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Dec 11, 2018 04:40:41

Slow travel

by @basilesamel PATRON | 233 words | 388🔥 | 436💌

Basile Samel

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Tourists exhaust me. I avoid them. What is a tourist? A fast traveler.

Just like fast food, fast travelers are all about over-consumption.

Slow travelers understand that less is more. The world moves fast. Travelers don't have to.

I find it astonishing to see people go on vacation, only to make a job out of it. They wake up at 5AM, take their little map and go to each location marked on it. We have to hurry darling. We have to do this and that and this. Then they come back home and feel burnt out. They wonder why and wait for the next holidays to repeat the process. This is shallow travel, why would society inflict that to itself? I have a slight idea. It's about getting caught up in things to forget reality. A cheap break from daily life.

Slow travel is not a new trend invented by some hipster millennial. It is how humanity moved in the first place. Fast travel is a consequence of globalism.

Henry David Thoreau said that he had traveled a great deal in Concord. He was capable of traveling around his own birth place because he trained his mind to see things with a fresh perspective. Slow travel is a low impact form of tourism where social interactions and in-depth activities prevail.

Travel, not only as a physical movement, but also as an intellectual one.


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    @basilesamel I agree with you what is the point of racing through a new area just to check things off a list. I think there is an element of scarcity here. People think this will be the only time they will have this vacation or visit this place so they better get it all in. But whatever you don't experience this time you will experience the next time. So why rush?

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Dec 11, 2018 15:25:52
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      @brandonwilson "an element of scarcity" rushing against a feeling of running out of time? I never thought about it this way

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Dec 11, 2018 15:35:43
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    @basilesamel "Travel, not only as a physical movement, but also as an intellectual one." Well put. Will also add "spiritual" to it, at least for me!

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Dec 11, 2018 05:43:18
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      @jasonleow ha you're right, I should've added that

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Dec 11, 2018 07:09:09
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