IN THE BEGINNING IT WAS FAST, NOT SLOW
Slow travel wasn’t always our ‘style’. When we first started this blog, it was 2016 and we had just walked away from our jobs. It was finally time to put our plans in motion. We were going to travel the globe. Our goal—visit every single country in the world then circle back and start over again! “Set the world on fire” was our motto.
We defintiely set the world on fire that first 6 months, booking adventure after adventure, country after country, tour after tour and blogging every last ounce of it. Not to mention we were also instagramming, posting to Pinterest, facebooking, and tweeting. The whole social media whirlwind.
But it was exhausting.
THE TURNING POINT
Sometime in early 2017, while in Prague our 7th country on a 1 month tour, I (Donna) got really sick. It knocked me down hard because I was RUN DOWN from the manic traveling. If you told us about “Slow Travel” then we would have laughed at you.
When you treat your body well with decent sleep and decent food, mostly SLEEP, then you stay healthy. But, we were getting up at 7am–hopping on buses, going on tours…trying to squeeze as much in as possible.
PUTTING THE BREAKS ON MANIC SIGHTSEEING
So the last country of that month long trip was Paris our 8th country in 30 days. We were both ‘spent’, just plain exhausted.
We decided then and there, we needed to do something about our ridiculous travel pace. We scrapped all of our plans for Paris and decided we were going to take it slow. No running to all the museums, art galleries, and tourist sites, we were actually going to enjoy the city. So instead we took walks, watched people, sat in cafe’s.. it was wonderful and the beginning of slow travel for us.
A NEW WAY TO SEE THE WORLD: SLOW TRAVEL
I didn’t make up the term “slow travel”. It stems from the slow food movement. Like the slow food movement, slow travel focuses on savoring each moment. It’s more on the quality of your experience than the quantity of experiences.
For us, travel wasn’t going to be about how many tourist sites we could see. It was going to be about enjoying each other, and really exploring and getting to know the area. No more 2 nights in a hotel and fancy restaurants. It was airbnb’s, long stays, shopping local, and home cooking …….not to mention going vegan.
So for the last year, we have been slow traveling fools…and it has been LOVELY!
“SARJEANT’S ON FIRE” BLOG TODAY
Two years later, we are still traveling, but doing it much differently. We now travel slow, and live even slower.
So follow us.. as we slow down and show you that living life in the moment and enjoying quality experiences is the best way to travel !!
ABOUT MIKE AND DONNA
Donna has worked in healthcare for 40+ years, she started her career as a Nursing Assistant and retired as a Family Nurse Practitioner in Community Medicine.
Mike retired as Deputy Chief of the Fire Department after a very long career- hence the name of the blog “Sarjeants On Fire”. They met when Donna was teaching paramedic school. They have raised 3 beautiful kids and have a large, supportive extended family.