Let’s make a move and slow our life down. It sounds great, it’s just that I’m not patient enough. And it’s not even that I can’t do things longer that 5 mins at a time, I just really want to see the results right now. Be rich – right now, get a promotion – right now, do puzzles – finish in one go. Delayed gratification doesn’t go well with me (it does mean my emotional IQ is low).
I got tired of fast travel, constantly on the way day or night.
Marocco – we landed on Saturday and went back on Wednesday the following week 4 nights, one spent on the way to Zagora, second on the desert, third in Ouarzazate and 4th in Marrakesh, back to Agadir the next day.
Two weeks in Asia, landed in Bangkok, one night there, train to the Cambodian border, then bus, night in Siem Reap, Angkor, night in Siem Reap, bus to Ho Chi Minh City, two nights there, night bus to Nha Trang, night there, night bus to Hoi An, two nights there, train to Hue… and so on
I want to change the way I travel to feel I don’t only know the places I’ve seen skin deep and not to feel tired and empty after the holiday is over. There are two components to Slow Travel:
- Spend at least one week in one place on your trip.
- See what is near you: Use the “Concentric Circles” theory for day trips. Think of your touring area as a series of concentric circles around your base. See what is close to you instead of dashing about on long day trips to see the “must-sees”.
When I think about the reasons for my hectic pace first that comes to mind “there are so many places to see and so little time and money, let’s make a use that I’m here and see as much as possible”. It’s just being greedy. Wanting more and more all the time. It reminds me now when I think of it of compulsive eating, you just keep putting more and more food faster and faster without even feeling the taste of it.
I could draw a very convincing and beautiful picture of drinking your coffee in nice little restaurant every day the same one, becoming familiar with people selling local food on the market just around the corner from where you live. Discovering little discrepancies of everyday life around you and thinking “there I’m one of them now”. I’m not going to do it though… wait a second I already kind of did. But anyway until you really try it, you won’t be able to say if you like it. Not every where is the same: Italy & France, sounds really appealing to me but Sweden… not so much anymore, I guess I kind of think you need 10 years for people around you to become friendly hahahaa it’s just a superstition. Did you have different experiences?
The point I’m trying to make you really need to get tired of “fast”, maybe notice it’s no longer fun but more like an achievement, goal, a thick on your list just for the list sake. Anyway I recommend you do try slow travel outside of 5 star hotel & outside of big, anonymous city. Enjoy!
I’m planing a trip to Positano, at least four nights there. Challenging! But let’s just make one step at a time! :)