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The Essence of Slow Travel

Welcome to LoST – the essence of slow travel by walking, pedalling and paddling.

 

Perhaps you’re starting out, wanting to know more about slow travel and what it means. Or perhaps you’re like me and see too much called ‘slow travel’ that forgets its spirit and essence – what it’s about in terms of both the art of travelling and the traveller’s ethics, values and interests.  Either way, if we are to be slow travellers, we need to give some time and space for some thinking, some reflection, some re-imagining our travels, with the aim to travel within a landscape rather than through it. To engage with a location rather than tick it off.

 

For me, this type of slow travel (what I call LoST – local slow travel) is important to understand as both a concept and an action – the thinking and the doing. The ‘thinking’ bit is really important as our understanding of slow travel by walking, pedalling and paddling, why we do it and what we mean by it, becomes the foundation for our journeys. The ‘doing’ bit is, of course, about how we travel and where we travel – guided by our ‘thinking’ and our understanding.

 

Walking, cycling and paddling are means of moving through landscapes and engaging with them.  They are human powered and, importantly, allow us to travel and engage very locally.

 

Slow travel by paddling gives us an opportunity to move along waterways used by people for millenia.On this website you’ll find two kinds of information. One kind is about slow travel, being a slow traveller, slow travel through walking, riding and paddling, and about landscapes and waterscapes we can engage with. These are the posts and pages of the site.

 

What you will find in them is the essence of slow travel and its positive impacts on landscapes, the communities that are part of them and us – the slow travellers who get LST in these places. This is the ‘thinking’ and the ‘doing’ that lays foundations for losing ourselves in landscapes and our slow travels.

 

You won’t find how to pack a rucksack, or how to paddle a canoe, or much about routes. But I regularly find interesting articles and posts about these things. What I do is post these on my twitter and insta, using #LoST and #LST followed by the topic. For example, if I find something interesting on cycling in the UK, I’ll share it via my socials using #LSTcycling #LSTUK or #LoSTcycling #LoSTUK . This is the second type of information on the site – the relevant hashtags which I use to curate information published by others. Look out for the hashtags at the bottom of each page.

 

There are two things I’d like the website to do. The first is to provide information on the essence of slow travel and its contributions to the sustainability of communities and their landscapes.

 

The second is to provide a space where we can discuss our interpretations of slow travel as well as our travels. Discussing with others gives everyone new insights into our ideas about slow travel and our travels.

 

The website is organised around four threads of LST – what LST is about, the LST traveller, the essence of riding, walking and paddling, and understanding the landscapes within which we travel. The links below are your starting point.

 

The site gets updated regularly with information and ideas. Come back often to see what’s new and interesting.