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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  • COFFEE ANGEL
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Yesterday we wrote that the coffee shops here in Georgetown are like heaven.
And today we have proof! 😊
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  • BUT FIRST COFFEE .
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Since we are traveling full time, we have to watch our budget and don't often go to coffee shops. But now we spoil ourselves here in Georgetown ☕
This city is already beautiful in itself, but, oh my! These coffee shops!! We feel like we're in heaven!
And since we caught a cold and are too tired to do much...well... coffee drinking it is!
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Do you love coffee and are easy to please with a cool coffee place and a good tasting coffee?
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  • While we were in the Cameron Highlands, we met a very interesting gentleman who told us that we should visit Taiping. On the way to Penang, neither of us had heard of Taiping, but we had time and thought why not!
Taiping is a nice little town that doesn't  have much but it does have a truly great zoo and night safari, where we were able to see a Malaysian Tiger!
Taiping is also known as Malaysia's rainiest place, but we didn't see any!
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BTW, we stayed in a #container hotel while there, as we're really interested in something like that some day 😄
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Do you prefer tiny houses or container homes?
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  • IPOH WOW!
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We saw this sign often while walking through the streets of Ipoh. And can only agree! The city has so much to offer to the traveler. We simply loved the architecture and all the streetart. 
After sunset the streets became empty, there was a refreshing breeze that added to the tranquility.
If you plan on going to Ipoh, be prepared to be wowed! .
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  • Pst...did you know that Ipoh has beautiful streetart? And it can easily compete with Georgetown!  Our slow travel brought us to Ipoh and we enjoyed strolling through its streets. One of the nice things about Ipoh is that there aren't as many tourists. During the evenings we had the Mural Lanes all to ourselves. .
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Would you change your travel plans to visit a place that wasn't on your itinerary?
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  • "Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience." ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
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  • BUCKET LIST GOLF .
Ranked in the worlds top 100 golf courses, the West Course at TPC Kuala Lumpur was definitely on our list of courses to play. But what surprised us was how great the East Course was as well. Add the spectacular customer service and it made our days danceable!!
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Read about our experience at TPC Kuala Lumpur on our website at https://www.putteringaroundtheworld.com/tpc-kuala-lumpur/
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  • JUST DANCE
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Being a full time golfing travel couple or a traveling golf couple has been  the best decision we have ever made. We have been on the road just over 200 days now and are enjoying life and doing the things we love.
Having opportunities like playing golf at TPC Kuala Lumpur just makes us...wanna dance dance dance!! .
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We'll upload the full video on our website when we have better internet connection 😊
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  • GRIP IT AND... Sometimes a tee shot feels right before you even swing and you just know that it's going to be hit on a rope.
How often do you get that feeling?
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  • PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT .
The magnificent West Course at TPC Kuala Lumpur is consistently ranked in the top 100 courses in the world by Golf Digest.
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While having fewer bunkers than it's sister course, the West Course definitely has its share of trouble. 
But when you hit shots like this, who cares!
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