My Slow Adventures
"Traveling is brutality.
It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends.
Nothing is yours except the essential things - air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky - all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it" - Cesare Pavese
What I love about slow adventures is the opportunity to get under the skin of a place, establishing a much deeper connection with it than any other form of tourism. Witnessing and experiencing the real life of a destination opens your mind and helps you learning about new cultures much more than what you would do by reading any book. This way of traveling also connects me with my personal vision of sustainable tourism, minimizing the environmental impact and maximizing the social and economical effect of my journey.
You leave everything behind, going back to the basics: all you need to worry about is having some food to eat, a place to sleep and how many miles you have to cover the next day.
I'm constantly planning new adventure ideas and, over the years, I have had my own fair share of slow adventures, some closer to home and other quite far away.
This is the list of my most significant ones so far:
River Thames on a paddleboard and walked the Cammino delle Terre Mutate in Italy in 2020
Walked the length of Sri Lanka in 2019
Cycled 20.000 KM from Bali to Japan between 2016 and 2017 (here is the section about cycling in Myanmar)
Climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and cycled London to Luxembourg in 2014
I have also been on treks in Nepal and Chile, cycled London to Paris and Prague to Bratislava, run a marathon in Sierra Leone and two ultramarathons in the UK.
It was hard at times and more than once I questioned why I was putting myself through this but I can ensure you they all represent some of my best memories so far.
Are you ready to come on a Slow Travel Adventure?