Unlike slow living, the slow movement, or slow food, slow travel doesn’t seem to be something as widely adopted or even discussed much until the hit of COVID-19 pandemic.
What is Slow Travel?
Slow travel is traveling at your own pace instead of rushing through your trip. It's travel that emphasizes connection: to local people, cultures, food and music. It relies on the idea that a trip is meant to educate and have an emotional impact, in the present moment and for the future, while remaining sustainable for local communities and the environment.
With residents: Joyce, Nandy, Amani and host Justa at Overhang villas in Kigamboni, Dar Es Salaam
Slow travel has many benefits for the traveler and the community that you’re visiting. In a way, it’s a return to the reasons that people had traveled in the past, for a cultural experience or a chance to lose themselves in a new place without the need to document every moment.
Slow travelers look to immerse themselves and stay for awhile. Some bring their work with them and work remotely. Slow travelers connect with the local communities by eating and sightseeing at local places instead of going mostly to touristy or mainstream destinations. Some go as far as living like the locals.
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