Is it time to Marie Kondo your holidays? According to Skyscanner’s 2020 Travel Trend Report, it seems “Slow Travel” has become a top priority for Hong Kong travellers. Instead of cramming trip itineraries to the brim, Hongkongers are decluttering their holidays to spark some serendipitous joy. Despite the name, Slow Travel does not necessarily mean travelling slowly on a horse-drawn carriage or some equally sluggish mode of transport. 4 volcano tourism activities to try – if you’re brave enough View this post on Instagram “We knew we wanted to go to South East Asia and the cheapest flights to the region from the UK were to the island of Bali, so that was that, we booked our flights to Bali and off we went! We spent the next four weeks there, exploring beautiful beaches in Uluwatu, climbing a volcano and watching our favourite sunrise to date, over the famous Mount Agung, as well as visiting wondrous waterfalls and lush green rice terraces in Ubud. After an amazing time in Bali, we took the speedboat over to the neighbouring Gili Islands to see what else Indonesia had to offer. We took advantage of the beautiful white sandy beaches, went snorkelling with turtles in the crystal-clear waters, and enjoyed some of our most incredible sunsets with a cold cocktail in hand. Next on our agenda was the island of Lombok. We spent our last few days discovering its jungle and secluded beaches, taking surfing lessons and really experiencing the Indonesian way of life.” - Jack and Becky (@twotickets.toanywhere) •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• We asked five travellers to share their best travel experiences. These are their stories. : Tegallalang, Bali •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• #visitbali #ig_bali #tegallalang #ricefieldsbal #wonderfulbali #thisisbali #southeastasia #explorebali A post shared by Skyscanner (@skyscanner) on May 1, 2019 at 2:14am PDT Rather, Slow Travel can be defined as a holiday that entails longer stays in one destination. Doing so allows the traveller time to experience all that a smaller area might have to offer, including supporting local establishments and using public transport. The visitor can then set the pace on his or her holiday as he or she sees fit – without a rigid set of travel objectives. The Slow Travel concept piggybacks off the “Slow Food” movement, a grass roots initiative founded in 1989 to counteract the stresses of fast living and bolster local food culture and traditions. Of course, we’ve all been guilty of micromanaging the holidays in the past; as Hongkongers, time spent doing nothing is often perceived as time wasted. Working overtime is a part of life and, as a result, our days off are expected to be filled with family lunches, dinner with friends and a multitude of other events to feel even remotely satisfactory. But, as it turns out, our perception of wasting time might be a little off-kilter. How wellness tourism is going luxe in the Philippines The Skyscanner report, which surveyed more than 7,800 responses from travellers across seven Asia-Pacific markets, discovered Asian travellers are increasingly looking for holidays offering quality over quantity. Across the Asia-Pacific, there has been an 82 per cent increase in Slow Travel since 2019 – most popular among South Korean and Japanese holidaymakers. One perk of Slow Travel is that it often turns out to be cheaper than traditional tourism. Airbnb property hosts, for example, frequently offer discounts for longer stays – usually on a weekly or monthly basis. Additionally, if you aren’t filling your day with three different museum tours, you’re also saving on the price of museum passes. View this post on Instagram ️Good Morning️ . . . . . . . . Follow us @turkeytravel90 @tiebowtie ================================== #turkey #istanbul #cay #turkishbreakfast #hagiasophia A post shared by Turkey Travel (@turkeytravel90) on Dec 9, 2019 at 8:46pm PST Istanbul was cited by Skyscanner as a high-ranking emerging destination for Slow Travel this year, with an average stay of 11 days in the Turkish city. For those of us who get fidgety at the thought of staying in one place for nearly two weeks, there is actually plenty to do in and around Istanbul. Aman Resorts launches its private jet, complete with curated trips Admire the incredibly beautiful architecture of the many mosques and palaces in the city, watch the whirling dervishes dance, explore the bazaars, sample the local cuisine, take a day trip to nearby villages or jump on a cruise on the Bosphorus Strait. Or, do nothing at all, if that’s exactly what you need on a holiday. View this post on Instagram My first magical morning in Chiang Mai made all 24 hours of travel worth it. This is my second time visiting Thailand’s mountainous northern city and it’s even more special than I remember #thailandinsider #smithhotels #lhwtraveler #chiangmailife #tasteinhotels A post shared by Lindsay Silberman (@lindsaysilb) on Nov 18, 2019 at 11:24am PST Closer to Hong Kong, Slow Travel destinations might include Chiang Mai for some slow and steady island-hopping in Thailand’s deep south. Or walk through rural Japanese towns, such as Kunisaki and Yufuin, which offer onsen baths, stays at traditional Japanese inns and the sampling of local farmers’ produce. Whatever you do, perhaps opt to do it mindfully and free-spiritedly, without Google Maps on hand. Want more stories like this? Sign up here . Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .