Too many times when we travel it’s a race. A race to see and do as much as possible, frenetically ticking items off of a list or from a guidebook instead of understanding that the true value of travel comes not from doing as much as possible, but oftentimes the exact opposite. Travel should be an opportunity to learn and explore, but also to slow down and experience a destination in a more relaxed, methodical and ultimately slower way. That’s exactly what I’m about to do this week as I travel to Austria to experience some of its many cultural and natural highlights, not as a race but as a journey.
I’ve visited Austria a couple of times, but only briefly and only the cities. This time will be different though, as I head out into nature and experience Austria instead of just seeing it.
For the next few days I will be exploring some great spots around Austria for culture, food and of course outdoor adventures. Just a few of the highlights which I’m eagerly looking forward to include:
- Getting to know a different side of Vienna through its parks and natural retreats
- Experiences at the elegant Schloss Hof, a castle that highlights the best of Austria’s cultural heritage.
- Exploration of the Wachau World Heritage Trail, a 110-mile trail through the beautiful Danube Valley and Wachau wine country. (No, I’m not hiking all of it)
I can’t wait to get out in the bright sunshine, lace up my hiking boots and see more of what I already know to be a beautiful country. Add in great food and wine and learning more about the history of the country and this should be an epic adventure.
To give you just a taste of what it means to slow down, relax and soak up all that Austria has to offer, please be sure to take a peek at this amazing video put together by the creative minds over at the Story Travelers.
Austrian Time from StoryTravelers on Vimeo.
Please be sure to follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook starting on May 26, 2016 and follow the hashtag #AustrianTime to see all of the updates from the entire time as we all investigate different regions of the country.
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