Remember my friend whom I have known for 10 years? Three weeks ago, Cindy came to visit me in the Netherlands and as she only stayed here for 5 days, we decided to go on a day trip to Lille, France. I’ve never been to Lille, even though it only takes 2,5 hours from Amsterdam. Perfect for a girls’ day out.
It was incredibly cold that day. I believe it was -4 degrees and all the shops were closed (it was Sunday). But it didn’t ruin the fun! In fact, we were glad that the shops were closed (say what?! Yep, you read that right. These words are really coming out of a shopaholic’s mouth!). The younger me of 10 years ago wouldn’t have accepted this, but the older me finds it totally fine. As I get older, I really want to spend more time with my loved ones, go offline from time to time, take things slow, eat well and enjoy slow travel.
Here are 4 reasons why you should start doing slow travel as well:
1. Choose quality over quantity. Taking a vacation is not about constantly jumping from one place to another or planning plentiful activities on a single day… Instead, choose something you really like, choose a place you really really want to visit or do that activity that you’ve been wanting to do for the longest time. That’s all that matters, no?
2. Enjoy! You’ll be able to see more, explore more and most importantly, you’ll enjoy more. Believe me, it will be a memorable experience.
3. Slow down. Have you ever had the feeling that you need another vacation right after coming back from one? Well, I’m guilty of this too. We live at a hectic pace and sometimes we really need to take a break from our daily routine. So why not taking things slow while you are on vacay? It’s good for your health, mind and body, too!
4. Spontaneity is key. I used to be a massive control freak. I always wanted to plan out everything in details, even when I’m on vacation. But now I’m more like, why not doing something spontaneous? Sometimes it may lead you to a new adventure.
The best times in life are usually random, unplanned and completely spontaneous.
Have you tried slow travel yet?
Thank you for taking the time to read my post. Until next time,