Who hasn’t felt frazzled returning home from a packed three–day vacation or experienced travel fatigue during a frantic Euro trip? In a world infected by what Carl Honoré – award–winning Canadian author and godfather of the Slow Movement – calls “the virus of hurry,” the Covid Pause has been a worldwide workshop in slowing down and doing less, forcing us to reflect on our past frenzied pace of life. That slow ethos is also starting to change how we travel.
The Slow Movement – an offshoot of the Slow Food movement, birthed (naturally) in Italy in 1986 – is about being present, perceptive and appreciative of our surroundings. As Honoré, whose book In Praise of Slow has become the Slow Movement’s main manifesto, puts it: “It means doing things well instead of fast, living each moment fully and savouring the seconds rather than counting them.”