Forums for the Slow Travel community - www.slowtrav.com
How to Post on the Slow Travel Forums
If you are new to these forums, read this for a few hints about asking for travel advice.
The Slow Travel Website
These forums are part of the Slow Travel website, which is at a different URL: www.slowtrav.com. On that site we have over 13,000 pages of travel information, vacation rental listings, reviews of vacation rentals, hotels and restaurants, detailed trip reports - all the information you need to learn about this different way of travel.
If you have never stayed in vacation rentals in Europe, here are some links to get you started:
Who Are We??
Read about the people who run Slow Travel here: Slow Travel - About Us
Try Searching for the Information First
Search the forums and the website to see if you can find the answer to your question.
If you find an answer, but want more recent advice, please post!
How Do I Post a Message?
First, join the forums and verify your email address. Click Login/Join in the upper right corner.
To post, find the appropriate forum, go into it, then click NEW - DISCUSSION and enter your post. There is a submit button in the lower right corner of the input box.
If you are having problems or have more questions, read the Forums Help section. If you are still having problems, email the forums administrator - email link is at the bottom of each page.
We specialize in Slow Travel
Remember that we specialize in Slow Travel - staying in vacation rentals for slower trips. We discuss lots of other things, but this is our main focus. If you are planning a "fast travel" trip (2 days here, 3 days there), you might get more answers to your questions on other forums that specialize in this type of travel. See our list of other forums.
But, we would like to convince you to slow down your trip.
What Information to Give When Asking for Trip Advice
If you want to post a question, read this to see what type of information you should include in your post.
These Forums are Moderated and have Posting Rules
Written by Amy
To dig out that analogy from a few years back, we expect members of the SlowTrav community to behave as if they are in friend's living room. You may know some of the people, and you will be meeting many for the first time. Just as you would in a face-to-face situation, please take care to be courteous and helpful. Feel free to disagree with others or offer a different perspective. Just do so with tact and a respectful manner. We hope you feel able to enter or ignore conversations as you wish; can sometimes take another's perspective in order to perhaps enlarge your own; and not jump to conclusions about the people you have just met. You can review SlowTrav's Rules here.
The reason we ask people to not post about politics or religion is twofold. The complexities of the issues tend to go beyond the scope of a travel discussion venue. We have too often seen the postings take a personal and divisive bent very quickly, and often become unpleasant. The respectful nature of the community becomes frayed, and thoughtful discussion evaporates.
If you read a post you have issues with, there are a number of avenues you can take. You can ignore it. You can use the "alert" flag to notify a Moderator (the little triangle icon above the "reply" button). Depending on the topic under discussion, you can engage in a respectful discussion. We ask that people not enter into flame wars, take a personal stance with another member, or use thinly veiled cruelty. Postings of this sort will be deleted, without notice.
SlowTrav has high expectations for its members. As Moderators, we simply ask that everyone be responsible for their own civil conduct. Be conscious of the power of your words, be thoughtful in your discussion, and be respectful of the feelings of those you reach through SlowTrav.