Are Slow Travelers individual travelers?
Neither Pauline Kenny (creator of the term) nor Nicky Gardner (Slow Travel Manifesto) determined if Slow Travel means individual travel. As a result, different interpretations emerged over time. Author Jennifer M. Sparks defines Slow Travel in her book “Slow Travel. Escape the Grind and Explore the World” (2019) for example clearly as individual travelling. Then again, travel deals for Slow Travel in the tourism industry exist. One who books a Slow Travel trip follows through the consciously planned tour Slow Travel principles, but clearly isn’t an individual traveler.
Are flights prohibited in Slow Travel?
In regards of flying the attitude of Slow Travelers is divided. Some ban airplanes completely as transport option, others still use them. In the decision making progress aspects like travel duration and intention as well as environmental compatibility play a role. Specially for long term stays on other continents flights are being accepted.
Do short trips count as Slow Travel?
Although many Slow Travelers recommend at least one week of travel, there is no maximum duration of travel. Slow Travel is about the inner attitude. Slowing down and mindfulness is feasible on any kind of trip. This can be an afternoon in nature or a day trip to a village.
Is it possible to travel slowly as family?
Children don’t need constant entertainment. They stop by their own choice at the side of the street and dedicate their attention to details like a snail or plant. Many families already travel based on Slow Travel criteria without knowing it. The conscious planning of Slow Travel can include activities suitable for children, like e. g. picnics, farm tours or day hikes. Thereby also the children learn about local conditions.
Are cruise holidays Slow Travel?
The exhaust emissions of cruise ships are barely regulated and they strain the air as well as the climate. Furthermore, they lead waste and poisonous waste water into the sea. In cruises the large tour operators of the western countries profit instead of the people on site. The food supplies of most Caribbean cruises come for example usually from Europe (if the tour operator is from Europe). The shore leaves are short day trips of less hours. Following up, the cruise leaves already for the next stop. In light of the environmental pollution, the country hopping and the lack of cultural exchange cruise holidays can not be classified as Slow Travel.
Is Slow Travel against technology and internet?
Technological devices can be useful for travel planning and orientation at site. But Slow Travelers don’t want to be dependent on devices or internet connections. The smartphone shouldn’t be in the way of getting in contact with the surrounding. They strive for Digital Minimalism. The human uses the technology and not the other way around.
Is Slow Travel the same as Eco Tourism?
These are two different travel types, which share certain aspects. This includes the sustainability concept and the inclusion of locals. Eco Tourism focuses on responsible travel and environmental protection. Rare and protected areas are visited and Eco Tourists participate in the preservation by donations and active participation. Discriminated social groups and cultures are also being protected. The exchange with people on site is important to Eco Tourists. Slow Travel is sustainable travel as well, but can lead to any region or territory in the world. The focal point is slowing down.
 See Lori und Angelo (2020): The Power of Slow Travel (How To Experience More By Slowing Down), In: https://www.travlinmad.com/blog/slow-traveling-what-it-is-how-to-do-it (26.09.2020).