How do you plan your vacations? How we travel is such a personal choice, of course. It involves many factors–money, time, physical condition, interests, and on and on. But my favorite way to travel is slowly.
I have two children now and realize the importance of slow travel with kids, but I’ve always loved slow travel. During one of my big trips to Europe in my early 20s, I stayed in five places over the course of three months–the shortest stay was about five days in Venice, and the longest was one month in London.
Since then I’ve tried to continue that aim of traveling to relax, to discover, to be. Now that I’ve gotten older, I’ve become much more aware of the importance of noticing, of slowing down enough to experience the place around me and all its sights, smells and sounds. Perhaps it’s because that I yearn for quiet time when I’m not tending to my kids’ every need, or perhaps it’s that I’ve come to realize that memorable vacations are those spent doing things I truly love. I now see slow travel not just as the amount of time I spend in one place, but also the amount of attention given to the surroundings.
With spring arriving here in California, I imagine that there’s no better way to experience a vacation than walking from one place to another, noticing the bird songs and flowers blooming on the way to the next village where a relaxing meal of local food and drink awaits.
In fact, if I could do anything during my long summer vacation, it would be to take a slow travel tour in Europe. That’s why I was excited to learn about Inntravel‘s slow travel tours. They offer a huge variety of self-guided tours for people who want to experience Europe off the beaten path. Here’s more about what they do and why I feel drawn to their mission:
No big groups: Inntravel tours are self-guided. You and whomever you choose to travel with get to travel independently, but Inntravel guides you by providing maps, routes, and plans for meals and accommodations.
Flexibility: You’re still in charge of your trip. Inntravel lets you choose the number of nights, the dates, and if you want to add the tour onto a trip you’re already planning. And there are so many destinations that you have many options to choose from.
They take the guess work out of the vacation. Inntravel takes care of the planning so you don’t have to. With carefully chosen family-run hotels and meals arranged, there’s no need to plan every detail. They transport your luggage between accommodations, and they help you with other necessities, like travel insurance, visas, etc.
Tours for all types: Whether you want to walk, bike, drive or take the train, and whether you want to travel alone, as a couple, or as a group/family, Inntravel will work with you to make the right vacation based on your needs. Even the walking tours vary based on your level of physical ability: gentle strolls, scenic rambles, challenging hikes, and flexible walks that give you choices as you set out each day.
Focus on local: As Inntravel puts it, their travel style is about getting under the skin of a place to see it for what it really is. This means that their tours include small family-run hotels, unpretentious restaurants where you can experience local food traditions, and plenty of free time to discover and explore.
Affordable: I found the prices of Inntravel’s tours to be quite reasonable. Find current offers here.
And those destinations! There are so many to choose from, but here are just three that especially piqued my interest:
Doesn’t an Inntravel vacation sound like perfection? Find out more about what makes their holidays special in this beautiful video:
And you? What kind of travel do you enjoy? What type of trip is on your “wish list”?