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Go slowly

Here’s why it’s time to steady the pace of your next holiday

How often are we told to ‘take it slow’? Modern life often has us hurtling through tasks at 100 miles per hour – we lurch from job to job on our to-do list, with no time to pause in between. And sadly, this way of being has filtered its way into our travel habits. When we pack our suitcases and head to the airport, we all have that idyllic vision of a relaxing break in the sunshine where the hardest decision we’ll make that week is whether to sit by the pool or the beach. Yet nowadays, the reality is trying to cram in as many tourist attractions as possible, while reaching our next destination using the quickest mode of transport – with no thought to the environmental cost of doing so. his is why the term slow travel comes as a refreshing break to our current vacation style. Inspired by the Slow Food movement (slowfood.org. uk), which began in Italy in the 1980s as a protest against the opening of a McDonald’s in Rome, it champions local farming, regional cuisine and communal meals. According to them, slow food is ‘concerned not just about our own wellbeing, but also the wellbeing of the planet’. They ‘want to contribute to just causes, while also satisfying our desire to slow down, our need to reconnect with ourselves and our communities through meaningful experiences.’

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Hello, If you’d asked me earlier this year what images the Amazon rainforest conjured up in my mind, it would be densely packed, lush green trees, brightly coloured macaws and chatty toucans living alongside speedy squirrel monkeys and majestic jaguars. Perhaps naively, I assumed that the world’s largest rainforest was a constant – a protected part of our natural landscape, somewhere we can all close our eyes and see images of, like the Alps or the river Nile. But, over the last few months, this idyllic picture of the Amazon has been destroyed, replaced with haunting and horrifying images of blazing fires and ominous plumes of smoke. Often described as the lungs of the planet, the Amazon now looks like it’s starting to choke. The anthropogenic impact we have had on some of the most vital natural resources on the planet is really starting to show. The notion of constants is changing, too – our glaciers are melting, our rainforests are being destroyed, our rivers are polluted and our coastlines eroded – the landscape of our planet as we know it looks set to continue to transform and degrade. As bleak a future as I’m describing, it’s not all doom and gloom and there are many things we can do to help. We want the future generations to close their eyes and picture the toucans, not the burning embers of what was once the greatest rainforest on Earth. We need to act, and we need to do it now. Have a great month, Phillipa Editor