Slow Travel

See the World with Us

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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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  • HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY!

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  • GOLF IS FUN!

Especially when you have incredible views like this!!
Agree?

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  • VIEWS OF SYDNEY 
Our days in Sydney are coming to an end.
We enjoyed our time here and often strolled through the CBD and also visited some suburbs.

One fun thing was our "hunt" for the best spot to capture both of Sydney's landmarks.
We liked this location because it wasn't crowded at all and had a wonderful view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House.

Do you search for the perfect spot for your pictures?

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  • COLOR UP YOUR LIFE IN 2020

We started 2020 quietly, no parties, no fancy restaurants, but with an idea in our heads.
What if we would try to live meatless? What if we would try to minimize our dairy consumption?

We started watching "The Game Changer" and "What the Health". We asked some people here on Instagram for the reason why and how they became vegetarian or vegan. We were really surprised with how many private messages we received from people who live meatfree, some from who we would have never guessed. 
Please feel free to comment your favorite vegetarian or vegan websites, recipes or other inspirations to help us and others on this new journey. 
Thank you for supporting us in our idea to go meatless!

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  • G'DAY MATE!

Playing golf Down Under has been a dream of ours for years and today that dream came true. We had the pleasure of playing golf with our friend @ross.flannigan.golf for our very first round EVER in Australia!

We enjoyed the spectacular views of Mornington Golf Club, the sunny hot weather, and especially our game with Ross.

And now we know all about Aussie slang! 😊

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  • LIBRARIES

We love reading and one of the things we like to do on our travels, is to visit libraries.

In Melbourne we of course had to go to the State Library Victoria, an incredible building which was built in 1854. It is Australia's oldest public library and one of the first free public libraries in the world.

Do you visit libraries during your travels? (And "stealing" their internet doesn't count!! 🤣 )

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  • SLOW TRAVEL

The upsides of slow traveling are that we have time to stay longer in one place, meet new friends, explore more and even do some house sitting!
Last weekend we met this handsome little guy named @griffly_bear
and felt in love with him.
Spending time with Griff, playing, cuddling and enjoying his company was like being with family again.
The downside: we miss him already.

Are you Team Slow Travel or Team Fast Travel?

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  • THE PRESIDENTS CUP

What an incredible and historic Presidents Cup! Congratulations Team USA on an amazing comeback!! What was your favourite part of the Cup?

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  • HELLO MELBOURNE!

Our first days in Melbourne! We settled into a cozy airbnb and figured out pretty fast that traffic here is a little different than in New Zealand 🤣

After a long drive to St. Kilda we met with our friends @_jumponmyshoulders_ , had a nice Thanksgiving picnic at the beach and even saw some penguins at the pier. 
The next evening we attended the Christmas lighting at Federal Square.

With sunshine and long days, this is for sure a different Christmas feeling.

Do you like a White Christmas or would you rather have sunshine and beach at Christmas?

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  • IS IT CHRISTMAS ALREADY?

We left our 3 month golf & travel experience in New Zealand and arrived in magnificent Melbourne for new adventures.
While we were searching for the perfect campervan for us and our golf clubs, we received a package from Stymie!

He had sent us our custom made headcovers along with a Valuables Bag with the travel themed pattern that we had searched out. 
As we opened the package it felt like Christmas morning and we're so amazed by the great work of Stymie and the beautiful headcovers!
If you want customized headcovers, we can highly recommend @stymiegolfsupply!

Check it out and follow this great company! **Werbung** #stymiestyle #stymiegolfsupply 
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