In Defense of Slow Travel

With only a week or two of vacation time, there is often the pressure to see and do all. the. things. But in doing so, what are we missing out on?

As introverts, life in the fast lane can feel overwhelming and exhausting. Many travelers (and tour companies and travel agencies) pack their itineraries so tightly that they rush from one site to the next, with barely enough time to actually enjoy the experience.

When planning travel for introverts, I use a 2-to-1 ratio of travel planning, with 2 parts rest and recharge time to 1 part mind-blowing experience. This ratio allows enough time to savor the experience and be mindful of the present, while still blowing your mind once or twice a day.

By embracing slow travel, we can do more by doing less. 

Give yourself permission to slow down and enjoy the experience the way that is comfortable for you. It's okay to read a book in your underwear, do yoga on the balcony, or even sleep in!

Related: How to Up-Level Your Next Vacation

In his TEDTalk, journalist Carl Honoré dissects our speed-obsessed society and celebrates those who have gotten in touch with their "inner-tortoise."

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