Slow Travelers: Selected Slow Travel Adventures Worth Following!
Everybody can travel slowly. But slow travelers are a rare species on this fascinating planet these days, increasingly so because of the availability of cheap and fast transportation, the way the common working life is structured today and a general trend toward accelerated lifestyles. Slow travel became an almost lost art (see “The Art of Slow Travel“).
Slow Travel ≠ Long-term Travel
Long-term traveling is not per se slow traveling. Nor does slow travel have to be a long-term travel. This distinction is important and was relevant for the selection of the presented travel blogs in this article. Many long-term travelers and eager bloggers are not slow travelers; they jet around the world more often than they eat and they tick of bucket list bullets on a weekly basis. That`s alright, but it`s not slow travel. More famous travel blogs falling in this category are e.g. Onestep4ward.com or Nomadicmatt.com.
Slow Travel and its Blogging Disciples
Some of the travelers who write travel blogs embrace the art of slow travel. And some of these slow travelers write really well about their journeys and adventures that bring them to the most remote corners of this world, no matter how far or close from home they are. For those of you who want to get to know more about the adventures of slow travelers, I selected eight travel blogs that I find totally inspiring and worth following.
Not many other long-term travelers I know of have incorporated the philosophy of slow travel more than Karin-Marijke Vis and Coen Wubbels. This Dutch couple left the Netherlands back in 2003 and has been cruising around Asia and South America ever since. Karin-Marijke also writes articles about slow travel on Notesonslowtravel.
Alastair Humphreys was “named as a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year for his pioneering work on the concept of microadventures, trying to encourage people to get outside, get out of their comfort zone, go somewhere they’ve never been. A microadventure is an adventure that is close to home, cheap, simple, short, and yet very effective.” For the more adventurous slow travelers amongst you, this is the blog you want to follow.
This overland backpacking couple travels with the help of all sorts of means of transport, except airplanes. They state that their “site is about sustainable long-term adventure travel based on their own exciting experiences.”
Laura Pattarawrites bluntly, intelligently and enthrallingly about her really slow-paced travel by motorcycle with her partner Christopher Many. In fact, they are so slow that they`ve surely forgotten about when they actually started their trip. Must have been in the Middle Ages! She has some epic travel stories to share, check it out!
Is this the ultimate slow travel project? Paul “is retracing on foot (yes, on foot!) our ancestors’ migration out of Africa and across the globe. His 21,000-mile odyssey began in Ethiopia and will end seven years later at the tip of South America.” On this and a companion site (on National Geographic) Paul and some fellow “slow” journalists write great and deep articles about the greatest adventure ever: “The spread of homo sapiens out of Africa.”
What is faster than walking? Cycling! However, traveling by bicycle is still a very slow way of traveling. Whenever I meet long distance cyclists I am so impressed about their physical and mental achievements. Then I tell myself: I could do this, too. But I just don`t want it! Mirjam can do it and wants to do it; since 14 years she travels the world on a bicycle. That`s slow travel, I guess.
Lara and Terence, two Asia-based travel writers and photographers, try to “make travel more meaningful and memorable” through their website and their professional work in the travel sector. And, “they’re going slow, local and experiential” … and they`re “on a quest to explore more authentic and enriching ways to travel.” What that means for them? You can check it out yourself!
Hidden Europe is a travel magazine that focuses mainly on slow travel experiences; “We specialise in offbeat places and criss-cross the continent to bring our readers some of Europe’s very best travel writing.” The two editors and main contributors are Nicky Gardner who “loves nothing more than a slow meander by public transport around some unsung part of Europe” and Susanne Kries who is interested “in going places that might involve having a meal on a train”. The travel magazine`s blog Letters from Europe is freely accessible online.
Slow Travel Lovers, do you know more adventures of interesting slow travelers? Please let me know about them and their (online) platforms of communication.