“Wherever you are, be all there.” – Jim Elliott
Most travelers aim to squeeze as much into a vacation as possible to get the biggest bang for their buck. But what if the real value of a getaway lies in taking your time?
In today’s fast-paced world, the very definition of luxury travel is changing. Nowadays, the real luxury is time and taking things slow, truly soaking in the ambience of a destination or experience, and enjoying every nuance and detail. This is the essence of slow travel.
What is Slow Travel?
At its core, slow travel is about immersion, connection, and living in the moment. It means spending more time in one location, diving deep into its culture, history, and environment. The beauty of slow travel lies in its simplicity – it’s about taking the time to sit at local cafes, interact with the residents, walk the streets without an agenda, and truly becoming a part of the destination. It’s the exact opposite of the daily grind, where everything is planned down to the minute and clock-watching is customary.
The Benefits of Slow Travel:
Deeper Connections: Spending more time in one location allows for more meaningful interactions with nature and locals and a deeper understanding of their way of life.
Mindful Exploration: It gives you the opportunity to really explore a place beyond its most famous landmarks. There’s so much joy in taking inspiration from locals and wandering off the beaten tourist path.
Sustainability: By reducing the rush, you can make better choices for the environment, like using local transport or eating at family-run establishments.
Relaxation and Well-being: Without the stress of constantly packing and moving, there’s more time to relax, reflect, and rejuvenate.
For those ready to delve into the world of slow travel, GILTEDGE has handpicked some luxurious adventures that exemplify this trend, empowering you to see more, do more, and experience more without having to rush, catch lots of flights, or constantly pack and unpack.
These curated experiences include two key components of the rising slow travel trend – luxury rail travel and cruising. Here are our top picks:
Rovos Rail – Trail of Two Oceans
Main highlights: A visit to Chishimba Falls, exploring Dar es Salaam, touring the Kolwezi copper mine, traversing the Rift Valley, and game drives and overnight stays in South Luangwa.
Tips for taking it slow: Opt for extended stays at selected stops, indulge in onboard spa treatments, and enjoy long, leisurely meals as the scenery unfolds outside your window.
Who it’s for: History enthusiasts, railway aficionados, and those looking for an elegant journey across countries.
Why we love it: You’ll cut right across Africa from the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian Ocean (or vice versa). A journey that transcends borders, the Rovos Rail is about the magic of train travel. The rhythmic clatter of wheels, panoramic landscapes, and vintage charm make it a journey that takes you back in time.
Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) Italy, Greece, and Malta Cruise on Norwegian Epic
Main highlights: Discover the enchantment of cities like Rome, Athens, and Valletta; enjoy the tranquil beauty of Santorini and Mykonos and immerse yourself in the history of Sicily and Pisa.
Tips for taking it slow: Opt for longer shore excursions, spend a day at sea indulging in onboard amenities, and attend cultural lectures to better appreciate each destination.
Who it’s for: Sea-lovers, cultural explorers, and those who wish to enjoy multiple destinations without the hassle of moving accommodations.
Why we love it: A Mediterranean dream, this cruise allows travelers to revel in the beauty of southern Europe with the comfort of unpacking just once.
NCL Italy, Croatia, France, and Spain Cruise on Norwegian Escape
Main highlights: The rich history of Dubrovnik and Split, the allure of Cannes, the architectural marvels of Barcelona and Rome, and the serenity of Palma.
Tips for taking it slow: Book private tours for more personalized experiences, savor local delicacies at each port, and consider post-cruise stays to extend the experience.
Who it’s for: Romantics, foodies, and those who appreciate Europe’s diverse cultures.
Why we love it: This cruise captures the essence of European charm, from the romantic canals of Venice to the bustling streets of Barcelona.
Rovos Rail – Copper Trail
Main highlights: Victoria Falls, the unforgettable journey across the Zambezi, visits to Choma Museum and Lusaka Elephant Sanctuary, and the enriching game drives at South Luangwa.
Tips for taking it slow: Extend your stay at the South Luangwa National Park, indulge in evening conversations with fellow passengers about the day’s experiences, and take time to enjoy the serene sunset views from the train.
Who it’s for: Wildlife enthusiasts, adventure seekers, and those keen on discovering Africa’s lesser-known gems.
Why we love it: An expedition unlike any other, this trail offers a close look at Africa’s raw beauty, from the cascading Victoria Falls to the expansive landscapes of Zambia.
Slow travel is a movement towards more fulfilling, enriching, and sustainable travel. Whether you’re on the majestic routes of Rovos Rail or cruising the blue waters of the Mediterranean with NCL, the real luxury lies in savoring each moment, every landscape, and every connection.
It’s time to re-think the way YOU travel.
Let GILTEDGE help you redefine luxury, one slow journey at a time. Contact us today for help planning the ultimate getaway, where you can take your time, linger longer, and replenish body, mind, and soul.