Slow Travel

See the World with Us


If you‘ve read our introduction This is Puttering around the World then you already know that our sabbatical was anything but “slow”. We bought a map of Southeast Asia prior to our trip, which we studied and filled with notes, markings, must-see’s and must-do’s. We wanted to see so much that once we got out on the road, we had to move and change hotels almost nightly.  As you can imagine, after a few weeks we were pretty pooped and in desperate need of recovery.

So we decided to have a break and stayed on the island of Koh Yao Noi in Thailand for a week just to do nothing. From that moment on, we started to travel more intently, staying in one place for longer than a day or two, so that we could enjoy and absorb more of what we saw.

Slow Travel has always been an important part of our travels. To hunt from one place to another is not our thing. And, if we do not see everything … well, then it just means that we have to go back. One day.

But while we were on our sabbatical, we realized that we had done exactly what we did not want to do. We were traveling in a way that’s not our style at all, just to be able to see as much as possible from our map. We lost touch of traveling slowly.

We think that a healthy mix of seeing a lot and staying someplace for a longer time  to get to know the country and its people, is possible. That’s why we‘ve decided to use the slogan “Slow Travel and Quick Pars” for our world trip and our website.

If you wonder what Quick Pars are,  you can read that on James‘ golf page.

We are also aware that we will be making a dream come true with this journey and we will be able to take our time. But time is relative and we’re sure it will go by faster than we will like.

This is why it is important for us to get to know as much as possible about a place rather than checking as much as possible on our map. To talk to the people, to take time to find hidden gems, also to stray off the path, to use public transportation instead of tour busses and to enjoy what we see and explore. With all of our hearts and eyes.

That’s what Slow Travel is for us.

We hope we can take you with us on our journey, and show you some of our favorite places, restaurants, cafes, attractions and golf courses here and there.

Slow Travel on a bike
Slow Travel on a Tuktuk
Slow Travel on a train

Wenn du  This is Puttering around the World gelesen hast,  weißt du sicher, dass unsere Sabbatical Monate alles andere als „slow“ waren.

Unsere Südost-Asienkarte, die wir vorab in Deutschland studiert hatten, war voll mit Markierungen, Notizen, Must-See’s und Must-Do’s. So sind wir auf unserer „großen“ Reise teilweise nach nur einer Nacht an einem Ort bereits weitergezogen um der Karte gerecht zu werden. Ihr könnt euch vorstellen, dass wir nach ein paar Wochen des Reisens ziemlich erschlagen waren und dringend eine Ruhephase benötigten.

Daher beschlossen wir kurzerhand eine ganze Woche auf der Insel Koh Yao Noi in Thailand zu verbringen und einfach mal nichts zu tun. Das war auch gut so, denn von da an, fingen wir an, gemäßigter zu reisen und länger als ein, zwei Tage an einem Ort zu bleiben, so dass wir das Gesehene auch genießen und aufnehmen konnten.

Slow Travel war in unseren vorherigen Reisen immer ein wichtiger Punkt. Von einem Ort zum anderen zu hechten, ist nicht unser Ding. Und wenn wir dafür eine Sache nicht sehen… dann müssen wir eben wieder zurück. Irgendwann. Während unseres Sabbatical sahen wir, dass wir genau das gemacht hatten, was wir nicht wollen und auch gar nicht unser Reisestil ist. Nur damit wir möglichst viel sehen… eben alles, was wir vorab auf der Karte eingezeichnet hatten.

Wir denken, dass eine gesunde Mischung aus viel sehen und dennoch lange an einem Ort zu bleiben um dort Land und Leute kennenzulernen, möglich ist.

Wir haben uns entschlossen, unsere Reise und Website ganz unter das Motto „Slow Travel und Quick Pars“ zu stellen. Was Quick Pars sind, könnt ihr auf der Golf Seite von James nachlesen.

Uns ist bewußt, dass wir uns mit dieser Reise einen Traum erfüllen und wirklich viel Zeit haben werden. Aber Zeit ist relativ und wird selbst hier schneller vergehen als uns lieb ist. Dennoch ist es uns wichtig, möglichst viel von einem Ort kennenzulernen statt möglichst viel auf einer Karte abzuhaken.

Mit Einheimischen reden, sich Zeit nehmen um versteckte Schätze zu finden, auch mal abseits der Pfade zu schauen, mit den örtlichen Transportmitteln zu fahren statt mit Tour Bussen, und zu genießen, was wir sehen und erleben. Mit ganzem Herzen und mit unseren Augen. Das ist Slow Travel für uns.

Wir hoffen, dass wir euch auf unsere Reise mitnehmen, und euch hier und da ein paar unserer Lieblingsplätze, -restaurants, -cafes, -sehenswürdigkeiten und Golfplätze entlang unserer Route zeigen dürfen.

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A few days ago we were at the Abel Tasman National Park in the South Island  of New Zealand. 
It was so beautiful and we even got lucky and had a sunny day after so many days of rain.

With the sound of the Tasman Sea, we would like to wish you a great week!

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  • Who would have guessed?

Usually James writes our golf posts, but today it will be me, Menekse.
A few years ago, if you would have asked me, what will we be doing in a few years, the answer sure would not have been "Traveling the world with our golf clubs.". It still sounds so crazy, yet it is our life now. And what a happy life this is!

Golf and happy don't always go together, but the beautiful places we see and the unique courses we play, leave us speechless and damn happy.

Where do you see yourself in a few years?

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We had an unbelievably amazing time in the North Island of New Zealand .
In Wellington we didn't do much more than hanging around at the Waterfront. We visited the Te Paka Museum, which is an absolute MUST when you're in Wellington.
We also know now why it's called windy Welli.
We experienced the engagement of the  Kiwis as they went on the climate strike.

We're saying thank you and good bye to the North Island. 
And hello to the South Island. 
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Playing golf at Cape Kidnappers has been something that we have been dreaming about for years! And if you think these smiles were big, you should have seen us on the course!

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For us by doing so, only the greatest things happened!! Playing the golf courses from our list together is one of the greatest things.

Where is your heart leading you?

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  • "Don't listen to what they say, go see."
Chinese proverb

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We didn't have internet the last few days and will show you now some of the amazing places we visited in Northland, New Zealand. 
We both love mountains, but nothing leaves us with a bigger smile and joy then being at the beach.

On our drive back from the most north western tip of NZ we stopped at this amazing white beach.

We couldn't believe that we were the only ones here!!! And enjoyed our afternoon jumping, walking and soaking up the incredible view. 
When was the last time you were so happy that you had to jump?

PS: the video was done in slow mo, which was aot more funny.

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Houhora Golf Club is the most northern golf course in New Zealand. Or, as some of the friendly members that we enjoyed a post round beer with like to say, it's New Zealand's Top Golf Course!

We still can't believe that we made it to this beautiful country, and are very excited to travel around and find out where the next tee takes us!

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  • Today we played golf for our very first time in New Zealand!! The sun was shining as we arrived at Waipu Golf Club, but the weather changed as soon as we stood on the first tee. After a little break under a tree on the forth, we managed to finish 9. Although we got pretty wet, we had a great time and loved the golf course. Looking forward to finish the back 9 tomorrow.

Have you ever seen mini golf flags like these before?

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  • KIA ORA!

It feels like a dream come true that we made it to New Zealand! Our first tour led us to Devonport, where we conquered Mount Victoria. We hope that many more mountains, lakes, sights and experiences will follow. And we can't wait to share this beautiful destination with you.
For the next three months we will live our dream and explore New Zealand. 
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