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People don’t differ from each other as much as they may think. Taking time and opening yourself up to the locals will make your travel experience more valuable and impactful. Because by listening and asking questions, a true human connection is created.

Read more in the article below on what you can do. Even the smallest steps make a difference!

Discovering the Magic in the Moment

In today's fast-paced world, there's something special about slowing down, especially when it comes to traveling. But embracing a different pace of travel requires a shift in our mindsets. Instead of hopping from one tourist hotspot to another, it's about truly valuing new experiences and connections. Plunging into the magic of those extraordinary moments.

'Going back to your roots, yeah'

The roots of the so-called slow movement can be traced back to Italian activist Carlo Petrini, who made a bold statement against fast food culture. In 1986, he protested the opening of a McDonald's in the centre of Rome by distributing homemade pasta. This act sparked a revolution, that promotes savouring life's flavors rather than rushing through them. Slow travelers prioritise quality over quantity, choosing to really get to know a place.

Your guide to travel differently

1 – Leave room for unexpected detours and improvisation
Instead of relying on influencer recommendations, ask locals for advice and have an authentic experience.

2 – Soak up the local way of life
To truly understand a destination, stay in one place for at least three nights. This allows you to delve into the local culture, traditions, and daily life. Oh, and it reduces your environmental impact at the same time.

3 – Choose alternatives
Family run accommodations, local cuisines, and off-the-beaten-path activities enable you to discover so much more about the region you are visiting.

4 – Travel smart
Use the local transport available. Take a train, canoe, ride a horse or simply walk!

5 – Meet new people Show interest, ask questions, and before you know it, you'll be sharing wonderful experiences. Engaging with shopkeepers, artisans, and neighbourhood locals enhances your travel experience in ways you never imagined.

6 – Buy local
By purchasing goods and services from local vendors, you not only contribute to the economic vitality of the community, but also leave a positive impact on the places you visit. Whether it's renting an apartment, shopping at markets, or dining at neighborhood restaurants, your choice will make a difference.

Rush less, experience more

So next time you take a trip, try and embrace the art of traveling slower. Let the adventure unfold at its own pace. And remember, adjusting your pace isn't about doing less, it's about experiencing more!

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