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Slow Transportation, Slow Destination, And Slow Recreation

Nov 12, 2007
In the good old days they used to say "getting there, is half the fun".

In fact, just the other day I heard someone spout this phrase which made me think, how many of us focus our attention on the actual travel to our destination, rather than the destination itself.

When planning a vacation, or just travel in general, we quite often only consider the actual destination and our itinerary during our stay. We simply assume, usually correctly, that the mode of transportation will be a quick jaunt on an airplane. This is especially true for blue-collar workers taking their one or two week vacation time they are given each year.

The old adage, "getting there is half the fun", still rings true today. Sadly, many of us miss much of the wonders and the beauty of the world by simply selecting the most rapid form of travel possible. Instead of selecting the most enjoyable methods.

For example, consider a trip to the Grand Canyon. It's quite easy to set up a flight, book your hotel rooms, and even arrange tours, and guides, all without leaving our desk. Basically, mapping out our entire itinerary in minutes.

However, if you live in the United States, especially anywhere in the Western states, consider what might be on the roads in between. A car trip from Los Angeles to the Grand Canyon can deliver some of the most beautiful views of nature in the world. It can also be extremely interesting in other ways. The bizarre roadside stands with two headed rattlesnakes in a jar, stories of phantoms in the desert, and gas stations that look like they were pulled directly out of an old B-movie.

The point is quite simple. Many of us practice Slow Travel when selecting our destinations. But we don't take the time to consider our mode of transportation to our destination. Our focus is on the destination itself, and the recreation available once we've arrived. All of which are quite important, but let's not forget those two little words: "SLOW TRAVEL".

We don't call it slow destinations, nor do we call it slow recreation. We call it Slow Travel for a reason. The entire goal of Slow Travel is for each and everyone of us to slow down and enjoy the beauties and the marvels contained in the world around us. Our time on this planet passes extremely fast. Why would we make an effort to make it go faster?

Yes indeed, "Getting there is half the fun". When planning their next slow travel vacation be sure to remember that phrase. Your entire trip will be much more pleasant and your frame of mind will be much more serene. After all, that is what your vacation time is for. Rest, relaxation, and some serenity. There's no need to be in a hurry, there's no need to race to your destination. It's highly unlikely that its location is going to change. Take the time to enjoy the things found in between.

Until next time,
www.SlowTravel.com
About the Author
Geir Berthelsen is the Founder of the World Institute of Slowness (www.theworldinstituteofslowness.com) and has been spreading the Slow way of life since the mid 1990's. Visit www.slowtravel.com
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