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Ideas for slow travel and longer vacations

One of the great things about solo travel is the ability to travel at your own pace, something along the lines of slow travel, which is becoming an increasingly popular lifestyle choice.

We thought we’d put together a number of ideas for places to stay as part of a slow travel experience.

1. Bali, Coastal Bungalows

Lovina is the collective name for a string of fishing villages along the northern Balinese coast. It is a quiet, laid-back area with lush paddy fields and volcanic beaches, the perfect place to chill out in the sun. Affordable beach bungalows are springing up along the strip: most are small and built in traditional styles.

You get a lot for your money the further you get away from the busy south and over touristic parts around Ubud.

2. Goa, India, Beach Huts

Goa will be forever associated with hippies and Palolem beach in Canacona, south Goa, is a mile-long crescent of sand between two rocky headlands. In late October, bamboo huts are erected all along the beach, and they can be hired until the end of May, when the monsoon season begins and the huts are taken down.

This area of Goa is particularly quiet compared to the packaged tour northern coast. Here you will find affordable living and a little taste of the hippy life that once spread right along the coastal areas of Goa.

3. South West France, Country Gites

A Gite is basically a small holiday home, often attached to a larger property, but offers an independent experience. South west France is famous for wine, surf and peaceful reflection.

Many artists have made this area of Europe their home for year round and who can blame them. There are many courses that you can do too, from cookery to writing and if you fancy getting wet there is always the Atlantic which offers limitless waves for surfing courses.