In our fast-paced, always-switched-on society, finding time to unwind and reconnect with oneself has become more essential than ever. Traditional travel, often characterised by packed itineraries and whirlwind sightseeing, can sometimes feel as hectic as daily life. Enter slow travel – a philosophy that emphasises quality over quantity, immersion over rushing, and relaxation over exhaustion.

In today’s world, where we seem to be obsessed with time, doing anything slowly feels almost revolutionary. Nonetheless, slow travel is about moving at a speed slow enough to notice the small things as you move through the world. It’s a shift away from ticking off as many bucket-list destinations as possible with a packed itinerary and choosing to go deeper rather than just skim the surface. To immerse oneself into a place instead of ticking off five in one go. It’s a mindset. It’s about taking the time to make a connection – to where you are and who you are with.

Landfolk: Slow travel: the antidote to everyday life

The Scandinavians have done it for centuries

Every summer, Scandinavians flock to their holiday homes to escape the cities, unwind and be outside. Even though many holiday homes today are upgraded with modern life conveniences such as running water just to name one, it’s still about connecting with the simple pleasures of life. And it’s this very idea of staying in a place that’s very much the opposite of your everyday residence that’s the essence of the Scandinavian holiday home culture. With this, the physical surroundings help you carry yourself in a different way. Be with your kids in a different way. Let breakfast turn into lunch, never get out of your pyjamas, play with sticks, or eat ice cream for dinner. Essentially, it’s about having no agenda and being present in the now.

Landfolk: Slow travel: the antidote to everyday life

Until recently, this appealing vacation form specific to Scandinavians has been out of reach for outsiders. But in 2021, a new platform for handpicked holiday homes called Landfolk has emerged, giving international travellers an opportunity to experience this first-hand with an exclusive selection of holiday homes in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Germany.

Landfolk: Slow travel: the antidote to everyday life

How to slow travel with Landfolk

If you want to experience this everyday life antidote by staying in a Scandinavian holiday home yourself, Landfolk is the place to seek out. Here’s your step-by-step guide on how to embrace slow travelling with Landfolk:

Take leisurely walks: explore the natural surroundings at your own pace. Whether it’s a stroll along a Danish beach, a hike in the Norwegian mountains, or a walk through the Swedish forests, the goal is to immerse yourself in the beauty around you.

Landfolk: Slow travel: the antidote to everyday life

Unplug and unwind: leave your gadgets behind and enjoy the simplicity of life. Read a book, meditate, or simply sit and enjoy the view from your holiday home. The serene setting is perfect for digital detoxing.

Landfolk: Slow travel: the antidote to everyday life

Local flavours: enjoy locally sourced food and drinks. Visit nearby markets, try regional delicacies, and perhaps even cook your meals using fresh, local ingredients. This not only supports local communities but also enhances your connection to the place.

Mindful activities: engage in activities that promote mindfulness and relaxation. Try yoga on the beach, fishing in a quiet lake, or kayaking in the fjords. These activities help you stay present and appreciate the moment.

Cultural immersion: take time to learn about the local culture and history. Visit museums, attend local festivals, or simply chat with residents. Understanding the cultural context enriches your travel experience.

In a world that often feels overwhelmingly fast-paced, slow travel offers a much-needed antidote. By choosing to stay in carefully selected holiday homes through Landfolk, you can experience the true essence of Scandinavian nature at your own pace. This approach to travel not only benefits your well-being but also fosters a deeper appreciation for the beauty and simplicity of life. So, next time you feel the need to escape, consider the serene landscapes of Scandinavia and the slow travel experience that awaits with Landfolk. It’s the perfect way to disconnect, relax, and rediscover the joy of travel.

Landfolk: Slow travel: the antidote to everyday life
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About Landfolk

Landfolk is a platform and community for handpicked, extraordinary holiday homes available for your next holiday. Founded in Denmark in 2021 by an ex-Airbnb team, Landfolk has grown to more than 2,500 unique holiday homes across Denmark, Germany, Norway, and now also Sweden. Landfolk believes that design, access to nature, personality and quality solutions play an important role in any getaway.

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