Travel destinations that invite you to stop and savor the experience

According to New Zealand wellness industry leader Lucy Vincent, “a feeling of pure peace” is the reward for reaching New Zealand’s rustic hot spas.
Reagen Butler

Travel should be an act of discovery, not a checklist to fill out. Slow travel is an invitation to explore things at a pace that allows you to soak up your surroundings as you move through them, on terms that are meaningful to you and to the people and places you encounter. It may seem counter-intuitive that by doing less you will see more, but that is exactly the idea we offer in our book, family trip (Artisan). Here’s a sample of the book’s destinations, meant to inspire thoughtful travel and spark deeper ways to think about new trips and destinations.

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Orcas Island Ferry Terminal
Antoine Blasko

Ferry to Orcas Island
San Juan Islands, Washington

Taking the 90-minute ferry to Orcas Island in the Pacific Northwest may feel like a trip to the end of the world, but the intricate glacier-carved waterways and orca sightings make the experience most memorable. Once on the island, awaken your senses as you climb Constitution Mountain or take a leisurely hike to Cascade Falls, reminding you to savor the quiet beauty of life.

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Biking in the resort town of Sun Valley
Corey Woosley

Cycling in nature
Ketchum, Idaho

In Ketchum, once the home of Ernest Hemingway, you are minutes from the sprawling expanse of the Sawtooth and Salmon-Challis National Forests, an undeveloped, off-road cycling paradise. With hundreds of local trails covering around 200 miles, a bike will take you through thick forests, mountain passes and open plains.

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Bellavista, a popular area for nightlife
Felipe Diaz

city ​​soundtrack
Santiago, Chile

Beneath the twinkling skyline of Santiago’s financial district lies a thriving underground scene where broader demographic shifts amplify the soundtrack of a city in transition. With a bustling nightclub scene and electro pop-up events like Recreo festivals, the anthems of the politicized Nueva canción generation echo through the streets. Here, music and protest have mingled with the rhythm of a city that is adapting to a new era.

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Senegalese designer Sarah Diouf
Seyni Ba

Local mode
Dakar, Senegal

Every day, a symphony of sounds echoes through the streets of Dakar, but perhaps the real call to arms is the clang-clang of the city’s mobile tailors, cutting the air with large metal scissors. Senegalese designer Sarah Diouf’s ‘Tongoro’ label is inspired by city life, incorporating a mix of traditional cob prints and contemporary fabrics to light up the city scene full of vibrancy, color and joy.

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Swiss cable cars are called “luftseilbahn” or “overhead cable trains”.
Konstantin Mirbach

Cable Car Safari
Uri, Nidwalden, Obwalden and Schwyz, Switzerland

Living in Switzerland requires vertical thinking. The same goes for travel here. The cable cars, called luftseilbahn– are as distinctive as the remote alpine communities they serve. Slow travel trekking services specialize in hiking and stays in traditional guesthouses. Cruise through the skies on one of more than 2000 rope trains to discover the intoxicating pleasures – lush meadows, panoramic views and delicious cheeses – of the mountain pastures.

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Uka Farm’s menu includes the best of Albanian cuisine, based on seasonal dishes.
Sarah Blais

From farm to table
Tirana, Albania

After decades of repressive rule, Albanian chefs and winemakers are forging their way onto Europe’s holiday map, using the country’s bounty to lead the charge. On the outskirts of the country’s capital is Uka Farm, a kind of laboratory focused on sustainable agriculture. Here, farmers work in harmony with nature to honor traditional dishes while exploring inventive flavor combinations.

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Maher Harb in Sept, the only biodynamic winery in Lebanon.
Bashar Srour

Dinner in the vineyard
Batroun, Lebanon

Lebanon’s winemaking tradition is the true vintage. A long Mediterranean lunch among the sunny terraces of a rural vineyard, like Maher Harb’s Sept Winery, offers an ideal pairing for a local bottle and way of drinking in 7,000 years of history. Harb will take you through terraced fields and into the dappled sun under the vines, and cook fresh seasonal dishes to eat while overlooking the view.

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A wooden mask exhibited at the contemporary gallery Chatterjee & Lal.
Paul Michelon

Art walk
Mumbai, India

There is a sense of discovery in navigating the backstreets and alleys of Mumbai and suddenly stumbling upon a gallery. Mumbai’s Gallery Weekend in January is the perfect time to see the booming art district, when galleries stage their biggest exhibitions of the year.

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The large white sphere seen through the window of the Mona Museum is the shell of an installation by light artist James Turrell.
Philippe Huynh

Visiting museums
Tasmania, Australia

In the decade since its opening, the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) – the cultural institution on Tasmania’s mothership – has welcomed over a million visitors. Once you enter the building, like Alice in Wonderland, you fall into tunnels and secret rooms carved into the cliff. Mona exemplifies the cultural heart of Tasmania, one that still beats strong, cuts across generations and connects Tasmanians in ways largely invisible at surface level.

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A circle of large boulders in the shallows of Lake Tarawera creates a hot pool for soaking.
Reagen Butler

wild well-being
Rotorua, New Zealand

The hot springs of New Zealand present a paradox: to relax in their mystical allure, you have to work hard, walking in often unexplored territories. Those who do are rewarded with a sense of unbroken peace. In Rotorua, an otherworldly vapor rises from the surface of Lake Tarawera, whose mineral-rich waters are anti-inflammatory and soothing to the skin.


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Extract of family trip by John Burns (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2021.