Slow travel

Travel differently—slowly

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About the project Edit

Slow food, a movement that began in Italy to counter the “McDonaldization” of food culture is at the root of slow travel, another addition to this cult of slowness. According to Rafael Matos-Wasem, a reasearcher at the Institut de Tourisme in Switzerland, Slow Travel has two main objectives: taking one’s time and immerging one’s self in the culture of a particular region. This travelling philosophy also includes the state of mind of the traveler and the means used to explore the region.

Proponents of Slow Travel claim that the joy of traveling is lost entirely when the sole end is to arrive quickly to the chosen destination. Slow Travel advocates a state of mind that allows travelers to interact with the communities that they pass through on the way to their destinations, favouring activities enjoyed by locals over those recommended by travel guides. This traveling ideology shares many values similar to those of eco-tourism.

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

This style of travel can take on endless forms; one example is sightseeing by horse-drawn caravan. This alternative form of travel is completely unique. The Irish Horse Drawn Caravan Federation recently began promoting this tourist experience. The caravan is pulled by one horse and has sleeping accommodations for four to five people. The caravan allows visitors to travel on winding country roads and side roads; an introductory course and practice are necessary to lead the horse. Tourists can explore the countryside, small villages and spend days in completely rural locations. The cost is generally very affordable, due to an effort to democratize caravan travel.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

Slow Travel, as part of the sustainable travel movement, aims to minimize environmental impact both physical and cultural. By renting an apartment or villa for a week or more, travelers can explore the area at their own pace. They use public transport, buy local products, experience local cuisine, have their morning coffee at the neighbourhood café and, most importantly, gain an appreciation of the local culture.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

As people become increasingly aware of the negative impacts of mass tourism, Slow Travel is becoming popular with tourists around the world.

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