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  1. Anne
    January 5, 2014 @ 12:16 pm

    I agree about the advantages of slow travel. It can be a hard choice as to which destinations to see and which ones to leave out, as there are so many wonderful places around the world to travel to. I had a friend who went on a Contiki tour and she was exhausted by the end of it as it was so rushed and so much crammed into the tour.

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    • Ali Garland
      January 6, 2014 @ 5:34 pm

      I know, it’s so tempting sometimes to squeeze in as many destinations as possible. There are so many options! But I do find it so much more enjoyable now that I travel slower. The experience of being somewhere else is better (for me anyway) than checking off sights. I can’t imagine being on one of those tours!

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  2. Travel Perspectives - Slow Travel | Ali's Adventures
    February 11, 2013 @ 8:02 am

    […] to slow travel, and we’re making our upcoming travel plans based around this idea. You can see a lot more of the world if you just slow down a […]

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    January 7, 2013 @ 8:04 am

    […] to the right city to catch the next flight on my round the world ticket, instead of being able to travel slowly and relax a little more. I felt like I had backed myself into a […]

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  4. Stephen S.
    December 17, 2012 @ 10:19 pm

    Thanks for the post Ali. I feel you need to spend time in a country or city to really understand its depth. I never zoom through a place unless I’ve been there before, and I just want a quick visit to see some things I missed the first time. I even feel a little guilty about that though.

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    • Ali Garland
      December 18, 2012 @ 9:27 pm

      Thanks Stephen! I’ve definitely done some fast trips, but I’ve learned over the past couple of years that slowing down has great rewards. And don’t feel guilty, you can’t do/see everything!

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  5. Jeremy Branham
    December 6, 2012 @ 9:57 pm

    I like traveling slow. I think it’s too hard to always be on the go. This Fall, I traveled all over the country spending a week in each city. I had so much to see and do that while it was nice to be in a place for a few days, I still felt overwhelmed and burned out. One thing is for sure – I could never be a RTW full time traveler hopping from country to country. Having a base and taking the time to explore it is the way I like to travel.

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    • Ali Garland
      December 6, 2012 @ 10:56 pm

      Thanks Jeremy! I can’t imagine how exhausting your fall travel must have been with all that bouncing around. Traveling too fast can definitely be overwhelming. I agree with you about having a home base, as much as I love to travel, it’s always nice to have the comforts of home.

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  6. Jade - OurOyster.com
    December 5, 2012 @ 6:52 am

    I prefer travelling slow as well – it lets you stop at more than just the “big” attractions and I love being able to spend time in national parks and stuff like that.

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    • Ali Garland
      December 5, 2012 @ 4:16 pm

      The big attractions are big for a reason, but there are so many other great things to see. National parks can be really enjoyable but not necessarily on the tourist trail, and slowing down allows you to experience places like that.

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  7. Laurel
    December 5, 2012 @ 12:05 am

    I’m in dire need of a slow vacation since it always takes a few days to unwind and that’s when the real benefits of a slow vacation start kicking in.

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    • Ali Garland
      December 5, 2012 @ 4:15 pm

      I used to be ok with fast travel but now I really crave that ability to unwind when I travel, so slow travel it is!

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  8. Andrea
    December 4, 2012 @ 3:04 pm

    I agree, Ali – slow travel is way better than fast. Unfortunately sometimes we only have a limited time in a place

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    • Ali Garland
      December 4, 2012 @ 4:06 pm

      It is rough when you don’t get as much time, and I’ve definitely been there. We’re trying to keep that in mind when we travel and slow things down, even if it means not accomplishing as much.

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  9. Jennifer
    December 4, 2012 @ 9:58 am

    I long for the day when we can travel at a slower pace. For now, our travel generally involves many short breaks and longer trips that move at a fairly quick pace.

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    • Ali Garland
      December 4, 2012 @ 4:05 pm

      You’ll get there. We don’t really have enough time to travel as slowly as we’d like, but we’ve definitely learned that we can’t squeeze in so much to the short time we do have. It might mean cutting out destinations, but it’s well worth it if it means we can really enjoy the places we visit.

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