Slow travel (2): How to – some ideas and tips

Street cafes – a really nice invention

 

To travel slow has many advantages, as described in this post. It is fun and more relaxing. Today I continue with advices and tips.

The good thing is: each activity can stand on its own. Even if we are – for what reason ever – on the rush, it is nice, to find in between at least small steps to take it slower. Just try it!

And: if you are not traveling at the moment, you can try one or the other thing at home. There is a lot to see around the corner.

 

Stay longer at one place

Stay a few days longer and try one of the tips below. Maybe you want to experience a second accommodation, enlarges the perspective.

 

Walk

Just start to walk, along the beach or explore the quarter around the hostel. There is always something to discover. I also like to walk in direction of an attraction – a broad look at the itinerary and then I am off.

 

Rent a bike

Especially in rural areas the ideal mean of transport to an easy going exploring, but with a higher radius than by foot.

 

Make a break – in hot countries especially over noon

Sit down for half an hour or so, and let the attractions impress you – and often you even find benches. Street cafes – my passion. Sitting and watching life going by. Or just taking some rest in the hotel room or on the balcony. We need time, also to “digest” all the things we have seen.

 

Strolling around markets – always an experience

 

Visit a market and cook something

Have a look at the local products, by some fresh vegetables and fruits and cook something. Of course this is not possible everywhere, but in many hostels, there are kitchens nowadays.

 

Search details

On the street, at the beach, in temples or in cafes. Let your eyes wander and look closer. This is not only an exercise in mindfulness, it also leads to new insights.

 

Make photos with intention

And this leads me to the next. When you make photos don’t just click quickly and then move away to the next sight. Search for and find new perspectives, lighting conditions and details (see above). The results are not only better photos, but also a new view on well attended and photographed attractions or on every day life.

 

Attend courses, activities

I am a fan of cooking and yoga classes, but everything is possible of course. Cinema, theater, language classes or street parties – a look at local newspaper opens up a whole new spectrum of possibilities – and enables new experiences not listed in your guidebook – not to mention the nice people you are going to meet.

 

Go to the “fringes” of a destination

Especially in India I found this interesting. At beach villages or in smaller tourist spots there might be a whole new world opening up.

 

Travel by bus and train – also during the day

It is quite popular to travel with night-bus or -train to the next destination. Of course the advantages are not to dispute (saving one hotel night and arrival in the morning, when there are enough free beds available), I still prefer to travel during the day. Zooming through the landscape, the bustling activity  during the stopovers are always part of my travel highlights. Especially good for trips up to six hours.

And what are your tips?

 

 

 

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