When you hear the phrase ‘slow travel’ you might assume by definition it means taking months off to explore a destination in great detail. Instead, what slow travel truly means is genuinely relaxing on vacation, connecting with a new place, and avoiding manic touring. It’s a state of mind you can enter before you even pinpoint where to go.
The idea of slow travel is to ultimately be rid of stressful itinerary planning as well as encouraging travelers to find a deeper sense of place in new destinations. Try cramming in less and allowing more time for an intimate cultural experience, as the unexpected almost always produces the most unforgettable memories. Doesn’t slow travel simply take us right back to why we travel in the first place? Less routine, new faces, self discovery, and uncommon experiences. Our list of slow travel destinations coupled with a few weeks and a leisurely pace will have you transitioning into vacation mode effortlessly and experiencing your travels more authentically.
Anguilla, British West Indies
The Caribbean is renowned for its laid-back attitude, although on some of the more heavily touristed islands it can be a hassle to find a private spot on the sand. The idyllic island of Anguilla has unpretentious locals and a large expat community that will ensure you find the hidden gems as well as the sea-to-table cuisine you came to paradise to experience. Not to mention it’s thirty plus powder-white beaches. Anguilla is a destination that invites you to linger longer and partake in traditional island rituals such as coffee at Geraud’s, a seaside lunch at the beach shack, and a visit to local Lynne Bernbaum’s art gallery.
Where to stay in Anguilla
The Hawaiian Islands
The intoxicating scents of the warm breeze as you step off the plane allows for an easy slide into Hawaiian time. Island hopping always sounds like a great idea, although in keeping with the slow travel philosophy it’s truly best to experience each island individually as they are so interestingly diverse. Choose which island appeals most based on activities, cuisine and accommodations and explore them one at a time, a few weeks at a time. We can all definitely learn from the Aloha State’s slow way of life, from the timeless volcanoes that surround you to the deep rooted Polynesian culture especially the way locals cherish family time.
Where to stay in Hawaii
Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles is a sprawling city – from Hollywood to the outlying beach towns – so planning your experience can be a bit daunting. However it is possible to enjoy L.A. the slow travel way. We suggest choosing a few iconic places to visit in the city, then spending most of your time on the coast for a peaceful escape. The best tip to ensure your experiences are memorable and relaxing is to narrow down and tackle any sightseeing early in the trip. Afterwards you can head to the beach, take a surfing lesson in Santa Monica, shop at the local farmer’s markets and bike along the boardwalk. Trying to experience the whole of L.A. in a short week will have you feeling stressed before you even return home, so stay awhile and find luxury in what you discover at random.
Where to stay in Los Angeles
Southern Thailand: think fine sand, warm azure waters, and towering limestone cliffs lining the horizon that you could gaze at for weeks. If you are looking to truly feel stranded yet pampered, head to the more exclusive island destinations like Koh Yao Noi and Krabi that lend themselves to more off-the-beaten path and personalized, cultural experiences. Leisurely taste your way through local delicacies, experience Thailand’s ancient traditions, and enjoy impeccable hospitality in “The Land of Smiles”.
Where to stay in Thailand
Whistler, British Columbia
Slowly traveling British Columbia is somewhat ironic because Canadians are renowned for being very active, doing and seeing everything their country has to offer, which is undeniably inspiring. The countryside in British Columbia is one of the most wondrous corners in the world. When many think of visiting Western Canada, snow comes to mind, although Whistler also has warm summers filled with wildflowers, canoeing, mountain biking, camping, world-class golfing, Scandinavian-style spas and hiking. Allow a few weeks to get comfortably acquainted with the wilderness of BC, as the scenery is beautiful and the mountain air is reviving, no matter what the season.
Where to stay in Whistler