How To Have Meaningful Experiences Abroad: The Secrets of Slow Travel
The preparation phase of a trip is possibly one of my favorite parts of traveling. The anticipation of exploring a new place and embracing a new culture is a rejuvenating feeling. More than anything, I love when I know that my journey will be in one place.
Slow travel is an experience that everyone should have at least once in his or her lifetime. Traveling, not to rush and see as many cities as you can in the shortest amount of time but instead, slowing down and taking in once city at a time. Speed racing from country to country is a great way to increase your travel number count but there is nothing more fulfilling than leaving a location feeling as if you truly got to know the city.
When I travel, I tend to go to one place for 4 or 5 days and explore as much as I can. I rarely search out tourist attractions but instead I long for experiences through getting to know local culture, restaurants and the city’s hidden secrets. I encourage you to travel to new places, not to be a tourist passing through, but trying to have authentic experiences with those who know the best. Here are 3 reasons why you should practice the art of slow travel on your next trip.
OPPORTUNITY TO TRULY CONNECT WITH LOCALS
When you’re in town for more than just a night, you will have more of an opportunity to connect with the locals. The person you met your first night at dinner might be able to tell you about events that are happening around town and can even introduce you to their friends. Strolling into local bars and being open to having conversations with strangers can be your key to the culture and life wherever you’re visiting.
HAVE TIME TO STUMBLE UPON HIDDEN GEMS
When you don’t feel like you have to travel on a tight schedule to see all of the sites, you’re allotted an opportunity to wander through the intoxicating streets and take it all in. You’ll be able to find small stores, exhibitions and events that you might be more meaningful to you than getting an Instagram photo in front of the Eiffel Tower or in Puerta del Sol. But hey, if you’re in town for a while… odds are, you can do both.
THINK OF SLOW TRAVEL, AS YOU WOULD SLOW COOKED FOOD
Slow cooked food is that much better because it’s made with care and careful consideration. It’s filled with an endless amount of rich flavor and each bite leaves a lasting impact. That’s what slow travel is all about. Each day is a new opportunity to learn about a different side of the city or country that you’re visiting and to do it with care.
What experiences do you have with slow travel? Where is somewhere that you’ve visited but wish you had more time there?
Sienna Brown is the founder of Las Morenas de España. From New York to Murcia, Spain, she is constantly on a journey to inspire and be inspired while engaging in different methods of creation. Her passion for learning about others leads her towards constant exploration and practicing the art of listening as much as she can. See more of her work here and follow her adventures on instagram.