little accommodation in tow, you can decide on what your story is. Only limited by the amount of asphalt (or gravel or sand) you are willing to drive on. 

The City Cruise

Some people swear by cruises. And not necessarily those hallmark Caribbean style cruises, but those shorter haul city trip cruises. You kick back and enjoy eating, drinking, socializing, and sleeping, only to pop into a different town every day on the journey. You kind of get the best of both worlds, plenty of destinations but done on a very leisurely pace.
And maybe that’s the key to enjoyable travel: traveling slower. Once you stop focusing on the destination and more on the act of traveling, you will find it’s more enjoyable and immersive.



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24 comments

  1. I agree with you. Slow traveling enhances the entire travel experience majorly. Nice post!
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  2. Lovely & interesting travel blog. I too love travelling but never enjoyed the tent stay moment.

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  3. Totally agree with you ! Slow travel gives you a chance to explore more !! Again love those clicks 😊

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  4. I totally love reading your interesting travel blog. I totally agree with you, slow travelling elevates the overall journey . It is the best we should do while traveling and moreover what is the rush

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  5. Travel is a way to live and learn more about humility of the nature. Lovely blog you have here.

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  6. True that I too love slow moving trains journeys like we have in India as well in many cities and then camping is yet another thing that I love.

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  7. Agree with you , we focus on destination more , the dentire journey can also be funfilled as could be a rich experience 🙂

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  8. First of all ...pics are so amazing and I too love exploring and travelling new places a lot!!

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  9. Loved your blog...slow travelling makes our travel more enjoyable nd memorable ...instead of just running from one place to another

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  10. You seem to love to travel and your pics are simply awesome. Honestly you need not write....the pics do the talking.. :)

    Utpal Khot

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  11. Wehave always found the dictum that the actrual travel is always as good if not better than the destination itself. Some of our train travels in Switzerland remain etched in our memories and so do numerous road trips in India and abroad.

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  12. We need to outgrow from our comfort zone to experience life changing experience. Great post on travelling

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  13. I love traveling too. I agree we should travel just not for places but for the experience

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  14. I agree... I too love slow traveling. I hate the idea of rushing around on a holiday and then requiring a break to rejuvenate! What's the point 😁

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  15. Trying different things while traveling brings new experiences and doubles the fun. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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  16. I agree with you... It's not about a good hotel... It's about the experience and the relaxation... Loved your ideas and loved reading this post!

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  17. I've always believed in slow travelling, as you need to immerse to explore and enjoy the place as a whole instead of running to cover all places around.

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  18. I love road trips a lot while travelling as they let us see and experiencethe beautiful surroundings.

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  19. "If you have a passion for travel, you are, by definition, a dreamer." you had me at this! I agree so much with you. Great article!

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  20. I too believe in enjoying the journey not just the destination. The whole feeling of traveling be it a train, cruise or even a car drive can be as mesmerising as any particular destination. Very beautiful post.

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  21. What a lovely post and a great idea...slow travel sounds delightful.

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  22. It is all about that wonder thurst. In a single life, one should save all his money just for the sake of travelling.

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  23. Agree.. A slow travel can enhance the fun and excitement to explore a place. Great post and lovely pictures

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  24. I second your opinion doc holidays are indeed best enjoyed when taken slow letting everything around sink in wonderfully

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