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Slow Travel

Make a case for slowing your pace. 

In a digital world, slow is the enemy—slow internet service, slow trains, slow traffic: all are unwanted. But in the travel world, slow is becoming a prized quality. The budding slow travel movement urges jetsetters to travel at an unhurried place. It’s about staying longer and seeing less in an effort to enjoy not just the destination, but the journey.

What does a ‘slow’ holiday entail? It can be literal—biking or hiking to your destination—or, philosophically: indulging in languid lunches and longer itineraries with less-packed days. Tour companies like Inntravel specialize in such trips: the company curates self-guided biking, walking or adventure holidays that leave room in the itinerary to explore, so you can stop at that roadside shop or order seconds without feeling frantic. Adventure company Wilderness Scotland focuses on human-powered adventures, bikes, kayaks, canoes, or sailboats, that ask travellers to explore their local surroundings instead of chasing an itinerary of must-see sights. They work closely with local partners across the country to (slowly) immerse travellers in the communities, culture, and customs of their destinations.