Slow holidays

From Tim Kovacs's new blog.


Most of my holidays have been hectic because they were short and I wanted to fit a lot in. But I've had few longer work visits that taught me about the benefits of staying in one place for longer as I reveal in this exclusive guest blog post for Simon Rawles' site.

Maybe this isn't a new idea to you but it was to me. Most of my holidays have been hectic because they were short and I wanted to fit a lot in. But I've had a few longer visits to Japan that changed the way I think about holidays a little. I was working in Japan and most days I didn't do any tourist things but it was still fun to be there, partly because everything is so different. In between other things I had quiet days where I just wanted to read, go for a walk and cook. I'd be happy to go back and live in a suburb of Tokyo for a month or two and do some sightseeing at a relaxed pace, or even work part time. If you're there long enough you don't want to rush around every day and you don't feel the need to either.

You also have time to do less touristy things like exercise and take cooking or language classes or find things for Matilda like playgrounds and music classes. It's more like living there and less like being a tourist.

If you stay in one place for a long time accommodation is much cheaper - a month in an apartment might only cost as much as a week moving around hotels. You can make day trips or overnight trips so you're not limited to the place you're staying, and you could have a more hectic week of traveling before or after staying in one spot for a month.

It's also cheaper to stay in a less touristy area. It takes longer to get to and from the sights, but it matters less because you have more time. I also like to see what it's like to live somewhere rather than just seeing the touristy areas and the most popular attractions.