Caz of y Travel Blog discusses two topics that are dear to Slow Travel: simplicity and trust. Her blog post is a great read on the effects that long-term travel (and Slow Travel!) can have on your life. Check it out.
I always rein in my desire to talk about simplicity because I’m pretty sure I come across as some kind of hippie. But the sense of freedom that I get from my ability to carry all my possessions on my back and just move at a moment’s notice is indescribable. One of travel’s most important lessons is just how much our “stuff” holds us down, and Caz’s post is a great illustration of that.
Her discussion of trust is also a good one. If you only listen to the news, it’s hard not to imagine that the world is filled with dangerous criminals out to kill foreigners. But the truth is so dramatically different that you need to experience it to understand. Yes, there are people who want to scam, rob, or otherwise cause you harm, but they’re a visible minority. (I call them “the asshole minority” in the book.) Learn to spot them, build rapport with the local community, and they won’t be an issue at all. That’s true of everywhere, by the way: I was often identified as an American in Syria, and I’ve received only kindness for it.