S is for Slow

No, I am not slow.

But I would like to be…some times.

There is this “new-ish” trend in travel. It is called Slow Travel. I don’t pretend to be an expert.

It speaks for itself. Travel slowly and in doing so, the traveller experiences a deeper understanding of the place, its culture and its people. The antithesis of the whirlwind trip around Europe; 6 countries in 6 days.

Jaz, my sheltie, has mastered the art of travelling slow. Being a somewhat older dog, she likes to take her time and sniff the grass when we walk together. And apparently grass remains fascinating, no matter where we are; each little patch of it deserving extra care and attention.

I could learn from her. You can see why from the photograph below. True story. Jade, Chris and I in New York City.

Chris took the picture of he, in last place, Jade in second and me in the lead!

Chris took the picture of he, in last place, Jade in second and me in the lead!

I have to laugh when I look at it now. It is not exactly a number 1 mom moment!

My thinking was If I speed it up, so will they. Then this can happen…. and that can happen. And pathetically, I can’t even remember where I was headed or what was supposed to happen. I was just in a hurry to get things done.

So I have been consciously trying to build in slow time when we travel now as a family. When I plan, I try to have only one activity per day and then some days I plan nothing, an oxymoron, but necessary for me, the travel moron.

Inevitably the nothing becomes a some thing that we all choose but then it is a some thing that feels less like a travel must and more like a travel want. Keep some spontaneity and flexibility for those paths that look interesting and lead to who knows where. What is at the end may be just as interesting as that art gallery that we were told we “had” to see. You will never know until you make the time to explore the “nothing” on your list.

So although I have made some head way into the world of slow travel, I still struggle. Two weeks in Italy? Challenging. The entire country is a traveller’s dream. I need 50 – 2 weeks holidays to see what I want. Two weeks in Guatemala? It is killing me. How do I get to Todos Santos and Tikal (in opposite directions) and still spend time at Lake Atitlan? Three weeks in Morocco? Stressful. We have to get to the Sahara Desert but then I must see Essaouira and also want to spend some down time in Chefchaouen.

Time forces choices. And choices make me want to speed up.

So there is only one solution to succeeding at this slow travel thing.

Only travel. Nothing else.

Then I promise… I really promise… that I will travel slowly.

Travelling slowly through A to Z from the Family C

13 comments

  1. Jennifer Amerkhanov · April 23, 2015

    hahaha – love the picture! I’ve been doing that to people my whole life and rarely realize it until the person I’m with speaks up. I’m incapable of moving slowly. I always have this urge to shout “Move it, people!” at everyone walking around me no matter where I am.

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    • lovetotrav · April 23, 2015

      That is me too. You should have seen me moving our family of 11 through the rides and lines at Disney. Now that is my greatest achievement ever 🙂

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  2. nylonliving · April 22, 2015

    I can’t sit still! I understand the theory behind slow travel but a combination of being hyper/having a low tolerance for boredom makes it unlikely I’ll ever be able to follow this trend!

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    • lovetotrav · April 23, 2015

      I know. I get bored and want to move on too (and also wondering what I am missing elsewhere.)

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  3. Kourtney Heintz · April 22, 2015

    I have the same problem. I want to see everything and do everything in the guidebook. I want to knock it off my to do list. I want to get my money’s worth. My friend forced me to slow down when we were in Phuket for a week. The best memories from that trip are the days we just went exploring in Phuket or just hung out on the beach. 🙂

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    • lovetotrav · April 22, 2015

      I so know that too. Some of my best memories are of the “doing nothing” type. I just want that and to see the other things as well… the cake and eat it too syndrome!

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  4. Oh, that picture is worth a thousand words. LOL This is the first time I have heard the term “slow travel.” I have to say that I am intrigued. Sending a link to this post for the G-Man to read.

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    • lovetotrav · April 22, 2015

      Yes, the pic was hilarious when I saw it later. I seriously had no idea! I think slow travel is like the slow food movement… take your time to really get a feel or taste of it.

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  5. joannesisco · April 22, 2015

    It sounds like you would travel well with my husband … he’s a speed demon. Everything is a race. He holds my hand – not to be romantic – but to drag me along behind him like a rubber dinghy behind a motor boat.
    I totally get slow travel … it appears to be my instinctive pace 🙂

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    • lovetotrav · April 22, 2015

      Hilarious! I would like to be more like you though. Working on it.

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      • joannesisco · April 22, 2015

        You’ll just have to keep travelling over and over and over again to practice 😉

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      • lovetotrav · April 22, 2015

        Great advice!

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  6. Sarah Ferguson · April 22, 2015

    I’m alternately good and bad with traveling slowly – sometimes, I can just sit on the beach and do nothing. Other times, I want to do everything!

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