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The Emergence of Slow Travel

Our treatise is a simple one. From its roots in the slow food movement of the 1980s, with concern for locality, ecology and quality of life, slow travel has gained momentum over the past decade. It will continue to grow as the need to reduce our carbon footprint becomes central to our lifestyles. Characterized by shorter distances, low-carbon consumption and a greater emphasis on the travel experience, slow travel heralds a fundamentally different approach to tourism. We contend that it will become more widespread in future decades. The aim of this book is to define slow travel and to discuss how some of its underlying values are likely to pervade new forms of sustainable tourism development. The book also aims to provide insights into the travel experience; these are explored in several chapters that bring new knowledge about sustainable tourism transport from across the world.