What modern conveniences could you live without?

Geographical distances are becoming less and less important due to globalization. Modern conveniences are available to us almost everywhere. If you forget the charger for your mobile phone at home, you can usually easily buy or borrow a new one at your destination. In many countries in Latin America, Asia and Africa, however, the term time continues to be interpreted differently. A break in the routine is welcome, plans are flexible. You will find there: Even in the busy chaos of a big city, people can be wonderfully calm and serene. When you travel to South Africa, you may hear the saying, “Haraka haraka, haina baraka” (hurry, hurry brings no blessing). India's freedom fighter Mahatma Gandhi once said: "There are more important things in life than constantly increasing its pace." And in Costa Rica, ¡Pura Vida! to approach things with care and serenity. We can learn from it and - as Carl Honoré, author of Slow Life (2004) puts it - discover our “inner turtle”. 8 enchantingtravels.de N E W E L A N D E C K E N Vacation, i.e. traveling for pure pleasure and not out of necessity, is a concept that was first practiced by wealthy citizens in ancient Rome. Pilgrims, traders, kings and explorers were the first to travel long distances on the back of a horse or camel over land and on the deck of a ship to cross oceans. What these pioneers had in common was their love of discovery and the desire for new encounters. Their modes of transportation forced them to travel slowly, most of them valued and made the most of the time they gave. Today's concept of Slow Travel is based on the ideas of the Slow Food movement. Founded in 1989 by the Italian gourmet critic Carlo Petrini, it now has millions of followers around the world. The initiative encourages us to deal more consciously with our food and to question where our food comes from and what consequences its production has on our environment. Slow travel follows a similar philosophy from which not only we travelers, but also our hosts, the local people and our environment benefit. Honoré describes the art of slow travel as follows: “My way of understanding the world is to move around in it, to look around, to listen, to perceive it with all my senses, to think about it, to exchange ideas with others. If we do it right, slow travel is a wonderful way not to get infected by the rush. Slow travel offers a wealth of experiences, insights and sensations that can only be properly enjoyed if we slow down. " But how exactly can we “get it right” in this sense? In Many Ways: Slow travel could start with a sense of nostalgia that may remind us of a family vacation many years ago, when we weren't surrounded by so many distractions and it was easier to linger in the moment. In The Art of Pausing: A Plea for Deceleration (2014), Pico Iyer believes that slow travel can be an antidote to the intensity of modern life. He writes: “In an age of speed, nothing can be more invigorating for me than slowness. At a time when many things are happening at the same time, nothing feels more luxurious to me than paying attention. And in a time of constant movement, nothing is more urgent than simply to pause. ”Go Slow - praise for slowness Our modern world is often characterized by speed and overstimulation. To escape this, we can do what the Italians call “la dolce far niente” - the sweet art of doing nothing. Vacation travel has always offered the opportunity to do things that we rarely come into contact with in our everyday lives. A brisk travel pace can be stimulating by being constantly on the move. But even if we have a wish-list of places we visit and things we'd like to do, we might end up finding that we dive deeper into a place if we spend more time there. Enchanting Travels is aware of this and we would therefore like to offer you as much flexibility as possible for your planned travel itinerary. If during your trip you find that you want to stay in one place longer than you originally thought, your travel agent will be happy to help you change your plans. New experiences can be very inspiring and exciting - our experts will be happy to give you their own individual and personal recommendations. If you would like to take advantage of your vacation to take it slow, we can adjust the travel pace: Go on a bush walk instead of a jeep safari, drive a rental car through South Africa to stop spontaneously or at a place a little longer to be able to linger. Experience the endless expanses of Patagonia, the Rajasthan desert or the impressive flora and fauna of the Okavango Delta from horseback. Enjoy a night on a junk in the Mekong Delta or go kayaking in Laos. Pedal and explore rural Indonesia, the narrow streets of Japan's major cities or the shores of Kenya's lakes by bike. Hop on a train and dream while the outside world goes by. In this way you can experience a hitherto unknown country up close and in harmony with your surroundings. From speed to deceleration 9 GO SLOW