We are living in times of living soft and intentional living. Slowing down has been essential to many of our mental health, including when traveling. Most of us spent years trying to travel to as many destinations as possible, leading to burnout when these trips were supposed to bring relaxation. Instead of truly living in the moment, we spent our days posting about where we were and what we were doing for others to see. 

If you’ve been looking for a travel alternative, consider slow travel. 

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Slow travel is a great way to jet-set with more intention. You’ll be able to experience a destination longer and spend your days leisurely taking in all that a place has to offer. 

So, the next time you book a vacation, consider these 5 benefits of slow travel. 

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You experience more of the destination

Instead of choosing a destination to add as a number on your list, you’ll be able to spend more time in a city or country. Staying in a destination for a longer period of time allows you to fully immerse yourself in the culture of that destination. Slow travel allows you to wander around cities and explore things you may not have known about before.

Make meaningful connections

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Slow travel allows you to speak with locals, make new friends and even connect with other travelers. You never know, these connections can lead to lifelong friendships. You’ll also have new connections in different parts of the world. 

Better for the environment

Air travel isn’t great for the environment. Flying releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and the emissions contribute to climate change. However, that doesn’t mean that you have to stop traveling by air. 

Finding sustainable alternatives helps to slow the effects of air travel on the environment. Instead of taking a quick two-hour flight, consider taking a bus or a train, which takes longer, but is better for the environment.

You’ll save money!

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Travel is expensive, so saving money when you can is ideal. When you’re traveling somewhere for a quick trip, you’ll most likely pay full price. When staying for a longer period, you’ll get discounted rates. Instead of taking a taxi around cities, try public transportation, bike riding, or walking. 

Leave feeling rejuvenated and grateful

Slow travel leads to a less chance of feeling burnout. Have you ever needed a vacation from your vacation? Instead of ripping and running around, trying to fit everything into a few days, consider easing into your days and spending more time in a destination. Scheduling time to do nothing while on vacation is important. 

Staying in a destination for a longer period of time allows you to notice things you wouldn’t have noticed or discovered if you were on a short trip. You’ll begin to learn how a city looks, feels, sounds, and smells during the day. 

At the end of your trip, you’ll have so many memories to savor on and be grateful for — until your next slow travel experience.

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