Here at OurOyster.com, we are all about slow travel. Sure, during my university exchange in Denmark, I often took long weekends and went on numerous city breaks around Europe, but when it comes to longer term travel, I prefer to take it slow.
Slow travel is more than just avoiding the package bus tours that take you to 20 countries in 20 days, it’s an entire frame of mind.
So are you a slow traveller?
You may be a slow traveller if:
- You pick your next destination by country, and not by region (Ex: On my next trip I will be visiting the Philippines vs. On my next trip I will be visiting South East Asia)
- You prefer to buy the travel guide by country instead of by region (Ex. Lonely Planet’s guide to Germany vs. Lonely Planet’s Europe on a Shoestring)
- You tend to stay in each place you stop for a minimum of three nights
- You try to visit different parts of the city, instead of just hitting up all the main attractions
- You try to see everything that interests you in the country in one trip, so that you don’t feel the need to return
- You try to get working holiday visas in as many places as possible, so that you can really experience the culture
- You end up being able to give other people directions in a city you are just visiting yourself
- You start picking up some of the local slang and mannerisms
- You prefer overland travel over plane travel where possible
- You tend to end up meeting localsand making life long friendships in the places you visit
If the majority of those statements match your own travel style – then you may be a slow traveller!
Benefits of slow travel:
- Slow travellers tend to benefit by gaining a fuller understanding of the culture they are travelling in
- Slow travellers often make great travel discoveries, such as a great hidden bar or cafe in the place they are visiting
- Slow travellers often make life long friendships with local people
- Slow travellers may even find love in another country (and then spend months on hold with Australian immigration – but that is a totally different story!)
- Slow travellers often leave a country satisfied that they saw all they came for, and experienced all they hoped for in their trip
- Slow travel is more relaxing – there is less rushing around, and more room for spontaneity and more wiggle room if bad travel luck throws a wrench into some of your plans