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Slow Travel - Spend a week in a vacation rental and see what is near you. Slow down, immerse yourself in the local culture and avoid the fast pace of rushing from one guidebook "must-see" to the next. A great way to travel! Read more about Slow Travel, explore our community, submit a review or share your trip or travel article with us.


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Slow Travel Feature Photo of the Month

Slow Travel Photo of the Month

Autumn Leaves by Wendy & Rob

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Media Mentions

National Geographic Travel listed The Luberon Experience, owned and operated by our member Kaydee, as one of 2012's Tours of a Lifetime! Take a look at other tours by the Kaydee's company, European Experiences.

Living Better at 50 published an artcile from our member, Palma, Bringing Italy Home, where she extols the Italophiles she met through SlowTrav!

The Wall Street Journal Magazine published an article, Easy Rider, highlighting the different meanings of Slow Travel, our founder and one of our members are quoted.

Read more in our Media Scrapbook

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Slow Travelers stay in vacation rentals around the world - apartments, villas, houses, cottages, cabins, condos that you rent by the week. Other terms used for these types of rentals are self-catering, tourist rentals, holiday rentals, holiday cottages, agritourism (Italy), Gites (France). Basing yourself in a vacation rental makes for a different, slower vacation. You stay longer in one place and get to know one area in depth. The extra time in a place lets you find a favorite coffee shop, get your groceries at the local stores, go to the weekly market - the things you would do if you lived there. Read more...

How to Use this Website: The Slow Travel website is a community of people who like to travel and experience new places. There are over 14,000 pages of great information to help you plan your trip!

  • First read the Europe Trip Planning section.
  • Over 8,500 reviews for vacation rentals, hotels and restaurant reviews, and over 650 trip reports (travelogues or journals) for each country. New reviews, trip reports and articles are added every week.
  • Postcards (short essays about travel).

Done with your trip? Come back and submit your own trip reports or reviews! You are also welcome to share your knowledge of any area or aspect of traveling by submitting a travel note!

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Who's Blogging Now

Traveling to Italy? Don't forget to check out Italy Transportation Strikes, an up to date list of all upcoming strikes affecting public transportation in Italy. Don't leave home without reading.

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What's New?

Recent Travel Articles

- Italy: Travel from Rome to Tarquinia

- Italy: Secrets of Rome

- Worldwide: Top Travel Books

- Italy: Travel from Rome to Urbino

- Italy: Travel from Rome to Todi

- Italy: Travel from Rome to Siena

- Italy: 2013 Travel Budget

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Favorite Webcams & Videos

The Edinburgh Zoo has two great webcams, one for penguins and one for their pandas!

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Recommended Books

The Virgin and the Griffin


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