2021 Travel Trend: Slow Tourism
2020 has no doubt been an unexpected and somewhat hectic year. During this time, we have been productive by doing our research and planning itineraries for when the world opens again! What if I told you that you can reap more benefits by slow traveling or being a slow traveler?
Intrigued? Read on as we have done the research to explain to you what slow tourism is and how it might affect your future travels.
1. What is Slow tourism?
So you may be wondering, what exactly is slow tourism?
Are you usually allowing ourselves 2 or 3 days to explore a city, trying to cram as many tourist spots and attractions in your itinerary, resulting in a rushed and chaotic trip?
Does the above sound like you? Well, maybe you should opt for slow tourism.
Here’s why, Slow Tourism or slow travel is to travel for a longer period of time at a slower pace, allowing travelers to spend a couple more days at their destination. Slow tourism is basically taking a step at a time and enjoying the trip at a much slower pace than what we’re used to.
2. More opportunities to connect with locals
There are a plethora of benefits to slow tourism.
The first benefit coming off the list is additional opportunities to connect with the locals.
When given an ample amount of time to explore and venture into a city or destination, you’re bound to wander into unknown back alleys and new streets. You’ll therefore be more open to experience local culture and to connect with them on a deeper level compared to hastily visiting an attraction, taking pictures, and moving off. You will even slowly learn to appreciate their lifestyle, culture, and food, and hey you may even make new friends when you’re slow traveling.
3. Cheaper and more sustainable
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As you will be traveling and staying there for an extended period of time, travelers would prefer to stay at home-stays, vacation homes, or even hostels instead of hotels as they would be pricier.
By booking a long-term stay, you’ll be likely to be discounted with discounts given by the accommodation.
You’re also given a choice on whether you choose to cook your meals, where you’ll be saving even more of your budget on eating out, and enjoying the local produce they have to offer.
Lastly, slow tourism is also more sustainable. This is because if you limit the number of destinations you visit, it reduces the carbon emission you use up and vice versa.
4. More allotted time
More time to travel equals more peace of mind.
In case of any emergency, like sudden quarantine, flight delays or local disasters, etc you’ll be less stressed handling the situation compared to fast travel.
In the case of fast travel, already having limited days of travel in a city/region, and to face a setback would cause unnecessary stress to travelers.
Slow travel gives you more time to spare because you will realize that you have additional allotted time to travel and to explore the region or city regardless of any small emergency or setback you face.
5. Minimizing destinations also lead to a decrease in the risk of spread
Given that COVID-19 can spread like wildfire, limiting the number of destinations you go to will also reduce outbreaks and the risk of spreading.
When we eventually move on from COVID-19, travelers will still be wary and precarious of ourselves, and thus slow tourism or slow travel is the way to go instead of fast travel.
By traveling slow, not only are you protecting your family and loved ones but also you will be reaping all the benefits of slow tourism.
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