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If you've ever felt rushed during your travels, then you'll appreciate slow travel. As the world seems to get faster and faster, some travelers have found s l o w travel. These travelers tell their own tales of slow travel in this month's Reach to Teach Recruiting November Blog Carnival...
I'll start with what slow travel is not. The idea of a month-long backpacking trip through the entirety of Southeast Asia, or the idea of a 'Euro-trip' where you jet around to 10 cities in 2 weeks. These types of trips are whirlwinds and people enjoy the chaos and excitement of them. There's nothing wrong with this type of travel, I've just found that it's not for me, and so have many other travelers...
I remember on my first trip to Europe we had this wise and gorgeous Italian woman as our tour guide on our giant EF bus..I vividly remember towards the end of our trip she suggested that we all do at least one solo travel trip in our lives; that it was life-changing for her and that everyone should do it once. I remember really thinking about this and wondering if I was the type. Well almost 10 years later I have more than 2 years of solo-travel experience under my belt and I'm passing along that Italian woman's message to me including 4 Benefits of solo-travel specifically.
Why I Blog
My original blog started in spring of 2012!
I really started blogging when I was living in a tiny township in Taiwan and needed a place to share and vent my first time living abroad! It just naturally progressed into talking with other travelers and reading other blogs.
Since I found it challenging to find out what I wanted to before moving to Taiwan, I wanted to write this blog for people in the situation I was in: unaware, curious and maybe not knowing where to start. I found it was hard to learn about anything but the capital city and major tourist spots. A Lonely Planet guidebook told me not to even stop by in the city I was soon moving to... I try to seek and share places on and off the beaten path for other travelers and also expats in my current location. Get off the guidebooks, get on travel blogs!
Last year's focus was on Taiwan and Asia, because of my slow-traveling, teaching ways. This year, it's Prague and Česká republika! I've shifted the focus to Czech Republic and Europe, though South America is still very much on my mind!
Ubud by scooter
It all started when I studied abroad in Perth, Australia in college. It was a life-changing experience. I saw the light! Soon my time was up and it was back to Massachusetts to finish my degrees. Soon my experience felt merely like a dream I'd had that I would never leave behind. My other travel friends seemed to forget and get 'busier' and everyone molded back into their everyday lives as before, as if nothing had happened or changed. I eventually readjusted too but still had a tight hold on those memories, and an undeniable desire to see more.
However, AFAR magazines and Anthony Bourdain had to do for a few years as I finished my BA and then got my MA in Teaching. I took trips when I could to Colorado, San Fran, New York City, Boston and Sonoma Valley, which left me high and fiending for more!
Once I finished my degrees I was free and location-less. I skipped my graduation ceremony and headed for Asia! My experience living and teaching in Taiwan was really eye opening pushed me to adapt and be stronger. Living in the Czech Republic has challenged me in different ways and provides me with more education than I probably yet realize. Next I'll go home for an extended break to save money before I hit South and Central America full force!!!
A taste of...
The Czech Republic
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