You know that nervous excitement that bubbles to the surface right before a new adventure? I'm so ready for travel I can barely think about anything else! .
I've been pinning travel tips, creating itineraries, reading up on cultural quirks and shortlisting packing items. While reviewing old travel mementos, I rediscovered this image of Venice. . I was fortunate to visit at the cusp of winter. A thick fog had settled across the tiny city decimating tourists until the city felt like a dreamlike image of the past. The grey-washed weather made it almost impossible to take photos of iconic sites. The need to see and be seen faded away, allowing room for a new mood. I was losing myself in something else, an atmosphere akin to something older and more natural than I had ever experienced. .
Strangely, I don't remember much of Venice other than this striking feeling of untouchable mystery. My only souvenir is a pair of handcrafted Venetian boots purchased from a miniature shoe shop that had stood there for centuries. The perforated detailing marked ac raft that had been passed down for centuries, from father to son. They were beautiful and strong, carrying me across the rest of Italy and back to Australia. .
Overtourism is a serious issue affecting many cities, including Venice. Many tourists visit for a day, creating congestion which negatively impacts the environment. .
Adopting a slow off-the-beaten-path travel approach can deepen cultural immersion and support locals, enhancing the travel experience and supporting the economy. . 🚣 What was your last slow travel experience?