How to Feel At Home When Slow Travelling

If you’re a fan of slow travelling - the art of slowing down and appreciating a destination, rather than just rushing through - then you’...

If you’re a fan of slow travelling - the art of slowing down and appreciating a destination, rather than just rushing through - then you’ll already know just how enjoyable it can. It allows you to enjoy a world-class spot at a pace that few people get to experience. You can see things from the inside, rather than just through the lens of “tourist”. And you’re able to feel at home, however briefly, in a place that’s pointedly not your home. This last point can be a little difficult to pin down, however, so we’ve outlined some tips that’ll make you feel more comfortable in your surroundings...wherever you are.


Keep Some of Your Home Routines

Some people abandon any sense of self the moment their get on the plane. They’re different beasts entirely when they land overseas! There’s nothing wrong with this, but it’s not in keeping with the slow travel ethos. If that’s your goal, then try to incorporate some of your home routines into your day when overseas. If you normally go for a 7 am run, then do it when you’re abroad. It’s these little things that’ll seamlessly bridge the gap between your normal home and temporary home.

Think About Accommodation

As good as hotels can be, it’s just a fact of life that they don’t really invite you to feel “at home.” Indeed, if they did, they’d kind of be undoing the main point of hotels! So have a think about your accommodation options. You’ll likely find it much easier to fall into the rhythm of home if you’re in your own space, cooking your own food, not surrounded by strangers and staff. As such, a home rental might be the best approach. They’re normally more affordable than hotels, too.

Get Comfortable

You’re going to be out and about, exploring the local area when you’re travelling. But when you’ve finished exploring for the day, you’ll want to be able to unwind in your accommodations. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to stay out until the early hours of the morning every night just because you’re abroad. Instead, make sure you’re able to sink into home comforts in the evening. This may involve buying cosy slippers like those available from, getting accommodation that comes with a bath, and lighting a few candles. Bonus: if you enjoy your evening in a relaxing way, you’ll have all the more energy to explore during the day.

A Local Favourite

It’s hard to feel at home if everyone’s a stranger. Fortunately, there’s a tasty way to remedy this issue. Find your favourite local cafe, bar, restaurant, and anywhere else that offers delicious food and drink, and you’ll soon get to know the people who work there. Even if they might not go on to become your friend, it’s always nice to be able to give a greeting or two when you’re far from home.

Know the Area

And finally, get out there and start exploring the neighbourhood - you’ll feel right at home if you know every street and nook and cranny!


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