TIME ON YOUR SIDE

Slow travel is the new name of the game as de­mand for long trips rises.

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As the pace of life quick­ens with in­creas­ing con­nec­tiv­ity, so is the de­mand for long trips ris­ing. “Peo­ple are want­ing to slow down and un­wind,” says Alex Mal­colm, founder of lux­ury travel out­fit Jacada Travel. The com­pany, which has of­fices in Hong Kong, Lon­don and Capetown, ex­pects re­quests for “achieve­ment trips” in­volv­ing trekking or hik­ing to re­mote des­ti­na­tions to dou­ble next year. Re­treats that last more than two weeks or “slow travel” are also ex­pected to see a sim­i­lar in­crease. And we are not talk­ing about cruis­ing. Here are some trips of a life­time – un­til you reach the next mile­stone, that is.

“PEO­PLE ARE GET­TING TO A POINT NOW WHERE THEY JUST WANT TO SLOW DOWN, UN­WIND, AND FULLY LET GO. THAT OF­TEN MEANS ‘SWITCH­ING OFF’ FOR MORE THAN A WEEK.” ALEX MAL­COLM, FOUNDER AND CEO OF JACADA TRAVEL

03 AMER­I­CANA ON WHEELS US-based travel agency All Roads North plans road jour­neys that last as long as 32 days, cov­er­ing the coun­try’s vast high­ways. It’s ideal for driv­ers who’d rather nav­i­gate the roads than the com­plex­i­ties of lo­gis­tics, as the ser­vice in­cludes book­ing high­end ac­com­mo­da­tion and restau­rants, or­gan­is­ing guided tours, and even sug­gest­ing the car to use. 03

01 01 TREKKING 10.0 Tas­ma­nian Ex­pe­di­tions, spe­cial­is­ing in treks around the is­land state, re­cently of­fered its long­est ex­pe­di­tion to date: a 39-day jour­ney that takes one to re­mote beaches and moun­tain­ous ter­rains. Most nights will be spent at camp­sites, and par­tic­i­pants (this ex­pe­di­tion lim­its the num­ber to eight) are ad­vised to train for the trip. “Trekkers will feel a real sense of ad­ven­ture, the sense of get­ting some­where while be­ing ac­tive,” says gen­eral man­ager Mark Ben­nic on the Tra­verse route which starts next Fe­bru­ary.

02 02 TOUR DE NAPOLEON Says Dy­lan Reynolds, di­rec­tor of cy­cling tour agency Ride and Seek, which or­gan­ises month­long odysseys around Asia and Europe: “Peo­ple want to get off-grid, but they also see this as a on­cein-a-life­time ex­pe­ri­ence.” The out­fit of­fers two-week cy­cling trips, but he notes that more peo­ple are game to do the 43-day Napoleon route, fol­low­ing its name­sake’s cam­paigns from Paris to Moscow. Mod­ern com­forts – from evenings at lux­ury ho­tels to lo­cal food and wine tours – will help re­lieve the but­tock pain.

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