The Ultimate Slow Travel Holiday

Before you plan your holiday itinerary, it’s important to ask yourself: ‘what do I really want out of this trip?’. Too often, we feel pressured to do and see everything when we’re abroad, rushing from one tourist hotspot to another for fear of missing out on anything. Planes, trains, taxis and Tuks Tuks later, a whirlwind tour can feel like exactly that – a whirlwind.

Stressful Travel

But what if there was a gentler way of doing things? What if we slowed down a bit and fully immersed ourselves in our surroundings, leaving the to-do list at home and rediscovering what we loved about travel in the first place? The slow travel movement seeks a return to a more authentic way of travel, and river cruises are one of the best ways to get involved. 

But First, What Is Slow Travel?

The slow travel movement began life as the slow food movement – created by local communities and conscious travellers to combat fast food chains from creeping into tourist destinations and pushing out local restaurants. The concept of conscious dining quickly evolved to include conscious travelling, as people began questioning the culture of jetting all over the world for quick breaks.

Destination Appreciation

Slow travel has since become more than a ‘style’ of travel – it encompasses an entire mindset when abroad and shapes the nature of travel itself. It’s about appreciating each moment on the road (or water!) and embracing the local way of life, focusing on the quality of your days rather than the number of attractions you can squeeze in. 

How to Travel Slowly

It takes time to really connect with a place and to understand its character beyond its most-visited sights and attractions. When we slow down, we’re able to tap into the local energy and discover some truly wonderful and unexpected places. Every destination has hidden gems that evade the glare of the tourist spotlight, and slow travel opens you up to a diverse world right outside the crowded must-sees.

That being said, a successful holiday still needs a plan, and that’s where can help. River cruises are one of the best ways to travel slowly but still pack a lot in, and we partner with most river cruise lines like Riviera Travel and Uniworld Boutique River Cruises to offer trips all over the world. Picture it now – numerous city breaks in one holiday, all without the stress of planning your own transport or sitting around in airports. Sounds great, yes?

Why Choose a River Cruise?

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to see as much as possible when you’re abroad – we are curious creatures after all! The only thing you need to make sure of is that the planning and logistics don’t become a job in themselves and eat into your valuable holiday time. River cruises effectively solve this problem, taking the stress out of your hands and tossing it overboard into the gentle blue waters.

Slow Travel River Cruise

On a river holiday, you can expect to cruise down picturesque rivers at a leisurely place, visiting cities, towns and villages en route. Our holidays mostly include all meals, guided tours, boutique accommodation and flights or rail travel (to and from the start point), meaning you can kick back and relax for every second of the journey. After all, a fantastic holiday is as much about the journey as it is the destination.

Our partners offer river cruises in Europe, Asia, Africa and the United States, showing you the continents like you’ve never seen before. While oceans take you to countries, rivers take you through them. That’s why we believe river cruises are the best way to really experience a new destination. River cruising is also better for the environment than flight-hopping, making tourism more sustainable for everyone in the long run.

Make Your Next Holiday a Slow One

After the stress and chaos of the pandemic, most of us are longing for time abroad like never before. When the time comes to plan your next trip, consider making it a river cruise, for a truly relaxing and memorable slow holiday. Don’t fall victim to travel fatigue and burnout – leave the organisation to us and rediscover what travel is all about.

Relaxing Slow Travel

We have the perfect holidays for over 50's! Couples, groups of friends and solo travellers can enjoy routes all over the world. Whatever destination you choose, you can be sure to have an authentic experience that will leave you with the feeling that you really got to know your surroundings, the people and the cultures in them. Ready to travel slowly? Climb aboard!

Speak to our award-winning river team today on 0800 810 8229 for more information or to book your next river cruise adventure!