The way in which hotels are advertising their ethical ethos is rooted in luxury travel. Yes, they are ticking all of the right boxes for recycling, sustainable cuisine, eco energy and sourcing everything from furniture to food locally – but they are using imagery and words usually associated with the higher end of the market. Fresh linen sheets, colourful vegetarian brunches, solar-powered outdoor rain showers and complementary morning yoga classes can now be found in a range of boutique hotels, for a variety of budgets.
It’s all too easy to get sucked into a bucket-list mentality when you’re travelling. If you’re visiting a place for the first time, everything from the guidebooks you read to your friend’s recommendations tells you to tick off a list of all the things you ‘have’ to see and do. Even if you’re trying to see an alternative side to your destination, you will still have a list of things you want to see and places where you want to eat. My suggestion: forget it all. – Cover photo by Andrea Swarz
One of the biggest obstacles to embracing a slower pace of travel is technology. How can you slow down and enjoy the moment when you are glued to your phone? Our smartphones have reinvented the way that we travel, making it easier to get around and research the places that we visit, but they are also hindering us, preventing us from truly letting go and unwinding.
The Scandinavian and Nordic countries are the perfect destinations for anyone with a slow travel mentality. Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Iceland and the various smaller islands that make up the region are all ingrained with a slower pace of life. If you are used to visiting hectic destinations such as London and New York, your first trip to Scandinavia could be just what you need to learn how to slow down your travels.
Relaxing on a beach or enjoying a quiet getaway in a secluded cottage may seem like the only options for a slow holiday – but it’s possible to slow down your travels even if you are visiting a fast-paced location. Busy cities may not seem like the best choice for anyone looking for a tranquil getaway, but there are many ways that you can discover a different side to these hectic locations.
Travelling has become a race. Who can visit the most places, take the best photos and hop around the world in as little time as possible. It’s time that we stepped back a pace and remembered why we loved to travel in the first place. Cover photo: Andrea Swarz
There’s something so liberating about packing your holiday essentials into the back of a car, grabbing a map and setting off on a road trip. Whether you’re planning an epic journey or a weekend getaway, the freedom of a flexible itinerary completely slows down your trip. There are no flights to rush for, no frantic journeys on public transport. There’s just you and the open road.
Walk a mile in another man shoes, said Steve Martin. It is amazing what we can understand by watching the world from someone else's eyes, or walking in someone else's shoes. We walked one mile in La Havana, Cuba, with photographers Andrea Swarz and Javi García. This time on Postcards from, you will discover the city with two different set of eyes.
One of Colombia's most cherished secrets, the Pacific remains mystical and marvelous, like a hidden gem. The region is home to more than 400 especies of birds, 114 of reptiles, 150 of fishes and 400 of trees.
As an Australian, your first time in Asia, should be a special one. Out of all the destinations I could have chosen, such as Thailand, Japan, Indonesia and Hong Kong - Vietnam was the place that really pulled me in.
We are the kind of couple that loves to savour each moment together in nature. We tend to run away from tourist circuits and crowds. Attracted by the promise that we would find crystalline beaches, white sand and infinite peace, we booked our flight to the smallest of the Pitiless islands: Formentera. We had never been there before but we were eager to escape Barcelona.
These beautiful postcards from Tuscany by film photographer Madelyn Hannah (@habitualfilm) feel warm & sunny, inviting us to take a weekend off - or two - to escape to Italy, swim, eat, stroll around the pink & yellow streets & relax.
A small weekend in Lake Como is always a good idea. There are beautiful villages all around the lake. On the road we were stopping here and there to take pictures of the breathtaking views and the Italian scenery.
Colombian fashion photographer Andrea Swarz travels around the world making beautiful pictures. Born & raised in Cali, Colombia, Andrea has lived in Paris & Buenos Aires while studying art & photography....