Are you a fast or slow traveller?

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41. Posted by JetlagWarriors (Full Member 42 posts) 5y 2 Star this if you like it!

There are pros and cons to both -- and I enjoy both.

I have met people who say they prefer 'slow travelling', when it is clear in reality they just prefer doing nothing at all. The only reason for travelling is because they can't afford to not work for months in their own country; it's too expensive! That being said I have met slow travellers who can provide incredible insight to the feel and culture of a place. They truly are getting something out of the experience that a fast traveller is not getting. They have some sort of understanding about the how and the why things are done in a country, rather than just the what is being done.

I have also met people who say they prefer 'fast traveling'. Some of these people give the outward appearance of genuinely disliking travelling. Must have something to do at all times, must have wifi and their phone, irritable about any change of plans, and it sort of seems taking the picture at the top of the mountain is more important than the experience of climbing the mountain. That being said, I have met fast travellers who have seen and done it all. They have incredible insight and are able to compare cultures and really have a grasp of how unique they all are. It would take a slow traveler a lifetime to have so many worldwide experiences they have by the age of 40.

So, there are pros and cons to both. As for me, I fall on both sides of the spectrum, depending on the day, location, crew I am travelling with, etc. What's most important to me when I travel is to make memories. Sometimes that calls for hustle and go go, sometimes that calls for another day on the hostel rooftop patio enjoying a cold drink watching the world go by.

There is no right or wrong way. Just different ways.

Cheers, great topic

[ Edit: Edited on 19-Mar-2019, at 01:05 by JetlagWarriors ]

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43. Posted by RachelB17 (Budding Member 42 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Slow traveller over here!

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47. Posted by Angie2019 (Budding Member 8 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Same here. When I was younger I was a fast traveller. Now I realized I prefer slow approach so I can discover more about culture, history, traditions in new places

48. Posted by littlesam1 (Budding Member 107 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

I usually travel twice a year. We have to work around work schedules and caring for aging parents. We usually travel for 8 to ten days per trip. I don't guess I could say that time period allows us to be slow travelers. But we usually stay in one location and take a few day trips from that location. I could not imagine trying to do two or three countries in that short time period though. Also after two weeks I am usually ready to be home again.

49. Posted by Stefmuts (Respected Member 187 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Slow traveller here as well. I mostly plan a trip in one country sometimes two. In Europe I do tend to drive through some countries to get were I'm going and maybe stop at some point of interest on the way but I don't think that counts as a visit

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