Slower Travel Makes for More Magnificent Memories

This image of the Quito observatory, the oldest observatory in South America, was taken on a month-long trip to Ecuador. Whenever possible, my husband and I try to take as much time as we can to experience a particular location.

In this case, we were able to thoroughly and appreciatively experience this observatory, along with other fun things to do in Quito, because we spent a month based in the city with shorter day and weekend trips to other areas of the country. Trips to the hot springs spa at Papallacta, the Amazon headwaters of El Oriente and the indigenous market at Saquisili were also on our itinerary.

Carving out the time for more leisurely explorations has enabled us to have amazing memories from our tour of Peru and also from several weeks spent touring the Kingdom of Jordan. Even our three-week holiday in Cambodia allowed a deeper cultural experience than most people have when they take the 48-hour tour of the world-famous Angkor Wat before heading back to Singapore or other highly-trafficked destinations in Southeast Asia.

While taking extra time for travel may seem difficult at first, it’s far from impossible. Those with digital telecommuting jobs will find it easiest, but retirees and serial expats have this option as well. Taking time between projects and jobs is also a clever way to travel for longer, particularly if you find yourself favoring the social elements of office employment. These are ways I’ve seen people take extended vacations, but I’m curious. Have you carved out time for lengthier getaways, and if so what was your preferred strategy?