The frenetic pace of modern life is a common complaint, but since the world shows no signs of stopping so we can get off, we need a few less radical solutions. Enter: the concept of slow travel; an opportunity to take your foot off the gas and enjoy the world around you at a gentler pace...
Australia isn't necessary known for its walking, but with its incredible diverse landscapes and superb trails it really should register on your rambling radar. Start your walking adventures with the four-day Scenic Rim Trail, which traverses a chain of mountains in south-east Queensland. Pass bubbling creeks as you hike to panoramic viewpoints for stunning views of eucalyptus forests. Then learn about local aboriginal culture and dine on gourmet cuisine under the stars before glamping in luxurious tents.
We can think of very few things more civilised than floating down a canal in the heart of the Champagne region. From the sumptuous comfort of your luxury barge, enjoy six days of tastings and tours at world-class Champagne houses and first-rate fromageries. Then poke around charming medieval towns for some gentle shopping at the brocantes (antique-cum-junk shops) before retiring to the hot tub on deck to sip yet more bubbles under the stars. Sounds wonderful, non?
It's easy to embrace a slower pace of life when you're sailing between deserted sandbanks on a private dhow (sail boat) in the stunning Quirimbas Archipelago. We can arrange a dhow safari to spend three days lingering over fresh seafood lunches, snorkelling on pristine reefs and kayaking through wildlife-rich mangroves. Each evening your crew will find a spot to moor up and you'll then spend the night around a campfire before sleeping in a special dome tent right on the beach.
Riding through a remote part of the Andes you'd be forgiven for feeling as though you'd stumbled upon entirely uncharted territory. Let the horses lead the way and, alongside an expert guide and a small group of fellow riders, spend then days walking and cantering across the wide plains of the Argentine Patagonia, past the dramatic peak of the Lanin volcano and into the forests and the mountains of the Chilean Lake District, drinking in plenty fresh Andean air as you go.