Slow travelling + fast charging = lifelong experiencing
(Slow travelling + fast charging = lifelong experience)
We intentionally left the title of the text in English because we wanted to play with the words and the experience behind them. Slow traveling does not indicate the speed of (slow) travel, and fast charging is the result of that increasingly popular way of traveling – putting quality above quantity. The mode of “slow” travel therefore recharges our batteries faster because we are not affected by the stressful pace (to see as much as possible in the shortest possible time) and strict travel schedule (which further creates tension and exhaustion), making the experiences remain longer in our memory.
This rich lifelong experience of a “slow” lifestyle comes from the interaction with local culture and customs, learning to cook local dishes, but also enjoying authentic food, and having fun with local people who will surely give you many useful tips not to be found in any travel guide. After such trips, we can return home truly rested and recharged. Because the purpose of travel is to gain a rich experience, escape from routine and learn new authentic things, all of this while rediscovering yourself, your capabilities, strengths and boundaries, and expanding your horizons.
Our fast-paced lifestyle brings a large inflow of information, fast communication and technology, but also increased stress, as well as burn out – a syndrome that is becoming increasingly present even outside the business world. Slow down! Not only physically but also mentally, return to the natural springs around you, and enjoy them.
A relatively newer term slow movement originated in 1980 in Italy in response to the global fast food grocery store chain that opened its new branch there. Over time, out of the terms slow food and slow travel new values extended to other branches of life, such as slow fashion, slow science, slow gardening, slow education, slow aging.
The term slow travel itself represents the enjoyment in the process (travel) and not in the arrival at the destination. In other words, less is more. And no, it is not related to the speed of traveling or hiking with a backpack on your back, boring travel intended only for the elderly, nor limitations such as ‘only for those who have more time or don’t have small children’, or any other similar reasons that may come to mind. You have probably already experienced slow travel by now, only you were not aware of it. When you had more time to enjoy a few things with quality, without rushing to meet the schedule and plan of travel, when you avoided the crowds and stress very often present in popular tourist places, and avoided strict travel plans, when you preferred to make check points as guidelines, leaving the rest to adventure. Or awoken it in the process. And if at the top of all that you also ran away from technology for a while, then you know what we are talking about.
Slow travel can be experienced in a variety of ways, from tours with tastings of local specialties or wines, camping, cruises, bike tours. It can often be cheaper due to lower travel costs, but still luxurious. Even camping got its own version of glamorous in glamping (glamorous camping) wherein you are accommodated in luxury mobile homes, just like the ones you can find in Camping Plitvice. With the possibility of using the pool, this 5-star camp provides a superb feeling of relaxation in the heart of a nature reserve. Camping in particular can be equated with the slow travel trend because it is a kind of ritual, from obtaining everything needed for the camp to setting it up. In addition, one of the qualities of slow travel is also zero impact on the environment, meaning we leave it as we found it. Enjoying the natural beauties that very often surround a camping site in the end comes as a reward for the effort and time invested. There is no point in rushing on right after the first day, you need to stay and soak up all the energy around you.