Posted on Saturday July 1, 2023

Discovering depth in every destination

Embracing Slow Travel

In a world constantly pushing us to move faster, to cram more into every moment, there’s a travel trend that urges just the opposite. Slow Travel isn’t about how many stamps you can collect in your passport or how many landmarks you can check off your list. It’s about forging a deeper connection to the places we visit, the experiences we seek, and, ultimately, to our inner selves.

Instead of zipping through cities faster than you unzip your overnight bag, ticking off attractions, and capturing them in fleeting Instagram snapshots, imagine leisurely strolling through a local marketplace. Imagine feeling the textures, savouring the flavours of regional dishes, and letting the rhythm of a place truly sink in. That’s the essence of Slow Travel. By dwelling longer in one destination, we give ourselves the chance to truly absorb its atmosphere, culture, and history.

There’s something profoundly satisfying about delving deep into the stories behind the local markets and ancient structures, or discovering the tale of a local mural and being entertained by street artists. With Slow Travel, every moment, every conversation becomes an opportunity to learn, to empathise, and to bond.

This is because it’s not just about the places; it’s about the people. By spending more time in one location, we naturally strike up more conversations and often, form unexpected friendships. These relationships, these chance encounters, they enrich our journeys and leave us with memories more vivid than any photograph.

Let’s talk practical benefits too. Ever come back from a vacation feeling like you need another one just to recover? That’s travel fatigue. A rushed itinerary can be exhilarating, but it can also be exhausting. Slow Travel, with its gentler pace, ensures that you truly get the rejuvenation you’re after.

On a broader scale, there’s the sustainability angle. Travel, especially frequent, high-speed jaunts, has a carbon footprint. By opting to fully explore a single destination rather than hopping across multiple places, we’re also making a choice that’s kinder to our planet.

Now, if you’re considering a dive into the world of Slow Travel, consider Camps Bay’s little gem, Ocean View House. Nestled in one of the most picturesque corners of Cape Town, our luxury boutique hotel offers a place that embodies the spirit of this travel philosophy. With the panoramic views of the ocean, the whispered tales of the mountains, and the genuine warmth of local life, it’s the perfect spot to pause, immerse, and remember why we travel in the first place.

In the end, Slow Travel reminds us that it’s not about how many places we see, but how deeply we feel them. It’s a call to enjoy, to appreciate, and most importantly, to connect. So, the next time you pack your bags, maybe consider unpacking them at a destination and staying a while. The depth of the experience might just surprise you.


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