How Slow Travel Helped Me Accept that I’m an Introvert by Lucy Gomez

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how slow travel helped me accept that i'm an introvert behind the schmile

Slow travel has become immensely popular over the past decade among people who seek to live an independent lifestyle. These people go to remote places and enjoy the wonders of being among the locals. This is because they are introverts: people who are naturally inclined to stay at home and selectively engage in conversations rather than be in a conversation all the time.

I have enjoyed slow travel and it has made me realise that in many ways, I am an introverted person. To give you an idea of what I mean, here is a list of how slow travel can help you accept the fact that you are an introvert:

How Slow Travel Helps You Accept that You're an Introvert Behind the Schmile

1. You, the slow traveller, prefer to live among the locals rather than in some luxury hotel

What I have found as an introvert is that when I stay in local places, such as a homestay or a hostel, I get to know the locals a lot better. That’s because the locals are closer by and I get the chance to connect with people who I normally wouldn’t, simply by living around them.

Introverts benefit a whole lot from this local immersion because it helps connect them to new ideas and it helps them to spend a significant amount of time getting to know new things, such as how the locals live.

Personally, I much prefer tent camping. I frequently go to campsites where I get to meet lots of people from other places around the world. These campsites are normally near local shopping areas, o I can enjoy the luxuries of slow travel while camping in the great outdoors.

By the way, if anyone is wondering what kind of tent they want to get for their slow travel trip, here is one guide to check out: Tent guide for slow travel trip

How Slow Travel Helps you Accept That You're An Introvert Behind the Schmile

2. You realised that you needed to get away from your hectic, extroverted life by going to another location

I remember the first time that I got hooked on slow travel. I was working long days where I was constantly talking to as many people as possible. Day after day, I would get back home from work and I would be exhausted from all the talking. I felt limp almost every day of the working week.

It got to the point that I needed to go somewhere else and recharge my batteries. For me, that meant going to another country. I simply booked flights and then the next day, I was at my new destination.

What I found was that simply being in a new country opened up many new experiences such as new entertainment and connecting with the locals.

That’s how I recognised that I was introverted: the fact that I had to move to another location to get away from my extroverted environment using slow travel made me realize this.

How Slow Travel Helps You Accept That You're An Introvert Behind the Schmile

3. You would rather take your time exploring a new location rather than have a set to-do list

When I decided to go do this slow travelling thing, I realised that one of the things that I wanted is the time to get to know a place. I didn’t want to rush into doing a million things in a place I already knew. Instead, I wanted to slowly explore the local tourist attractions and eat where the locals eat. I didn’t want to be in a fast-paced environment where I was doing something different every hour.

The reason why I realised that I was introverted then was simple – introverts need time to recover from long conversations. We aren’t used to having a million conversations going all the time so when you are doing a million things in a day while travelling, guess what? You are going to be tired of doing everything at once.

Slow travel helps out the introverted person by simply allowing the introverted person to travel at their own pace. If they want to spend eight hours at the museum, then they can do so. If they want to spend two hours at the local diner eating food, then they can do so. There is no rush to do everything, which allows an introverts’ energy to last all day.

Thank you!

Thank you for reading my guide on how slow travel helps you accept the fact that you are an introvert. I find that getting into slow travel makes one realize that they are introverted very quickly, especially once they decide to go to another foreign place. Slow travel is a self-realisation experience.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments section down under the article below. All comments are welcome and all feedback will be considered.

Lucy Gomez travel blogger Behind the Schmile

Hi there, I’m Lucy Gomez, the camp editor at I grew up in a suburb of Oklahoma and I have been camping my entire life. Camping in the wild is a way of life for me.

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