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Ageing Traveller Series

The Ageing Traveller series is written by Rose Howell, who has been traveling the world for over 40 years, beginning with New Zealand and then the ‘Hippy trail’ in the 70’s. Her travels have taken her to; Asia, Middle East, UK, Europe, Africa, South America, USA, Canada, China and the Pacific Islands. In total she has visited 67 countries plus all the states of Australia except Western Australia, and her goal is to make the century club. Her passion for travel is documented on her Facebook page.

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Slow travel and slow cities

“travelling long distances over land and sea rather than by plane, especially because you are concerned about the environment or because you want to spend time enjoying the journey” - Macmillan Dictionary


In my travels around the world back in the 70’s there was no choice but to travel slow unless you were wealthy and could afford guided tours or planes.

Can't get much slower than a horse and cart
Can't get much slower than a horse and cart
Photo belongs to Rose Howell

Having said that, in the last 10 years or so we have travelled the quickest route and because of time have only touched the surface of the places we visited. For instance, we would fly into a city, have a quick look around for a day or two then fly onto the next city. We missed out on being able to spend some time checking the out of the way places and getting to know the locals and their cultures. I did find when I had to travel for overseas for work such as China and Kiribati I was living amongst the locals and learnt a lot about their way of life.

Local kids in Kiribati (pronounced Kiribas)
Local kids in Kiribati (pronounced Kiribas)
Photo belongs to Rose Howell

Recently we travelled to Tasmania with some friends and hired campervans to tour the state. We thought because it is only a small island we would be able to travel at leisure and get a feel for the place. Not to be, we had 10 days and they were jam packed full with sites we didn’t want to miss out on. So it was up early and on the road, arriving late afternoon and having an hour or so to sight see.

Tasmania trip 2017
Tasmania trip 2017
Photo belongs to Rose Howell


On reflection as much as we enjoyed the trip, it was very tiring and we all decided it was too rushed and next trip will be slower even if we can’t see everything. We can always return.

So for our next trip in one months’ time. Ron (hubby) and I have bought a campervan and we are off for about 6-7 weeks. Final destination is Mt Isa (outback Queensland) for the birth of my youngest daughter Kellie’s first child.

Our new campervan for our next trip
Our new campervan for our next trip
Photo belongs to Rose Howell

But first we travel from Adelaide to Byron Bay for my nieces wedding. Plus we will be able to   catch up with my two grandsons Ryder and Hunter and eldest daughter Angie who live in Lennox Head (half an hour south of Byron Bay). This trip will take us through some wonderful countryside between Adelaide and Byron Bay and then onto the Gold Coast and heading inland to Toowoomba, Charleville, Winton, Longreach and then Mt Isa.

We plan to stay in Mt Isa until the baby is born in June and then head off to Townsville, Cairns and inland to Mareeba and Dimbulah where we have friends. Then it will be back to Mt Isa and across to Uluru, Alice Springs and home.

We plan to take our dog with us as it is hard to get a dog sitter for that length of time. Apparently there are lots of places that are now pet friendly.
From Adelaide to Mt Isa it is approx. 2000 kilometres.

Our trip from Surfers' Paradise (Gold Coast) to Mt Isa. Map from Marker Aviation Services Pty Ltd. Mt Isa
Our trip from Surfers' Paradise (Gold Coast) to Mt Isa
Map from Marker Aviation Services Pty Ltd. Mt Isa

Why Slow Travel?

It encourages you to live like the locals and explore each destination thoroughly to experience the local culture. You might live for a week in a rural French cottage, mingling with the locals and enjoying fresh produce from the local market, OR spend 2 weeks understanding what makes a large metropolis tick - exploring markets in Bangkok or laneways in Tokyo.

Train in Japan
Train in Japan
Photo belongs to Rose Howell

In our case we will be mingling with other Grey Nomads and chatting with the locals in caravan, tourist or free parks. We will be exploring dinosaur trails, fossicking for opals and meeting unique outback characters. Bush dinners around the campfires, live entertainment and happy hour.

Longreach Tourist Park
Longreach Tourist Park
Photo belongs to Rose Howell

If you feel like you’re living life too much in the fast lane, opt for the slow lane. Instead of jumping on a plane try a train, bus, car or bike (motor or pushbike). Enjoy the views as you go and be safe in the knowledge that you are helping protect the environment.

You'll generate fewer transport emissions by travelling less often on more sustainable modes of transport, reduce your food miles by enjoying local produce and best of all you'll meet lots of interesting locals.

Market in Asia 1975
Market in Asia 1975
Photo belongs to Rose Howell

 

Slow Cities - Cittaslow

CittaslowCittaslow is the International network of towns and cities that combine the efforts of council, the business community and residents to improve the quality of life for all who live and work in their town.

 

There are 147 slow cities in 24 countries including 3 in Australia.*Goolwa SA*Katoomba NSW*Yea Victoria.

Goolwa was the first Australian Cittaslow to be accredited in 2007 and it is in my state South Australia. A beautiful place to visit.

Adelaide

To achieve status of a slow city, "a city must agree to accept guidelines of slow food and work to improve conviviality and conserve the local environment".
The city can have no more than 50,000 residents and must adhere to 55 criteria, including environmental policy, infrastructure, quality of urban fabric and encouragement of local products and produce.

 

Background – slow travel

The expression slow travel was coined in 2000 by Pauline Kenny, the founder of www.slowtrav.com a website dedicated to promoting the concept of taking time to value the experience of being somewhere different.
We have ‘Slow Travel’, ‘Slow Food’ and ‘Slow City’.

The SLOW movement is a cultural shift towards slowing down the pace of the 21st century life.

"Slow down, live in the moment and be happy"

 

Rose Howell Biography

Rose has been traveling the world for over 40 years, beginning with New Zealand and then the ‘Hippy trail’ in the 70’s. Her travels have taken her to; Asia, Middle East, UK, Europe, Africa, South America, USA, Canada, China and the Pacific Islands. In total she has visited 67 countries plus all the states of Australia except Western Australia, and her goal is to make the century club.
She has taken all kinds of transport and accommodation from budget to luxury. She has travelled through war zones, survived a bus accident in the Andes and visited areas that are no longer available to tourists, such as the Khyber Pass and Bamiyan Statues in Afghanistan.

Rose wants to inspire others to travel and offers free advice to all travellers in particular those who are embarking on their first travel experience. She has a passion for travel and since retiring from an Adult teaching position with TafeSA, has recently resumed clocking up kilometres interstate and overseas.
Her daughters have inherited the travel bug from their parents. The eldest daughter is a travel journalist/documentary maker based in a beautiful area called ‘Byron Bay’ in New South Wales and with her husband, has two globetrotting toddlers who at the age of 5 and 2 also love to travel. Her youngest daughter and fiancé have recently returned from 2 years working and traveling in the UK and Europe. They have only been home a couple of months and are already getting restless. Oh the travel bug!!!!

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