Slow Tourism - Learn More About The One Where You Savour It All
Often when travellers book their trips, they follow an itinerary that tells them to eat breakfast under 15 minutes, head over to an attraction and spend not more than an hour there, then a ride scheduled for another attraction, followed by another, and back to the hotel. At the end of the tour, you end up visiting 4 countries and 13 cities in 10 days. You really did, Instagram is the proof! But you ask yourself a question, "was it worth it?"
Simply spending a day in a city clicking pictures of the beautiful surroundings while your driver/ tour guide rides past it explaining you things about the place he googled 15 minutes before is not what travelling is all about. Sadly, that is been the case lately.
I get it. Life is short and you want to visit as many places as you can in the shortest possible time. A bustling life that people live in the present time, travelling is now more about going for a short vacation just for the sake of it between the tight schedule of work and other responsibilities. Enter slow tourism.
What is Slow Tourism?
Though there is no exact definition of it, slow tourism, as the name suggests, is the idea of travelling unhurriedly and leisurely. There's a whole idea of slow movement behind it which started 20 years ago in Italy. Initially, it revolved around nutrition and consumption of junk food followed by other movements like slow education, slow city, slow money, slow food, and in the present times, slow tourism. It’s all about slowing down yourself in this modern, fast-paced life and living in the moment instead of worrying about the past and the future.
Walk instead of travelling in a car, talk to the locals and try looking at the place from their perspective, maybe learn how to prepare their cuisine. The important aspect here is to take things slow and savour the experience. Beauty lies in the details and slow tourism compels you to enjoy that by getting up close with nature, breathing in the fresh air, and soaking in the view of panoramic landscapes
Slow tourism also involves going with the flow. You explore and make impromptu decisions – the complete opposite of packaged tour. See where the hordes of tourists are headed to, you don't have to follow them. Go on an off beaten track to unveil something new and exciting.
Try this alternative tourism style on your next trip!