Travel trends, like fashion trends, come and go. But if there's one emerging trend that's caught our attention and inspired us to pack our bags, it's the Slow Travel trend.
We've recently been catching up with Tom Marchant, co-founder of Black Tomato, a luxury travel company that specialises in creating bespoke, trend-setting trips across the globe. Black Tomato are experts at allowing their clients to connect with the world around them, and we've been learning some tips from Tom, who has been telling us more about the trend and how we can experience slow travel for ourselves:
In a time where the farthest reaches of our planet are more accessible and quicker to reach than ever before, there's never been a more important time to slow down and appreciate the world around us. 'Slow Travel' is about finding a new connection with a destination by choosing an alternative route or picking modes of transport that encourage a slower pace and allow you to really embed yourself in your surroundings and your journey. With limited holiday time and so much of the world to explore, it's all too easy to rush through a destination, but recently we've been focusing on creating itineraries that promote the opposite and help clients to slow down and find a deeper connection with the country they're in. Here's a few of our favourites from around the world.
Indonesia – Set Sail with all the family in Komodo
This luxurious family adventure epitomises the beauty of slow travel. Spend your days sailing around the unexplored islands of Eastern Indonesia on your own luxury yacht. Explore hidden paradise islands such as Gili Lawa Darat, which can only be reached by taking this route, and witness breath-taking sunsets from sea level whilst you dine on Indonesian cuisine created by your own private chef. This trip offers a chance to escape the pace of real life and explore Indonesia's hidden jewels.
Experience this adventure: https://www.blacktomato.com/destinations/indonesia/luxury-family-sailing-indonesia/
Nepal – Heli-Biking the Himalayas
Slow travel doesn't mean you can't be active, and not only does this itinerary offer one of the most unique cycling opportunities on the planet, but it opens a route to enjoy the beauty of the Himalayas that is otherwise inaccessible. Following the meandering Kali Gandaki River, you will traverse the deepest gorge in the world, surrounded on all sides by the Jakriojagga Lek, a remote collection of mountains that hide this shoestring of cycling perfection.
Learn more about this trip: https://www.blacktomato.com/destinations/nepal/cycling-the-himalayas-nepal/
Zambia and Zimbabwe - A Luxurious Walking and River Safari
This two week experience offers the ultimate African safari adventure. There's nowhere on earth better to slow the pace and reconnect with nature and wildlife than Zambia and Zimbabwe. Filled with stunning landscapes, magnificent wildlife and lavish river cruises, you will experience unforgettable vistas of Victoria Falls, romantic hideaways along the Zambezi River and some of the best game viewing in the world. Put simply, this mesmerizing journey through Southern Africa is the perfect opportunity to free yourself from the daily grind and experience true serenity.
Learn more about this trip: https://www.blacktomato.com/destinations/zambia/luxury-zambia-zimbabwe-safari/
Chile - Deserts, Fine Wines and Chic Cities
This eight night journey through the depths of Chile offers a different interpretation of slow travel. The importance of immersing yourself entirely in the country you're visiting is paramount to us, and nowhere offers a better opportunity to do this than Chile. Combining hot air balloon rides over the Atacama Desert, saltwater soaking in La Cejar Laguna and relaxed vineyard tours aplenty, this trip allows you to taste your way across a true South American gem and experience an entirely new pace of travel.
Learn more about this trip: https://www.blacktomato.com/destinations/chile/malbec-mountains-mirages/
Cambodia – Cruise the Mekong River between Cambodia and Mekong Delta on the Aqua Mekong Cruise Ship
The concept of a traditional cruise may leave many uninspired, but this five star journey on board the Aqua Mekong Cruise Ship truly breaks the mould. Think of the trip as more of a river safari, where you can choose between three, four or seven nights travelling along the enchanting Mekong River. If you think of slow travel as a state of mind, this encapsulates the concept - floating past endemic markets, stopping to visit ancient monasteries and meeting with local villages, there's no better way to discover South East Asia's most iconic waters.
Learn more about this trip: https://www.blacktomato.com/destinations/cambodia/aqua-mekong-cruise-ship-cambodia/