IN THE BEGINNING, IT WAS FAST, NOT SLOW
Slow travel wasn’t always our ‘style’. When we first started the blog in 2016, 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, have the highest country count possible, visit every city on the planet, then circle back and start over again! “Set the world on fire” that was our motto.
We had a crazy 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 of a month-long tour I got really sick. I mean ‘had to stay in my hotel room’ sick.
It knocked me down so hard because I was tired and run down from all the crazy fast-paced traveling. If you told us then about “Slow Travel” we would have laughed at you.
Which by the way, as a former medical professional I can tell you that if you treat your body right with sleep and healthy food, you will stay well. On that tour, we were getting up at 7 am, hopping on buses, going on tours, eating junky food and trying to squeeze in every last ounce of every country we could.
PUTTING THE BREAKS ON MANIC SIGHTSEEING
Finally, at the end of that tour crazy tornado of a trip, we ended up in Paris. It was our 8th country in 30 days but we were both ‘spent’, just plain exhausted.
We decided then and there 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 just to sit somewhere and enjoy the City of Lights.
So instead we took long walks, watched people, sat in the cafe’s.. it was DIVINE 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 rather than the quantity of experiences.
For us, travel wasn’t going to be about how many tourist sites we could see. No more country counts for us. 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 going to be Airbnb’s, long stays, shopping local, and home cooking …….not to mention going vegan.
We stuck with the lifestyle and officially consider ourselves “Slow Travelers”. We have no regrets, and never one twinge of the FOMO (Fear of missing out) syndrome. It was the best thing we ever did.
“SARJEANT’S ON FIRE” BLOG TODAY
Our blog now focuses on slow travel as a healthier travel lifestyle. It’s a way of life that is not only better for your health, but also for your mind and the planet.
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 worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner in Community Medicine and Mike was a Deputy Chief in the Fire Department.
They left their jobs in 2017 to explore the world. They have 5 great kids and a gorgeous grandson.
They practice slow living, slow travel, a vegan diet, and indoor cycling.