Slow and steady wins the race. That’s what most travellers enjoy most about the slow travel trend as it gives them more time to explore their destination of choice. After all, the world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page. Those who rush through travel miss the story altogether. Hence, slow travel allows you to wake up late, ditch the planned itinerary and avoid the rush to regular tourist hotspots. In fact, slow travel allows you a greater appreciation of every place you visit. Identify your preferred destination, places of interest and follow where your heart leads you.

What’s So Fascinating About Slow Travel?

It makes travel experiences more exciting as travellers can now perfect the art of relaxation. Slow travel also allows them to connect with people better, make friends and build a network of travel pals who enjoy slow travel as well. Better yet, slow travel can apply to any holiday destination be it a weekend getaway or a longer trip across Europe or Southeast Asia. It’s the perfect way to soak up the sights, take the scenic routes and enjoy a cuppa along the way.

Here are some of the world’s top destinations for slow travel with exciting adventures to be enjoyed at a leisurely pace.

1. Slovenia, Eastern Europe

Lake Bled in Slovenia with castle in background and clear waters
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Known to be one of Europe’s most beautiful countries, Slovenia is known for its mountain ranges, ski resorts and lakes. The best time to slow travel in Slovenia is during autumn when the climate is perfect and crowds are non-existent. Springtime is another good season too as the wildflowers are in full bloom whilst the mountains remain snow-capped. Top on this itinerary is exploring Ljubljana, the historical capital city and Lake Bled, the enchanting lake with bright, turquoise waters.

Go on a walking tour of Ljubljana and enjoy the sights of 20th-century architecture and interesting neighbourhoods. Just a short drive away is the magnificent Lake Bled. A boat ride can be arranged to transport travellers to Bled Castle to explore the grounds. Make your way to the top of the castle to enjoy the stunning views of Lake Bled and surrounding landscapes.

Predjama Castle with greenery all around
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Even more amazing is the Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle. The Postojna Cave has a railway specifically for sightseeing and exploring the cave’s rock formations and natural galleries. In fact, the cave has a natural aquarium that’s home to the aquatic salamander, the world’s largest amphibian. Next, the Renaissance-era Predjama Castle dates back to 1570 and is one of Europe’s most dramatic castles. It’s built within a cave mouth and next to a vertical cliff.

  • Flight to Slovenia: from RM2,779.00 on Expedia.
  • Ljubljana and Lake Bled Day Tour: from RM389.00 on Klook,
  • Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle Day Tour: from RM343.15 on Klook.

2. Zagreb, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park with turquoise waters and greenery
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People don’t take trips, but instead, trips take people. One of the best destinations for memorable trips is Zagreb in Croatia. The capital city of Croatia has plenty of attractions. From lush natural parks and lakes, museums and medieval buildings, there’s something for everyone. So, step out to enjoy live music and theatre performances. Also, there are street cafes and open terraces to enjoy the local dining delights.

The must-see attractions in this city include the UNESCO-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park known for its cascading waterfalls and shimmering waters. Next, be amazed by the Kumrovec Trakoscan Castle that explores centuries of Croatian heritage. Then, explore the wonders of Varazdin, touted as Little Vienna. Sample the best wines from Baranja, the Land of Wines where acres of vineyards and the Village Museum of Traditional Crafts greet visitors.

Kumrovec Trakoscan Castle with lake in front
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Not far from Zagreb is the city of Zadar famed for its impressive Sea Organ. Equally amazing is the city of Istria that features one of the world’s best-preserved amphitheatres where gladiator battles took place in the past. Plenty of day tours are available and affordable too.

  • Flight to Zagreb, Croatia: from RM2,672.00 on Expedia.
  • Plitvice Lakes National Park and Rastoke Day Tour from Zagreb: from RM315.70 on Klook,
  • Kumrovec Trakoscan Castle and Varazdin City Day Tour: from RM269.55 on Klook.

3. Prague, Czech Republic

Quaint building on streets of Prague
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Explore the wonders of Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic and known as the City of a Hundred Spires. Thanks to the abundance of cathedrals, gold-tipped towers and unique architecture, there’s plenty to see, do and discover in Prague. Among the most interesting attractions are the colourful Baroque buildings, medieval Astronomical Clock, historic monuments and ancient pedestrian bridges. There are many public squares and parks around the city for leisurely strolls and picnics with the family. Best of all, there are plenty of eateries to savour local food and beverages.

Prague castle with gold-tipped spires
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In fact, there are plenty of walking tours to experience the best in the city. These tours usually begin with exploring the grounds of Prague Castle, the official residence of the President of the Czech Republic. Next, guests visit the historic Prague Old Town and Jewish Quarters to learn more about local Prague culture. Then, dine at the traditional Czech Beer House to indulge in traditional fare. Finally, the tour ends with a spectacular cruise along the Vltava river to capture the city’s scenic spires rising into the sky.

  • Flight to Prague, Czech Republic: from RM1,421.00 on Expedia.
  • The Best Of Prague Walking Tour: from RM195.79 on Klook.

4. Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane River with buildings in background
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Many tourists to the Land Down Under always flock to the popular cities of Sydney, Melbourne or Perth. Slow travel through the lesser-known cities such as Brisbane in Australia and discover what makes it so wonderful. As the capital of Queensland, Brisbane offers sub-tropical weather all year and attractions aplenty for locals and tourists alike. Check out scenic views of the city from Mt Coot-tha Lookout and Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park. Next, cuddle the koalas, feed the kangaroos and see a wide variety of tropical creatures at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Hop on a relaxing cruise along the Brisbane River and enjoy the sights and sounds of the city. Better yet, hop on the Brisbane City Council’s CityHopper, a free ferry service across various stations along the Brisbane River. Discover wild and exotic plants at the Brisbane Botanical Gardens which offers free guided walks too. Furthermore, the South Bank Parkland’s Street Beach is perfect for energetic kids. It has a man-made beach next to a huge swimming pool and an open space playground that guarantees a fun day out.

Best of all, travellers will love the numerous coffee cafes, fine dining restaurants, street-side fish and chippies and weekend markets to make your vacation enjoyable. Seek out the many organic stores selling organically grown local produce and instead of coffee, try a chai soy latte.

  • Flight to Brisbane: from RM528.00 on Expedia.
  • Brisbane City Sights Afternoon Tour: from RM273.20 on Klook.
  • Brisbane River Cruise with Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Admission: from RM207.55 on Klook.

5. Seoul, South Korea

Namdaemun in Seoul with 3 sentry guards in front
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Say “Annyeong” and set your heart on slow travel across Seoul, one of the most dynamic cities in South Korea. It’s the perfect escape for couples looking for romance and the ideal retreat for families in search of an exciting vacation. Top attractions not to be missed include the majestic Gyeongbokgung palace from the Joseon dynasty. Next, head to Bukchon Hanok Village to explore traditional Korean houses. For fun-filled adventures with the kids, make your way to Lotte Theme World Park and enjoy the thrilling rides, activities and gardens.

Be it spring, summer, autumn or winter, Seoul has festivities and themed attractions for every season. Shopping is fantastic in Myeongdong where upscale brands and local labels are a shopper’s paradise. For more affordable buys, follow the crowds to Dongdaemun Market where thousands of shops offer fashion, accessories, textiles, electronics, toys and more. Foodies can delight in the variety of snacks and Korean cuisine at Gwangjang Market or step into the many hipster cafes on the streets of Seoul.

  • Flight to Seoul: from RM383.00 on Expedia.
  • Seoul Palace & Temple Guide: from RM107.09 on Klook.
  • Korean Night Dining Tour: from RM354.25 on Klook. Save more when you book using Klook Promo Code

Make Your Slow Travel Dreams Come True

Celebrate these escapes that connect you to cultures, food, music and people on a closer level when you slow travel across any destination. After all, life is a daring adventure or not at all. So, don’t rush through your vacations and enjoy them to the fullest.


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