What do we mean by slow travel?
Slow travel grew from the slow food movement, which began in Italy around 1986 as an alternative to fast food! The idea behind it was to preserve the traditional regional cuisine of the local land, and encourage the farming of local plants, seeds, and livestock in a given ecosystem. Slow travel simply expands the concept around travel, to explore the local food, producers, and experiences you'd find in a particular region. It's not about how fast - or slow - you choose to travel, or how much time you have. Most of us don't a lot of time to leisurely spend exploring new cultures - wouldn't that be nice! The term slow travel is about more immersive travel experiences, staying longer in one place and making connections with real people, local foods, and local culture. It doesn't mean moving at a snail's pace and it's anything but boring. It's the opposite of seeing an entire country in 5 days, and we promise you it'll change the way you travel forever!
Here are slow travel experiences you can arrange with local guides around the world.