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EXPLORING ECOTOURISM

Think Smart, Travel Slow
by Ron Mader

SLOW WIKI

You get to know things better when they go by slow.
- Slow Notebook

Go Slow in Hyderabad, India

FLICKR ALBUM: Slow Travel


We have long touted the phrase 'think smart, travel slow.' Here's why.

Slow travel allows visitors time to meet locals and the places where they live. It's so much more than the adrenaline kick of speeding through a foreign landscape. To enrich your vacation, meet the people who are the focal point of the growing local tourism movement.

Above all slow travel encourages engagement that can be mutually beneficial. Film buffs, think Groundhog Day.

Travelers with a limited time budget often try to cram in as much as possible. It's easy to see a lot in a short period of time, but odds are you run yourself ragged.

Slow travel requires thoughtful preparation, learning about the places to be visited beforehand while allowing one's self to be surprised once you arrive. Slow travel lies in the moment and beyond the moment. There is the experience itself with all of its sensory wonders and surprises. And slow travel requires a nurturing of contact before, during and after your journey.

THE VALUE OF SLOW TRAVEL

Want to get more for your money? Slow down! The chief expense for most travelers is transportation, so if you slow down, you can go deeper. Want to maximize philanthropy? Slow down! See where your donations are going, commit to microphilanthropy.

RECOMMENDATIONS

Be mindful.
Be present.
Uni-task. (the opposite of multi-tasking)
Unplug. The red flag is if you find yourself interacing with your cellphone more than with strangers!

FEATURES

g Local travel
g Slow Food
g Go slow now
g Guide to Open Space Technology
g Slow notebook
g The value of continuity

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g A Place to Sit
g Walking
g What is the value of attention?
g Clocks
g Slow Food
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Mezcal Walk 2012 Slow Adventure Saturday March 12

QUESTIONS

How is slow travel connected to sensory experiences?
How are slow food and slow travel connected?
Can a NASCAR fan be an ecotourist?
How do travelers visit a community in the rhythm of the local place?

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