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How Slow Travel Can Be More Meaningful

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There’s a saying out there, something along the lines of ‘slowly slowly catch a monkey’, or that’s the general jist. It might sound like a load of old tosh, but the actual meaning behind it is quite true. A slower approach to something could just yield more understanding, and more results.

In terms of travel, this is also quite a truth, because if you’re rushing around, trying to get from A to B, and panicking about seeing such and such a sight before it closes, then moving onto the next country, you’re not really seeing the small details, and often the best things do come in small packages.

Whistle stop tours have their advantages too, fast tracking the main sights and cutting out the other things you might not be too bothered about, but what if those other things turn out to be the things you like more than the main sights you were going to see in the first place?

Is this making sense?

Let’s look at a cruise for example. Many people love cruises, and there are definite plus points to it. Yes, food and drink is included in the price, but in terms of travel, you get to see bite-sized pieces of a region of the world in the space of a week or so. The good thing about this is you get to see an awful lot in a short period of time, however you could also argue that there’s no way you have time to take it all in, when you’re panicking about your ship leaving without you, and you daren’t wander too far from the port, just in case.

On the other hand, if you pick a region of the world that interests you generally, maybe Egypt for example, or open it up wider and travel around Asia as a whole, then taking your own sweet time and being lazy about the whole thing could mean you meet more people, you experience more of the culture, you learn more of the language, simply because you’re there for longer and you’re more open to it, and you see the hidden gems of a place that sometimes are more dazzling than those on the major tourist trail.

You cannot say you have truly experienced a place until you have explored it, and to explore you need time. Running around like a headless chicken will mean you miss out on far too much, so chill it out, slow it down, and slot into a more meandering pace of life – you never know what you might see.

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