Slow Travel, for those looking for something more than an impressive souvenir

Slow Travel, for those looking for something more than an impressive souvenir

Many times a leisure trip is associated with the anxiety of doing and seeing things that are considered must. Other times, a journey may seem somewhat 'empty' to us, without a content, a goal that we eventually succeeded in or not.

Still, one can feel that going to a place where his or her course as a tourist is completely prescribed, lacks the essence of visit, their contact with the local community, the locals and their habits.

The crazy rhythms and standardization occupy this precious piece of holiday. But it is very much in our hands to shape them as we do best. Thus, slow travel is an approach to the holiday mode that responds to this type of 'fast food' holiday.




The roots and the philosophy of slow travel

In 1986, in Rome, on the occasion of the opening of a restaurant of a well-known fast-food chain, a slow-food movement started for the first time in the center of promoting traditional food, local products, and the way they were produced were offered.

This view of the development of tourism and services has touched many people, prompting them to promote slow travel.

The triptych of the slow travel philosophy is simple. One, we focus on the journey, on the way. Two, we know the locals. Three, we protect the environment. It may not seem strange to us or a terrible innovation. And yet, the particular thing about slow travel is the effort to combine these aspects all three together.

In fact, it seems that most travelers who were looking for a more alternative way of vacation, were concerned with the locals, the traditions and peculiarities of each place. The environment and protection rarely entered the frame.

Correspondingly, of course, those dealing with ecotourism are of little importance in their personal entertainment or in achieving other goals in parallel, such as the support of small shops or production units, to large multinationals.


Enjoying the route

It may be from the approaches that come very much against the current and the speed of the season. The basic principle of slow travel is obviously not to reach somebody as quickly as possible but to make the journey to Ithaki a key part.

The slow travelers choose to travel by road, by train (older) or by boat. Time thus becomes an ally and not an opponent to be defeated. The traveler thus deciphers the pictures of the route and prefers unexpectedly the slow travel, despite the illustration of the airplane.


Connecting with the locals

The Swiss explorer, Isabelle Eberhardt, who is particularly popular among slow travelers, believed and tried to get her readers to say that the best way to get to know the locals is to travel as they do.

Seeing a place through the eyes of the inhabitants themselves, slow travelers acquire a deeper knowledge and a more complete picture of the world around them. And in fact, the images behind the windows and the bright lights are very different.



Protecting the environment

What pushes us to think further? The impact that our journey and stay can have on the environment of a place. This can be done by selecting eco-friendly locations and supporting the local economy or limiting the impact that the transport we choose to reach our destination may have.

For many, slow travel choices have yet to do with respect for the environment around them, compensating somehow the local community for what it offers to a visitor.




Aggeliki Koskeridou

Holistic Doctor – Counseling Psychotherapist

Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

MSc Health Psychology

insta: dr_aggelikikoskeridou_official


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