Taking it Slow in France – Mastering the Art of Slow Travel

Slow travel is a method of seeing the world more slowly than many people do. Often when people travel, it’s all about trying to pack as much as possible into a short period. But some people want to take their time, and really take in the experiences that are on offer. They want to enjoy everything at a slower pace, instead of trying to cover as much distance as possible or rush from one activity to another. If you like the idea of slow travel, you might be wondering about the best ways to do it. Europe is a great place to enjoy slow travel, and France, in particular, offers lots of opportunities.


How to Slow Travel in France


Go on a Road Trip


A road trip can count as slow travel, but only if you do it in a certain way. Some road trips are more hectic, and all about seeing a different place every day. Others have a much slower pace and are just as much about the journey as they are about the destination. If you plan to take back roads and enjoy a winding path, you can turn a road trip into slow travel. It’s best if you don’t have any particular destination in mind or any deadlines to meet. A road trip through France could take you along country roads or over mountains.


Take to the Water


A great way to travel slowly is to do so by water, on both big and small crafts. You could consider river cruises in France which are an excellent way to both see a lot and experience a relaxing method of travel. Another option is to consider exploring using a kayak or canoe, which allows you to explore lakes and rivers at a slow and leisurely pace. It’s also a great way to get active on your trip. But watch out for rivers in France with lots of rapids, which will be a little less relaxing.


Explore By Foot or Bike


Seeing places by foot or by bicycle will ensure that you have time to take everything in. You’ll only be able to travel a limited number of miles each day, even if you put some effort into your pedaling. France is full of incredible places for walking and cycling. You could decide to go hiking in the Alps, perhaps on a walking tour over several days. You can also base your visit from one place, such as a cozy gite, and set out on a new adventure each day. Doing something like walking in the Pyrenees is invigorating and opens a lot of time to reflect and open your mind.


Take a Train Trip


Train travel in France is excellent, with trains available to take you not just around the country but to other parts of Europe too. Taking the high-speed TGV network will get you to various parts of France quickly, but you can also take more leisurely train rides. For example, you can buy a single ticket for €15 to take you around the Cote D’Azur for the day.


The pace of living in France is a little slower than some other places, so there are lots of opportunities for slow travel.

About Christa Thompson

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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Chief Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. She started traveling the world in 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

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