We have a Grantourismo In The Media section on the site which you’ll find by clicking on Media above (although admittedly it needs an update badly – promise to do that soon!) so we don’t usually blog here every time Grantourismo appears somewhere in the media or we’re asked to write about our project, or slow, sustainable travel and local travel, or our particular style of long-term travel we like to call ‘grand touring’.
Having said all that, we thought we’d let you know about a couple of recent piece, as we’ve been getting such lovely comments about them via email and Twitter from travellers telling us how inspirational the stories have been. (Thank you.)
One story, an eight-page feature on Grantourismo: a Contemporary Grand Tour, is in the May issue of Sawasdee, Thai Airways in-flight magazine. We do a lot of writing for the publication and have written on everything from Hanoi’s art scene and creative Cambodia to Bangkok’s best restaurants and Phnom Penh’s hot district. We were invited to do the piece at the invitation of the editor, who asked us to tell our story and explain what inspired our long-term travels – a journey that’s lasted 7.5 years so far!
In the piece, we showcase our last twelve months of travels, month-by-month, as well as providing plenty of practical tips for people considering embarking on their own grand tour, round-the-world trip or long term travels, which for many people is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. You’ll find one of those pages of tips above but I’m also planning a more detailed post on grand tour planning which I’ll pop up here soon.
I also write for The Guardian travel section in the UK and one of my editors there recently asked me to write about our long slow holidays in Italy and settling into places like Venice, Milan and Puglia for a while. It was those long summer holidays that we used to take – generally two months at a time – that inspired us to take to the road in 2006 for a year (the year that never ended and is still going!) and ultimately inspired us to start Grantourismo. You’ll find the link to that piece here: Staying in Italy – the Secrets to Enjoying Long Summer Holidays.
If you’d like to see the full Sawasdee story, just let me know in the comments below and I’ll email you the PDF. If you have any questions relating to these pieces or planning long-term travel, pop those in the comments too.
Now, this isn’t exactly news, but we were chuffed to be included on Fathom’s 24 Favourite Travel Blogs and Websites. Fathom is one of our favourite travel sites, covering similar slow and local travel territory, from fab neighbourhoods to explore such as Dogpatch in San Francisco to local insights into places such as this Paris guide for the first time visitor from one of our favourite bloggers, Lindsey Tramuta of Lost In Cheeseland.