Traveling by plane and making your way around your destination by public transport may be the most practical and efficient means of getting from one place to another, but they often rob you of much of the joy of the journey itself. If you like the idea of doing things at a slower pace and getting more from your trips, check out the following alternatives.

By Bike

If you’re a fan of seeing the world slowly, then packing your bike and taking to the open road can be ideal. While you wouldn’t want to cycle through hot climates for long periods of time, cycling across parts of Asia, America and Europe can be an ideal means of slow travel. However, before you quit your job, pack a bag and put your helmet on, you need to ensure your bike is up to code and able to keep you safe from harm.

Before you leave, or even buy your bike, you’ll need to decide where you’re heading. If you want to cycle around Italy and are hoping to stick to major roads, then a usual road bike is better suited than a mountain bike. However, if you want to explore the off-beaten tracks, a thick tread and sturdier frame are crucial. Plan your trip, know the usual weather beforehand, and buy the right bike for you. There’s many resources on the best ways to cycle around Italy, and its important to find the one that works the best for you. Most importantly, though, is that you enjoy a slower means of travel that’ll show you the details you’d usually miss in a car or on a plane.

By Scooter

If you want to get to really know a location, it’s best to do it at eye level. Traveling around on a bus or in the back of a taxi means you’ll miss out on a lot of the sights and sounds that truly define a city. Walking is one alternative but traveling by scooter gives you greater range and more flexibility.

Although you’re unlikely to be able to use a scooter to get from one far destination to another, making use of one once you have arrived is an excellent way to see the sights. One particular advantage of traveling around by scooter rather than bicycle is that you can see your surrounding environment more intimately. Rather than be forced to stick to roads, a scooter allows you to stop and start for your convenience.

Another bonus is that, if you ride around the city streets on a top-of-the-line stunt scooter, such as those manufactured by Chilli Pro, you’ll be able to indulge yourself in a quick grind whenever the opportunity presents itself. For scooters that are designed more for everyday use, check out the full Chilli Pro Scooters UK range, and find your perfect ride.

By Train

Once an aircraft passes through the clouds, it is impossible to get any true sense of the distance you are traveling between locations. The same cannot be said of train travel which is not only a great way to get from A to B but also one which lets you see the world flying past your window each and every step of the way.

Many journeys have especially dramatic backdrops and, while they may be costly, they also provide a once in a lifetime experience. Traveling on the Rocky Mountaineer through the stone cliffs and icy rivers of the Canadian Rockies, or the Hiram Bingham Orient Express as it climbs its way up the Inca Trail towards Machu Picchu, or the Royal Scotsman as it passes the lochs and pine-clad mountains of the Scottish Highlands – all are journeys that will take your breath away.