How often have you heard yourself say, “I need a vacation after this vacation.”

Many of us live hectic, stressful lives, and the frantic pace only continues while we're on a trip as we rush from one tourist attraction to another. The anticipation of arrival is eclipsed by the pleasure of the journey.

Slow travel offers an antidote to today’s fast paced lifestyle. The emphasis is less on manic sightseeing and more on taking in your surroundings at a relaxed pace. Rather than attempting to squeeze as many sights or cities as possible into each trip, the slow traveller takes the time to explore each destination thoroughly and to engage with communities that lie en route. Travellers get the chance to enjoy the journey as much as the destination. It’s not so much a particular mode of transportation as it is a mindset or a state of mind; it’s a whole way of looking at the world. It shares some common values with ecotourism. It is downbeat, eco-friendly, focuses on unhurried, and low-impact journeys.

Slow travel can mean renting a villa or an apartment for a week at a time and exploring your immediate surroundings on foot or by car. It can mean crossing long distances by train instead of air, so that you can see the scenery along the way. But no matter how you do it, the key is slowing down -- and making the most of each moment of your vacation.

Traveling abroad for a holiday usually consists of visiting iconic landmarks, shopping, and exploring the food culture. We challenge you to return to a time when life’s pleasures were savoured, food is prepared with great care, integrity, and pride to a time when people appreciated the going as much as the getting there.

Travel experiences could be summed up with the words of Carlo Petrini, the charismatic founder of the Slow Food Movement, “The art of living is about learning to give time to each and everything.” And that, without a doubt, should include travel.

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